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We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

Evidence is growing that a bacterium involved in gum disease causes Alzheimer's, raising hopes that a vaccine could one day prevent the disease

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Stanford study separates emotional and physical sensations of pain

​A new study isolated a bundle of neurons that are responsible for the negative emotional experience associated with pain. This insight into how pain is processed could lead to non-opioid treatments for chronic pain that eliminate the unpleasant feeling

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The Reservoir - bioGraphic

In Bangladesh, a bat-borne virus you've probably never heard of is poised to become the next pandemic—and medicine alone may not be sufficient to stop it. Is an ecological intervention the answer?

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The microscopic structure of a cat’s tongue helps keep its fur clean - How cats groom themselves

T.S. ELIOT’S mystery cat, Macavity, besides being a criminal mastermind able to evade the combined ranks of British law enforcement, had a coat that was “dusty from neglect”. Criminality is one thing, but this truly strains the imagination. Real cat

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This fix for nerve 'insulation' could prevent MS progress - Futurity

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system damages the myelin sheaths that cover nerves. New research identifies a potential way to rebuild it.

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Leukaemia triggered by infections like flu and likely to be preventable, says leading cancer scientist in 'landmark' bre

Most cases of childhood leukaemia are likely to be preventable and might be brought on by common infections such as flu, one of the UK’s leading cancer scientists has suggested in a breakthrough that could revolutionise treatment of the disease. Accor

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Epstein-Barr virus linked to seven serious diseases

A far-reaching study conducted by scientists at Cincinnati Children's reports that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)—best known for causing mononucleosis—also increases the risks for some people of developing seven other major diseases.

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Brain adapts after rare dementia attacks language center - Futurity

"This brain compensation suggests there are opportunities to intervene and offer targeted treatment to those areas."

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    How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria - The New York Times

    The genetic mutation arose 7,300 years ago in just one person in West Africa, scientists reported on Thursday. Its advantage: a shield against rampant malaria.

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    Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice – Science Bulletin

    Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals, including distan

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    'Zombie Deer' Disease Is Spreading: What You Should Do

    Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has now been reported in deer in at least 22 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. A study has raised concerns that CWD could eventually jump to humans.

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    Could 'Zombie Deer' Disease Spread to Humans?

    Deer dying from a fatal neurological disease have been found in at least 22 states in the U.S. and in parts of Canada.

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      How brittlestars ‘see’ without eyes

      A starfish relative called the brittlestar lacks eyes, but it can still 'see' its environment.

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      These very subtle movements line up with autism - Futurity

      Diagnosing autism is still quite subjective, but certain movements could be "biomarkers" for more objective evaluation.

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      Pacific Northwest salmon are in big genetic trouble | Science | AAAS

      Researchers see dramatic decline in genetic diversity, sparking concern about the fish’s future

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      Light pollution may promote the spread of West Nile virus | Science | AAAS

      Birds exposed to dim light at night remain infectious longer, increasing the risk to wildlife and humans