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How the brain compensates for sensory loss and points to its early evolutionary roots

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The human brain has the remarkable capacity to respond to sensory loss by boosting the remaining functioning senses. Through a compensation mechanism in the brain, known as cross-modal plasticity, some senses are enhanced following the loss of other sensory input, such as the improvement of heari...

Bone cancer researchers discover how to block, potentially treat osteosarcoma

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Scientists at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have discovered that blocking the master regulator of bone renewal stops osteosarcoma - the most common primary bone cancer in children and teens, and the malignant disease that was fatal for Canadian icon Terry Fox.

Study could reduce unnecessary cancer screening

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A large clinical trial led by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa has found that contrary to expectations, a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis does not improve cancer detection in people with unexplained blood clots in their legs and lungs. The results, published in th...

Free Sunscreen

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If you walk along South Beach right now, you might notice something strange, even by Florida standards: Dotting the sandscapes are sky-blue boxes that supply free sunscreen. In a novel experiment this year, Mount Sinai Medical Center partnered with the City of Miami Beach to put 50 dispensers in ...
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Breast cancer rates are up to 5X higher near nuclear power plants, science shows

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(NaturalNews) We have been fed propaganda for years aimed to convince us that, aside from rare incidents and accidents in which radiation has leaked into the environment, nuclear power plants are one of the safest and "cleanest" sources of energy.And although many of us have always...

Study identifies first genetic mutation associated with Aicardi syndrome

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A genetic mutation responsible for a debilitating childhood neurological condition known as Aicardi syndrome has been identified by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
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In setback for potential Ebola drug, company halts trial

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Avocados can naturally treat rare form of blood cancer, science shows

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(NaturalNews) A new study indicates that avocados, which are often hailed for various health benefits including packing plenty of vitamins and being good for skin, could also play a role in helping fight a rare form of leukemia.As reported by the UK's Independent, Professor Paul...Ads from Inorea...

Is this phthalate alternative actually safer?

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A common plasticizer called DINCH—found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as medical devices, children’s toys, and food packaging—might not be as safe as initially thought. According to a new study, DINCH exerts biological effects on metabolic processes in mammals. ...
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Getting Smart About Melanoma

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It took all of two seconds for the dermatologist to look up at me from her special magnifying scope to tell me that the mole on my left calf had to go. This was two days…

Researchers identify gene mutation that can trigger lymphoblastic leukemia

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Two medical researchers from the Children's Hospital of Michigan and the Wayne State University School of Medicine have published the results of a nearly 10-year investigation that identified a key gene mutation that can trigger acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, and several other types of can...

Online Breast Milk Carries Health Hazards, Report Warns

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adults who drink breast milk may be putting their health at risk, especially if the milk is unpasteurized, improperly stored or pumped from a woman with a transmittable disease, researchers say in a new report.

Mining the microbial dark matter

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Microbiologists are finding new ways to explore the vast universe of unknown microbes in the hunt for antibiotics.Nature 522 270 doi: 10.1038/522270aAds from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Meeting global air quality guidelines could prevent 2. 1 million deaths per year

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Improving air quality -- in clean and dirty places -- could potentially avoid millions of pollution-related deaths each year. That finding comes from a team of environmental engineering and public health researchers who developed a global model of how changes in outdoor air pollution could lead t...

Doctors criticized for 'over-prescribing' harmful drugs for patients who can heal with healthy diet and exercise

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(NaturalNews) Pharmaceutical companies spend big money on advertisements to constantly brainwash people to "ask their doctor" how a pill is right for them. Even after listing several terrible side effects, these commercials are still convincing, planting a dangerous seed in the minds...Ads from I...

Community acquired pneumonia increases long-term morbidity, mortality

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Having had community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) greatly increases the risk of long-term morbidity and mortality compared to the general population who have never had CAP, according to a new study from researchers in Canada, the longest and largest outcomes study of patients with CAP reported to date.

Call the Midwife

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When Kelly LeGendre found out in 2012 that she was pregnant with her first child, the Arizona resident, then 34, knew she needed to seek prenatal care. Unlike most American mothers, however, LeGendre didn’t seek out an obstetrician. Instead, she opted for a midwife. For LeGendre, the decision w...

