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What this itsy-bitsy virus took from a spider What this itsy-bitsy virus took from a spider
You would expect a spider to excel at pulling strings, but in this case, it's a virus that appears to have pulled the strings of widow spiders -- DNA strings, that is. A husband-and-wife research team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville recently discovered eerily spider-like DNA hidden within an itsy-bitsy virus named WO. The newfound DNA is somewhat similar to a portion of the gene that mak...
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Tax on sugary foods and drinks backed by World Health Organisation Tax on sugary foods and drinks backed by World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added its support to countries which place a "sugar tax" on soft drinks. A new report from the body found that raising prices by 20% or more results in lower consumption and "improved nutrition". The global health group has previously advised a lower sugar intake, but stopped short of backing tax measures. Several countries, including Mexico and Hun...
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Slim down for summer: Smart swaps to stay on track Slim down for summer: Smart swaps to stay on track
Finding solutions to eating, fitness, and emotional issues takes time. Self-awareness and tuning into your body cues are the first steps to creating new behavior patterns that can support your weight loss. Here are 8 tips to help you do just that and keep the weight off permanently. 1. Use a food journal. Keeping a food log of everything you eat in a day holds you accountable to yourself an...
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Long daytime naps are 'warning sign' for type-2 diabetes Long daytime naps are 'warning sign' for type-2 diabetes
Napping for more than an hour during the day could be a warning sign for type-2 diabetes, Japanese researchers suggest. They found the link after analysing observational studies involving more than 300,000 people. UK experts said people with long-term illnesses and undiagnosed diabetes often felt tired during the day. But they said there was no evidence that napping caused or increased th...
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Alzheimer's drug study gives 'tantalising' results Alzheimer's drug study gives 'tantalising' results
A drug that destroys the characteristic protein plaques that build up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's is showing "tantalising" promise, scientists say. Experts are cautious because the drug, aducanumab, is still in the early stages of development. But a study in Nature has shown it is safe and hinted that it halts memory decline. Larger studies are now under way to fully evalua...
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Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test
Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson's disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists at University College London (UCL) say their early animal tests could lead to a cheap and non-invasive way to spot the disease. Parkinson's affects 1 in 500 people and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. The ch...
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Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven
It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works. Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its website that, "F...
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'Hacking nerves can control disease' 'Hacking nerves can control disease'
Controlling human nerve cells with electricity could treat a range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes, a new company says. Galvani Bioelectronics hopes to bring a new treatment based on the technique before regulators within seven years. GlaxoSmithKline and Verily, formerly Google, Life Sciences, are behind it. Animal experiments have attached tiny silicone cuffs, contai...
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Scientists one step closer to chlamydia vaccine Scientists one step closer to chlamydia vaccine
Canadian scientists developed a chlamydia vaccine prototype, which fought off the infection in mice. Scientists from McMaster University in Ontario gave mice two doses of the immunization through the nose. Then, exposed them to chlamydia, the most commonly reported STD in the U.S. Vaccinated mice had fewer signs of damage to reproductive organs and less copies of bacteria in their systems, t...
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Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk
People can carry a "silent" red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn. The Sanger Institute team estimate one in every four UK people is a carrier. The gene's effect is comparable to two decades of sun exposure in terms of cancerous changes, they say. While people with two copies of the gene will have ginger hair, freckles and pale skin and probably kno...
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