Popular demand for an unproved surgical treatment for multiple sclerosis shows the growing power of social media to shape medical practice—for good and ill
The Information Age has patients tuned in and geared up to try alternative and off-label therapies on their own terms, forcing doctors and scientists to change the game
Talk about vintage footwear—an international team of archaeologists has discovered the world's oldest leather shoe. One thousand years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the 5,500-year-old shoe was perfectly preserved by the cool, dry conditions in the sheep dung–lined cave in Armenia where it was found."We thought initially that the shoe and other objects were about 600 to 700 years old because they were in such good condition," Ron Pinhasi said in a prepared statement.
A sting from a tiny bee triggers a long chain of events. In addition to promoting inflammation and inhibiting coagulation, the molecular hodge-podge that is bee venom can actually cause cells to split open.
A proof of concept treatment using RNA interference protects monkeys against the deadly virus, even after exposure
Eight scientists will share three million-dollar Kavli Prizes for their contributions in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The announcement was made today in Oslo, Norway, by Nils Christian Stenseth, president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and broadcast live at the opening of the World Science Festival in New York City.
A study suggests bacteria-eating fish in the Baltic Sea might expose humans to dangerous levels of a neurotoxin, but scientists argue over the significance of the finding
Policies that ban men who have sex with men from donating blood no longer make sense, researchers say
Searching for flu symptoms online is a reasonable proxy for actually having them
Working overtime increases your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to a report published May 12 in the European Heart Journal .
Using data from a study called Whitehall II, which followed 6,014 British civil servants for an average of 11 years between 1991 and 2004, researchers examined the risk of CHD in people who did not work overtime compared to their workaholic office-mates.
Defining obesity in children and recalibrating the caloric needs of overweight kids are key steps in shrinking the epidemic, researchers say
The Oxford University Press has launched an online version of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, complete with all the text, figures and illustrations that make up the three-volume, 6,000-page, 25-pound print behemoth.
Oh, so close. Just one more try.
It's hard to understand what keeps problem gamblers betting after a long losing streak. But a new study published May 5 in The Journal of Neuroscience suggests their brains' reward centers, part of the dopamine system (so-called because the neurons release the neurotransmitter dopamine), react the same way to a "near miss" as they would to a win.
The genetic cause of mirror movements reveals how the nervous system is wired during development
Finding individual differences in tumors is key to treating the right patient with the right medicine at the right time, researchers say
Twin studies have shown that genetic factors can account for as much as 82 percent of the variability in children's reading skills. But while genes might set the bar for reading potential, a new study published April 23 in Science shows that teachers play a leading role in helping kids reach it.
TORONTO—Like electrical wires, neurons are insulated. But in multiple sclerosis (MS), the insulation (called myelin) is stripped or worn down, slowing conduction along the axons—the wires of the nervous system.
A new study shows stress hormones make it easier for malignant tumors to grow and spread
A new treatment prevents type 1 diabetes in mice by turning the immune system on itself
They say dogs look like their owners. Now scientists are uncovering the genes that give dogs--and humans--their traits