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Zika's hypothesized attraction to human neural stem cells may come from its ability to hijack a protein found on the surface of these cells, using it as an entryway to infection. Researchers show that the AXL surface receptor, normally involved in cell division, is highly abundant on the surface of…

Could certain types of hormonal contraceptives cause an increase in seizures in women with epilepsy? A recent study suggests that ethinyl estradiol, the primary component of oral contraceptives, could be detrimental to the epileptic brain.

Many people in US households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next year are unaware of key facts about Zika virus, according to a new poll. The poll of 1,275 adults was conducted March 2-8, 2016 in cooperation with the National Public Health Information Coalition, an…

Behind the apparent randomness of a basketball game, a process of self-organization is actually taking place amid the teams. The interactions between team mates and opponents are constantly influencing each other while the game itself allows for creative behaviors to emerge. This phenomenon,…

When reading emails, do you become the 'grammar police?' You no who you aer: the person who thinks its her job too catch every typo or gramatical errur?

A new study of more than 440 parents and their preschoolers offers insight into why some parents who binge eat also may try to restrict their children's food intake, placing their children at higher risk for unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.

Some pediatric surgeons perform so few rare and complex procedures once they finish their surgical training that they may have a hard time maintaining operative skills in the long run, according to a new study.

A study quantifies feedback between neurons in different parts of the visual system, which could give new insight into the visual system's neuronal circuitry and possibly explain why we see optical illusions.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States while one in 10 Americans has some form of liver disease. A new study indicates how critical it is to carefully control oxidative stress -- which can also lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, chronic…

Cannabis dependence is a serious problem worldwide and it is of growing importance in the United States as marijuana becomes increasingly legal, report experts.

A novel mouse model of a highly lethal form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) offers a new tool for scientists working to better understand this disease and research new therapeutic targets.

Researchers have developed a method that simplifies the diagnosis of ear infections (otitis media), something which annually affects half a billion children worldwide. The software-based method automatically analyses images from a digital otoscope and enables highly accurate diagnoses.

A sweeping new report assessing chronic kidney disease in the United States offers startling statistics about a condition that affects almost 14 percent of the US population and costs billions in Medicare spending each year.

A more effective version of an FDA-approved epilepsy drug has been designed with the potential for fewer side effects, according to a study. The experimental agent could also prove to be a treatment for tinnitus and other disorders caused by volatile neural signaling.

Middle-aged black women have higher levels of a protein in their blood associated with greater risk of heart disease than their white counterparts, even after other factors, such as obesity, are taken into consideration, according to a study. The finding suggests routine blood testing of black…

Exposing common statistical errors and bias in obesity research to improve the reliability of future research is the aim of the authors of new research.

Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) could be linked to eye movement impairment, even beyond the acute stage of injury, according to researchers. These findings indicate a potentially more effective way to identify long-term chronic effects on those with mild TBI.

The FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Propell Platinum, a product promoted and sold for weight loss.

Some people are able to cope with stress much better than others. Some individuals are resilient, while others succumb to despair. The reason, scientists have discovered, is all in the brain.

The protein RingoA is a key regulator of meiosis -- the cell division process that gives rise to ovules and sperm for sexual reproduction in mammals -- report scientists.

Researchers have analyzed how the sodium lost through sweat during a marathon influences the maintenance of stable and physiologically sound conditions that allow the body to carry out its functions. Excessive electrolyte loss may lead to a medical problem known as hyponatraemia.

A new treatment for the pre-stages of cervical cancer has been developed, caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. The treatment involves using 85% trichloroacetic acid, an acid that is traditionally used for medical and cosmetic skin peeling. The scientists showed that complete remission…

A Swedish population study is helping answer lingering questions about hormone therapy safety. The study shows that estrogen-only therapy carries a lower risk of blood clots than combined estrogen-progestogen therapy, but there is no significantly increased risk of clots with combination therapy…

Suffering from emotional problems in adolescence is an important risk factor for future joblessness, irrespective of socioeconomic background, according to a new report.

Most research looking at mind wandering has assumed that all mind wandering is inherently unintentional, but findings from a new study suggest otherwise: People frequently report zoning out on purpose, and the causes of this 'intentional' type of mind wandering can differ from the causes of…

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