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Ice-baths can do more harm than good, say scientists
A new study has suggested that ice-baths can actually do more harm than good. ANI

NASA EPOXI flyby offers new insights into comet features
Scientists say that initial images from NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft that successfully flew past Comet Hartley 2 at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, provide new information about the comet's volume and material spewing from its surface. ANI

Obesity rates in US to reach 42 percent: Experts
Harvard University researchers have estimated that America's obesity epidemic won't plateau until at least 42 percent of adults are obese. ANI

'They all look alike' effect is down to the brain
A team of psychologists at the University of Glasgow, UK, has finally found why people so often have trouble telling those of a different race apart.hey have identified the brain mechanism that is responsible for this 'other-race effect', and hope their findings could prove very useful in determining the reliability of eyewitness evidence in criminal trials, reports New Scientist. ANI

Discovery shows promise against severe side effect of chemo drug
A way to eliminate a debilitating side effect associated with one of the main chemotherapy drugs used for treating colon cancer has been found by a team of scientists. ANI

First step to developing a test for MND
Scientists have identified a common signature of nerve damage in the brains of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) patients. ANI

Secret of bacteria's immune system unlocked
Scientists have just unlocked the secret of bacteria's immune system. ANI

Keyhole bowel cancer surgery is safe and effective: Study
A new research by University of Leeds has suggested that laparoscopic or 'keyhole' surgery is a safe, effective way of removing bowel tumours and should be offered to all patients undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer. ANI

New research brings cancer vaccine a step closer
Scientists have discovered one of the reasons why many previous attempts to harness the immune system to treat cancerous tumours have failed - a feat that could revolutionise cancer therapy. ANI

Lack of vitamin D in patients with leukemia 'ups death risk'
Scientists have found a significant difference in cancer progression and death in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients who had sufficient vitamin D levels in their blood compared to those who didn't. ANI

Possible biomarker to identify seizure-related stress found
A new research has found that reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-a protein in the brain that encourages growth of neurons-may be a trait marker for individuals with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). ANI

Cell that suppresses immune system discovered
Scientists have identified a new type of cell in mice that dampens the immune system and protects the animal's own cells from immune system attack. ANI

Maternal influenza vaccination linked to flu protection in infants
Infants whose mothers receive influenza vaccines during pregnancy are less likely to be infected with flu or hospitalised for respiratory illnesses in their first six months of life, suggests a new study. ANI

New way to peer at hidden distant galaxies
Using the world's largest space telescope, ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, a UK-led team has discovered a new way of locating a natural phenomenon that acts like a zoom lens, allowing astronomers to peer at galaxies in the distant and early Universe. ANI

Human mind uses syntax to interpret actions: Study
Just like the familiar concept that sentences have syntax, our actions have syntax, too; when we watch someone else do something, we assemble their actions to mean something, a new study has suggested. ANI

Burning pain, itching linked to same nerve cells
A new study has found that itching and burning pain are governed by similar nerve cells. ANI

Gene discovery supports handedness, language-related disorders link
Scientists have identified a genetic variant, which influences whether a person with dyslexia is more skilled with either the left or right hand. ANI

8 new plant species discovered in Boliva national parks
Missouri Botanical Garden botanists have discovered eight new plant species in northern Bolivia. ANI

Genetic 'battle of the sexes' could be much harder to resolve: Study
A genetic 'battle of the sexes' could be much harder to resolve and a lot more important to evolution than previously thought, suggests a new study. ANI

Promising novel diagnostic biomarker for ectopic pregnancies identified
Scientists in the UK have discovered a promising novel diagnostic biomarker for ectopic pregnancy. ANI

Dangerous plastics chemical can pass through the skin
The controversial plastics compound bisphenol A (BPA) is back into the limelight. ANI

Women find men with yellow, red faces 'more attractive'
Men, please pay attention: Women find a healthy glow more attractive than a strong, masculine face, says a new study. ANI

Benefits of testosterone treatment for frailty in older men are temporary
A new UK study found that the beneficial effects of testosterone treatment on muscle mass, strength and quality of life were not maintained at 6 months post-treatment in frail elderly men. ANI

Global pincer movement could wipe out malaria
A scientist believes that malaria could be eradicated globally through a global pincer movement. ANI

Housework makes fathers happy: Study
This may come as good news to working mothers everywhere: Fathers are less stressed when sharing childcare and domestic chores, new research shows. ANI

Nuclear materials detector can pinpoint exact location of radiation sources
University of Michigan has created a table-top gamma-ray detector called Polaris, which can not only identify the presence of dangerous nuclear materials, but can pinpoint and show their exact location and type, unlike conventional detectors. ANI

Genetic deletion identified as major risk factor for autism, schizophrenia
An international team of scientists led by Emory University has identified the deletion of a genomic region on chromosome 17 as a significant risk factor for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and schizophrenia. ANI

Helical CT scans cut lung cancer deaths by 20pc compared to chest X-rays
Scientists have found that screening for lung cancer using helical CT scanning reduced lung cancer deaths by 20 percent compared to using chest X-rays. ANI

Electrical brain stimulation may boost math skills
Researchers have shown that by applying electrical current to the brain they could enhance a person's mathematical performance for up to 6 months without influencing their other cognitive functions. ANI

Food-allergy fears lead to overly restrictive diets
National Jewish Health researchers have revealed that many children, especially those with eczema, are unnecessarily avoiding foods based on incomplete information about potential food-allergies. ANI

Gene linked to spread of eye melanoma identified
Researchers have identified a gene linked to the spread of eye melanoma. ANI

Common roadside plant could become new source of biofuel
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies have revealed that a common roadside plant could have the right stuff to become a new source of biofuel. ANI

How some people control HIV infection naturally
The rare ability of some individuals to control HIV infection without the need for medications may be explained by the tiny variants in a protein that alerts the immune system to the presence of infection. ANI

Hard work boosts the taste of food: Study
It is a common phenomenon that we appreciate something more if we have to work hard to get it, and a new study seems to have proved it, at least in the case of food. ANI

Nanotechnology could help smuggle drugs into the gut
Nanotechnology can be used to deliver drugs to intestinal target, according to a new study. ANI

Soon: 'Hypersonic' passenger jets that travel at 5 times the speed of sound
Sydney may soon be just 2 hours 30 mins away from New York compared to 21 hours it is now, for NASA is planning to develop 'hypersonic' passenger jets that would travel at five times the speed of sound. ANI

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