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03 Oct
Evolution Research Garners Swedish Scientist Nobel Prize in Medicine

Evolution Research Garners Swedish Scientist Nobel Prize in Medicine

Swedish scientist Svante Paabo received the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday.

The 67-year-old researcher made important discoveries about human evolution and the immune system while c...

13 Sep
Biden Makes Another Push for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Biden Makes Another Push for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

President Joe Biden made a renewed push for his cancer moonshot initiative on Monday.

Speaking at the famed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Biden likened JFK's space race ...

12 Sep
Blood Test Shows Promise at Catching Cancers Early

Blood Test Shows Promise at Catching Cancers Early

A single blood test that can screen for more than 50 cancers seems to work fairly well in the real world, a preliminary study reveals.

Researchers found that of over 6,600 apparently healthy people aged 50 and older, the blood test detected a possible cancer "signal" in ...

08 Sep
Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Lupus

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Lupus

An experimental drug that has been shown to treat rashes in people with lupus may also help with lupus-related joint pain.

Affecting as many as 1.5 million people in the United States, lupus is an autoimmun...

29 Aug
All-in-One 'Polypill' Gets Heart Patients Taking Their Meds

All-in-One 'Polypill' Gets Heart Patients Taking Their Meds

In a finding that proves convenience is key when it comes to sticking to a medication regimen, new research shows that combining three heart drugs into one "polypill" slashes the risk of dying from a second

26 Aug
Scientists Create Synthetic Mouse Embryo With Brain, Beating Heart

Scientists Create Synthetic Mouse Embryo With Brain, Beating Heart

Using only mouse stem cells, British researchers report they have created synthetic embryos that form a brain, a beating heart and other organs.

The stem cells ...

25 Aug
New MS Treatment Shows Promise in Trial

New MS Treatment Shows Promise in Trial

An experimental antibody therapy for multiple sclerosis can cut symptom flare-ups by half, versus a standard treatment, a new clinical trial has found.

The drug, called ublituximab, be...

23 Aug
Unrelated Folks Who Look Alike Share Similar DNA

Unrelated Folks Who Look Alike Share Similar DNA

A person's unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior.

In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins — people with strong facial similarities ...

23 Aug
LSD Is Making a Comeback Among Young Americans

LSD Is Making a Comeback Among Young Americans

If you think hallucinogens like LSD are a thing of the past, think again.

New research estimates that the use of mind-altering LSD rose from less than 1% in 2002 to 4% in 2019 among people aged 18 to 25. An...

17 Aug
Blow Your Horn: Do Wind Instruments Spread COVID?

Blow Your Horn: Do Wind Instruments Spread COVID?

Strike up the band!

A new study finds that the aerosols produced by wind instruments like trombones and flutes are no more concerning than those given off during normal speech and breathing.

For the study, University of Pennsylvania researchers worked with the Phi...

03 Aug
Scientists Restore Some Function to Pig Tissues 1 Hour After Death

Scientists Restore Some Function to Pig Tissues 1 Hour After Death

Minutes after a heartbeat stops, a massive series of disastrous events triggered by lack of blood flow begins to destroy a body's cells and organs.

This chain of events had been thought to be inevitable and irreversible. Now, a new animal study shows that

29 Jul
Scientists Design Skin Patch That Takes Ultrasound Images

Scientists Design Skin Patch That Takes Ultrasound Images

The future of ultrasound imaging could be a sticker affixed to the skin that can transmit images continuously for 48 hours.

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a...

18 Jul
Could an Experimental Cancer Drug Help Treat Spinal Injury?

Could an Experimental Cancer Drug Help Treat Spinal Injury?

A drug in development as a cancer therapy may also help the body regenerate damaged nerves after spinal injuries, new research suggests.

Scientists at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom report that they used cell and animal models to show that the drug, d...

