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Mamma Mia! Listening to Mozart Lowers Blood Pressure…But ABBA Has No Impact

July 06, 2016

Relaxing to a soothing Mozart symphony can lower the blood pressure as much as cutting salt from the diet or exercising, a new study has shown.
But for people concerned about their heart, it might be wise to stay clear of ABBA, which has no impact at all.
Scientists in Germany played …

FDA Panel to Vote Whether Diabetes Drug Cuts Cardiac Death

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be asked to vote next week on whether a diabetes drug made by Eli Lilly & Co and Boehringer Ingelheim cuts the risk of cardiovascular death, according to documents posted on the agency’s website on Friday.
The documents were published …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Could Altered Gut Bacteria be a Cause?

June 30, 2016

What causes chronic fatigue syndrome? The answer to this question continues to baffle researchers, so much so that some have even questioned whether the condition exists. Now, a new study by researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, may have shed light on a biological cause, after finding that patients …

Zika Virus: Scientists Hail Vaccine Success, Human Trials to Start Soon

June 29, 2016

A safe and effective vaccine against the Zika virus is an important step closer, with the results of a major study published in the journal Nature.
The researchers said, based on their findings, a Zika vaccine for humans “will likely be readily achievable”.
Researchers tested two trial vaccines, a DNA vaccine and an …

Antidepressants Plus Blood Thinners Cause Brain Cancer Cells to Eat Themselves in Mice

Scientists have been exploring the connection between tricyclic antidepressants and brain cancer since the early 2000s. There’s some evidence that the drugs can lower one’s risk for developing aggressive glioblastomas, but when given to patients after diagnosis in a small clinical trial, the antidepressants showed no effect as a treatment.
In …

Missing Link Found Between Brain, Immune System

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has …

‘Deep Learning’ Reveals Unexpected Genetic Roots of Cancers, Autism and Other Disorders

In the decade since the genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists and doctors have struggled to answer an all-consuming question: Which DNA mutations cause disease?
A new computational technique developed at the University of Toronto may now be able to tell us.

A Canadian research team led by professor Brendan Frey has …

Blink if your Brain Needs a Rest

Why do we spend roughly 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed – blinking far more often than is actually necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated? Scientists have pried open the answer to this mystery, finding that the human brain uses that tiny moment of shut-eye to …

What’s Behind the Heartbreaking Risk of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Researchers have known for more than a decade that the risk of heart disease and stroke increases when people take pain relievers like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Now, scientists from the University of California, Davis, have uncovered some of the reasons why these drugs can harm …

First Person to be Imprisoned Over Female Genital Mutilation in Australia

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri has been sent to jail for a minimum of 11 months. 

An Islamic sect community leader is the first person to be imprisoned over female genital mutilation  in Australia.
But a mother and a former nurse involved in the female genital mutilation of two sisters, aged six and seven, have …

Liposuction Surgery Offers Hope for Cancer Survivors with Lymphoedema

People would do double takes when they saw Sharne Willoughby. It was one reason she found excuses to stay home.
The primary school teacher had been diagnosed with cervical cancer when the youngest of her six children was two years old. She beat the disease, but said what afflicted her afterwards was worse.
Ms Willoughby …

Researchers Create Key Diagnostic Measures for Gastrointestinal Disorders

June 22, 2016

With no laboratory test available to diagnose functional gastrointestinal disorders, proper diagnostic criteria are critical for clinicians to make an accurate determination of what ails their patients.
Several University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers played a key role in crafting diagnostic criteria and patient questionnaires for the Rome Foundation, …