FDA releases guidelines to fast-track new generation of fast-acting antidepressants

FDA releases guidelines to fast-track new generation of fast-acting antidepressants

As companies race to develop fast-acting antidepressants, they are grappling with how to design clinical trials for a type of ...
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Can we delay aging by killing off old cells with powerful drug combo?

We have a good idea of what makes individual cells old. Things like DNA damage, shortened chromosome ends, and a ...
Video: Why having a dog can put you in a ‘state of calm’

Video: Why having a dog can put you in a ‘state of calm’

Your pets have a larger effect on your body and brain than you might think. They have the ability to ...
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Viewpoint: If Ghana embraces GMOs, farmers could save nation’s floundering agricultural sector

Ghana has prided itself over the years with agriculture being the key backbone of its economy. But for a long ...
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Defining gender and questioning the need for a ‘level playing field’ in elite athletics

The context surrounding the study of the impact of testosterone on elite athletes is essential in understanding its underlying hypothesis ...
Secret to longer life? Specific genes in worms can increase lifespan by almost 400%

Secret to longer life? Specific genes in worms can increase lifespan by almost 400%

In a project called MacModel, researchers are using the flatworm Macrostomum lignano, which is normally found living in the tidal sands of ...
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Gender, sex and identity: Sports’ ruling bodies struggle to draw lines to ensure fairness for all

The case of Caster Semenya is as fascinating as it is multi-faceted. And while the debate can be endless due ...
In lower risk groups, lifestyle, rather than genetics, plays the largest role in diabetes and heart disease, study shows

In lower risk groups, lifestyle, rather than genetics, plays the largest role in diabetes and heart disease, study shows

The data-miners have found a new vein of data, the UK Biobank, which contains genetic information on about 500,000 of ...
Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

[Axolotl] salamanders stand out as the only vertebrates that can replace complex body parts that are lost at any age, ...
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Roundup trial: Monsanto lawyer, expert witness spar over glyphosate-cancer link

On the fourth day of a jury trial over whether Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused a Bay Area man’s deadly ...
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Could printable lungs solve transplant shortage?

[Recently] I had the chance to hold a replica of the upper part of a human airway—the windpipe plus the ...
'Dirty Dozen' list of  'pesticide-poisoned' fruits, vegetables used to be her bible, but Huffington Post food writer now sees it as more scare than science

‘Dirty Dozen’ list of ‘pesticide-poisoned’ fruits, vegetables used to be her bible, but Huffington Post food writer now sees it as more scare than science

It’s that time of year again, when the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group publishes its annual list of the ...
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Are we alone in the universe? ‘There is a pretty decent chance’

In the past, experts trying to make sense of the Fermi Paradox have looked to the Drake Equation to put a numeric ...
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This virus is attracted to cancer cells. Will it give us new treatments?

Historically, bacteria, parasites, and viruses have been considered dangerous because they spread infectious diseases. But scientists have started to try ...
Breast cancer risk actually decreases as women under 55 gain weight, study shows

Breast cancer risk actually decreases as women under 55 gain weight, study shows

A new, large-scale breast cancer study of women who had not yet reached menopause produced a surprising result: as body ...
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Monsanto, cancer patient’s lawyers face off on first day of Roundup-glyphosate weed killer trial

Opening statements began in federal court in San Francisco on [July 9]  in the trial for the first of thousands ...
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Gene-drive off-switch addresses concerns of releasing ‘genocidal’ mosquitoes into nature to control pests and disease

Researchers in the UK have developed the first ‘switchable’ gene drive system, potentially addressing fears that the use of gene ...
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‘Astonished and appalled’: World Health officials shocked by US opposition to breast feeding resolution

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who ...
Ghanian former anti-GMO farm leader reverses stance, now backs biotechnology innovation

Ghanian former anti-GMO farm leader reverses stance, now backs biotechnology innovation

Former National President of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana Mohammed Adams Nasiru has dismissed concerns Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) ...
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Ultimate hangover cure? Could the solution be found in a pill?

Nanocapsules containing a substance that can efficiently break down alcohol quickly could prevent alcohol poisoning, and could work as a ...
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Immunotherapy can provide ‘spectacular results’. But how effective is it for the elderly?

Immunotherapy is effective against a variety of cancers, with sometimes spectacular results. But I worry about how effective it is in ...
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5 things science gained from Henrietta Lacks’ cells

[Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells,] HeLa cells, have enabled scientists around the world to make great leaps in science and medicine ...
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Human womb transplants are possible. But do we need them?

As gynecologist and surgeon Liza Johannesson prepped to deliver the child via cesarean section, she was nervous. Not for the ...
Why daycare really might not be dangerous to your child's health

Why daycare really might not be dangerous to your child’s health

Being around the large number of germs in daycare may actually improve your child's immune system. And we are now ...
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‘Stupidity-inducing environment’: Are we getting dumber?

People are getting dumber. So concludes a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): Using military conscription data ...
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Artificial intelligence that can predict the future—or at least a small piece of it

There’s an artificial intelligence system that can peer into the future and anticipate what you’re about to do. … [F]ortune-telling ...
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Battling constipation with synthetic biology and DNA manipulation

Ateam of researchers has cleverly combined synthetic biology, recombinant DNA technology and microbiome manipulation to fashion a novel targeted treatment ...
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How artificial intelligence could transform the ‘art of medicine’

Every patient is unique, and the art of medicine is the component of the practice that addresses such uniqueness with ...