01 Jul
Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

Hinting at a future alternative to opioid painkillers, scientists have developed a tiny implant designed to ease post-surgery pain and then dissolve once the job is done.

So far, the research

23 Jun
Breast Cancer May Spread Faster at Night

Breast Cancer May Spread Faster at Night

When breast cancer patients sleep, tumor cells may "awaken" and spread through the bloodstream, a surprising study out of Switzerland reveals.

Circulating cancer cells that later form new growths (metastases) do not arise continuously as previously assumed, according to ...

17 Jun
New Alzheimer's Drug Delivers Disappointing Results

New Alzheimer's Drug Delivers Disappointing Results

An experimental Alzheimer's drug called crenezumab did not prevent or slow mental decline in patients with a genetic mutation that greatly raises the risk of developing the disease, the results of...

15 Jun
Cancer Clinical Trials Make Comeback After Pandemic Slowdown

Cancer Clinical Trials Make Comeback After Pandemic Slowdown

Cancer clinical trials in the United States appear to be rebounding after a significant slowdown during the pandemic, researchers say.

For the study, the investigators analyzed da...

13 Jun
New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

An experimental drug for the neurological disorder ALS was approved in Canada on Monday, but an ongoing evaluation of the t...

02 Jun
Experimental Therapy May Be New Tool Against Pancreatic Cancer

Experimental Therapy May Be New Tool Against Pancreatic Cancer

In what could turn out to be a potential breakthrough in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, a new report suggests a key component of a patient's immune system can be rewired to assassinate tumo...

24 May
Your Daily Vitamin D From Tomatoes? Gene Tweak Could Make It Happen

Your Daily Vitamin D From Tomatoes? Gene Tweak Could Make It Happen

A genetically engineered tomato could one day rival salmon as a dietary source of vitamin D, if early research pans out.

British scientists used gene "editing" to produce the tomato, which is chock full of provitamin D3, a precursor that the body can convert into

17 May
Scientists Are Developing Patch That Warns of Oncoming Drug Overdose

Scientists Are Developing Patch That Warns of Oncoming Drug Overdose

With the United States facing an epidemic of drug overdoses, researchers are developing a wearable patch that can detect an oncoming opioid OD and deliver doses of a drug that could save lives.

The Indiana University Bloomington research team has received a three-year, $...

17 May
Dogs Accurately Sniff Out COVID-19 at Airports

Dogs Accurately Sniff Out COVID-19 at Airports

Dogs' ultra-sensitive noses can detect illegal drugs and even cancer, and a new study suggests they may also be able to sniff out COVID-19 in airline passengers.

Not only that, these trained canines can do so with an accuracy comparable to a PCR nose and throat swab test...

12 May
'Human Cell Atlas' Maps 1 Million Cell Types in 33 Organs

'Human Cell Atlas' Maps 1 Million Cell Types in 33 Organs

An international research effort has unveiled the most extensive reference map yet of individual cells within the human body, knowledge that could revolutionize the study of health and disease.

The massive Human Cell Atlas contains detailed maps of more than one million ...

11 May
Science Doesn't Always Boost Sales, Study Finds

Science Doesn't Always Boost Sales, Study Finds

Does science sell? Sometimes.

Using science to sell chocolate chip cookies and other yummy products is likely to backfire, a new study shows, but touting scientific research behind more practical, everyday items -- such as body wash -- can be an effective marketing strat...

06 May
Early Promise for COVID Vaccine Taken as Pill

Early Promise for COVID Vaccine Taken as Pill

An experimental COVID-19 vaccine in pill form could be a win-win, as it not only protects against infection but also limits the airborne spread of the virus, tests in lab animals show.

The current vaccines reduce the risk of serious COVID-19 illness and hospitalization b...

20 Apr
Is a Drug for Sleep Apnea on the Horizon?

Is a Drug for Sleep Apnea on the Horizon?

The most common treatments for sleep apnea are mechanical -- CPAP machines, mouthguards and the like.

