Locusts Can Smell Cancer, And It Could Give Us a Brilliant New Way to Save Lives

Locusts Can Smell Cancer, And It Could Give Us a Brilliant New Way to Save Lives

Scientists have demonstrated that locusts are adept at differentiating healthy human cells from cancerous cells using their sense of smell – and that could open opportunities for detecting the disease earlier, improving the chances of recovery. Even better, the insects can actually pick out individual cancer cell lines, suggesting that the type of cancer, as … Read more

Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Thousands of years ago, across the Eastern Mediterranean, multiple Bronze Age civilizations took a distinct turn for the worse at around the same time. Tea Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire both collapsed, and there was a widespread societal crisis across the Ancient Near East and the Aegean, manifesting as declining populations, destruction, … Read more

The Disturbing Reason a Man’s Voice Grew Mysteriously Hoarse Over a Year

The Disturbing Reason a Man’s Voice Grew Mysteriously Hoarse Over a Year

Over the course of a year, a man’s voice grew progressively more hoarse and his speech became shrill and grating, but he didn’t know why. Upon examining the man, doctors discovered the reason: Fungus was growing in his throat. According to the report of the man’s case, published Thursday (4 August) in the journal JAMA … Read more

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things.  Now We Know Why

When babies in the African countries of Guinea-Bissau and Uganda were given the tuberculosis vaccine, something remarkable happened. Instead of the vaccine only protecting against the target bacteria – Myocbacterium tuberculosis – the tuberculosis vaccine offered broad protection against a range of unrelated infections, including respiratory infections and serious complications such as sepsis. Australian researchers … Read more

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things.  Now We Know Why

When babies in the African countries of Guinea-Bissau and Uganda were given the tuberculosis vaccine, something remarkable happened. Instead of the vaccine only protecting against the target bacteria – Myocbacterium tuberculosis – the tuberculosis vaccine offered broad protection against a range of unrelated infections, including respiratory infections and serious complications such as sepsis. Australian researchers … Read more

The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn

The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn

In the middle of the night, the world can sometimes feel like a dark place. Under the cover of darkness, negative thoughts have a way of drifting through your mind, and as you lie awake, staring at the ceiling, you might start craving guilty pleasures, like a cigarette or a carb-heavy meal. Plenty of evidence … Read more

A Huge Amount of Data From Cancer Trials Remains Hidden, Researchers Warn

A Huge Amount of Data From Cancer Trials Remains Hidden, Researchers Warn

Data from more than half of cancer trials underpinning drug approvals remains inaccessible, according to a shocking new study that audited over 300 clinical trials backing anti-cancer medicines approved by the US drug regulator over the last 10 years. Of the 304 industry-sponsored clinical trials that provided data for 115 anti-cancer drugs approved by the … Read more

Cold Sores Have Been Blistering Humans For Thousands of Years, Finds New Study

Cold Sores Have Been Blistering Humans For Thousands of Years, Finds New Study

The preservation of DNA in the teeth of humans dating as far back as 1,500 years have revealed the ancient origins of the pervasive herpes virus strain that causes cold sores. The genomic data suggests that herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which today infects around 3.7 billion people globally, emerged and proliferated around 5,000 … Read more

A Fourth Person Is Effectively ‘Cured’ of HIV, And It’s The Oldest Patient Yet

A Fourth Person Is Effectively ‘Cured’ of HIV, And It’s The Oldest Patient Yet

AIDS researchers announced on Wednesday that a fourth person has been “cured” of HIVbut the dangerous procedure for patients also battling cancer may be little comfort for the tens of millions living with the virus worldwide. The 66-year-old man, named the “City of Hope” patient after the Californian center where he was treated, was declared … Read more

Dietary Supplement Cuts Risk of Hereditary Cancer by 60%, Scientists Find

Dietary Supplement Cuts Risk of Hereditary Cancer by 60%, Scientists Find

A trial spanning more than 20 years and almost 1,000 participants worldwide has found an important result – people with a condition that gives them a higher chance of developing certain cancers can reduce the risk of some of those cancers by more than 60 percent, simply by adding more resistant starch to their diets. … Read more