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New method of delivering growth factors regrow blood vessels in mice
A University of Pittsburgh professor has developed a minimally invasive method of delivering growth factor to regrow blood vessels, which could be used to treat heart disease. ANI

Bad childhood raises heart disease risk in middle age
A new study has found an association between certain kinds of childhood mistreatment and a moderately elevated risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in middle age. ANI

Radioactive decay behind half of earth's heat
Almost half of the Earth's heat comes from the radioactive decay of materials that are underground, according to a new research. ANI

Why heavy smokers feel sad after kicking the butt
A new study may provide clues for why some heavy smokers experience sadness after quitting. ANI

Sea squirt pacemaker offers new insight into evolution of human heart
An international team of molecular scientists have discovered that star ascidians, also known as sea squirts, have pacemaker cells similar to that of the human heart. ANI

Doom's lead programmer John Carmack says 'violent video games are cathartic'
The creator of the most infamous video game, Doom, has dismissed the debate that such games are violent. ANI

What happens to your profile when a social networking site shuts down?
Ever wondered where all your personal information goes when a social networking site dies? Well, it is recycled. ANI

Now, create your animated face that moves, changes and ages over time
Researchers at the University of Washington have created a tool that can take hundreds or thousands of digital portraits and create an animation of the person's face in seconds. ANI

Novel breakthrough brings quantum computers closer to reality
Scientists at the University of Bristol (UK) have developed a novel technique whereby the circuits are simplified to crack complex quantum algorithms, paving the way for building a quantum computer. ANI

Chinese-English bilinguals automatically translate both languages
Chinese people who are fluent in English can translate English words into Chinese automatically and quickly, without being aware that they are actually doing it, a new study has found. ANI

More people using alternative treatments to cure arthritis, osteoporosis
A significant number of people are using complementary and alternative medicines, often in combination with pharmaceuticals to treat arthritis and osteoporosis, a new study has found. ANI

'Rotten egg' gas safeguards blood vessels from diabetes complications
Several previous studies have shown that hydrogen sulfide, sometimes called 'swamp gas', is produced by the body in small amounts, and plays important roles in the circulatory system. ANI

Now, a brain scan can diagnose Alzheimer's in under 60 minutes
Scientists have discovered that a PET scan, usually used to spot cancerous tumours, can identify the early signs of dementia by measuring activity in the brain in under 60 minutes. ANI

Warring parents deprive their adopted babies of sleep
Warring parents affect the sleep of their adopted infants, a new research has found. ANI

Now, listen to music made from the sound of radiation!
A nuclear safety team in Sweden have teamed with composer Axel Boman and musician Kristofer Hagbard to make music from the sound of radiation - present in everything around us. ANI

Female moose provoke fights between male competitors by moaning
A new study has indicated that female moose incite fights between male competitors by moaning. ANI

'Lower socio-economic status neighbourhood hits women's cognitive abilities'
A new RAND Corporation study has suggested that older women who live in a lower socio-economic status neighbourhood are more likely to exhibit lower cognitive functioning than women who live in more affluent neighbourhoods. ANI

Prolonged estrogen deprivation puts brain receptors, stroke protection at risk
Researchers have reported that prolonged estrogen deprivation in aging rats dramatically reduces the number of brain receptors for the hormone as well as its ability to prevent strokes. ANI

Revolutionary biodegradable antibiotic pellet developed to treat glue ear infection
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have developed a revolutionary biodegradable pellet that could transform the lives of thousands of children who suffer from glue ear. ANI

Why children enjoy watching multi-screens at one time
A new study has found that children with access to a number of electronic viewing devices tend to take part in multi-screen viewing. ANI

Webcam tool to improve office worker posture developed
A new training method using a desktop webcam to improve ergonomic posture and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) among office workers using computers has been developed. ANI

Is there a 'pet effect' on human mental and physical health?
The general claim that living with a pet makes for a happier, healthier or longer life may not be true, according to a new research. ANI

Now, a robot to provide health care for the elderly
With the development of a new robot, Japan is now one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population.esearchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI) have developed the new robot that uses high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology. ANI

Researchers find mechanism behind age-related muscle loss as well as cure
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered the biological mechanism behind age-related loss of muscle strength, and also identified a drug that may help reverse this process. ANI

Even regular exercise might not save sedentary folks from chronic diseases
University of Missouri researchers have suggested that physical inactivity is the primary cause of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease. ANI

Now, vibrating exercise bike to activate your core muscles
The company behind the popular Power Plate - an exercise platform that vibrates at various speeds- has come out with a new vibrating exercise bike. ANI

Want to extend life by fifteen years? Try out the Mediterranean diet
A study has found that the Mediterranean diet, alongside other factors, could have the capability of extending life expectancy in women by up to 15 years, and for men by eight years. ANI

Now, a 'Bite Counter' that tells you when you've had enough to eat!
Almost all dieters find it difficult to manually track and remember calories. ANI

Are eggs healthy? The answer depends on what the hen eats
Eggs are deemed as a healthy breakfast choice almost everywhere. But it turns out, their health value varies according to the hens that hatched them, suggests a new research. ANI

Comic book super heroes giving healthy messages helps curb obesity in kids
A University of Cincinnati research project has indicated that creating own comic books with super heroes giving healthy messages can help fight childhood obesity. ANI

African rodent applies poison arrow toxin on flanks to defend against predators
Researchers have discovered that African crested rats apply poisonous plant toxin to sponge-like hairs on their flanks to protect themselves from predators. ANI

Revolutionary 'windshield chip' paves way for 'cashless parking'
Scientists have developed a revolutionary new car parking technology that will collect money directly from the driver's bank account. ANI

Legumes, brown rice, veggies, greatly reduce risk of colorectal cancer
Eating legumes at least three times a week and brown rice at least once a week can reduce your risk of colon polyps by 33 percent and 40 percent respectively, thereby decreasing your risk for colorectal cancer to a great extent, according to a new research. ANI

Indian-origin-scientist solves 'why we can't stick to a diet' riddle
An Indian-origin scientist has come up with an explanation to one of the most sought-after questions of obese people - why it is so frustratingly difficult to stick to a diet? ANI

Health benefits of holidays 'fade out within a fortnight' after coming back home
Psychologists have indicated that the beneficial effects of a holiday on health and well being fade out within just a fortnight of coming home. ANI

Visit ParentFails.com to see what happens when parenting goes horribly wrong
A website has released pictures of newborn babies showing "all the funny moments when parenting goes horribly, and hilariously, wrong". ANI

How obesity ups risk of diabetes
Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have found how obesity drives insulin resistance, the condition that may lead to type 2 diabetes. ANI

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