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Posted June 4th, 2014 at 8:02 pm (UTC+0)
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A bizarre hybrid star has been discovered by American, British and Chilean astronomers. Using the Magellan Clay telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, the researchers were able to confirm the existence of what, until now, has only been part of a theoretical class of stars. Called a Thorne-Zytkow object (TZO), this celestial oddity […]

Yawning May Cool Your Brain

Posted May 7th, 2014 at 7:39 pm (UTC+0)
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Yawning might be more than a sign you are tired, it could also cool your brain. A new study published in Physiology and Behavior  links yawning to thermoregulation. Humans have a tendency to yawn when tired, after waking up, or when we’re bored or under-stimulated. Of course, many of us yawn after seeing or hearing […]

Researchers Discover How to Speed Metabolism

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 6:42 pm (UTC+0)
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Have you ever wondered why some people can eat and eat but never gain weight while others easily put on pounds? Scientists say that the body’s natural ability to control weight is tied to the body’s natural rate of burning energy, something called basal cellular metabolism. One of the reasons some people can eat without […]

Study Links Obesity to How Well We Digest Carbs

Posted March 31st, 2014 at 6:14 pm (UTC+0)
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Obesity may be genetically linked to how our bodies digest carbohydrates, according to a new study from Imperial College London. The body uses carbohydrates from the food we eat to produce glucose, which is used to fuel bodily functions. The human body can either use this glucose right away or store it in the liver […]

Researchers Test Real ‘Thinking Cap’

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 7:22 pm (UTC+0)
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Teachers often urge their students to  put on their “thinking caps” as a way of encouraging serious thought. However, a real thinking cap could someday become a reality. New research shows it’s possible to control the ability to learn by applying mild electrical current to the brain. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Vanderbilt […]

Have Saturated Fats Been Unjustly Vilified?

Posted March 5th, 2014 at 11:32 pm (UTC+0)
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You’d really love to eat a nice juicy hamburger, wouldn’t you? But maybe you resist the temptation because you’re watching your weight and your doctor wants you to cut down on saturated fats in order to prevent heart disease. We’re not recommending that you go ahead and splurge on that burger, but a US cardiovascular […]

Study Finds Genetically Altered Immune Cells Kill Cancer

Posted February 19th, 2014 at 7:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Researchers at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center say they’ve been able to successfully train a patient’s own immune cells to find and destroy cancer. In the largest-ever clinical study of patients with an advanced form of leukemia, the researchers found that 88 percent of the subjects treated with their own genetically modified immune cells were able […]

Can Power of the Mind Control Chronic Pain?

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Utah researchers say they’ve developed a technique that allows patients to use the power of their minds to help treat chronic pain. One in five people worldwide suffers from daily chronic pain, according to a 2004 report. A 2011 paper from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) showed that one in three U.S. adults is affected […]

New Canadian Study Analyzes Nightmares and Bad Dreams

Posted January 31st, 2014 at 8:43 pm (UTC+0)
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Waking up in the morning after having a bad dream at night might not be the best way to start the day, but, a terrifying nightmare can rock you awake from a sound sleep, leaving you scared and confused. A new study released by psychology researchers Geneviève Robert and Antonio Zadra at the University of […]

New Body Clock Info Could Help Treat Diabetes, Obesity

Posted January 29th, 2014 at 10:54 pm (UTC+0)
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California researchers have gained fresh new insight into the factors that influence our internal clocks and say their findings could lead to new treatments for metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. “Our group has been fascinated with circadian rhythms for over 10 years now, as they represent a marvelous example of robust control at the […]

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