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Can our genes be controlled by the power of our minds? A new study that harnesses human brainwaves to control gene expression in mice suggests the answer is yes.
Salivary mucins do more than just provide a physical barrier against bacteria that cause cavities - they keep them in suspension and stop them forming biofilms on teeth.
To hold onto the gains made against Ebola, sponsors should be more flexible about allocating the resources they are now ploughing into Liberia, say humanitarian charity MSF.
Contrary to some previous studies, new research suggests that oral HPV can be transmitted through oral-to-oral and oral-to-genital contact with an infected person.
Researchers find insufficient and conflicting data to determine if popular Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers and Zone diets are beneficial for both weight loss and heart health.
New research has found that the Tdap vaccine recommended to protect newborns from pertussis is not associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery or small birth sizes.
Some people with mild cognitive impairment go on to develop Alzheimer's. Now, a new study suggests that in these individuals, anxiety may speed up Alzheimer's onset.
The discovery of a new mechanism that encourages glucose uptake in brown fat is being described as a 'major breakthrough' that could result in a potential cure for type 2 diabetes.
A new study shows people who carry a particular version of the HLA-DRB1 gene have natural resistance against typhoid fever; their immune system can recognize the invading bacteria.
The American Gastroenterological Association Institute's new guideline summarizes extensive evidence-based literature on drug treatments for managing irritable bowel syndrome.
A new study has found that the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors is associated with a reduced risk of developing the neurological disorder ALS.
Researchers from Germany found that an explosive compound called PETN lowered the systolic blood pressure of female rats born to parents with hypertension.
A study of British inpatients recommends that hospitals should offer routine smoking cessation support in an effort to drive down significant costs to the National Health Service.
More and more households are using laundry detergent pods over traditional laundry powder, but a new study claims the pods pose serious harm to the health of young children.
Widely prescribed as a treatment for high cholesterol, a new study suggests that statins can also reverse neurological symptoms of a syndrome previously thought to be untreatable.
A new study that investigates how the walkability of a community impacts on cognitive ability suggests more 'mentally complex' neighborhoods help keep the mind sharp.
WHO issue a new protocol for the safe burial of people who die of Ebola virus disease that respects family needs and religious rites while also reducing risk of transmission.
A new study identifies a molecular starting point for the onset of pancreatic cancer, offering an early treatment target for a disease that is usually spotted too late.
A new study has identified physicians as key when it comes to explaining how tobacco use can cause bladder cancer, and they could help cancer survivors quit smoking.
Earlier this year, we reported on the creation of 'see-through' mice. Now, Japanese scientists have developed a similar technique to allow whole-organism imaging of mice.