Researchers have identified a polio-like disease that has caused severe weakness or rapid paralysis in one or more arms and legs in five children from California since 2012. They are presenting their findings at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia, PA, at the end of April.One of the researchers, Dr.
There have been several reports in recent years of scientists reprogramming skin cells so they transform into cells that are similar to cells from other organs, such as the heart, the pancreas and even brain cells.
A new study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that taking high doses of selenium and vitamin E supplements may increase the risk of prostate cancer, depending on a man's selenium levels prior to taking the supplements.The research team, including first author Dr.
A new study in mice finds that an excessive response provoked in the immune system by chronic stress results in anxiety symptoms resembling post-traumatic stress disorder.
How does an animal recognize another of the same species? Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York say they have uncovered the brain region responsible for this process - known as social memory.
To create new vaccines to combat infections, certain cancers and other illnesses that attack the immune system, scientists need to have a good understanding of the mechanisms behind antibodies. Now, researchers have looked to studying the immune systems of cows to find out more about these immune system proteins.
A delusion is defined as a state of irrational belief that holds even when there is strong evidence to the contrary. Now, a researcher from the University of Adelaide in Australia believes he can explain why some individuals are unable to escape their delusions, and it is all down to faulty "reality testing.
Crime dramas frequently depict detectives interrogating suspected criminals under bright lights to get the truth out of them. Now, a new study may lend credence to this tactic, as it suggests human emotion - both positive or negative - is experienced more intensely under bright lights.
In baseball, vision can play a key role in a player's success. If they have trouble seeing the ball, chances are they could be out after three strikes. But new research from the University of California, Riverside, suggests that a brain-training video game could help to improve the vision of baseball players and, in turn, help them win more games.
In the movie Avatar, humans operate the bodies of a human-hybrid species, called Na'vi, with their minds. Now, researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, have carried out a similar technique in monkeys - using neural devices that allowed an alert monkey to control the mind of one that was temporarily paralyzed.
Jazz fans will know that a defining characteristic of the genre - whose greats include Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus - are the spontaneous "musical conversations" that spark up when members of a jazz band improvise. This improvisation bears similarity to human speech, with the players often taking it in turns to trade lines that build up into a dialogue.
New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, MA, has found that long-term daily use of multivitamin supplements could reduce the risk of cataract for men.The study findings were recently published in the journal Opthalmology.According to the research team, led by Dr.
The largest ever trial of adult stem cell therapy in heart attack patients has begun at The London Chest Hospital in the UK. Heart disease is the world's leading cause of death. Globally, more than 17 million people died from heart disease last year. In the US, over 1 million people suffer a heart attack each year, and about half of them die.
One of the first studies to use crowd-sourced information to uncover potential predictors of obesity has suggested that children whose parents are very involved in their young lives are more likely to be slim in adulthood. Results of the study, conducted by researchers at Cornell University in New York, are published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The first study to compare brain scans of non-primates and humans has revealed that both dogs and humans have dedicated brain areas for voices, and they react in similar ways when processing emotional cues.First author Dr. Attila Andics, of MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Budapest, and colleagues report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.
A new study led by Canadian researchers reveals how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) spreads in the body and suggests it may be possible to stop it with antibodies.ALS is the most common form of motor neuron disease (MND), a serious and incurable disease that affects nerve cells (motor neurons) in the brain and spinal cord.
New research from the Institute of Cancer Research in the UK suggests that screening men with a family history of prostate cancer for certain gene mutations could identify those who are at increased risk of aggressive forms of the disease and need lifelong monitoring.
In these modern times, there is practically a smartphone app for all aspects of life. Now, new research has detailed two new apps that could help people detect epileptic seizures and receive better treatment for stroke.The two new studies will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in April.
According to a new study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, increased incidence of thyroid cancer may not be because of an increase in the disease, but an increase in diagnosis.Several types of cancer can affect the thyroid - a gland in the neck that produces hormones.
Whether a result of our work, home or social lives, all of us go through stressful periods. Now, new research has linked high stress levels to increased occurrence of headaches - an association that has long been suspected.The study findings are due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in April.