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Diabetes or lipid-lowering medications may help treat addiction
Two recent studies have suggested that diabetes or lipid-lowering medications may play roles in the treatment of nicotine and alcohol addiction by acting in the brain. ANI

Potential therapeutic target for breast cancer identified
Scientists have discovered a protein that alters nutrition of breast cancer cells, which can be a potential therapeutic target in the development of effective therapies for the disease. ANI

Molecular switch behind development of fatty liver disease identified
Scientists have identified a molecular switch that appears to be a common feature in the development of fatty liver disease. ANI

World's reef fish systems threatened by human overpopulation
A new study has found that the highly diverse reef fish systems are the most vulnerable to human threats. ANI

Wingless female fireflies get less support from mates
A new research led by Tufts University biologists found that wingless 'stay-at-home' female fireflies get less support from their mates than females who are able to fly. ANI

Indian-origin scientist's finding offers hope for advanced cancer patients
An Indian-origin scientist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his colleagues have found a way to turn an adaptive cellular response into a liability for cancer cells. ANI

Online mental health modules reduce anxiety or depression
Two new trials have found online and email-based support is effective at reducing the incidence of developing anxiety or depression. ANI

Now, generate power from wind produced by passing trains!
Industrial designers in China have developed a device that can generate electricity from the wind produced by trains as they whoosh down the track. ANI

Twitter creates 'who to follow' user list
Twitter has compiled a list of so called 'power users' - the 'most useful' tweeters in a given field - to enhance its user experience. ANI

Scientists stimulate self-healing process in defective plastics
Scientists have come up with elastic polymers that heal themselves to put an end to the growth of cracks. ANI

Obese mums-to-be 'risking their babies' lives'
A new study has warned that women who are obese during early pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of their baby dying before, during or up to one year after birth. ANI

Starting periods before the age of 10 ups risk of lung complaints in future
A new study has found that women who suffer from asthma or poor lung function as adults generally started their periods at the age of 10 or before. ANI

Nanopolymer tests effectiveness of cancer drugs
A process using nanotechnology to better assess whether cancer drugs hit their targets may help reduce the side effects of those drugs, says a Purdue University biochemist. ANI

Chronic depression linked to accelerated immune cell aging
A new UCSF-led study has found that certain cases of major depression are associated with premature aging of immune cells. ANI

Genetic clues to major cause of kidney disease worldwide found
Scientists have discovered five regions in the human genome that increase susceptibility to immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy, a major cause of kidney failure worldwide - systematically identifying those that point to a tendency for IgA nephropathy, or a protection against it. ANI

50pc of bipolar disorder patients suffer work, social or family disabilities
A study conducted at the University of Granada has found that 50 pc of patients with bipolar disorder suffer some type of work, social and family disability, and approximately 20 pc present some disorder at the three levels. ANI

Diabetes drug may provide protection against endometrial cancer
Metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes and also women with Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS), may potentially provide protection against endometrial cancer, researchers at the University of Warwick have found. ANI

Scientists find strong evidence for presence of liquid water in comet
University of Arizona scientists have found convincing evidence for the presence of liquid water in a comet. ANI

Webcast at UK crematorium allows relatives to watch funeral online
Mourning relatives unable to attend their loved one's funeral will now be able to pay their last respects by watching the service from home - thanks to Internet. ANI

Beetle footpads could inspire novel man-made adhesives
Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that the different forces required to peel away adhesive hairs or 'setae' from surfaces are what allows beetles to adhere to diverse surfaces, thereby reducing the risk of detachment. ANI

How male monkeys spot a fertile female by reading her face
Males monkeys who spend good amount of time getting to know females tend to pick up sexual signals better than less attentive counterparts, according to a new study. ANI

Medical, military leaders call climate change a threat to global security
Climate change not only spells a global health catastrophe, but also threatens global stability and security, say medical and military leaders. ANI

People with sleep apnea face stroke risk
A new study has warned that persons with serious cases of sleep apnea-which is basically characterized by intense snoring accompanied by prolonged pauses in breathing (more than ten seconds)- have 2.5 times more the possibility of suffering an ischemic stroke. ANI

Zebrafish offers skin cancer clues
Zebrafish has offered new hope to people with melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. ANI

Device lowers BP in patients with difficult-to-treat hypertension
A new research has revealed that a device developed to treat people with resistant hypertension helped lower blood pressure by 33 points, a substantial drop that would otherwise require patients to take an additional three or four drugs. ANI

Inner ear can 'store' recent sounds: Study
A new study has revealed that vibrations in the inner ear continue even after a sound has ended, perhaps serving as a kind of mechanical memory of recent sounds. ANI

Elevated levels of sodium blunt body's natural response to stress
New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that elevated levels of sodium blunt the body's natural responses to stress by inhibiting stress hormones that would otherwise be activated in stressful situations. ANI

Scientists discover new type of mineral in historic meteorite
Scientists have discovered a new mineral named 'Wassonite' in one of the most historically significant meteorites recovered in Antarctica in December 1969. ANI

How marijuana affects the way the brain processes emotional info
Scientists have discovered how drugs like marijuana affect the way the brain processes emotional information. ANI

How meditation reduces pain
A new research has shown that meditation produces powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain. ANI

Cloudy future for humanised cow's milk
It seems 'human' milk made from genetically modified cows has a cloudy future. ANI

SpaceX unveils plans for world's most powerful rocket
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), an American space transport company, has unveiled plans for a new rocket that it says will be the world's most powerful. ANI

New technology for stroke rehabilitation developed
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed devices, which could be used to rehabilitate the arms and hands of people who have experienced a stroke. ANI

Weight gain 'ups recurrence risk among breast cancer survivors'
Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, have revealed that breast cancer survivors who experience large weight gain have an increased risk of death after diagnosis. ANI

Dinosaurs probably had lice: Study
A new study opens up the possibility that dinosaurs were early - perhaps even the first - animal hosts of lice. ANI

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