Medicine


Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to 'power of evolution'
- October 04, 2018

Arnold flew back to California for a news conference at Caltech, which she called a "jewel of an institution" where she was always "pushed to do her best and do things other people couldn't do". She's the fifth woman to receive the chemistry prize, and follows Ada E Yonath in 2009, according to The Guardian . "A standard prank in science , your friends take on a fake Swedish accent and call you up at 4:30 in the morning, this is the Swedish Royal Academy of Science, you won", said Dr. (more...)
UT Austin Longhorn wins Nobel Prize for work fighting cancer UT Austin Longhorn wins Nobel Prize for work fighting cancer
- October 03, 2018

The research was "a landmark in our fight against cancer", the Nobel Assembly of Sweden's Karolinska Institute said in announcing the award. The institute added that therapies based on Prof Honjo's discovery "proved to be strikingly effective in the fight against cancer". (more...)
New Jersey surfer dies from brain-eating amoeba New Jersey surfer dies from brain-eating amoeba
- October 02, 2018

Parsons said Stabile had been in the park's wave pool. NJ.com reported that by the time he was diagnosed, it was "too late to administer the drug that has been given to three of the only five survivors in North America". CDC has already collected water samples and hopes to deliver conclusions by the end of the week. CDC spokesperson Candice Burns Hoffmann said that preliminary test results should be ready next week and will provide recommendations to BSR Surf Resort for reducing potential ... (more...)
NJ Surfer Dies From Rare, NJ Surfer Dies From Rare, "Brain-Eating Amoeba"
- October 01, 2018

Stabile reportedly had days of severe headaches until he eventually couldn't move or speak properly. He went on to develop symptoms, including brain swelling and fever, and was pronounced brain dead on September 21. "Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said. The amoeba is typically found in fresh water, especially warmer water such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. (more...)
US, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy US, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy
- October 01, 2018

The winners were chosen for "for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation". He realized that if he could release that "brake", the immune system would wreak havoc on tumors. A driving motivation for scientists is simply to push the frontiers of knowledge. Allison and Honjo did parallel work to stimulate the body's immune system's ability to attack tumors. (more...)
Limiting kids' screen time improves brain function Limiting kids' screen time improves brain function
- October 01, 2018

Health experts advise that children between the ages of eight and 11 engage in at least an hour per day of physical activity , get nine to 11 hours of sleep per night, and spend no more than two hours per day in front of a screen. "Without consideration of what kids are actually doing with their screens, we're seeing that the two-hour mark actually seems to be a good recommendation for benefiting cognition", said Jeremy Walsh, an exercise physiologist at the University of British Columbia ... (more...)
Ever Human Case Of Rat Hepatitis E Found Ever Human Case Of Rat Hepatitis E Found
- October 01, 2018

Doctors discovered the man was carrying the animal strain after he experienced abnormal liver function after a liver transplant . A 56-year-old man has been diagnosed with the disease, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said . (more...)
Flu clinics in Florence County Flu clinics in Florence County
- September 29, 2018

There are other preventative measures everyone should practice to prevent the flu and other illnesses. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Health workers vaccinated almost 300 people at the drive-thru. The most deadly flu season on record remains that of thew 1918 pandemic, when upwards of 500,000 Americans are thought to have died. What about if you're already feeling the flu coming on? "So don't worry about it being too early". (more...)
Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in United Kingdom and beyond Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in United Kingdom and beyond
- September 29, 2018

Users from the United Kingdom and Europe had earlier reported widespread difficulty in connecting to the server. Amazon has yet to comment, but it's advising users to restart their Echo device - to no avail. The new Fire TV Cube that's basically a Fire TV combined with an Echo Dot is on sale for $79.99 instead of $120, and the 4K Fire TV dongle can be had for $39.99 instead of $70. (more...)
Doctor Urge Early Vaccinations As Flu Season Approaches Doctor Urge Early Vaccinations As Flu Season Approaches
- September 29, 2018

Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. Influenza is a serious infection that kills many each year and older adults and young children are particularly vulnerable. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh, "I Like Beer": Twitter Reactions and Memes
- September 29, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has repeatedly said that he was legally allowed to consume beer as a prep school senior in Maryland. There was a grandfather clause in the Maryland law, but only for those who were 18, 19 or 20 on the day the increase went into effect, thereby not including Kavanaugh. (more...)
Limiting children's screen time key to improving brain development, study reveals Limiting children's screen time key to improving brain development, study reveals
- September 29, 2018

This is the recommendation from experts, published this week in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal. Overall, only 5 percent of the children in the study met all three recommendations on sleep, screen time, and physical activity while 30 percent met none of the recommendations. (more...)
84-year-old in Bulgaria's Yambol district dies of West Nile fever 84-year-old in Bulgaria's Yambol district dies of West Nile fever
- September 29, 2018

The agency says West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites in the summer and fall. New Jersey health officials have confirmed a second death from the West Nile virus this year amid a spike in cases due to the weather. (more...)
Kavanaugh’s interruptions of Democratic senators in hearing draw ire and support Kavanaugh’s interruptions of Democratic senators in hearing draw ire and support
- September 28, 2018

Sen. Donnelly said that if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination comes before the Senate for a vote, "I will oppose it". Republicans are reluctant for several reasons, including the likelihood that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard. (more...)
Senate Committee Votes Friday on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Senate Committee Votes Friday on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination
- September 28, 2018

The committee recommendation vote was expected to pass on Friday, and the full Senate vote on confirmation could take place as soon as Tuesday. Trump was reportedly unhappy with Kavanaugh's attempt to get out ahead of yesterday's hearing by portraying himself in a Fox News interview as an innocent choirboy who never had any sexual contact in high school, let alone a person who could be capable of the kind of violent attack Christine Blasey Ford has alleged. (more...)
Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was "Honest"
- September 28, 2018

As Ford discussed her allegation in searing detail, numerous senators leaned forward in their chairs, their elbows on the desk, listening intently to the psychology professor's soft, nearly girlish voice. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a point during a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. (more...)
Third Woman Accuses US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Third Woman Accuses US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct
- September 28, 2018

A GoFundMe page to support Ford and pay for her security and legal expenses quickly doubled its fundraising total after it was mentioned during the hearing. "I believed he was going to rape me", she said. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii hit out at Mitchell's approach during the hearing, saying she had aimed to undermine Ford's credibility. (more...)
Suspected rebels kill 18 in Congo’s east amid Ebola Suspected rebels kill 18 in Congo’s east amid Ebola
- September 27, 2018

The latest Ebola outbreak, which causes haemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, is believed to have killed 99 people since July and infected another 48. At least 100 people have died in the outbreak, out of 150 cases in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. "An added complication here is that some of these fighters may have been exposed to Ebola, and yet they'll be even more hard to track down than ordinary civilians". (more...)
Vikings Griffen Out with Mental Health Issue Vikings Griffen Out with Mental Health Issue
- September 27, 2018

A league source told ESPN that Griffen is being evaluated after a Saturday incident in which police had to be called to the hotel where Griffen has been staying. "I hope to see him every day", head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday, "but it's nothing to do with football ". Pico told police that Griffen, 30, had not done or said anything that led the team to believe that he was a danger to himself or others. (more...)
Octopuses Were Given MDMA And Started Hugging Eachother Octopuses Were Given MDMA And Started Hugging Eachother
- September 24, 2018

Octopuses given the drug ecstasy become more social and try to hug each other, a study has found. "We could say the octopus brain is totally different to a human one, but we need this synapse or this neurotransmitter", Prof Dölen says. A neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London named Professor David Nutt said the results of this study also provide more evidence that a wide range of species experience emotion and empathy: "This just proves that this is not some peculiar human ... (more...)