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New research examines the way our bodies, specifically our brains, become "stress-resilient." There is a significant variation in the way individuals react and respond to extreme stress and adversity—some individuals develop psychiatric conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder or major…

New research examines whether or not, and to what extent, a combination of spiritual meditation and migraine medication affects analgesic medication usage.

Individuals who are born with a low birth weight are less likely to be good at sports at school or participate in exercise later on in life. The study used data from the Medical Research Council National Survey for Health and Development, a unique birth cohort that closely monitors a group of…

Cell models from stem cells serve an ever-increasing role in research of cardiac dysfunction. Researchers have succeeded in producing cells which offer new insights into properties of the heart. They installed a molecular sensor into the cells which emits light, and not only makes the cells'…

Scientists are developing an early diagnosis system for neurodegenerative disorders. The system is intended to such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and others. The diagnosis system is based on virtual reality (VR) – a person is immersed in a virtual environment to carry out some…

Cancer thrives when mutated cells undergo frequent division. Most anti-cancer drugs work by inserting themselves in between the DNA base pairs that encode our genetic information. This process is known as intercalation, and it can result in subtle changes to the DNA molecule's geometric shape or…

A highly efficient method has been developed to convert abundant organic molecules into new medicines. A new report describes a way to convert carbon-hydrogen bonds into nitriles, common components of bioactive molecules used in medicinal and agricultural applications.

Chemists have invented a new technique for constructing one-handed or 'chiral' drug molecules. The new method is already being adopted by pharmaceutical researchers.

Scientists who last year identified new gene mutations unique to colon cancers in African Americans, have now found that tumors with these mutations are highly aggressive and more likely to recur and metastasize.

Potential outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever may be more accurately predicted thanks to a new mathematical model. This could in turn help inform public health messages to prevent outbreaks spreading more widely.

It was already known that genes inherited from ancient retroviruses are essential to the placenta in mammals. Scientists have now revealed a new chapter in this astonishing story: these genes of viral origin may also be responsible for the more developed muscle mass seen in males.

Graphene oxide flakes can be welded together into solid materials that may be suitable for bone implants, according to an international study.

Encouraging hospital births are an important component of reducing maternal mortality in low-resource settings. Now, new research shows certain factors, including age and income, determine whether women living in rural Nepal have home births or hospital deliveries.

At the dinner table, babies do a lot more than play with their sippy cups, new research suggests.

A study of an enzyme that helps build and repair DNA in living organisms increases our understanding of how these processes are controlled and how we can use this to combat infections.

Researchers have re-invented the eye drop with technology that can deliver medicine much more efficiently, making life easier for patients. They have created microscopic packets of medicine that lodge themselves imperceptibly in the base of the tear film that makes up the wet surface of the eye.

Wearable sensing device tracks movements, ambient environment, bio-signals and more.

Balancing selection is responsible for helping us fend off pathogens, but also for the occurrence of mutations in our genome that predispose us to hereditary diseases.

It's official; store shelves will be scrubbed clean of antibacterial hand and body soaps that contain certain ingredients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a final ruling that bans soaps that contain one, or a combination of, 19 specific ingredients — triclosan and…

Scientists say the more foreign languages we learn, the more effectively our brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning.

Inhibiting a protein called sclerostin could probably help treating the bone-loss disease osteoporosis.

Hospitalizations for infective endocarditis, a heart valve infection often attributed to injection drug use, increased significantly among young adults, particularly whites and females. The findings shed light on the healthcare burdens and shifting demographics associated national opioid epidemic.

The choice of a smartphone provides valuable information about its owner.

It can be challenging for regulators to keep up with advances related to medical drugs and devices. A new analysis provides insights on how officials are working to support accelerated access to new therapies while also ensuring their safety.

Heparan sulphate occurs as carbohydrate chains which are very important for human body cells both for normal fetal development and during the course of various diseases. All new molecular knowledge concerning these chains is therefore important. Researchers can now show that the same enzyme which…

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