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Possible Link Found Between Bacterium And Multiple Sclerosis

A new study found MS-like brain damage in a mouse infected with this bacterium.<p>Nobody knows exactly what causes multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, though a combination of environmental and genetic factors plays a part. But new research suggests that, …

Promising cancer therapy treatment: Vitamin C

Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of chemotherapy.<p>But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the …

Cancer

Bionic hand gives amputee real feeling – video report

A bionic hand that allows the wearer to experience genuine feeling has been developed in Switzerland. The prosthetic limb returns the sensation of touch to users by connecting sensors to nerves in their arm. The first tester, amputee Dennis Sorensen, says he is delighted with the invention

Fish ‘antifreeze’ hints at new way to store blood

Antifreeze proteins from fish living in icy seas have inspired a new way to freeze blood for safe storage.<p>Researchers say polyvinyl alcohol, a common …

Nature Communications

Fruit flies boast ‘I’m not dead yet’ gene mutations

Mutations of a gene called Indy—short for “I’m Not Dead Yet”—which affects metabolism and life span, have long been a part of fruit fly evolution, a …

Biology

Hunger in Zimbabwe set off TB outbreak

New research links the rise of tuberculosis in Zimbabwe during the political and economic crisis of 2008-2009 to widespread food shortage.<p>Between …

Public Health

Like Darwin’s Finches, But Weirder, Bat Faces Showcase Amazing Adaptations

Bats come in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, representing some of the widest variation among all mammals — most notably the New World leaf-nosed bats. These creatures, which when photographed often look drowsy and avuncular, are distinguished by horn-like appendages on their noses. These are …

Scientists blown away by Tasmania's giant jellyfish

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Residents of a sleepy hamlet in Tasmania found a previously unknown kind of giant jellyfish washed up on a beach, prompting excitement among scientists in Australia as they work to formally name and classify the creature.<p>About 1.5 meters (five feet) across, the white jellyfish …

FYI: Can Humans Hibernate?

Involuntarily? Yes. On purpose? Maybe. In February, for instance, Swedish snowmobilers found a man who had been trapped under snow in his car for two months with barely any food. After he was rescued, local doctors suggested that he had survived by adjusting his core body temperature downward to …