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Aggressive prostate and lung cancers are driven by common mechanisms, researchers find

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered a common process in the development of late-stage, small cell cancers of the prostate and lung. These shared molecular mechanisms could lead to the development of drugs...

Combating cancer one Nobel Prize at a time

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Fighting cancer can be a thankless job, but several scientists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of cancer treatments are getting the recognition they deserve this week after...

Beyond the scalpel: Why 'virtual' autopsies may be the way of the future

1 week ago from CBC: Health

It's a familiar scene, whether on TV or in the lab: A body is cut open, prodded and poked to reveal how someone died. Now a recent study suggests a...

Migraine can be treated without medicine, pilot study finds

1 week ago from Science Daily

Some migraine patients can cut down on medication or stop using it completely by using a newly developed inhaler which changes the composition of the air we breathe, according to...

Viruses in blood lead to digestive problems

1 week ago from Science Daily

Some people suffer unpredictable bouts of abdominal pain and constipation. A new study in mice shows that viruses that target the nervous system can kill neurons in the gut that...

Rewriting the textbook on how steroid hormones enter cells

1 week ago from Science Daily

A discovery may open up new ways to control steroid hormone-mediated processes, including growth and development in insects, and sexual maturation, immunity, and cancer progression in humans.

Nanoparticles to treat snakebites

1 week ago from Science Daily

Venomous snakebites affect 2.5 million people, and annually cause more than 100,000 deaths and leave 400,000 individuals with permanent physical and psychological trauma each year. Researchers have now described a...

Scientists call for microbial 'Noah's Ark' to protect global health

1 week ago from Science Daily

A team of researchers is calling for the creation of a global microbiota vault to protect the long-term health of humanity.

Osaka, Japan, ends sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

1 week ago from UPI

The city of Osaka, Japan, ended its sister city relationship with San Francisco this week in response to a statue honoring so-called "comfort women."

City size and structure may influence influenza epidemics

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

The size and structure of cities helps shape the progression of new influenza cases during a flu season, a new study finds.

New study evaluates efficacy of PET imaging to manage chronic liver diseases

1 week ago from Science Daily

While liver biopsies are powerful and reliable, they are also invasive, painful, limited and subject to complications. These effects may soon be a thing of the past for some patients...

Immune cell variations contribute to malaria severity

1 week ago from MIT Research

At least 250 million people are infected with malaria every year, and about half a million of those die from the disease. A new study from MIT offers a possible explanation for...

Spread of death cap mushroom in B.C. prompts advisory warning for people to 'play it safe'

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Officials are asking foragers to be on the lookout for the deadly fungus and to avoid picking urban mushrooms altogether.

HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates liver to critically ill child

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a...

Chemotherapy may lead to mitochondrial dysfunction in skeletal muscle

1 week ago from Science Daily

Chemotherapy drugs to treat breast cancer may promote muscle mitochondrial dysfunction, according to new research. Dysfunctional mitochondria, the energy centers of the cells, may contribute to fatigue and weakness that...

Reprogramming normal human epithelial tissues to a common, lethal neuroendocrine cancer lineage

1 week ago from Science NOW

The use of potent therapies inhibiting critical oncogenic pathways active in epithelial cancers has led to multiple resistance mechanisms, including the development of highly aggressive, small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (SCNC)....

Urbanization and humidity shape the intensity of influenza epidemics in U.S. cities

1 week ago from Science NOW

Influenza epidemics vary in intensity from year to year, driven by climatic conditions and by viral antigenic evolution. However, important spatial variation remains unexplained. Here we show predictable differences in...

Nanoparticles to treat snakebites

1 week ago from Physorg

Venomous snakebites affect 2.5 million people, and annually cause more than 100,000 deaths and leave 400,000 individuals with permanent physical and psychological trauma each year. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected...

U.S., Montenegro conduct cybersecurity exercises

1 week ago from UPI

The U.S. has worked alongside cyberdefense experts within the government of Montenegro over the past several weeks to buildcyber defense capabilities.

Grieving Calgary mother wants women to know about life-threatening pregnancy complication

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Jill Young's daughter, Cara Kernohan, died suddenly of a severe form of pre-eclampsia called HELLP syndrome. She was 35 weeks pregnant.

Evidence mounts linking aspirin to lower risk of ovarian cancer

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new study found that women who reported taking a low-dose aspirin every day had a 23 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer compared to nonaspirin users. The research also...

'Double agent' in the immune system may make us vulnerable to bacterial infections

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists have discovered the role of an immune system double agent. This molecule, called USP18, can help curtail immune responses, but it can also open the door to bacterial infections,...

Krispy Kreme in Ireland stops overnight drive-through due to honking

1 week ago from UPI

A Krispy Kreme in Ireland has decided to end its overnight drive-through service following complaints from neighbors about the noise caused by honking cars.

Man found dead in locked hospital bathroom a 'very vulnerable person,' sister says

1 week ago from CBC: Health

A 61-year-old patient died while locked in a washroom at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre and now his sister wants answers from the hospital.

New drug shown to slow progress of ALS gets green light from Health Canada

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Health Canada has approved a new ALS drug that is showing the potential to slow progress of the fatal disease.

Study links individual HPV types to HIV infection

1 week ago from Science Blog

An international research team led by a scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has for the first time identified individual types of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are...

Viruses in blood lead to digestive problems

1 week ago from Science Blog

While studying viruses best known for infecting the brain, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis stumbled upon clues to a conundrum involving a completely different part...

Even light drinking increases risk of death

1 week ago from Science Blog

Drinking a daily glass of wine for health reasons may not be so healthy after all, suggests a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Analyzing...