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Racism, the misuse of genetics and a huge scientific protest

"A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History" is the new book by science writer Nicholas Wade that asserts a genetic basis for certain human behaviors and distinguishes them by race. It's been widely panned in book reviews, especially by experts in the fields of science and social …

Is Almond Oil the New Coconut Oil?

A closer look at the latest miracle oil we're loving.<p>There is nothing coconut oil can't do. It's super-moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. It can prevent protein loss in the hair. It's antioxidant, meaning it scrounges up wrinkle-inducing free radicals. There is some research that suggests that …

Nigma Talib: Beauty Guru

A text from a Saudi princess: “Can I eat this?” A message from a British actress who needed to look 10 years younger for a role: “I just got carded!” This is daily correspondence for Nigma Talib N.D., the London-based naturopath-slash-facialist and clinical director of holistic medicine at Body …

Patient sings through surgery to save voice

<b>A professional singer, Alama Kante, has sung through surgery to remove a tumour from her throat, so surgeons could avoid damaging her vocal cords.</b><p>The Guinean singer, who is based in France, was given just a local anaesthetic and hypnotised to help with the pain during the operation in Paris.<p>Kante …

We're Last! Again! U.S. Health Care Ranks Poorly

The latest look at the U.S. health care system compared to other rich countries shows — yet again — that the United States comes in dead last.<p>Americans spend far more per person on medical care, yet are less healthy than people in 10 other countries. The system is less fair than systems in other …

Why You Are Still Alive: The Immune System Explained In A Cartoon

Despite its ominous title, the immune system primer "Why You Are Still Alive" takes a friendly tone in describing how an army of cells mobilizes when a rusty nail cuts the skin.<p>"Isn't this complexity just awesome?" the narrator marvels. Kurzgesagt's animated basics won't make you an expert, but …

5 studies you may have missed

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.<p><b>Motörhead is one of the most</b> …

The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

The modern idea of stress began on a rooftop in Canada, with a handful of rats freezing in the winter wind.<p>This was 1936 and by that point the owner of the rats, an endocrinologist named Hans Selye, had become expert at making rats suffer for science.<p>"He would subject them to extreme temperatures, …

New Research Shows How Marijuana Compound Can Reduce Tumor Growth In Cancer Patients

Scientists have long known that compounds derived from marijuana have some cancer fighting properties, but a recent discovery demonstrates <i>how</i> exactly one compound may fight tumors.<p>Published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the research reveals two previously unknown "signaling platforms" in …

Memory Problems After Chemo Linked to Brain Changes

Breast cancer survivors who had chemotherapy show changes in brain activity during multitasking chores, according to a new Belgian study.<p>These findings may partly explain the phenomenon dubbed “chemo brain.” For years, people who’ve had chemotherapy have reported changes in thinking and memory, especially when doing more than one thing at once.<p>“Before you can fix a problem, you need to know what the problem is. And this study demonstrates what the problem may be. It’s a really good first step …

Vitamin C Coating Can Reduce Clotting Risks

Every year, more than one million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes …

Hearing protein required to convert sound into brain signals

A specific protein found in the bridge-like structures that make up part of the auditory machinery of the inner ear is essential for hearing. The absence of this protein or impairment of the gene that codes for this protein leads to profound deafness in mice and humans, respectively, reports a team of researchers in the journal <i>EMBO Molecular Medicine</i>.<p>“The goal of our study was to identify which isoform of protocadherin-15 forms the tip-links, the essential connections of the auditory …

Stress hormone linked to short-term memory loss as we age

A new study at the University of Iowa reports a potential link between stress hormones and short-term memory loss in older adults.<p>The study, published in the <i>Journal of Neuroscience</i>, reveals that having high levels of cortisol—a natural hormone in our body whose levels surge when we are stressed—can lead to memory lapses as we age.<p>Short-term increases in cortisol are critical for survival. They promote coping and help us respond to life’s challenges by making us more alert and able to think on …

Enlightened Neurons: Can Meditation Beef Up Brain Regions?

After Sara Lazar suffered a running injury in the 1990s, she decided to take up yoga and meditation. She remembers rolling her eyes whenever the teacher touted the supposed benefits of yoga: stress relief, a reduction in symptoms associated with depression and insomnia, and a happier and higher quality of life. After a few weeks though, Lazar’s outlook changed. “I started noticing that I was calmer and I was better able to handle difficult situations… and I was feeling more compassionate and …

Researchers successfully 3D print blood vessels, a ‘game changer’ for artificial organs

<b>“</b>Hundreds of thousands of people die annually because the demand for organs far exceeds the donor supply. Artificial organs could save those lives — and scientists just made a huge breakthrough in the field by “bio-printing” artificial vascular networks.<p>Researchers from the University of Sydney, MIT, Harvard, and Stanford have successfully bio-printed blood vessels, offering 3D-printed organs access to nutrients, oxygen, and waste-disposal routes, according to a study published Monday.”

Plastics, Chemicals Used in Cosmetics Linked to Premature Births

Exposure to phthalates, a type of chemical used in certain plastics and cosmetics, has been linked in a recent study to an elevated risk that pregnant women will deliver their babies prematurely. More from Reuters:<p>Researchers found that women who delivered babies before 37 weeks gestation had …

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

Are behavior, digestion linked for kids with autism?

Children with autism have six-to-eight times more gastrointestinal trouble than typically developing children have, report researchers.<p>Those symptoms …

Autism

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …