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Human Quirks: Health & Medicine
February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Jan. 17, 2017 — In a new study, researchers are investigating why hair is incredibly strong and resistant to breaking. The findings could lead to the development of new materials for body armor and help cosmetic ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group has now discovered a mechanism through ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — Since 2012, doctoral student Catherine Girard has collected stool samples from the Inuit of Nunavut. In a new study, she documents for the first time their 'gut microbiome' -- with ... read more

Jan. 5, 2017 — Scientists find that neurological changes mark transition from ambivalent adolescent to capable adult in the ... read more

'Zombie Apocalypse' Would Wipe out Humankind in Just 100 Days, Students Calculate

Jan. 5, 2017 — A student study suggests that one hundred days after zombie infection spread less than 300 people would remain alive globally. After one hundred days human survivors would be outnumbered a million to ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — To produce drugs sustainably and cheaply, anywhere you want. Whether in the middle of the jungle or even on Mars. A 'mini-factory' whereby sunlight can be captured to make chemical ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — A protein known as FosB in the reward centre of the brain alters in chronically ill people suffering from an addictive disorder (e.g. heroin addiction): it is genetically modified, split off and ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — Frequent sauna bathing may reduce the risk of dementia, suggests a recent study in Finland. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — Researchers have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — While many animals walk on the balls of their feet, humans use a heel-first stride. Researchers suggest that this gives humans the advantage of longer 'virtual ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — Tiny machines like nanorockets are ideal candidates for drug delivery in the human body. Chemists now demonstrate the first complete movement regulation of a nanorocket, by providing temperature ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — The rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall, scientists have discovered for the first time. These effects on behavior ... read more

Dec. 6, 2016 — A lightweight bicycle constructed from abandoned golf clubs bought for just 99p from eBay has been created by a graphic design student in England. The unusual mode of transport was designed to ... read more

Geophagy: 'Soil-Eating' as an Addictive Behaviour

Dec. 5, 2016 — Between 30 and 80% of people in Africa, especially women, regularly eat clayey soil -- this habit is known as geophagy. They consume between 100 and 400 g per day. The reason behind this habit, which ... read more

Nov. 29, 2016 — Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation's most iconic native animal species -- the platypus and the echidna -- which ... read more

Uncombable Hair Gene Discovered

Nov. 17, 2016 — Some children suffer from completely tangled hair, which cannot be combed at all. In German, the phenomenon bears the apt name “uncombable hair syndrome” or even “Struwwelpeter syndrome”. ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Scientists have developed a gel for growing miniaturized body organs that can be used in clinical diagnostics and drug development. Organoids are miniature organs that can be grown in the lab from a ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Automated teller machine keypads in New York City hold microbes from human skin, household surfaces, or traces of food, a study has found. The work shows that ATMs can provide a repository to offer a ... read more

Nov. 15, 2016 — A big challenge in cognitive or rehabilitation neurosciences is the ability to design a functional hybrid system that can connect and exchange information between biological systems, like neurons in ... read more

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