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Medical News Today: Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 08:00
Researchers found that activating certain neurons in the brains of mice immediately induced REM sleep - the dreaming phase - while deactivating them stopped REM sleep.

Medical News Today: New 'artificial skin' steps toward touch feedback for artificial limbs

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 07:00
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.

Medical News Today: Researchers develop first animal-free platform for testing drug safety

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 06:00
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.

Medical News Today: Dementia with Lewy bodies may one day be treatable with stem cells

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 02:00
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.

Medical News Today: Hospital treatments severely threatened by antibiotic resistance

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 00:00
Antibiotic resistance is growing with potentially disastrous results. A major meta-analysis shows that surgical procedures and cancer treatment could be under threat.

Medical News Today: Does immune activity affect schizophrenia?

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 23:00
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.

Medical News Today: Gene may predict recurrence of bowel cancer

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 23:00
A newly discovered gene, which appears to indicate whether a patient's bowel cancer is likely to recur, could lead to more personalized treatment.

Medical News Today: Could 6.5 hours of sleep be all we need?

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 08:00
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.

Medical News Today: The first human head transplant: 'it will be a success'

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 07:00
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.

Medical News Today: Ebola virus found in semen 9 months after symptom onset

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 06:00
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.

Medical News Today: Researchers challenge widely accepted idea about Alzheimer's protein

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 02:00
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.

Medical News Today: Molecular switch helps guard against inflammatory disease

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 02:00
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.

Medical News Today: Work stress linked to greater risk of stroke

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 00:00
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.

Medical News Today: Could brain size predict risk of cognitive impairment?

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 23:00
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.

Medical News Today: Prenatal exposure to fracking chemicals may affect men's fertility

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 23:00
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.

Medical News Today: Novel technique shows how autism affects social brain

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 08:00
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.

Medical News Today: Common breast cancer drug could help tackle MRSA

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 07:00
A drug currently used to treat breast cancer - tamoxifen - improved survival and reduced infection in mice with the superbug MRSA, a new study reveals.

Medical News Today: Can maternal stress in pregnancy affect child's motor development?

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 06:00
Stress in pregnancy is never a good thing, but a new study suggests it increases the likelihood of poorer motor development outcomes for offspring.

Medical News Today: Malaria protein shows potential as cancer treatment

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 02:00
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.

Medical News Today: Fast food linked to poorer bone development in early years

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 02:00
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.