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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are Now In Every Part of the World

In a first-of-its-kind report, World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that bacterial infections that can’t be treated with the antibiotics …

Public Health

Healing, 'Terminator'-style: Liquid metal could fix severed nerves

It's about time. Medical researchers are borrowing a page from the speculative science and technology of 1991's "Terminator 2" to help repair severed nerves.<p>On Monday, a team at Tsinghua University in Beijing announced the promising use of liquid metal to bridge the gap between the two ends of a …

Disability

Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

Whooping cough was once one of the leading killers of babies around the world. Now that it's largely controlled with a vaccine, scientists have had a chance to figure out how the disease came into being in the first place.<p>That story is told in a study published online this week in the journal <i>mBio</i>. …

Hepatitis C: New drug treatment 'is a breakthrough'

<b>A new treatment for hepatitis C "cured" 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, scientists said.</b><p>The study is a "major breakthrough" and marks a "turning point" in hepatitis C treatment, said experts.<p>More than 200,000 people are infected with hepatitis in the UK, and deaths from the …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted …

The Trouble With The DSM

With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.<p>In 2012, I got a voice-mail message from a former patient; I'll call him Sandy. I last saw him about ten years ago. I'd worked …

Scientists track leukaemia's origins 'back to the womb'

<b>Scientists say they have traced the root genetic cause of leukaemia back to early life in the womb.</b><p>The Institute of Cancer Research experts analysed the entire three billion letter sequence of DNA-coding in identical twins to reveal what sets off the disease.<p>They hope the findings, published in …

1 in 4 skin cancer survivors skips sunscreen

Most patients who survive a cancer scare listen carefully to their doctor's advice and make changes to their lifestyle or diet to avoid a second brush with the killer disease.<p>But one startling study by the American Association for Cancer Research shows that one in four people who have had melanoma …