Life Sciences

This Single Test Could Identify Every Virus That's Ever Infected You

Blood tests are no fun. Luckily, a group of researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, along with others, have come up …

DNA

How to Fight Cancer (When Cancer Fights Back)

Understanding how the disease evolves is the key to stopping it.<p>In early 2014, Laura Brealey was visiting her daughters in Singapore when she slipped on a marble floor and cracked her hip. She had it replaced, but in the process, the surgeons noticed that her breathing sounded odd, and told her to …

Cancer

The formula for winning at life is actually incredibly simple

Welcome, Player One, to a strategy guide for the game known as life.<p>As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, the game of life is often quite difficult. You will face unexpected challenges and long periods of frustration. You will often struggle with self-doubt, feel overwhelmed by helplessness and loss, …

Mind

Science Says Displaying More of This Trait Improves Your Social Life (but Nobody Ever Does)

Need to lighten your step? Improve your relationships? Have better health? It's a shame so few ever practice this.<p>For twenty-three years, I have seen the best and worst of workplace behaviors. One of the worst is typified by people (especially leaders) with the knee-jerk reaction of "vengeance is …

Psychology

New glaucoma test 'means treatment can start before sight loss symptoms begin'

A pioneering eye test could save the sight of millions by helping doctors tackle the biggest global cause of permanent blindness.<p>The test allows early detection of glaucoma so that treatment can start before vision begins to deteriorate.<p>It also has potential for diagnosing degenerative neurological …

Medicine

Fit for 40: how an osteopathy course turned me into a crack addict

“It’s actually incredibly hard to kill someone this way,” said Duncan, grabbing my head and suddenly yanking it 45 degrees to the right – basically like he’s trying to kill me.<p>In a movie, I’d have dropped to the floor like a lead weight, profoundly dead. Shorn by the powerful hands of Duncan. But …

Alternative Medicine

Diagnosing Depression

Speaking to patients about depression is difficult because the word depression is used in different ways. One commonly speaks of being depressed when …

Depression

David Attenborough lying next to a dinosaur bone gets ridiculous Photoshop battle

Everyone loves David Attenborough.<p>Whether he's in cartoon form, hologram form, or simply lending his sweet voice to an Adele video, the internet's adoration of the British documentary presenter knows no bounds.<p>And sometimes, the internet has an unusual way of expressing its love.<p>On Wednesday, a …

Paleontology

Cheap, widely available drug could stop thousands of mothers bleeding to death

Tranexamic acid could save the lives of a third of women who die in childbirth from excessive bleeding, which kills 100,000 a year<p>A cheap and widely available drug could save the lives of thousands of women who die in childbirth from excessive bleeding, one of the main killers of women …

Medicine

Targeting a Cure

A Diagnosis<p>Contents<p>A Diagnosis<br>• An Experiment<br>• Targeting a Cure<br>• An Immune Approach<br>• A Small Molecule Approach<br>• The Next Phase<p>AROUND THANKSGIVING OF LAST YEAR, Patti Tautolo woke up with a sore shoulder. She’d been doing yardwork with her husband the day before, so she figured she had just overused it. A few …

Medicine

Pot use, abuse more likely in states with medical marijuana laws, study shows

DENVER — People living in states with legalized medical marijuana are more likely to use and abuse cannabis than people living in states where pot remains completely illegal, says a new study that cautions policymakers.<p>Sixty-four percent of Americans now live in states permitting medical marijuana …

Marijuana

DNA-based test can spot cancer recurrence a year before conventional scans

‘Liquid biopsy’ diagnosed cancer recurrence up to a year before CT scans are able to in major lung cancer trial, and could buy crucial time for doctors<p>A revolutionary blood test has been shown to diagnose the recurrence of cancer up to a year in advance of conventional scans in a major lung cancer …

Cancer

Cryogenically frozen brains will be 'woken up' and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be 'woken up' within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed.<p>Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then …

Breakthroughs

Researcher: Nudity can disrupt the natural inhibition men have toward non-consensual sex

Research published in the <i>Archives of Sexual Behavior</i> offers some preliminary evidence that nudity influences date rape.<p>The Canadian psychologists who …

