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Laser system shows promise for cataract surgery
A team of US scientists believe laser treatment could make eye operations more safer and precise for hundreds of thousands who have cataract surgery each year. ANI

Potential life-saving treatment for sepsis - Vitamin C
A team of researchers has discovered that vitamin C can not only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can also reverse the disease. ANI

Milk protein, clay used to make biodegradable foam plastic substitute
Scientists have developed a new ultra-light biodegradable foam plastic material made from two unlikely ingredients: The protein in milk and ordinary clay. ANI

Emotionally-charged global warming messages can backfire: Study
A new study has pointed out that dire messages about global warming could backfire and actually increase scepticism about climate change among the general public. ANI

Oklahoma girl with 5K Facebook pals doesn't want to 'un-friend' anyone
As Facebook users started trimming their 'friend fat' on the 'National Unfriend Day', an Oklahoma student has insisted that she really doesn't have much to cut. ANI

Dolphins inspire a better kind of sonar
Inspired by the sonar capabilities of dolphins, scientists have developed a new underwater device that can outperform standard sonar and detect objects through bubble clouds. ANI

IQ scores can't predict academic performances of autistic kids
A new research has revealed that many children with autism spectrum disorders are academically more capable than their IQ scores would suggest. ANI

BP ignored warning signs in Gulf oil well blowout, suggests report
A new report on the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico suggests the lack of a suitable approach for managing the inherent risks, uncertainties, and dangers associated with deepwater drilling operations and a failure to learn from previous "near misses". ANI

Lower back, foot pain linked to more severe knee osteoarthritis symptoms
Patients suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who also have pain in other joints are more likely to experience greater knee pain, says a new study. ANI

Drug targets defective protein that causes cystic fibrosis
A new small study has shown that an investigational drug targeting a defective protein that causes cystic fibrosis (CF) can improve lung function. ANI

New discoveries offer hope for treatment of cocaine addiction
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee scientists have come up with two new discoveries that offer potential for development of a first-ever pharmacological treatment for cocaine addiction. ANI

Childhood sexual, physical abuse linked to alcoholism in women
A new research has revealed that women who suffered sexual or physical abuse as children are more likely to abuse alcohol than are others. ANI

Founder says he made 'every mistake' he could make in creating Facebook
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that he made 'every mistake' he could make while creating the social networking site. ANI

Mysterious cells may play role in Lou Gehrig's disease
Johns Hopkins researchers, who tracked the fate of a group of immature cells that persist in the adult brain and spinal cord, have discovered in mice that these cells undergo dramatic changes in ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ANI

Scientists announce new approach to target cancer
An international team of academics have announced a new research that provides potential for exciting new approaches to targeting diseases such as cancer. ANI

Potential genetic target for heart disease discovered
A potential genetic target for heart disease has been identified by researchers at UC. ANI

Chemicals in cigarettes, French fries 'can increase Alzheimer's risk'
A research has concluded that exposure to a group of chemicals known as type-2 alkenes - which are found in the smoke inhaled from cigarettes, the exhaust of automobiles and even in French fries - can increase the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease. ANI

'Time warp room' helps beat dementia
A groundbreaking technique to treat dementia patients has been developed by a care home. ANI

New study 'proves' that we can see the future
Events that haven't taken place yet can influence our behaviour, reveals a new study. ANI

Why some mental disorders are more prevalent in males
Researchers have discovered differences in the development of the amygdala region of the brain, that controls emotion and social behaviour, in animal models that may explain why some mental health disorders are more prevalent among boys. ANI

How video games can enhance our visual attention
Action packed video games, often accused of being distracting, can enhance visual attention, the ability that allows us to focus on relevant visual information, according to a new study. ANI

Light at night 'can put you in dark mood'
A new study has shown that exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters that may be linked to depression. ANI

How coaching with compassion 'lights up' our brain
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found that people respond much better to a coach they find inspiring and who shows compassion for them, rather than one who they perceive to be judging them. ANI

Soon, a pill to 'extend your life by 10 yrs'!
A Harvard Medical School professor believes that the day is not far when just popping a pill could make you live longer and healthier. ANI

Whip-tailed bacteria could 'alarm' cancer-fighting nanobots
Scientists at Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, believe that bacteria injected into blood stream could sound an 'alarm' to nanobots in the body so that they sense tumour cells and release anticancer drugs to fight them. ANI

Jab-free HPV vaccine 'more effective, cheaper' for developing nations
A new study has stated that a targeted inhalable dry powder HPV vaccine may prove more effective and less costly than the current commercial human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine used throughout the world. ANI

Image from NASA shows 'glowing jellyfish' star in speckled sea
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured images of a dying star that resembles a glowing jellyfish floating at the bottom of a dark, speckled sea. ANI

Mysterious allergen in wine that causes headaches, stuffy noses identified
Scientists have identified the mysterious allergen in wine that causes headaches, stuffy noses, skin rash and other allergy symptoms. ANI

Gender stereotypes make women less likely to take financial risks
A new study has stated that gender stereotypes about women actually influence how they make financial decisions, making them more wary of taking risk. ANI

Cholesterol-lowering statins 'kill bacteria'
A recent clinical research suggests that statins, widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, can reduce the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. ANI

New insight into the cause of common dementia
Scientists have discovered a clue as to how some people develop a form of dementia that affects the brain areas associated with personality, behavior, and language. ANI

Antimatter atoms trapped and stored for the first time
An international team of scientists working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, Switzerland, has for the first time trapped and stored atoms of antimatter. ANI

NASA finds 30-yr-old 'youngest' nearby black hole
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered evidence of the youngest black hole known to exist in our cosmic neighbourhood. ANI

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