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Analysis: Why it’s irrational to risk women’s lives for the sake of the unborn

Peter Singer - The Scotsman - 19 August 2012 Comments

Abortion is a much-discussed issue in developed countries, but not so in countries like the Dominican Republic IN THE Dominican Republic last month, a pregnant teenager suffering from leukaemia...

TAGGED: HARM, MEDICINE, POLITICS

Jumping Genes a Cause of Cancer?

Ruth Williams - TheScientist - 30 June 2012 Comments

Within the human genome, small DNA elements called retrotransposons have the potential to wreak mutational havoc by copying themselves and reinserting into the genome at multiple locations. Normal...

TAGGED: MEDICINE

A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity

CLAUDIA DREIFUS - New York Times - 20 May 2012 15 Comments

FIGHTING OBESITY Carson Chow at a supermarket. Dr. Chow, a mathematician, has found that a food glut is behind America’s weight problem. Carson C. Chow deploys mathematics to solve the everyday...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, MEDICINE

Cocaine decreases activity of a protein necessary for normal functioning of the brain's reward system

- - MedicalXpress - 23 April 2012 27 Comments

New research from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York reveals that repeated exposure to cocaine decreases the activity of a protein necessary for normal functioning of the brain's reward system,...

TAGGED: MEDICINE

Neurons Mirror the Diametric Mind

Christopher Badcock, Ph.D - Psychology Today - 22 April 2012 3 Comments

Schizophrenics amplify neuronal mirroring, autistics reduce it One of the most important findings of modern brain research was the discovery of mirror neurons. First observed in monkeys,...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSYCHOLOGY

How thinking about death can lead to a good life

- - MedicalXpress - 20 April 2012 11 Comments

Thinking about death can actually be a good thing. An awareness of mortality can improve physical health and help us re-prioritize our goals and values, according to a new analysis of recent...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSYCHOLOGY

Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles

Ed Yong - TheScientist - 20 April 2012 11 Comments

A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis. Scientists at Northwestern University have developed...

TAGGED: MEDICINE

Let Them Eat Dirt

Megan Scudellari - The Scientist - 24 March 2012 25 Comments

Early exposure to microbes shapes the mammalian immune system by subduing inflammatory T cells. Maybe it’s okay to let your toddler lick the swing set and kiss the dog. A new mouse study suggests...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, MEDICINE

Why I'm saying no to a smear

Dr Margaret McCartney - The Independent - 20 March 2012 86 Comments

Renew travel card. Book haircut. Go for screening test. Buy cinema tickets. Meet friends." You may have spotted the odd one out – for this is not a list of things to do at the weekend, but the front...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, MEDICINE

Hibernating bears' wounds heal without scars

Victoria Gill - BBC Nature - 19 March 2012 13 Comments

Black bears emerge from up to seven months of hibernation in the spring Black bears have a surprising capacity to heal as they hibernate, say researchers in the US. Medical researchers and...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, MEDICINE, SCIENCE

Making memories: How one protein does it

- - MedicalXpress - 08 March 2012 6 Comments

A neuron (red) accumulates messages (green) when treated with BDNF. Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine Studying tiny bits of genetic material that control protein formation in the brain, Johns...

TAGGED: GENETICS, MEDICINE

R-Loops Break Walls Of Gene Silencing

- - MNT - Medical News Today - 06 March 2012 4 Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have figured out how the human body keeps essential genes switched "on" and silences the vast stretches of genetic repeats and "junk" DNA. ...

TAGGED: MEDICINE

Alzheimer's brain plaques 'rapidly cleared' in mice

James Gallagher - BBC Health - 09 February 2012 22 Comments

Destructive plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients have been rapidly cleared by researchers testing a cancer drug on mice. The US study, published in the journal Science, reported...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, SCIENCE

Gene therapy 'gave me sight back'

Helen Briggs - BBC News - Health - 09 February 2012 16 Comments

Three US citizens who lost their sight in childhood have reported a dramatic improvement in vision after having gene therapy in both eyes. There was some improvement after the genetic fault in...

TAGGED: GENETICS, MEDICINE, SCIENCE

Ferroelectric switching discovered for first time in soft biological tissue

- - Physorg.com - 31 January 2012 7 Comments

This graphic depicts the electrical response overlaid on the inner aortic wall. Credit: Jiangyu Li, University of Washington The heart's inner workings are mysterious, perhaps even more so with a...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, MEDICINE

How a Mother's Love Changes a Child's Brain

Joseph Castro - LiveScience - 31 January 2012 21 Comments

Nurturing a child early in life may help him or her develop a larger hippocampus, the brain region important for learning, memory and stress responses, a new study shows. Previous animal...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, MEDICINE

Skin transformed into brain cells

James Gallagher - BBC News - Health - 31 January 2012 5 Comments

Skin cells have been converted directly into cells which develop into the main components of the brain, by researchers studying mice in California. The experiment, reported in Proceedings of...

TAGGED: MEDICINE

When Pseudoscience Kills

Dr. Steve Novella - James Randi Educational Foundation - 28 January 2012 74 Comments

Here's a safety tip from your friendly skeptical doctor - don't wrap yourself in mud and then stay in a sweat lodge for hours. You may or may not remember from your grade school health class that...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Embryonic stem cells appear to restore some vision to legally blind patient

Rob Stein and David Brown - The Washington Post - 25 January 2012 33 Comments

For the first time, an experimental treatment made from human embryonic stem cells has shown evidence of helping someone, partially restoring sight to two people suffering from slowly progressing...

TAGGED: GENETICS, MEDICINE

Unsafe abortions rise as contraceptive funding is cut

Andy Coghlan - NewScientist - 19 January 2012 14 Comments

Global abortion rates have stopped falling, ending a period of rapid decline that began in 1995. However, the proportion of abortions that are dangerous continues to rise. Paradoxically, morally...

TAGGED: HARM, MEDICINE