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Researchers found that activating certain neurons in the brains of mice immediately induced REM sleep - the dreaming phase - while deactivating them stopped REM sleep.
The ability for prosthetic limbs to sense touch comes within reach, as researchers present their creation of a plastic material that recognizes pressure and sends brain signals.
Using stem cells and machine learning, scientists have developed the first animal-free screening platform that can accurately predict the toxicity of compounds on the human kidney.
Mice bred to develop brain impairments seen in dementia with Lewy bodies showed dramatic improvements in motor and cognitive function after receiving neural stem cell transplants.
Antibiotic resistance is growing with potentially disastrous results. A major meta-analysis shows that surgical procedures and cancer treatment could be under threat.
A new MRI technique highlights excess blood flow to frontal areas of the brain in patients with schizophrenia and increased activity of microglia, suggesting new therapy solutions.
A newly discovered gene, which appears to indicate whether a patient's bowel cancer is likely to recur, could lead to more personalized treatment.
A study of three groups of people living as hunter-gatherers in different parts of the world suggests that lack of sleep is not specific to the 'modern' world.
Dr. Sergio Canavero - the man behind the first human head transplant, due to take place in 2017 - talks to us about his hopes for the procedure and the criticism he has faced.
Male survivors of the Ebola virus still have sperm that tests positive for genetic material from the virus 9 months later, prompting concerns about sexual transmission.
A new study challenges widely held views about the structure and shape of the beta-amyloid clumps that form the brain plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
An overreaction of the immune system to pathogens can lead to inflammatory diseases like rheumatism and allergies. Now, scientists have found a molecular switch that prevents this.
High-stress jobs can lead to stroke, especially in women, finds new research. The higher the demands of the job, the less control one has and the higher the stroke risk.
After focusing on the hippocampus, researchers have concluded that a larger volume in this area of the brain could indicate a reduced risk of dementia.
Male mice exposed to fracking chemicals prenatally had lower sperm count, higher testosterone levels and larger testicles that nonexposed mice, reveals the results of a new study.
An MRI tool has been used to investigate the effect of autism on the areas of the brain affecting social interaction, highlighting lack of connectivity and excess blood flow.
A drug currently used to treat breast cancer - tamoxifen - improved survival and reduced infection in mice with the superbug MRSA, a new study reveals.
Stress in pregnancy is never a good thing, but a new study suggests it increases the likelihood of poorer motor development outcomes for offspring.
Scientists have found a protein produced by the malaria parasite that could one day be used to target cancer drugs in a precise, controlled way to stop tumor growth and spread.
Greater access to fast food outlets is linked to poorer bone health, while access to more healthy specialty stores is linked to higher bone mass in young children, new study finds.