Psychology

Chili peppers, marijuana can help treat Type 1 diabetes and upset stomachs

Next time you feel a stomach ache coming on, try treating it with some weed and spicy food.<p>Researchers have found that a compound in chili peppers can also produce an anti-inflammatory compound in the stomach similar to chemicals found in marijuana, reports Popular Science.<p>In a study published by …

Diabetes

Tip: The Top 10 Herbs For Health Fanatics

Improve gut health, fight cognitive decline, prevent illness, and, oh yeah, make your food taste amazing with these super-herbs.<p>1 – Sage<p>The oil in …

Herbs

WA man wrongly convicted after DNA error

A DNA profiling mistake that led to an innocent man being convicted more than a decade ago has been referred to WA's Corruption and Crime Commission …

Justice

Synthego co-founder Paul Dabrowski is coming to Disrupt New York 2017

Genetic engineering startup Synthego makes synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA), an important genetic component found in all living cells and also used in CRISPR Cas9, a technology enabling scientists to rip out unwanted genetic code with scissor-like precision.<p>The company was founded four years ago by …

Startups

This Lawyer Is Tired Of Pharma Getting Richer And Americans Paying The Price — So He’s Suing

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.<p>Stat: Meet The Lawyer Trying To Pry Drug Pricing Secrets Out Of Big Pharma <br>Class …

Pharma

We Asked Scientists Why Clowns Freak Us the Hell Out - Tonic

What's more terrifying than terrorism? Clowns. Can anything freak people out more than biological warfare? Um, yeah—it's clowns. Are clowns scarier than dying? For some people, transitioning to the afterlife may be preferable to an encounter with Bozo.<p>Sound melodramatic? Maybe, but those were the …

Psychology

How Do Traumatic Childhood Experiences Affect Adults?

During my two years off from medical school, I’ve been volunteering as a court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. And …

Medicine

Scientists Just Grew Lambs in a Biobag--Next Step, Human Babies

Mimicking a mother's womb, a miraculous device puts doctors and scientists one step closer to ending premature infant death.<p>Heartbreaking.<p>That's really the only word that describes losing a child to premature birth. But as Lauren Neergaard of <i>The Associated Press</i> reports, far fewer parents could …

Genetics

What Separates Goals We Achieve from Goals We Don’t

The importance of delaying gratification is universally recognized. Being able to forgo immediate benefits in order to achieve larger goals in the future is viewed as a key skill. For example, consider the classic “marshmallow test” experiment: children’s ability to delay eating one marshmallow so …

Self-improvement

Dozens of snakes dumped in Arkansas Walmart parking lot

Shoppers got a big scare at a Walmart in Arkansas after somebody dumped dozens of snakes in the parking lot over the weekend, police said.<p>“After we got one of our officers who is apparently some sort of snake whisperer, we learned that they are non-venomous garden snakes,” Paragould Detective Jack …

Biological Species

Human Evolution From Fish: DNA Memory Can Teach Us A Lot - If We Don't Eat It

The fish some humans are frying up and eating are actually related to us and can help us understand how our DNA evolved.<p>A type of fish called an …

Evolution

The people who never feel any pain

Pain is our bodies’ way of telling us to be careful – but there are some who go their entire lives without feeling it. Could their disorder unlock new ways to safely deal with chronic pain?<p>At the Institute of Human Genetics in Aachen, Germany, Dr Ingo Kurth is preparing for a rather unusual …

Pain

18 Kids and Counting: How One Sperm Donor’s Decision to Help Others Have a Family Led to His Own

For deciding to become a sperm donor in the mid-90s was about helping another couple’s dreams of having a family come true, not his own.<p>“Back then my …

Family

If The NIH's Budget Gets Slashed, Don't Expect Biopharma To Make Up The Difference

The end of 2016 looked rosy for biomedical R&D funding. <i>The 21st Century Cures Act</i> had just been passed and it called for the addition of $6 billion to the NIH budget. The funds were added to support both Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” as well as other worthwhile research efforts. Given that the NIH …

Genetics

DARPA to Use Electrical Stimulation to Enhance Military Training

U.S. Department of Defense backs peripheral nerve stimulation as a tool to improve learning and military skills

The Brain

Fungal disease is on the rise. Is environmental change to blame?

April 26, 2017 — Fungi are everywhere — from the mushrooms that decompose fallen logs in the forest, to the mold that grows in your bathtub, to the …

Medicine