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Tumor-Destroying, Life-Expanding Cancer Treatment Wins Prize for 3 Scientists

Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies …

Animals that defy the rules of aging — like naked mole rats — could help scientists unravel the secrets to longevity

Being a freak of nature isn't always a bad thing, especially if you defy the conventions of aging.<p>Naked mole rats and turtles are outliers when it comes to the rules of nature. The mole rat lives up to 31 years, decades longer than its other rodent relatives. Turtles are one of the longest-living …

Biology

Elephants Hardly Ever Get Cancer, And We May Finally Know Their Secret

We can learn from this.<p>For years, scientists have tried to figure out why elephants are so good at not getting cancer. New research suggests their …

Elephants

Why salamanders can regrow perfect tails, but lizards can’t

New research explains why tail regeneration is perfect in salamanders and imperfect in lizards—and may help clarify why mice can’t regenerate their …

Amphibians

Selective autophagy as a potential therapeutic target for neurodegenerative disorders

Summary<p>Cells rely on surveillance systems such as autophagy to handle protein alterations and organelle damage. Dysfunctional autophagy, an …

Neuroscience

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US has revealed that prolonged exposure to blue light triggers poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

How Can You Treat Someone Who Doesn't Think They're Mentally Ill?

Laws are being passed that make it possible to compel people to receive treatment for health problems they don’t believe they have.<p>On July 3, 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. Desperate to escape her hometown of Modesto in Stanislaus County, 300 miles north in …

Mental Health

New class of drug compounds puts cancer in a sleeper hold

Cancer isn't some foreign illness invading your body – it's essentially just regular cells dividing out of control. Current cancer treatments like …

Cancer

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Cancer cells are weaker when made more acidic

Cancer cells function less well and are less able to multiply when their internal environment is made more acidic.<p>This was the conclusion that …

Cancer Cells

Scientists Have Developed A New Anti-Cancer Drug That Sends Cancer Cells Into A Permanent State Of Sleep

A new study shows that this groundbreaking new approach to cancer treatment can put cancer cells to sleep while attacking KAT6A and KAT6B proteins.<p>In …

Cancer Cells

The band of biologists who redrew the tree of life

John Archibald praises a compelling guide to the past 3 billion years — and its molecular historians.<p><b>The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life</b></i> …

Biology

Stem cells to be transplanted into brains of Parkinson's patients in world-first trials

The deterioration of motor skills in Parkinson's patients is driven by the decline of dopamine production, but researchers in Japan are making …

Stem Cells

The Triangulation Theory May Explain Why Some Childhoods Are So Stressful

“Adults who experienced triangles in early family relationships can lack a clear sense of their own wants and needs.”<p>When a person in a committed relationship takes a secret second lover, it forms a love triangle. This new constellation changes the relationship between the committed couple, …

Psychology

Scientists Present New Theory Explaining Why We're the Only Humans on Earth

"So, we thought, why not turn to the most glaring fact of all?"<p>It’s easy to forget that we’re a single species within the genus <i>Homo</i> because everyone …

Population

How giant neurons in the brain stimulate consciousness, awareness and cognition

A fascinating study from scientists at Rockefeller University has shed new light on a deep brain mechanism that can stimulate awareness and …

Neuroscience

13 Herbs That Can Help You Lose Weight

It’s no secret that what you’re putting on your plate plays a central role in weight loss.<p>But what you keep in your spice cabinet may be just as …

Weight Loss

Could Depression Be An Immune Response To Stress? A New Study Suggests An Answer

Science is gradually piecing together the vexing brain puzzle that connects depression and inflammation, and an important new piece just fell into place. Researchers using a mouse model have discovered how stress triggers an immune response in the brain that leads to inflammation and ultimately …

Research

Researchers discover why the CRISPR gene editing system sometimes fails

The CRISPR gene editing revolution is less than a decade old and scientists are still learning how best to deploy this ground-breaking technique. A …

Trial of anti-ageing drugs that rejuvenate immune system hailed a success

Scientists have hailed the success of a clinical trial which found that experimental anti-ageing drugs may protect older people from potentially fatal respiratory infections by rejuvenating their immune systems.<p>In a trial involving people aged 65 and over, those who received a combination therapy …

Immunotherapy

40 Genes Linked to Aggression and Violence Are Also Crucial for Survival

"These functions are so general."<p>The 2002 film <i>Minority Report</i> imagined a world in which violent crime could be predicted before it occurs. In that …

Unique blood and microbiome profiles pave way for test for chronic fatigue syndrome

In the world of medicine there are still many biological mysteries yet to be solved. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is one of those big unsolved …

Nightshifts disrupt rhythm between brain and gut, study shows

Working night shifts can mess up the body’s natural rhythms so much that the brain and digestive system end up completely out of kilter with one another, scientists say.<p>Three night shifts in a row had little impact on the body’s master clock in the brain, researchers found, but it played havoc with …

Digestion

Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution

Far from just being the product of our parents, University of Adelaide scientists have shown that widespread transfer of genes between species has …

Cancer-causing gene may have 'jumped' from plants into humans

Genes that cause cancer may have originated in plants and then “jumped” into humans, according to a new study.<p>The world’s largest analysis of so-called “jumping genes” has revealed the crucial role of an element known as L1, which the new data shows entered humans about 150 million years ago.<p>The …

Research

What Was It Like When The Big Bang First Began?

Looking out at our Universe today, we not only see a huge variety of stars and galaxies both nearby and far away, we also see a curious relationship: the farther away a distant galaxy is, the faster it appears to move away from us. In cosmic terms, the Universe is expanding, with all the galaxies …

Dark Matter

This Is How Much Dark Matter Passes Through Your Body Every Second

The Universe, despite all the planets, stars, gas, dust, galaxies, and more we find within it, doesn’t quite add up. On the largest cosmic scales, we find the same story everywhere we look: there isn’t enough matter to account for the gravitational effects we observe. Matter clumps into a cosmic …

Dark Matter

5 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's and Why It's Important to Start Now

Drop the Soduko and adopt these simple habits to stand a chance against Alzheimers and other brain diseases.<p>July 03, 2018<p>This past weekend my …

Coffee Drinking Study Reveals How Many Cups People Are Capable of Drinking

Researchers investigate whether there's such a thing as too much.<p>A paper published today in <i>JAMA Internal Medicine</i> shows that your genetics probably …

These 14 Short Story Collections Will Change Your Approach to Life

If you're someone who loves reading but can never seem to find the time for it, we've found a solution: the humble short story. We get it, it can be …