But researchers think they've found a drug that might ease sleep apnea in some.

The drug sulthiame, normally used to treat epilepsy, appeared to reduce breathing p...

20 Apr
Mesh Plug a New Option for Treating Tricky Aneurysms

Mesh Plug a New Option for Treating Tricky Aneurysms

A mesh plug normally used to treat one type of brain aneurysm is also effective when dealing with another type, a new study says.

Aneurysms are bulges in blood vessels that can cause a life-threatening rupture. They typically occur where a blood vessel forks into two bra...

14 Apr
Novel Injection Repairs Severe Spinal Cord Injuries in Mice

Novel Injection Repairs Severe Spinal Cord Injuries in Mice

A brighter future could be in store for people with a spinal cord injury if new animal research pans out in humans.

Mice that were paralyzed due to severe spinal cord damage regained the ability to walk within four weeks of receiving an experimental injectable therapy, s...

12 Apr
Could Some Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds Help Lower Alzheimer's Risk?

Could Some Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds Help Lower Alzheimer's Risk?

In their search for a drug to prevent Alzheimer's disease, scientists are taking a look at certain rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

Preliminary findings suggest that a type of rheumatoid arthritis drug known as TNF inhibitors may lower dementia risk in rheumatoid arthritis pa...

06 Apr
Biden Makes National Push for Long COVID Research

Biden Makes National Push for Long COVID Research

President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered a new national push to research the nature and impact of long COVID, a constellation of sometimes debili...

31 Mar
Job Done: Scientists Fill in Missing Gaps to Complete Map of Human Genome

Job Done: Scientists Fill in Missing Gaps to Complete Map of Human Genome

The Human Genome Project produced the most complete map of human genetics ever assembled in 2003 - but that map still held many uncharted territories.

It did not contain about 8% of the human genome, representing crucial regions and large gaps that have remained hidden f...

31 Mar
FDA Advisory Panel Narrowly Votes Against New ALS Drug

FDA Advisory Panel Narrowly Votes Against New ALS Drug

In a close vote, an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided not to recommend the approval of an experimental drug for the deadly neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (

29 Mar
FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

Despite months of intense lobbying by patient advocates, federal health officials on Monday posted a largely negative review of an experimental drug for the devastating illness known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In an

17 Mar
Studies Relying on Brain Scans Are Often Unreliable, Analysis Shows

Studies Relying on Brain Scans Are Often Unreliable, Analysis Shows

Most brain studies that rely on MRI scans don't include enough people to provide trustworthy results, researchers say.

These brain-wide association studies use MRI (magnetic resonance...

16 Feb
Woman Cured of HIV After Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant

Woman Cured of HIV After Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant

A woman with HIV who received an umbilical cord blood transplant has become the third person in the world to be cured of the virus that causes AIDS.

The two others, both men, were cured after receiving bone marrow transplants from donors who carried a mutation that block...

11 Feb
FDA Panel Rejects Lilly's Cancer Drug Tested Only in China

FDA Panel Rejects Lilly's Cancer Drug Tested Only in China

A new lung cancer drug that has only been tested in China was soundly rejected by an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

Known as sintilimab, the treatment is a type of immunotherapy that unleashes the immune system to attack...

03 Feb
Biden Relaunches Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Biden Relaunches Cancer Moonshot Initiative

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is giving a new push to the cancer moonshot initiative that he first led during the Obama administration.

In his announcement, Biden said the program ...

28 Jan
Beyond Antibodies: Vaccines Teach Your Immune T-Cells to Fight COVID Long Term

Beyond Antibodies: Vaccines Teach Your Immune T-Cells to Fight COVID Long Term

COVID-19 vaccines activate long-lasting immune system T-cells that target coronavirus variants of concern, including Delta and Omicron, new resea...

