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New biomarker detects & treats cancer tumors at same time

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Scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have created a new biological marker for cancer patients that lights up tumor cells and treats disease with drugs at the same time. The breakthrough biomarker is a nanophosphor particle ten thousand times smaller than a grain of sand, which lights up when it detects tumor cells to allow scientists to take a better look. “This is the first... 

Iranian scientists produce crocin from saffron

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Iran produces crocin from saffron Iranian scientists have developed a novel method that could provide extraction of crocin from saffron for the first time. The researchers produced crocin by cell culture method at the laboratory level at Iran’s National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute (NNFTRI). Crocin, which is a natural carotenoid chemical compound, is responsible for the color... 

Weed and Radiotherapy Can Cure Brain Tumors

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Two cannabis components can have a significant effect on the size of cancerous tumors in the brain, especially when combined with radiotherapy, according to new research. The study says the growths can virtually “disappear.” The research was carried out by specialists at St Georges, University of London and published in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal. There are some 85 cannabinoids... 

ATCV-1 infects brain and makes people stupid

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A virus called ATCV-1 that infects green algae (shown under a microscope) can also affect cognitive functions in mice and humans. Scientists in the United States have discovered a virus that infects people’s brains and makes them stupid. According to research carried out at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska, the algae virus affected cognitive functions such as visual... 

DARPA biotech division seeks ideas to solve Ebola crisis, prepare for next thing

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Pentagon’s main innovation unit is looking for promising ideas that would help thwart infectious disease outbreaks, including Ebola epidemic that already claimed almost 5,000 lives out of 13,241 officially confirmed cases worldwide. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Pentagon’s research organization tasked with developing advanced military technology has announced a tender... 

Scientists develop cancer-fighting stem cells in lab

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Scientists develop cancer-killing stem cells in lab. Researchers have developed a breakthrough method of turning stem cells into attackers to target and fight brain tumors. The newly designed way introduces stem cells engineered to produce toxins which are able to kill brain tumors, without succumbing to their effects. As a stem-cell-based therapy for cancer, the newly-developed method does not threaten... 

Dead hearts transplanted into living patients in surgical breakthrough

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Australian doctors have successfully transplanted hearts that have stopped beating, revolutionizing organ donation. The breakthrough is predicted to save the lives of 30 percent more heart transplant patients. After two decades of research, a team of surgeons at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney has transplanted three still hearts into living patients. The first two patients are recovering well,... 

King Tut’s parents were brother and sister claims virtual autopsy

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The boy king’s face as revealed by the ‘virtual autopsy’. With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power. But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains. And rather than being a boy king... 

Canada to ship experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

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Canada has planned to ship 800 vials of its Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva to curb the outbreak of the disease. The experimental vaccines will be distributed by WHO in the countries most affected by the disease, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced. “The vaccine is undergoing clinical trials on humans at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the United... 

Breakthrough device heralds future of cancer detection

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A brand new device, called Miriam, could simplify regular cancer screenings. Early cancer detection can save millions of lives but current diagnostic methods remain costly and invasive. However, a new startup is developing a device which could detect dozens of cancers with a single blood test. The Miriam test platform was recently presented at the TEDGlobal 2014 conference in Rio de Janeiro by Jorge... 

Diversity losing support among white people as they become minority

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Psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have concluded a study to see if White people have differing views on “diversity” as we become a minority. Professor Yuen Huo and doctoral student Felix Danbold from UCLA gathered 98 White people around the US, split them into two groups, and told the groups one of two statements. The first statement was based on Census predictions:... 

Failing smell sense likely death sign

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A study shows that a declining sense of smell could be sign of death approaching. Flopping a simple smell test as a senior could predict one’s approaching demise, a new study shows. Thirty-nine percent of the subjects of the study, which was published on Wednesday, who failed the test died within just five years. This was compared to the 19 percent among those with moderate smell loss and just 10... 

Activating single gene could extend human lifespan by 30%

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David Walker In an experiment on fruit flies, UCLA biologists activated just one gene, AMPK, which extended their lifespan by nearly a third, by helping them to get rid of “cellular garbage” causing old age diseases such as Parkinson’s. Humans have the same gene. “Instead of studying the diseases of aging Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease,... 

Experimental Ebola vaccine’s human trial begins in US

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A girl walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading “Stop Ebola” in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. An experimental US Ebola vaccine is being trialed on humans at the country’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The vaccine has been developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and GlaxoSmithKline. Twenty healthy... 

Memories can be overwritten, scientists find

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Scientists have been capable of switching mice’s good memories with bad ones and vice versa. The discovery was the result of work done by a team, formed from a collaboration between Japan’s RIKEN institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. The scientists injected two groups of male mice with light-sensitive algae protein, which enabled them to identify the formation... 
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