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Inhaled statins could treat asthma

A drug prescribed to prevent or stall the progress of heart disease may also relieve symptoms of asthma, according to a new study.The researchers …


Telemedicine saves money for rural ERs

Rural emergency departments that use telemedicine to consult with pediatricians at larger hospitals save money in the long run. Even though the …


More cancer success with drugs that enlist immune system

CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a major study shows that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer.

These newer kinds of drugs have transformed treatment of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. Studies presented …


Can electric current help people with schizophrenia?

Gentle brain stimulation with electricity may improve short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, a small study suggests.

The procedure, called …

The Brain

Science journal retracts gay-marriage study after evidence of fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amid evidence of fraud in a high-profile study on how canvassers can convince people to back same-sex marriage, the journal Science, which published the study, retracted it on Thursday.

The senior author agreed to the retraction, Science editor-in-chief Marcia McNutt said in a …


Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets

Elderly people will be treated like second-class citizens and denied medical care under new targets which give priority to saving the lives of young people

The NHS could be led to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in …

Health Care

We Need Antibiotics. They’re Not Profitable To Make. Who Pays?

Within the slow-brewing crisis of antibiotic resistance—which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kills 23,000 Americans each year—there are a lot of failures: of health care personnel who prescribe drugs when they should not; of patients who take drugs badly and encourage …


Retraction of gay marriage study leaves L.A. canvassers feeling jilted

Laura Gardiner knew she was making a difference with her work.

As national mentoring coordinator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Leadership Lab, she and her colleagues had toiled to train 1,000 volunteers who had fanned out across Los Angeles and beyond, lobbying voters in precincts that had cast …


Amnesia researchers use light to restore 'lost' memories in mice

Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study published Thursday reported.

Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with some researchers arguing that it occurs when cells …


Global study finds early treatment is effective against HIV

Washington (AFP) - Early antiretroviral treatment after diagnosis of HIV infection significantly reduces the likelihood of getting AIDS or other serious illnesses, according to results from a large international clinical trial.

The study was presented a year earlier than planned after preliminary …


This poster is HIV-positive. The people who read it are instantly touched.

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Modern Humans Trekked Out of Africa Via Egypt, DNA Study Suggests

The major gateway for modern humans out of Africa may have been Egypt, a new genetic analysis suggests.

This finding may help scientists reconstruct how humans evolved as they wandered across the globe, the researchers added.

Modern humans first arose about 200,000 years ago in Africa south of the …


Why your immune system doesn’t eat you alive

New research out of Stanford debunks some of our longest-held ideas about the behaviors of T cells

For a long time researchers figured the body had a tidy way of dealing with immune cells that might trigger diabetes, lupus or other autoimmune diseases—it must kill off these rogue cells early in …

Immune System

Researchers discover surprisingly wide variation across species in genetic systems that influence aging

A new Iowa State University study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and mammals.

Life Sciences

Less invasive test for lung cancer expected in 2016

Lung cancer is responsible for the most cancer deaths in the United States. It will kill an estimated 158,000 people in 2015, more than breast, …


Prostate trouble? Go to the dentist

Treating gum disease can reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, called prostatitis, report researchers.

Previous studies have found a link between …


Does the new pill have a dangerous side effect?

Newer contraceptive pills appear to come with a higher risk of serious blood clots, but experts say that doesn’t mean women should stop using them.A …

United Kingdom

How federal funding cuts hurt medical research

Cuts in federal support and unreliable funding streams are creating a hostile work environment for scientists. This situation is jeopardizing the …


Osteoporosis drug protects bones from breast cancer

When breast cancer spreads, it often shows up in bone. But a drug used to treat osteoporosis appears to stop the spread, according to tests in …


New Species of Human Ancestor Found in Ethiopia

Fossil jaws over three million years old speak to close relative of Lucy

More than 3 million years ago, when “Lucy” was roaming the savannah of present-day Ethiopia, she may have encountered other two-legged apes not unlike her own species, Australopithecus afarensis—yet still just a wee bit …


Different Species of Human Ancestor Lived Near Lucy, Scientists Say

Lucy and her kin weren't the only human ancestors to live in modern-day Ethiopia 3.3 million years ago, scientists say. They report that a different species, similar but not identical to Lucy's, was living nearby during the same time frame.

The study, appearing in this week's issue of the journal …


As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."

Common infections that have been easily treatable for …

Antibiotic Resistance

Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA?

Last year Tony Perry made mice that would have been brown-furred grow up white instead. That Perry, a molecular embryologist at the University of Bath, tweaked their coat colour isn’t new – scientists have been making so-called knock-out mice, in which certain genes are disabled, since the …


'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

A single gene that is found only in Homo species may partly explain why the human neocortex, the seat of higher cognitive functions, is so large.


Epilepsy, cognitive deficits and neuroanatomy in males with ZDHHC9 mutations. - PubMed


Systematic investigation of individuals with intellectual disability after genetic diagnosis can illuminate specific phenotypes and …


Dyslexia not linked to eyesight, says study

Dyslexia is not linked to any problems with eyesight, say researchers.

Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye tests on more than 5,800 children and did not find any differences in the vision of those with dyslexia.

This raises doubts about the value of using coloured overlays …


Women risk losing ability to give birth naturally

A leading obstetrician has claimed women are at risk of being unable to give birth naturally in the future

It may seem an inevitable part of the cycle of life, but according to a leading obstetrician, women are at risk of losing the ability to give birth naturally.

French doctor Michel Odent has …


Sterile mosquitoes released in China to fight dengue fever

This spring, a team of scientists has been driving around a small island in Guangzhou, southern China, releasing more than half a million mosquitoes from plastic pots on board trucks.

Rather than chasing the researchers away, families have welcomed their incursion: “Some residents have even asked to …


HIV immunity: rare gene differences offer hope for treatment

“I believe it’s possible to develop a mass-market single-shot treatment for HIV,” says Dr Gero Hütter. “If we can overcome a few problems, our approach is closer to a complete cure than anything in the last 30 years.”

It’s now seven years since Hütter and his team at the Charité hospital in Berlin …