28 Jan
In a First, a Robot Performs Laparoscopic Surgery on Pig Without Human Help

In a First, a Robot Performs Laparoscopic Surgery on Pig Without Human Help

A robot performed challenging keyhole surgery on pigs without any human help in what could be a major step toward fully automated surgery on people.

"Our findings show that we can automate one of the most intricate and delicate tasks in surgery: the reconnection of two e...

26 Jan
Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

A one-two punch from science has clearly tagged the mononucleosis virus, Epstein-Barr, as a major cause of multiple sclerosis.

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) appears to trigger multiple sclerosis...

26 Jan
Fat Injections Might Ease Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Fat Injections Might Ease Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Belly fat is usually unwelcome, but new research suggests it may actually be good for something: relief from foot pain.

A small pilot study suggests that an injection of a patient's own fat cells can help ease the often-excruciating heel pain brought on by a condition kn...

25 Jan
Pfizer Begins Testing a COVID Vaccine Targeted to Omicron

Pfizer Begins Testing a COVID Vaccine Targeted to Omicron

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has launched a trial that will compare its existing COVID-19 vaccine against a new version tailored to beat back the highly contagious Omicron variant.

"While current research and real-world data show that boosters continue to provid...

24 Jan
Can CBD Help Curb COVID? Maybe, But More Study Needed

Can CBD Help Curb COVID? Maybe, But More Study Needed

Cannabidiol, a compound derived from marijuana, appears to show promise in blocking replication of the COVID-19 virus and preventing its spread, lab and animal studies show.

24 Jan
Brain Implant for Adults With Epilepsy Can Help Kids, Too

Brain Implant for Adults With Epilepsy Can Help Kids, Too

A brain implant that helps control severe epilepsy in adults may do the same for children who suffer from unrelenting seizures, new research suggests.

The study is one of the first to examine the

20 Jan
Doctors Transplant Gene-Modified Pig Kidneys Into Brain-Dead Patient

Doctors Transplant Gene-Modified Pig Kidneys Into Brain-Dead Patient

In another breakthrough for animal-to-human organ transplantation, U.S. researchers say they've transplanted two genetically modified pig kidneys into a living human.

The recipient was Jim Parsons, 57, a brain-dead man on life support whose family agreed to allow the sur...

14 Jan
Masks Cut Distance Coronavirus Travels in Half, Study Finds

Masks Cut Distance Coronavirus Travels in Half, Study Finds

Face masks are touted as a key tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and a new study offers more proof that they work.

Florida researchers found face masks cut the distance that airborne pathogens such as the coronavirus can travel by more than half.

The findi...

10 Jan
Even Symptom-Free, People With Omicron Much More Likely to Spread COVID: Studies

Even Symptom-Free, People With Omicron Much More Likely to Spread COVID: Studies

Researchers say they've uncovered a clue to why the Omicron variant spreads COVID-19 so much more rapidly than its predecessors.

People who are infected but have no symptoms are still far more likely to infect others than they would have been with earlier variants, the d...

10 Jan
Exposure to Common Cold Might Help Shield Against COVID

Exposure to Common Cold Might Help Shield Against COVID

Vaccination is still the best way to protect someone from COVID-19, but new research suggests that immune system activation of T-cells by common colds may offer some cross-protection.

The study might also provide a blueprint for a second-generation, universal vaccine th...

06 Jan
Could New Blood Test Predict Pregnancy Complications?

Could New Blood Test Predict Pregnancy Complications?

A simple blood test may help spot pregnant women who are at risk for developing preeclampsia -- dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy -- before it becomes a threat to both mother and child.

Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine or other ...

29 Dec
New Clues to How Ovarian Cancer Begins -- and Might Be Prevented

New Clues to How Ovarian Cancer Begins -- and Might Be Prevented

Researchers say they may be closer than ever to detecting ovarian cancer earlier and improving the odds for women with this life-threatening disease.

In a new study, scientists used stem cells created from the blood samples of women with BRCA mutations and ovarian cancer...

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