Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in heart failure

24 May 2015: Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in elderly heart failure patients, reveals research presented today at Heart Failure 2015 by Hiroshi Saito, a physiotherapist at Kameda Medical Centre in Kamogawa, Japan. Patients with cognitive impairment had a 7.5...

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Time is muscle in acute heart failure

Sophia Antipolis, 22 May 2015: Urgent diagnosis and treatment in acute heart failure has been emphasised for the first time in joint recommendations published today in European Heart Journal.1

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New study finds that proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects than patients...

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From reverberating chaos to concert halls, good acoustics is culturally subjective

Play a flute in Carnegie Hall, and the tone will resonate and fill the space. Play that same flute in the Grand Canyon, and the sound waves will crash against...

Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment

An artist's depiction of the thunder god vine and leptin molecule.An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45% decrease in body...

Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk

An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers.

Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica detected

A group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol, UK has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. ...

New species of ancient intruder discovered in England

This image shows two pentastomids (in orange) attached externally to the ostracod; one of the pentastomids; the ostracod with its shell removed, showing the external pentastomids and a pentastomid near the eggs of the ostracod.Rare discovery sheds new light on the history and lifestyle of ancient parasite Team recreate fossil using 3D computer modelling Today, some 140 species of the parasite infect animals -...

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Planktonic world: The new frontier

When you mention rich ecosystems that are vital for life on Earth, people tend to think of rainforests, but ocean plankton are actually just as crucial. The microscopic beings that...

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Researchers discover molecular approach to promote cancer cell death

Lung cancer researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have discovered a novel strategy to exploit apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, for the treatment of lung cancer....

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Depression associated with 5-fold increased mortality risk in heart failure patients

23 May 2015: Moderate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all cause mortality in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2015. The results from OPERA-HF show that risk was...

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New survey shows 36-percent increase in pediatric patients treated with proton therapy

Results from a new nationwide survey announced today indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous...

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Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

Virginia Tech scientists identify a genetic switch called Nix in Aedes aegypti  mosquitoes that underlies the difference between males and females.Males aren't relevant -- at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes.

Mapping poaching threats: York ecologists and WCS develop new method

Ecologists from the University of York, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate...

Partly human yeast show a common ancestor's lasting legacy

This image shows Baker's yeast growing on an agar plate.Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker's yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on...

Robot masters new skills through trial and error

BRETT is shown here learning how to screw a cap onto a water bottle.Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way...

Lowly 'new girl' chimps form stronger female bonds

Chema and Rumumba, two low-ranking immigrant female chimpanzees, take turns grooming each other in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. A Duke study finds that low-ranking female chimps prefer to socialize with other females of similar status.Low-ranking "new girl" chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study of social relationships in the wild apes.

Hubble observes one-of-a-kind star nicknamed 'Nasty'

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers have nicknamed it 'Nasty 1,' a play on its catalog name of NaSt1.Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In...

Tara Oceans expedition yields treasure trove of plankton data

Tara organizes expeditions to explore the world's oceans, in cooperation with prestigious international laboratories and institutions. The Tara Oceans expedition is the very first attempt to accomplish a global study of marine plankton, the only truly continuous ecosystem on Earth. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Tara Oceans also included a survey of several coral reefs and of pollution by microplastic particles in surface waters.In five related reports in this issue of the journal Science, a multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard...

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Our bond with dogs may go back more than 27,000 years

This image compares an ancient Taimyr Wolf bone from the lower jaw to a modern pipette.Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology...

Scientists unveil prostate cancer's 'Rosetta Stone'

Almost 90 per cent of men with advanced prostate cancer carry genetic mutations in their tumours that could be targeted by either existing or new cancer drugs, a landmark new...

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