Brother’s death from heart failure inspires his own fight for health

Yonas Michael didn’t know what to think when his younger brother, Daniel, kept saying he felt “funny.” “It’s like I can really feel my heartbeat,” Daniel told him. The brothers didn’t think much of it at first. Yonas was studying for a master’s degree in education at Iowa State University and Daniel had joined him from their childhood home in […]

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Man pulls moving tapeworm out of his own backside

What you see before you is not a plate of more-than-al-dente bucatini. Nope, it’s a tapeworm that came out of the body of Kritsada Ratprachoom, a Thai freelance photographer. The 44-year-old did us all dirty and decided to post picture and video evidence of the tapeworm on his Facebook page, and unfortunately due to it going viral we’re also bringing […]

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Lung cell patches its own DNA on the fly to survive influenza

Scientists at Duke University have identified one kind of lung cell that can hustle to repair its damaged DNA and survive an attack of the influenza A virus while other kinds of cells around it die in droves. The finding reveals more about the battle between cells and viruses at the smallest level, and also may provide some important clues […]

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Drug-resistant cancer cells create own Achilles heel

The cells of most patients’ cancers are resistant to a class of drugs, called proteasome inhibitors, that should kill them. When studied in the lab, these drugs are highly effective, yet hundreds of clinical trials testing proteasome inhibitors have failed. Now scientists may have solved the mystery of these cells’ surprising hardiness. The key: Resistant cancer cells have shifted how […]

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Here’s how cancer hijacks wound healing to create its own blood supply

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have shed light on how cancers hijack the body’s natural wound-healing response to grow and spread. The researchers have identified specific processes within endothelial cells – the cells that line blood vessels – that tumors use to build out their own blood supply. These processes are normally used by the body […]

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