Patricia Aktas

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The case for making painkillers like ibuprofen prescription-only

Medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, are widely available over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. But health providers have known for some time they can be unsafe for people with chronic health problems such as kidney …

A doctor who watched a young White House aide be destroyed by MS 40 years ago now has an approved drug to treat it

She quickly lost her ability to speak, swallow, and breathe. She got married in a wheelchair in her hospital room, tethered to breathing and feeding tubes and dressed in her wedding gown.<p>"We had nothing to treat her with," recalled Hauser, now director of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences at …

Scientists Use Lasers To Regrow Teeth From Stem Cells

Imagine if a trip to the dentist to treat a cavity didn’t involve a filling, root canal, or crown. What if a simple light treatment could actually …

New Treatment Improves Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate For The First Time in a Decade

This is awesome.<p>Scientists have just increased the survival rate of pancreatic cancer for the first time over a decade. At the world’s biggest cancer …

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

We’re fighting cancer with a universal vaccine

How cool would it be to stop cancer dead in its tracks using a vaccine that would work regardless of cancer type? It turns out that humanity is …

No More Pills? Tiny Nerve-Zapping Implants to Fight Disease

Imagine a future where we can treat diabetes or autoimmune disorders with an electrical zap delivered by a device no larger than a speck of dust.<p>The …

What would happen if all animals were as smart as us

If every species on the planet were suddenly equally intelligent, would we cooperate or fight? Rachel Nuwer explores this hypothetical survival of the fittest scenario.<p>In Planet of the Apes, a man finds himself in a world governed by hyper-intelligent primates that lord over enslaved human …

Beyond Terminator : Squishy "Octobot" Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics

A squishy octopus-shaped machine less than 2 centimetres tall is making waves in the field of soft robotics. The ‘octobot’ described today in <i>Nature</i> …

Scientists look at how A.I. will change our lives by 2030

By the year 2030, artificial intelligence (A.I.) will have changed the way we travel to work and to parties, how we take care of our health and how …

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

<b>DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London's Great Plague.</b><p>The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population.<p>It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected …

Scientists Find Legendary Sea Blob After Century Of Searching

MBARIAfter more than a century of searching, scientists have rediscovered a relatively giant sea blob that some assumed never truly existed to begin …

Scientists Use Invasive Plant to Treat MRSA

In a new study published this week in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>, scientists found that an extract from the berries of the invasive Brazilian …

Immune System

Salmonella flags cancer to the immune system when injected into tumours, scientists find

The food poisoning bug salmonella can be injected into tumours to flag cancer to the immune system so that it can be quickly cleared from the body, scientists have shown.<p>Cancer is extremely good at evading the body’s immune system, largely because a tumour is normal tissue which has gone awry, so …