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A Nine-Year Study Has Just Shown How Sugar Exacerbates Cancer

This is huge.<p>There's a long-known relationship between cancer and sugar, but figuring out exactly how it works has proven elusive. Now, thanks to a …

Cancer

Novel treatment causes cancer to self-destruct without affecting healthy cells

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide while sparing …

Genetics Researchers Just Disproved a Long-Held Racist Assumption

Many genetic skin variants associated with light skin originated in Africa.<p>By on<p>Racism is a grotesque inheritance passed down from light-skinned …

Biology

There’s no rest for the brain’s mapmakers

The brain’s mapmakers don’t get a break, even for sleep. Grid cells, specialized nerve cells that help keep people and other animals oriented, stay …

The Brain

New study suggests that last common ancestor of humans and apes was smaller than thought

New research suggests that the last common ancestor of apes—including great apes and humans—was much smaller than previously thought, about the size …

American Museum of Natural History

Gene-expression study raises thorny ethical issues

Project obtains tissues from recently deceased individuals to look for the origins of disease.<p>Sharon Napper was getting ready for school one morning …

Genetics

Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research

Tribal leaders are developing a policy for genetic research and data sharing, potentially ending a 15-year moratorium.<p>When the Navajo Nation opens …

Genetics

Human brain recalls visual features in reverse order than it detects them

Scientists at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute have contributed to solving a paradox of perception, literally upending models of how the brain …

Promising new target for treatment of psoriasis is safe, study shows

A protein known to play a significant role in the development of psoriasis can be prevented from functioning without posing a risk to patients, …

Throat Cancer’s Link to Oral Sex: What You Should Know

You likely think of cervical cancer when you hear about the rising incidence of human papilloma virus (HPV). So you might be surprised to learn that …

Public Health

WHO announces new milestones in battle against measles and rubella

Health programs targeting measles and rubella in the Western Pacific have demonstrated major milestones, with New Zealand and the Republic of Korea …

Public Health

Six grand ideas to fight the end of antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics has led them to becoming less and less effective to treat us when we’re sick – leaving scientists scrambling for a fix. Here are some of the best ideas to tackle one of the 21st Century's biggest challenges.<p>The world is nearing a moment when antibiotics no longer work to …

Microbiology

Changes of mitochondrial ultrastructure and function during ageing in mice and Drosophila

Ageing is a progressive decline of intrinsic physiological functions. We examined the impact of ageing on the ultrastructure and function of …

Biology

Researchers create molecule that could ‘kick and kill’ HIV

<b>Current anti-AIDS drugs are highly effective at making HIV undetectable and allowing people with the virus to live longer, healthier lives. The treatments, a class of medications called antiretroviral therapy, also greatly reduce the chance of transmission from person to person.</b><p>But the medications …

Medicine

Fighting the fatty liver

Increased levels of obesity are driving an epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Understanding, diagnosing and treating this progressive …

Diabetes

Targeting vitamin D receptors could prevent type 2 diabetes

Targeting vitamin D receptors in insulin-producing cells could be an effective way to prevent type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study.<p>Researchers found …

Diabetes

Research reveals how rabies can induce frenzied behavior

Other research found a string of amino acids within the rabies glycoprotein that is almost identical to an amino acid sequence found in snake venom …

Stomach acid blockers promote liver disease, study finds

Chronic liver disease appears to be promoted by taking stomach acid blockers known as proton pump inhibitors, according to a study led by University …

Medicine

New compound kills cancer without harming healthy cells

Scientists have developed a small molecule that directly triggers suicide in cancer cells without harming healthy cells.<p>In the journal <i>Cancer Cell</i>, …

Cancer

Human Semen Can Harbor At Least 27 Different Viruses

Semen may have been hiding a deadly secret. It turns out that sperm can host at least 27 different viruses, incorporating a diverse range of the …

Biology

Cancer-genome study challenges mouse 'avatars'

Grafting human cancer cells into mice alters tumour evolution.<p>An analysis of more than 1,000 mouse models of cancer has challenged their ability to …

Cancer

Test for breast cancer risk could reduce pre-emptive mastectomies

Researchers develop gene test that will give more detailed information on risk to women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations<p>A genetic test that accurately predicts the risk of developing breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups.<p>Researchers behind the test say it could reduce the number of …

Cancer

Many new cancer drugs don't save lives

And scientists discover a new part of the brain<p><i>Hello and happy Saturday! Here's this week's roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and</i> …

Neuroscience

Trump Contraceptive Move Could Lead to More Abortions

The Trump administration's moves this week to cut back on free birth control and tighten abortion restrictions could add up to an unintended consequence, according to experts: Women may end up having more abortions.<p>On Friday, the administration rolled back a key Obamacare requirement for most …

Rights & Freedoms

DNA-Delivered Antibodies Fight Off Lethal Bacterial Infection

Mice receiving the treatment produced their own monoclonal antibodies and survived infection with the life-threatening pathogen Pseudomonas …

Medicine

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Nerve Study Shows How Cells Adapt to Help Repair Damage, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: A Cell Reports study identifies molecules that allow Schwann cells to help regenerate nerves.Source: University of Edinburgh.Genetic …

Neuroscience

Blob-ology and biology of cryo-EM: an interview with Helen Saibil

Helen Saibil is Bernal Professor of Structural Biology at Birkbeck, University of London. After undergraduate work at McGill University, Canada, …

Biology

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Machine Learning Used to Automatically Identify Brain Tumors, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers from UT Austin utilize deep learning and supoercomputing to help identify brain tumors.Source: UT Austin.Primary brain tumors …

Machine Learning