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New Flu Drug Gives Your Body More Time To Defend Itself

And it works incredibly well<p>Dying from the flu can be a lot like drowning. As it progresses, the influenza virus affects the cellular barrier between the circulatory and respiratory systems, allowing other bodily fluids to leak into the lungs and causing them to fail. In the past, flu-fighting …

Immune System

Victoria

• <b>Author:</b> A. N. Wilson<p><b>“[A] shimmering and rather wonderful biography.” —The Guardian (London)</b><p>When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was the mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children’s marriages. To …

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

• <b>Author:</b> Timothy Egan<p>“A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” — <i>Washington Post</i><p>Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait …

Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present

• <b>Author:</b> Max Boot<p>“Destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest . . . hardest form of war.”—John Nagl, Wall Street Journal<br>Invisible Armies presents an entirely original narrative of warfare, which demonstrates that, far from the exception, loosely organized partisan or …

Citizens of London

• <b>Author:</b> Lynne Olson<p>The acclaimed author of <i>Troublesome Young Men</i> reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in …

Cutting cancer to pieces: New research on bleomycin

A variety of cancers are treated with the anti-tumor agent bleomycin, though its disease-fighting properties remain poorly understood. In a new …

What We Can Learn From Humans Who Don't Age

A closer look at the science behind two unusual little girls, who have appeared on Dateline and Good Morning America.<p>Perhaps you've seen them on <i>Dateline</i>, or <i>Good Morning America</i>. Gabrielle Williams and Brooke Greenberg are girls who don't seem to age at the same rate as the rest of us. Nine-year-old …

British scientific panel backs potential '3-parent' IVF babies

A British expert scientific panel gave its backing on Tuesday to potential new 3-way fertility treatments that would for the first time allow genetically modified embryos to be implanted into women.<p>The "three-parent" IVF techniques are designed to help families with particular genetic faults who …

Scientists create antibody that blocks pain and itchiness

The pharmaceuticals used to treat pain haven’t changed substantially in many years, and they all come with a range of possible side effects. In the …

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

For the first time in decades, researchers trying to develop a vaccine for malaria have discovered a new target they can use to attack this deadly and common parasite.<p>Finding a target for attack is a far cry from having a vaccine. And the history of malaria vaccines is littered with hopeful ideas …

Water’s speed in cells may hold clues to Alzheimer’s

Water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, report …

Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism?

For President Obama, 2013 wasn't just the year of Obamacare. It was also the year of the brain.<p>In April, Obama announced his Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative — an effort to unlock "the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our …

Glycan changes may signal stomach cancer

Researchers have taken a first step towards identifying glycans—sugars attached to proteins—that could help diagnose gastric cancer before it becomes …