Vaccine hope for post-traumatic stress

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Development of anxiety and fear alleviated by manipulating immune system in rodents.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17746Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Dietary data under fire for being unreliable

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Food guidelines should not be based on surveys of what people eat and drink, says report.Nature 522 259 doi: 10.1038/522259f

Paedophiles 'most likely to be left handed'

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Superficial facial flaws among indicators that could mark out man as child abuser as well as his dominant hand, researchers discover
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Video Tip of the Week: GenomeConnect, the ClinGen piece for patients

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GenomeConnect is part of the larger ClinGen effort that I began to discuss last week, but this aspect is specifically a portal for patients who have (or may get) genetic testing results of various types. The ClinGen team will use this interface to capture the testing data–the genotypes, and the...

Soft Tissue Detected in Millennia-Old Dino Bones

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Researchers report finding evidence of red blood cells and proteins in 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossils.
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75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments

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Scientists accidentally discover what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres during analysis of ‘crap’ fossils dug up in Canada 100 years agoScientists have discovered what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres in the fossilised remains of dinosaurs that lived 75 million ...

Can a Pill Increase a Woman's Libido? 5 Things That Affect Female Sex Drive

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Ladies with low libido could soon get their own version of the "little blue pill," but this cure for what ails a woman's mojo might not work.

Antibiotic use can be cut dramatically for abdominal infections, major trial shows

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In a finding important for preventing the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and 22 other institutions have determined that the duration of antibiotic treatment for complicated abdominal infections can be cut by half and rem...
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Tool can accurately predict risk of death within one year after admission to hospital

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A recently developed tool can accurately predict the risk of death for patients within 1 year after admission to hospital using routinely collected data, reports a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
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Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer's is brewing

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Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

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The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Canadians face midwife shortages

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Genetic maps help conservation managers maintain healthy bears

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A comprehensive genetic study of American black bears throughout North America has been completed by scientists. They discovered that black bears in Alaska are more closely related to bears in the eastern regions of the US and Canada than those located in western regions. The study revealed ancie...

Three important things you didn’t know about diabetes

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This week, lead blogger Dr Alessandro Demaio of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative returns to lay things straight on a leading cause of global deaths. When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. … Continue reading » The post Three important things you did...
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Congress seeks to quash patent trolls

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Revised legislation would spare universities from being penalized in the same way as unscrupulous companies.Nature 521 270 doi: 10.1038/521270aAds from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Discovery of a treatment to block the progression of multiple sclerosis

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A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a discovery by a team at the CHUM Research Centre and the University of Montreal. The researchers have identified a molecule called MCAM, and they have shown that blocking this molecule could delay the on...
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Reproducibility crisis: Blame it on the antibodies

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Antibodies are the workhorses of biological experiments, but they are littering the field with false findings. A few evangelists are pushing for change.Nature 521 274 doi: 10.1038/521274a

Clinical Epidemiology Pioneer Dies

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Evidence-based medicine advocate David Sackett has passed away at age 80.
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Study validates effectiveness of genomic test for lung cancer detection

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A new test co-developed by a Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researcher will allow patients suspected of having lung cancer to be subjected to fewer and less-invasive tests to determine if they have the disease.

What is psychology’s place in modern science?

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Impelled in part by some of the dismissive comments I have seen on /r/science, I thought I would take the opportunity of the new Science Discussion format to wade into the question of whether psychology should be considered a ‘real’ science, but also more broadly about where psychology fits i...

Why an iron fish can make you stronger

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Week in Review: May 11?15

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Microbiome changes throughout infancy; identifying individuals by microbiomes; seasonal gene expression; eusocial bee evolution
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Ringing ears light up the brain’s emotion center

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People with tinnitus “hear” ringing, buzzing, or hissing in their ears much like an amputee might “feel” pain in a missing limb. While exposure to loud noise may contribute, some cases have no apparent trigger. Though it’s not known yet exactly where and how tinnitus occurs in the brai...
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Doctors urged to stop 'over-treating'

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Doctors' leaders launch a campaign to stop medics "over-treating" their patients with unnecessary tests and treatments.