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The New Gene-Editing Technique That Reveals Cancer’s Weaknesses

CRISPR can finally tell us which human genes are essential—and which matter specifically to cancer cells.<p>Humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes, but which of these really matter? Which are essential, and which are merely optional add-ons?<p>It’s crazy to me that we still don't know, even though …

Genetics

NHS faces worst financial crisis in its history

The NHS has announced the largest deficit in its history, amid warnings that hospitals could run out of cash to pay staff within a year<p>NHS trusts in England have declared the worst financial performance in the history of the health service, with fears some hospitals will run out of cash to pay …

Is Sexism All in Your Brain?

A new study says the brains of misogynists are also super-dense in regions that control fear and anger. But there’s a twist.<p>Sexism is deeply …

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Genetics

Ten British women get go-ahead for womb transplants

Ethical approval has been granted for the clinical trial which will see ten British women without wombs carry their own babies<p>Thousands of women born without a womb could benefit from a new transplant which has been given the green light.<p>Ten British women will be given womb transplants in a trial …

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Brain-Stimulating Helmet May Help Parkinson’s Patients

A non-invasive alternative to brain surgery could be as effective<p>When Michelle Lane was incapacitated by Parkinson's disease, her best option was brain surgery. Electrical leads were surgically implanted into her skull, and a pacemaker-like device installed to deliver electrical signals to the …

The Brain

Transplant drug helps old rats shed body fat - Futurity

A drug used to prevent rejection of organ transplants appears to reduce body fat and appetite in older rats. Could it work for people, too?

Body Fat

Blood test could pick up early signs of Alzheimer’s disease 10 years early

British researchers found that the blood level of a protein called MAPKAPK5 was lower in individuals whose cognitive ability declined over a ten year period<p>A blood test could identify the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 10 years before symptoms develop, scientists …

Keyhole knee surgery 'does little good and could kill patients'

More than 150,000 keyhole knee operations are carried out a year on older people, yet the procedure can lead to deep vein thrombosis and blocked arteries<p>Keyhole knee surgery should be phased out because it does little good and could even kill patients, a study has shown.<p>The benefit of surgery for …

Map tracks globe-trotting poo viruses - Futurity

A new map that tracks the path of fecal viruses could offer an effective way to assess water quality worldwide.

Particles

DDT Linked to Fourfold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk

Nearly everyone in the 1950s and 1960s was exposed to the pesticide, and its use continues in Africa. Three generations of women are involved in the research.<p>Women exposed in the womb to high levels of the pesticide DDT have a nearly fourfold increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to …

What #diabetes tells us about public health - Futurity

Researchers have looked at #diabetes and engagement on Twitter to better understand how health information can spread on social media.

Social Media

Can lots of vitamin D shield people from HIV? - Futurity

Cape Town, South Africa, has one of the world's highest rates of HIV-1 infection. High doses of vitamin D could be a cheap way to reverse the trend.

Recipient of the world's first successful penis transplant is going to have a baby

His partner is four months pregnant<p>Back in March, doctors in South Africa announced that a penis transplant had been declared successful for the first time in medical history. The surgery, which took place in December, was performed on a 21-year-old who had lost most of his penis three years prior, …

Medicine

The top four modern killers in the west

Cancer, dementia, heart disease and new – or new strains of – infectious diseases are what modern westerners are dying of now<p>CANCER<p><b>Where are we</b><br>The fight against cancer has proved to be one of the greatest intellectual and practical challenges of modern times. A hundred years ago, surgical …

Medicine

Caffè Shakerato

Makes 1 Servings<p>To take this in a mocha direction, add 1 ounce chocolate syrup (we like Monin brand best), and cut the simple syrup to 1/2 ounce.<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 oz. strong cold-brew coffee<p>1 oz. simple syrup (click for recipe)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Combine coffee and simple syrup in a cocktail …

Cocktails

The story behind the first Photoshop image

"Jennifer in Paradise" was the software's first color test picture<p>When John Knoll took a photo of his topless girlfriend on a secluded beach in 1987, he didn't expect the picture to be pored over and manipulated by thousands of people. But John's brother Thomas was working on the software that …

A 'bionic pancreas' might transform how diabetes is managed

Scientists have successfully tested a "bionic pancreas" on 20 adults and 32 teenagers with Type 1 diabetes for five days, reports the Associated Press. The pancreas is a wearable device that continuously monitors a patient's blood sugar levels and administers insulin automatically, when needed. …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …