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Migrating West African Fruit Bats May Play A Key Role In Finding A Cure for Ebola

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The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest yet, killing more than 8,000 people and stretching the health infrastructures of a number of African countries to their limits (and sometimes beyond). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 20,000 people from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the three hardest hit countries – have contracted the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak began, scientists have been searching for clues to help them understand where the virus came from and how it behaves. Part of

New Study: Two-Thirds of Cancer Cases Can Be Attributed to Bad Luck

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It seems like every day there’s some new study claiming that this, that or the other causes cancer. First it was cell phones and aspartame, then it was processed foods and GMOs. While all of those things may very well play a role in the development of cancers, new research indicates that the majority of cancer cases can be attributed to random mutations that occur in DNA when cells divide. The study was carried out by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. According

Residents of Former Top Secret Soviet Nuclear Village Suffering From Unknown Sleep Disorder

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More than 100 of the 600 residents of Kalachi village in Kazakhastan have experienced a strange “sleep epidemic” at least once in the past few years. According to RT… “Every tenth villager of Kazakhstan’s Kalachi has unexpectedly fallen asleep in broad daylight – some unable to wake up for several days. Despite numerous attempts to find the cause of the inexplicable disorder, the Sleepy Hollow riddle remains unsolved.” In one case, eight kids spontaneously fell asleep within an hour, and in one winter

New Study Traces a 40 Million-Year Battle Between Primates and Pathogens

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The human body has developed numerous defense mechanisms for fighting against infection. Sneezing, inflammation and even a runny nose are all attempts by your body to rid itself of harmful pathogens. One lesser known defense mechanism is “nutritional immunity”: your body’s ability to protect its iron stores from invading bacteria. Iron plays an essential role in delivering oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. About 70% of the iron in the body is found in red blood cells. The

The New Farm Bill: Doubling the Value of Food Stamps When Used on Local Fruits and Veggies

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The federal government is planning to put $100 million into a program that is doubling the value of food stamps when they are used to purchase local produce. The latest research shows that if Americans ate just one more serving of fruit or vegetables a day, we could prevent 30,000 premature deaths every year, from heart diseases and strokes alone. On top of that, we’d save an estimated $5 billion in national medical costs related to those diseases. A significant part of the problem

Is Milk Really All That Good For You?

Would it surprise you to find out that most people are lactose-intolerant? Most mammals (including humans) drink milk at a young age, but as we start to grow older, our bodies begin to stop digesting lactose properly. According to the National Library of Medicine, approximately 65% of people on the planet have trouble digesting milk. For these people, drinking milk can cause constipation, acid-reflex, migraines, increased eczema, and even joint pain! But we’ve all seen those ads on TV claiming that

Breakthrough: Japanese Scientists Make Mouse Nearly Invisible

On Friday, Researchers at Riken Quantitative Biology Center and the University of Tokyo announced that they had succeeded in making a dead mouse nearly transparent by using a decolorization method that removes nearly all the color from its tissue, according to The Wall Street Journal. The project’s leaders say that the study allows for them to see the “bigger picture”, which could help them better understand how certain genes are expressed in different tissues, how embryos develop, how cancer or autoimmune diseases develop at

Student’s Inflatable Incubator Wins This Year’s James Dyson Award (Video)

James Dyson is a British inventor and industrial designer who made his mark (and his fortune) in the vacuum industry starting in the mid 1990s. After making a considerable amount of wealth off of his vacuums, Dyson decided to set up a foundation dedicated to encouraging young scientists and inventors. Every year, the Dyson Foundation gives out an award to one lucky young inventor. This year’s winner: an inflatable incubator invented by recent Loughborough University graduate James Roberts. According to the Dyson

This GIF Shows The Inside of the Human Body, From Head to Toe (GIF and Video)

Back in the early 90s, scientists from the U.S. National Library of Medicine came up with a bold idea: imaging the entire human body, from top to bottom, in cross-sectional segments only a millimeter thick. They called the endeavor The Visible Human Project. Two cadavers, one male and one female, were encased in gelatin and then frozen into ice blocks, at frigid temperature of -160 degrees Fahrenheit (-71 degrees Celsius). Then, a sophisticated cryogenic microtome (basically a very finely-tuned deli slicer in a

Did You Know… Reheating Your Pasta Makes It Significantly Less Fattening

This might sound crazy, but letting your pasta cool down and then reheating can actually make it significantly less fattening. The findings were uncovered by Michael Mosley on the latest episode of BBC 2’s health program Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. The reason that high-carb foods like pasta are so fattening in the first place is because carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed as simple sugars. So when you eat them, your glucose levels spike, prompting your body to produce insulin to balance those blood sugar levels

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