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"Nanodrops" That Repair Corneas May Ultimately Replace Glasses

New eye drops developed by researchers from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University in Israel can improve both nearsightedness and …

Watch for this antibiotic if you have heart disease, FDA says

People with heart disease need to be careful about using the common antibiotic clarithromycin, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.<p>Heart disease patients who take the drug, sold under the brand name Biaxin, can die years later, the FDA said.<p>The FDA said it does not know how …

Medicine

7 Stroke Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

9-1-1 is your best bet in these scenarios.<p>Each year more than 100,000 women under the age of 65 will have a stroke, according to the American Heart Association.<p>But if you were one of those women, would you be able to recognize the symptoms?<p>"In the stroke field, they say 'time is brain,'" says …

Neurology

When Poop Becomes Medicine

Once a weird, fringe treatment, fecal transplants have started becoming mainstream.<p>In 1957, a young microbiologist named Stanley Falkow started asking sick people to swallow their own poop.<p>Falkow was working as a technician in a hospital lab at a time when patients were besieged by a rogue strain …

Tears may be the key to early Parkinson's diagnosis

As is the case with so many other maladies, the sooner that Parkinson's disease is definitively diagnosed, the better. With that in mind, scientists …

Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.<p>Now more than ever, Alzheimer's disease poses an enormous burden. The neurodegenerative disease afflicts more than five million Americans, robbing them of their memories and placing strain and heartache …

Dementia

Stress in fathers may alter sperm and affect behaviour in offspring

Stressed fathers may end up with changes to their sperm that could affect behaviour in their offspring, research in mice has shown.<p>Previous work by the team found that male mice who were exposed to a mildly stressful event, such as being restrained, produced sperm that was richer in certain types …

Neuroscience

Scientists make cancer breakthrough with stem cell discovery

Scientists have made a breakthrough in finding a cure to cancer after discovering a new type of stem cell.<p>An anti-cancer vaccine could soon be …

Ultra-Processed Food Linked to Cancer, Study Says

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.<p>The research, published Wednesday in</i> …

Think You Drink Too Much Coffee? Science Says You Should Probably Drink More, Not Less

It turns out there's a perfect amount of coffee to drink, and it's more than you think.<p>Do you start the day with a mug of coffee, followed by a second mug, and then a third around 3 pm to help you make it through the afternoon? And do you sometimes worry that you're consuming too much caffeine and …

It's not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that the same diet also feeds our brains, and that the food we give our brains shapes our thoughts and actions. I invested many years formally studying neuroscience and …

Nutrition

Scientists grow human eggs to full maturity in a lab

LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity - a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice.<p>Publishing their result in the journal Molecular Human …

Eggs

Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

Gone With A Shot? Hopeful New Signs Of Relief For Migraine Sufferers

Humans have suffered from migraines for millennia. Yet, despite decades of research, there isn't a drug on the market today that prevents them by targeting the underlying cause. All of that could change in a few months when the Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce its decision about …

Medicine

How Cancer Immunotherapy Is Getting Even Better

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved two new immunotherapies to treat certain leukemias and lymphomas. Now, in a study published in …

Amazon Wants to Disrupt Health Care in America. In China, Tech Giants Already Have.

BEIJING — Amazon and two other American titans are trying to shake up health care by experimenting with their own employees’ coverage. By Chinese standards, they’re behind the curve.<p>Technology companies like Alibaba and Tencent have made health care a priority for years, and are using China as …

China

Could this protein hold the key to memory?

Researchers have identified a protein that plays a crucial role in whether we keep or discard memories. In the future, we might be able to use this …

Prostate Cancer: Symptoms To Look Out For, Plus Diagnosis And Treatment

Would you know the signs?<p>Former ‘BBC Breakfast’ host Bill Turnbull has revealed he has incurable prostate cancer.<p>The 62-year-old presenter was …

Cancer

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Prostate cancer kills more people than breast cancer for first time, new figures reveal

Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third deadliest type of the disease in Britain, new research has found.<p>For the first time, figures show that more men are dying from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer, amid warnings from charities and health campaigners that more …

Cancer

Scientists have found the source of anxiety in the brain - and how to turn it off

Anxiety is a useful emotion, but it can result in crippling personality disorders.<p>Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which …

New Blood Test For Alzheimer's Is So Precise It Could Predict It 30 Years Ahead

It was accurate in 90% of patients tested.<p>Scientists have developed a new blood test where a tiny drop of blood could be enough to predict the onset …

Dementia

One injection could kill cancer

Scientists experimenting with an innovative treatment for cancer have now devised a targeted injection that has already successfully eliminated …

Vitamin D-3 could 'reverse' damage to heart

By probing the effect that vitamin D-3 has on the cells that make up the lining of blood vessels, scientists at Ohio University in Athens, OH, have …

India's 'Modicare' to cost about $1.7 billion a year: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to provide health insurance for about half the country would require an estimated 110 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) in federal and state funding each year, sources familiar with the matter said.<p>The scheme, which the government dubs …

Health Care

Mediterranean style diet may prevent dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.<p>Now you can add lowering your risk for dementia to the ever growing list of reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet or …

Holistic Medicine

No, These Two Studies Don't Prove That Coffee Leads To Longer Life

No. No. No. No. No. If you think associations prove causation, you are making an “ass” out of “ociations.” Two large cohort studies just published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> showed associations between coffee drinking and a lower likelihood of dying. But these studies do not in any way prove …

Coffee

Using Big Data to Hack Autism

It’s been 10 years since Michael Wigler had a breakthrough revelation in autism genetics—one that arguably launched the field as we know it.<p>In April …

Inside the brains of psychopaths

A team of scientists recently packed a mobile MRI scanner on the back of a tractor trailer and hauled it into a medium security prison with the goal …

Neurology

The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor - MIT Technology Review

It might not be long before algorithms routinely save lives—as long as doctors are willing to put ever more trust in machines.<p>A team of researchers …