Human Quirks: Health & Medicine
July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

June 16, 2015 — Humans aren't the only ones who like to cruise along the waterways -- viruses do too. For the first time, a map of fecal viruses traveling our global waterways has been created using modeling ... read more

June 15, 2015 — A rare collaboration of physicists and medical researchers finds a correlation between rheumatoid arthritis and giant cell arteritis and solar ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Researchers may be closer to understanding why scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Using advanced fMRI, they looked at brain activity while chronic ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require ... read more

June 12, 2015 — About 70,000 Women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Germany alone. Despite significant progress in the treatment of common types of breast cancer, some aggressive subtypes are poorly ... read more

June 11, 2015 — The concept sounds like the stuff of science fiction: take a pill, and new tissues grow to replace damaged ones. Researchers have now announced steps toward turning this idea into reality. They have ... read more

June 9, 2015 — The molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body's primary receptor for sensing heat and pain have been identified by scientists, paving the way for the design of more ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Eating bugs may not seem appetizing, but according to experts, insects are a sustainable alternative protein source with nutritional benefits that can't be ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Scientists have grown a tiny group of brain cells that can be induced to fall asleep, wake up and even show rebound sleep after 'staying up late.' The study -- the first to document that ... read more

June 9, 2015 — On Friday, May 22, physicians and nurses separated a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first such operation ever performed on Haitian ... read more

Lean Despite Many Calories

June 8, 2015 — Scientists have identified an enzyme in mice that is involved in obesity and metabolic disruptions associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes. When the investigators turned off the enzyme in ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Human supercentenarians share at least one thing in common--over 95 percent are women. Scientists have long observed differences between the sexes when it comes to aging, but there is no clear ... read more

Drug-Induced Tissue Regeneration Demonstrated by Scientists

June 3, 2015 — A primordial form of energy production that still exists in mammals can be harnessed to achieve spontaneous tissue regeneration in mice, without the need for added stem cells, a scientist has ... read more

June 3, 2015 — People get goosebumps when they feel a sudden surge of emotion. Goosebumps are due to the shrinkage of the skin cells around hairs, making the hairs stand on end. Animals, such as lions and cats, ... read more

Toothbrush Contamination in Communal Bathrooms

June 2, 2015 — Data confirms that there is transmission of fecal coliforms in communal bathrooms at a university, and that toothbrushes can serve as a vector for transmission of potentially pathogenic ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Research teams have transformed bacteria into 'secret agents' that can give warning of a disease based solely on the presence of characteristic molecules in the urine or blood. To perform ... read more

Microbiology: Gut Bacteria Cooperate When Life Gets Tough

June 2, 2015 — Researchers have discovered with the help of computer models how gut bacteria respond to changes in their environment -- such as a decrease in oxygen levels or nutrient availability. Microorganisms ... read more

10th-Century Medical Philosophy and Computer Simulation in Research

June 1, 2015 — The writings of a 10th-century medical philosopher are being linked to the use of computer simulation as an alternative to using animals in medical ... read more

June 1, 2015 — Researchers have found that the more hunter-gatherers smoke cannabis, the less they are infected by intestinal worms. The link suggests that they may unconsciously be, in effect, smoking medical ... read more

May 29, 2015 — Scientists have perfected mini cultured 3-D structures that grow and function much like the outer mantle -- the key working tissue, or cortex -- of the brain of the person from whom they were ... read more

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