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Influenza, or the ‘flu’, is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Flu vaccinations are thought to be the best way to protect ourselves against catching and spreading the flu. However, this was not the case in 2015. more...

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Prolonged sunlight exposure can be harmful for our skin, leading to premature aging and potential cancer development. Now, scientists show that sunlight can still damage skin in the dark, long after sunlight exposure has ended. more...

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Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest challenges of medicine today, threatening mankind with the resurfacing of previously eradicated deadly bacterial diseases. Now, scientists have provided new hope in the battle against antibiotic resistance with the discovery  more...

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Mitochondria, the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell, contain their own DNA, separate from that found in the nucleus of cells. Now, scientists show that the amount of mitochondrial DNA found in people’s blood can predict how frail a person will be as they age. more...

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Cells require garbage disposal systems in order to keep their insides clean and tidy. Scientists have now discovered that the rubbish ‘thrown out’ by cancerous cells can potentially ‘infect’ nearby healthy cells, transforming them into tumor cells. more...

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Spinal cord injury is the most common cause of paralysis today, leaving patients immobilized, with bleak chances of recovery. Now, scientists have provided new hope for patients with this condition, by making paralyzed rats walk again with a normal coordinated gait,  more...

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Diet soda consumption has increased linearly in recent years, due to its image as a healthier alternative to regular soda. However, scientists have now shown that besides weight gain, daily consumption of diet soda may also lead to an increased risk in developing  more...

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Obesity is a rising worldwide epidemic that increases the risk of developing many diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Despite the medical and diet-based interventions available for obesity today, weight management is still, for many, a daily struggle. Now,  more...

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If you had the choice of sitting alone with only your thoughts as company, or experiencing pain, what would you choose? In a study published recently in Science, researchers show that most people would choose the latter, preferring to give themselves mild electric  more...

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Biomarkers of ageing are important tools in the quest for interventions that can prolong life and treat age-related diseases. Now, biomathematician Steve Horvath has come up with a strikingly accurate age predicting 'biological clock' that uses DNA methylation as the  more...

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