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Articles / Medicine and Biology

Complex Life May Be Very Rare In The Cosmos
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Ever hear of mitochondria? Most of the folks reading this blog probably have, but for those of you not in the loop, mitochondria serve as power generators for your cells.
Scientists Work To Erase Traumatic Memories
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By scaring mice with loud sounds, scientists have been researching how fear works and leaves impressions on us.
Mutant Worms Spin Spider Silk
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As strange as it sounds, scientists and businessmen alike have been trying to harvest the incredibly strong webbing of spiders for years. What most people donít know is that spider webs are made out of an extremely durable silk, so durable in fact that it can be stronger than kevlar!
New E.Coli Strain Sweeps Europe
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For three long weeks Europe was gripped with fear battling a mysterious E. coli epidemic, and it wasn't until late this week that China's genomics institute nearly 7,000 km away finally put its finger on the culprit.
Scientists Discover New MRSA Superbug In Cows/Humans
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British scientists have found a new strain of the "superbug" MRSA in milk from cows and in swab samples from humans and say it cannot be detected with standard tests.
Vaccination - Is It Worth The Risk?
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A childís health and well-being is the primary concern of any parent, as such it is no surprise that many parents are mindful of any medical treatments these children require. There are few topics in pediatric medicine that have drawn greater attention than that of vaccination.
Sadly, Scientists Find Genetic Link to Depression
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Scientists say they have discovered the first solid evidence that variations in some peoples' genes may cause depression -- one of the world's most common and costly mental illnesses.
Brain Shrinks A Decade Before Alzheimer's
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Brain scans of healthy people showed signs that the brain was shrinking in Alzheimer's-affected areas nearly a decade before the disease was diagnosed, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Post-Katrina Heart Attack Rate Three-Times Higher
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New Orleans residents were found to have three times the rate of heart attacks four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina than before the storm and levee break that flooded the city, according to a study presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday.
First Citrus Gene Sequenced
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Scientists have completed the genetic sequencing of two varieties of citrus trees, a key step in fighting diseases that threaten the global citrus fruit industry, researchers said on Tuesday.