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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Beer has fueled a lot of bad ideas. But on a Friday afternoon in 2007, it helped two Alzheimer's researchers come up with a really a good one.<p>Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during "attitude adjustment hour" at Massachusetts General Hospital, …

Dementia

Taming Destructive Emotions

<b>In your new book, Destructive Emotions, you write that “recognizing and transforming destructive emotions is the heart of spiritual practice.” Can</b> …

Mindfulness

Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure …

Sleep

Her Seizures Looked Like Epilepsy, But Her Brain Looked Fine

When Sarah Jay had her first seizure, she was in her mid-20s and working a high-stress job at a call center in Springfield, Mo.<p>"I was going to go on break," she says. "I was heading towards the bathroom and then I fell and passed out."<p>An ambulance took Jay to the hospital but doctors there couldn't …

Mental Health

Tests Indicated His Infection Was Getting Better. Why Did He Feel Worse?

“Something’s wrong,” the woman told the young doctor, her face lined with worry. “This is not my husband.” The 68-year-old man lay unmoving in the hospital bed, his eyes dull, his face expressionless. His wife stood by him, as she had for nearly four decades of marriage. You don’t know him, she …

Medicine

The first American CRISPR trial in humans will target cancer

A First in the U.S.<p>CRISPR is currently humanity’s most effective and efficient gene-editing tool, and the technology is no longer just limited to …

Jeff Sessions’s War on Pot Goes to Court, Attorney General Will Fight 12-Year-Old With Epilepsy

<i>Updated</i> | A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney …

This Popular Household Plant Keeps Seriously Damaging People's Eardrums

Wha?<p>A team of doctors in Australia has noticed an unexpected pattern of ear trauma in their patients over the past few years - and the culprit has …

Medicine

Does the Mind Exist?

Does the mind exist if you can’t measure it? What is consciousness? Why are we here? These questions make for good goop water cooler talk (see our …

California torture house: 13 siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower twice a year

PERRIS, Calif. — The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, a prosecutor said Thursday, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year.<p>They were allegedly beaten, choked and shackled to their beds with no access to a …

Crime

Australian scientists solve malaria mystery

by Belinda Tasker<p>Australian scientists have taken a key step towards developing a vaccine against malaria, after solving a mystery about how …

Family Issues Warning After SoCal Father Who Ignored Flu Symptoms Ends Up in ICU With Renal Failure

With San Diego County in the midst of a flu epidemic, one family is in the fight of their lives.<p>Heavily sedated and on a ventilator, Shawn Burrough, …

7 Tips on How to Grow Delicious Tomatoes in Your Garden

Home gardeners find growing tomatoes more interesting than other vegetables. In fact, 93 percent of American gardeners grow tomatoes.<p>Some would argue …

The Contact Lens That Could Turn You Into a Camera

Smart, connected contact lenses are in the works, and they can do everything from record video to keep your entire body in better health.<p>It’s straight out of a television show: contact lenses that can virtually turn the wearer into a computer. Less invasive than a microchip in the brain and less …

I think Trump should be tested for a degenerative brain disease - STAT

The president is sick. That’s the impression shared by a growing number of Americans — including me, as both a citizen and as a physician.<p>I am not a …

Thursday is one of the most dangerous wildfire days in recent Southern California history

Thursday looks to be a pivotal, frightening day in Southern California's battle against a wildfire siege that began early this week and has since …

Patagonia sues to block Trump's reductions to Utah national monuments

SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and outdoor retail giant Patagonia traded harsh words over the Trump administration's plans to shrink several national monuments, an opening salvo in an imminent legal battle that could be waged for years.<p>A barrage of lawsuits is expected by groups …

Forests

Psoriasis could be prevented with artificial vanilla extract

An interesting new study has uncovered a compound that could be a candidate for the prevention and treatment of psoriasis: a synthetic form of …

Medical Research

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria — and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce proteins unlike those found in nature.<p>It's a step toward designer drug development.<p>One of …

Protein

Neurodegeneration: New cell death mechanism revealed

New research reveals how a dysfunction in the brain's so-called self-digestion system leads to cell death in neurodegenerative disorders. The newly …

Neuroscience

A Dangerous Fungal Infection Hid Inside a Man For 30 Years Before Revealing Itself

It's known as "cave disease".<p>A 70-year-old patient who presented with cancer-like symptoms turns out to have been harbouring something even weirder: …

Depression: Is brain inflammation tied to suicidal thoughts?

A new study confirms the link between inflammation of the brain and the prevalence of suicidal thoughts in people diagnosed with major depression. …