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This Video Of A Kitten Preparing For Her Nap Time Will Blow All Your Worries Away

Here's a little reminder that cats are just the best.<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

Kittens

Do Vitamin D Supplements Help with Diabetes, Weight Loss, and Blood Pressure?

Those with higher vitamin D levels tend to have lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. But is it cause and effect? Interventional trials …

FDA Wants Proof That Antibacterial Hand-Sanitizing Products Are Actually Effective

While you may have a personal choice of antibacterial hand-sanitizing product to wipe, slather, and squirt your way to germ-free mitts, there’s one …

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

LA JOLLA — Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can …

The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger

It looks like butter may, in fact, be back. The creamy condiment is a “middle-of-the-road” food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than …

'The Aleppo Evil' Is Making A Comeback

When the first cases were reported in Syria 275 years ago, it was called "the Aleppo boil" or "the Aleppo evil." And for good reason: The parasitic illness spread by sand flies causes nasty skin lesions that leave victims scarred for life physically and can leave emotional scars as well.<p>The …

Changes to ocean pH mean that some organisms struggle to make shells. Now, the ability to detect crucial chemical signals is also being altered for some species<p>What if the way things smell started to change? What if food inexplicably lost its aroma and your house no longer had its familiar homely …

Climate Change

Why We Need to Talk About Sickle Cell Disease

I am sitting in a hospital waiting room when a young man walks in and sits beside me. His simple “bonjour” makes me raise my eyes to him. One look …

How the Science of CRISPR Can Change Your Genes

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in science is here. CRISPR is a new technology that can edit DNA with remarkable precision, and it has the …

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

The Brain

Scientists find clue to why mitochondrial DNA comes only from mom

Scientists have found a clue to why one type of DNA is passed down to children by their mothers — but not their fathers.<p>DNA inside energy-producing …

In malaria battle, indoor bug spraying has unintended consequence

<b>AUSTIN, TEXAS</b> — Success of an indoor spraying campaign to combat malaria on an African island may have started a worrisome trend in local mosquito …

Here's why we can't curb one of the biggest factors driving antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is driven by many factors, the most significant of which is inappropriate prescribing.<p>This is when patients get a prescription for an antibiotic that they don't really need, or get a prescription for the wrong antibiotic, the wrong dose or the wrong duration. And doctors know …

Gene-Editing Tool Approved For Use in Humans

Brace yourself for <i>GATTACA</i> comparisons. A powerful gene-editing tool that could pave the way for genetic engineering has been approved for use in …

Genetics

Sea Slug That Looks Like a Leaf Steals Genes to Become Animal-Plant Hybrid

This green sea slug has a lot more in common with the green leaves that it resembles than one might think. That’s because this little guy has hijacked enough plant genes to become the first animal who is able to produce chlorophyll just like a plant, meaning it can rely on sunshine for its …

Immense species richness of bacterial-eating microorganisms discovered in soil - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Typically ignored, the millions of microorganisms that we tread upon daily play a major role in the decomposition of soil matter – one that is of far …

Latest weight-loss device approved by the FDA leaves some doctors 'appalled'

AspireAssist lets people with obesity pump food out of their stomachs<p>A weight-loss device approved by the FDA last week has some doctors up in arms, with one even attempting to put together 4,000 physicians to sue the agency. That’s because they say the device, which lets patients pump some of the …

Medicine

Research may point to new ways to deliver drugs into bacteria

An exhaustive look at how bacteria hold their ground and avoid getting pushed around by their environment shows how dozens of genes aid the essential …

Working long hours harms women but protects men, study shows

Women who put in long hours in their careers greatly increase their risk of developing life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, a new study has shown.<p>Work weeks that averaged 60 hours per week or more over three decades were found to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart …

Ohio State University

Gaining just 12 pounds between pregnancies may harm the baby

Not only the sins of the father, but the weight of the mother may well also be laid at the feet of the children. So report researchers out of Sweden in the journal <i>PLoS Medicine</i> in finding that women whose BMI increases by two or more units—amounting to a roughly 12-pound gain in women of average …

Depressing Theory: Cancer May Be An Evolutionary Safeguard To Protect Our Species

Living forever wouldn’t be good for the species. Did nature make a way to keep it from happening?<p>When our DNA is damaged and cannot be repaired, the damaged cell is marked for termination so its compromised DNA isn’t passed on. The cells are told not to reproduce. If this process, called apoptosis, …

Scientists find they can eliminate HIV from the DNA of human cells

Researchers have found they can effectively and safely eliminate HIV from the DNA of human cells grown in a culture.<p>Scientists from the Lewis Katz …

UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health scientists find genetic cause of multiple sclerosis

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health have proven that multiple sclerosis (MS) can be caused by a single …

Researchers in California have been trying to grow human organs inside pigs in attempt to tackle donor shortage<p>Scientists trying to grow human organs inside pigs in an attempt to tackle a shortage of donors have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos.<p>Researchers at the University of …

Genetics

Sodium-retaining effect of insulin in diabetes.

2012 Dec;303(11):R1101-9. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00390.2012. Epub 2012 Oct 3.<p>1Dept. of Physiology, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences …

We Can Now 'Cut And Paste' RNA in Addition to DNA, And It Could Disable Viruses

Science gets smarter.<p>You've probably heard of CRISPR - the gene editing tool that essentially lets scientists cut and paste DNA, removing things like …

Great eggspectations

Consumers preferences about the colours of their food, such as the yellowness of egg yolks or pinkness of salmon, vary by region. As National Food Reporter Ann Hui writes, one Canadian company has developed a tool that lets food producers find the perfect hue for their market<p>While North Americans …

Scientists Have Turned Potatoes Into A Superfood

Your average American puts away 110 pounds of potatoes a year. It’s not quite what Europe manages, but that’s still a lot of spuds. Despite what you may have heard, the potato is fairly healthy for you, but there’s always room for improvement. And researchers in Colorado might have genetically …

Nutrition

Paralyzed Cat Drags Herself To The Spot She Left Her Kittens After Neighbor Tried To Kill Her

This mom cat recently suffered the most brutal attack after she accidentally wandered into the wrong yard in Australia. The man who lived on the …