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Alopecia cured? Drug for bone marrow condition completely reverses baldness, scientist say

Treatment with a drug normally used for a bone marrow condition has completely reversed baldness caused by alopecia in three patients, scientists in the US have announced. The sufferers had lost at least a third of the hair on their heads, and each regained total hair regrowth within five months…

How scanning the brains of the dead improves the lives of the living

For thousands of years, direct studies of the human brain required the dead. The main method of study was dissection, which needed, rather inconveniently for the owner, physical access to their brain. Despite occasional unfortunate cases where the living brain was exposed on the battlefield or the surgeon’s table, corpses…

10 horrifying parasites that may be living inside you

Insects, spiders, snakes. There are so many creepy-crawlers that freak people out, and just the thought of them induces a feeling of itchiness that’s really not there. But while thinking about these, many of us forget that there are more disturbing animals to consider: parasites that live inside us.…

Jupiter and Venus will align almost completely on Monday night

The closest conjunction of Venus and Jupiter since 2000 will be visible from even fairly low vantage points Look up. A flurry of UFO “sightings” is expected early on Monday morning when a spectacular “double star” is created as the two brightest planets in the sky align almost completely. In…

Struggling SeaWorld plans new tanks for killer whales, pledges $10 million for new research

US theme park operator SeaWorld said Friday it would build new, giant tanks for its killer whales, whose captivity has caused uproar and hit the company’s earnings. SeaWorld also pledged $10 million in funds for killer-whale research and announced a multi-million-dollar ocean health partnership, but animal rights groups were quick…

Inspirational doctor Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams brings humor therapy to Peruvian cancer patients

Bubbling with optimism and energy, the US physician who was the inspiration for the Robin Williams film “Patch Adams” will do anything to elicit a soothing laugh. Even something as bawdy as flatulence is not out of bounds for Hunter Adams. He addressed that earthy issue this week during a…

Toxic chemicals in everyday products pose a serious risk to expectant mothers

By Jake Jacobs, The Conversation After decades of use in some of the most well-known hygiene and cleaning products in our bathrooms and kitchens, concerns about the safety of triclosan – an anti-germ chemical used in products including Colgate Total toothpaste – means it is being phased out by some…

Vaccine for painful mosquito-borne chikungunya virus shows promise in human trial

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use. In a study published on Thursday in the Lancet medical…

Scientists may have figured out a way to defend Earth from a massive asteroid impact

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT) have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. …

Study reveals Antarctic minke whales feeding ‘frenzy’

ntarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer, new research showed Friday. The Australian Antarctic Division said it was the first time that the feeding behaviour of the animals under…

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