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Scientists claim songbirds could hold key to curing Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease

Songbirds could help doctors find a cure for Huntingdon's disease thanks thanks to they way they learn to sing.<p>By studying the dulcet tones of …

Neuroscience

Scientists test new gene therapy for vision loss from a mitochondrial disease

<b>NIH-funded study shows success in targeting mitochondrial DNA in mice</b><p>Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel …

The Costs of Racial Disparities in Health Care

Racial disparities in life expectancy are a key indicator of inequity in health outcomes. Although the United States has made progress in narrowing the gap in life expectancy between blacks and whites, from 7.6 years in 1970 to 3.8 years in 2010, a disparity remains — largely from blacks’ higher …

Health Care

Cancer in a time of crisis | Health

With barely any wrinkles, Ricardo looks younger than his 52 years. He is sitting in front of his home computer in San Antonio De Los Altos, a satellite town 18 miles from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.<p>The left side of his head is visible and nothing, apart perhaps from a too-short haircut, is …

Tumors

Antidepressants and blood thinners cause brain cancer cells to eat themselves

A combination of antidepressants and blood thinners has been found to cause brain cancer cells to eat themselves. Scientists found lifespan doubled …

Contraception

The True Cost of an Expensive Medication

The U.S. is unique among Western countries in that it doesn’t regulate drug prices. One nurse tells the story of what it’s like to watch patients get sicker when they can’t afford a pricey treatment.<p>It was supposed to be a miracle, but now it’s what keeps Laura Bush, a nurse-practitioner near …

Health Care

Doctors diagnosing miscarriage 'too early'

New study by Imperial College London reveald doctors should wait a further two weeks to carry out a second scan to confirm whether a pregnancy is viable rather than a week<p>Doctors should double the time they wait before diagnosing early miscarriage to avoid the risk of terminating healthy babies, …

Disease

DARPA develops a way for humans to produce their own lifesaving vaccines

ST. LOUIS — The next factory for lifesaving drugs could be the human body itself.<p>Scientists are developing a new vaccine-making method that co-opts …

This Plastic Chip Is Changing Medicine

A series of micro organs embedded on thumb-drive-size chips is opening new possibilities for drug research.<p>They may look like simple chunks of plastic to the average person, but to a drug researcher they could be the key to transforming the notoriously expensive and inefficient process of bringing …

UC Berkeley

A US panel just backed the use of aspirin in preventing a type of cancer

People between the ages of 50 and 59 years at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke should take daily low-dose aspirin to help prevent colon cancer, according to proposed recommendations from a US-backed panel of independent medical experts.<p>Taking aspirin for at least 10 years could help …

Biomedicine

Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health Care

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution?<p>It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into the therapeutic applications of psychedelics, published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, highlights the enormous potential of …

Johns Hopkins University

Nunca más se te van a quedar los filetes de ternera como la suela de una zapatilla

¿Cuando cocinas un solomillo, un chuletón o un filete de carne roja no consigues que quede bien? No te preocupes porque a partir de ahora <b>cualquier</b> …

UK scientists seek permission to genetically modify human embryos

Researchers apply for licence months after Chinese team become first to announce they have altered DNA<p>Scientists in Britain have applied for permission to genetically modify human embryos as part of a research project into the earliest stages of human development.<p>The work marks a controversial …

Genetics

Lives being put at risk, NHS report suggests

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1194000/1194565_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522538144_52f520370e6ca1ef22cd44364da6386c<p><b>Differences in access to key NHS services, including stroke and cancer care, are putting patients at risk, an official report suggests.</b><p>The NHS Atlas …

Radiation Therapy

'Amazing' diabetes drug drives down fatal heart attacks and strokes, study finds

Just as doctors were losing hope that they would find a drug capable of reducing heart risks for patients with<p>diabetes, a new study identified one that may drive down the chances that such patients will die of a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.<p>Compared with clinical trial subjects who took a …

Scientist who let bees sting him on 25 different body parts awarded Ig Nobel prize

Winners of this year Ig Nobel Prize include scientists who attached a weight to the rear chicken to see if it walked like a dinosaur<p>A scientist who let bees sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations in his body has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for physiology.<p>The prestigious prize, which is …

21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don't have to be so awful.

Drug Can Stop Radiation Poisoning Up To 24 Hours After Exposure

A new tool for emergency medicine<p>Even at low levels, radiation can make people sick over time. But brief periods of intense exposure, like after the destruction of the Fukushima reactor in 2011, can cause more immediate health threats, especially on the gastrointestinal tract, or even death. Now …

Medicine

These Stories of Sexual Abuse in Operating Rooms Are Horrifying

Then the anonymous author offers up a stomach-churning example from his or her own past, when a resident danced around singing “La Cucaracha” with his hand inside the vagina of a woman the essay calls “Mrs. Lopez.” "He keeps dancing," says the essay writer, who explained that it was his or her job …

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice: Alpha-lipoic acid stimulates telomerase in vascular smooth muscle

Alpha-lipoic acid stimulates telomerase in vascular smooth muscle<p>The dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid can stimulate telomerase, the enzyme that …

Chronic Disease

Surgery can radically reduce obesity’s effects, study finds

Break in Working Relationship Between Two Trash Clearing Proteins May Result in Parkinson's Disease

<b>Two proteins that share the ability to help cells deal with their trash appear to need each other to do their jobs and when they don’t connect, it</b> …

We Asked Some Medical Students About the Grossest, Funniest, Most Profound Stuff They've Seen

If you were surrounded by death all the time, you'd be a bit weird too.<p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE Romania</i><p>Lately, I've been thinking a lot about death and the process of dying. I know, not the prettiest of thoughts; there's far nicer ideas to be contemplating than your own demise. It's …

Medical School

El presidente de México pierde apoyo de grandes empresarios

MEXICO (AP) — El desplegado que apareció en diarios nacionales de México fue inusual: 20 poderosas asociaciones empresariales y centros de análisis públicamente criticó al gobierno por no hacer su trabajo.<p>En el anuncio pagado, y publicado a una página completa el mes pasado, le exigieron …