The hunt for an Ebola drug

In December 2013, a 2-year-old boy in a small village in Guinea fell ill and died. Days later his 3-year-old sister and their pregnant mother also died. That was the beginning of the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, during which the virus spread rapidly across West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people in two years. Since then, scientists have […]

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Evidence mounts that an eye scan may detect early Alzheimer’s disease

Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a matter of seconds. The researchers show that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with Alzheimer’s. Even patients who have a family history of Alzheimer’s but have no symptoms show these […]

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The spread of cancerous cells determined with new model developed at YSPH

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have discovered a mathematical relationship that sheds new light on the rate at which cancer cells mutate and why some survive and rapidly multiply, yet others do not. The discovery by members of the laboratory of Jeffrey Townsend, Ph.D., the Elihu Professor of Biostatistics and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will allow […]

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Harnessing the power of fear

People love fear. Consider the enduring popularity, for instance, of thriller and horror movies since the invention of the motion picture. Think Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), M (1931) and Werewolf of London (1935), among scores of others. This year a sequel to the classic slasher-flick Halloween was released 40 years after the original. Sociologist Isabel Cristina Pinedo refers […]

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Obese mice lose a third of their fat using a natural protein

To the great surprise of cancer researchers, a protein they investigated for its possible role in cancer turned out to be a powerful regulator of metabolism. The Georgetown University-led study found that forced expression of this protein in a laboratory strain of obese mice showed a remarkable reduction of their fat mass despite a genetic predisposition to eat all the […]

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Food that helps prevent cancer

The Independent reported that scientists were able to prove a huge benefit to human health from eating organic produce. In particular, said the researchers, it reduces the risk of certain types of cancer. According to The Independent, the authors of the project, French scientists observed the power of people (almost 70 thousand people) between 2009 and 2016. The participants were […]

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New drugs, test offer TB hope for millions

Thousands of scientists, activists and disease survivors Saturday wrap up a global conference on lung health dominated by the announcement of several breakthroughs in the battle against tuberculosis. The following is a round-up of developments in how doctors and aid workers are tackling the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Miracle drug Some strains of TB—a severe lung infection that can spread […]

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5 tips on how best to use honey

Honey exhibits antibacterial and antiviral effect, helps with colds, has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system and promotes fast recovery. In the season of rampant infections this product is simply irreplaceable. However, to use honey to properly. If you want that honey brought maximum benefit to the body, listen to the recommendations of the experts on healthy nutrition. In […]

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