End ‘yo-yo dieting': Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

End ‘yo-yo dieting’: Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

Australian scientists have discovered a new molecular switch in our brains that controls fat burning – and by flicking it ...
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Cancer quest: Moonshot initiative melds genetic data with supercomputers, but keep expectations in check

It’s been two years since the Cancer Moonshot Initiative was unveiled during President Obama’s final State of the Union speech ...
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Stop flu symptoms in one day? Experimental pill could be available in the US by 2019

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will ...
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Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for ...
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Piecing together the complex puzzle of the brain’s decision-making functions

A group of 21 neuroscientists are joining forces in an effort to better understand how different parts of the brain ...
California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

In what's got to be the dumbest idea yet from the nanny state of California (sorry, guys, but it's true), coffee sold ...
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Is there a link between autism spike and ultrasound tests?

[A]s ultrasound use has sharply increased, so too have diagnoses of autism—prompting questions about a potential relationship. A rigorous new ...
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Can we boost memory through brain stimulation?

In a study appearing [February 6] in Nature Communications, [...] a team of researchers succeeded at enhancing memory more reliably, by stimulating ...
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Harnessing bacteria like E. coli to dispense medicines shows promise, but hurdles remain

We’ve already seen the first cellular medicines, human immune cells genetically reprogrammed to attack cancer cells. Now the first bacterial medicines ...
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Lab-grown human eggs may offer hope for the infertile

In a landmark development, scientists have been able to replicate the process where egg cells mature in the ovaries outside ...
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Viewpoint: Your family should know if any of your genetic mutations are linked to cancer

Editor's note: Charité Ricker is a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Southern California For 15 years I have counseled patients ...
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Why electrical brain stimulation to enhance memory or relieve depression may not work

[S]cientists and hobbyists alike look for ways to change the activity of neurons without cutting into the brain and implanting ...
Viewpoint: This flu season is a ‘wake-up call’—we need a universal flu vaccine

Viewpoint: This flu season is a ‘wake-up call’—we need a universal flu vaccine

Editor's note: Henry I. Miller, a physician, molecular biologist and former flu virus researcher, is the Robert Wesson fellow in scientific ...
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3-parent embryos: UK doctors identify two women to undergo breakthrough, controversial procedure

Doctors in Newcastle have been granted permission to create Britain’s first “three-person babies” for two women who are at risk ...
Is there a difference in the toxic effects of glyphosate versus herbicides like Roundup that include surfactants?

Is there a difference in the toxic effects of glyphosate versus herbicides like Roundup that include surfactants?

Glyphosate is rarely used on its own in the field. Herbicide formulations as a whole include a variety of other ...
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Viewpoint: Self-diagnosed celiac disease is just the latest diet obsession of wealthy white people

There are people who are allergic to gluten. But the recent surge in self-diagnosed Celiac sufferers is little more than ...
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Autism shares gene expression pathways with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or ...
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Female infertility linked to missing egg protein

UC San Diego researchers say they appear to have discovered a previously unknown cause of female infertility. Their study, performed in mice, ...
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Our brain is in constant motion—but what makes it tick?

What makes the brain tick? What keeps the constant stream of energy welling up within ourselves when we are alert ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
Why the ‘Hong Kong’ flu is wreaking so much havoc

Why the ‘Hong Kong’ flu is wreaking so much havoc

In 1968, scientists discovered a new strain of flu circulating around Hong Kong. The virus, though, didn't stay put. It ...
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Do cell phones cause cancer? Long-awaited study offers mixed results, no definitive answer

The long-awaited results of a $25 million National Institutes of Health study on the effects of cellphone radio-frequency radiation exposure on animals is ...
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Boys’ and girls’ brains are different as early as 1 month of age

On average, men and women differ psychologically in small but reliable ways, such as in personality, interests, and cognitive performance, but the basis ...
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The regenerating axolotl: What can we learn from its giant genome?

Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion ...
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Chasing the ‘Fountain of Youth’ through stem cells

Editor's note: The following is part of a Q&A interview with Vittorio Sebastiano, a research professor of reproductive biology at ...
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Forecasting the flu is a challenge. Here’s why

[F]or the third week in a row, flu activity remains widespread in 49 states, according to the latest CDC data ...
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‘Cancer vaccine’ shows promise in mice; human trial next

A combination of a tiny segment of DNA and a specific antibody injected into a solid tumour has been shown ...
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Autism researchers focus on ‘retired’ line of mice with missing gene

Nearly 20 years ago, a new strain of mice debuted in a California laboratory. The mice were missing a gene ...