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Cat owners beware! Your kitty may up your risk of brain cancer
Here's bad news for cat owners as scientists have warned that the pet may be a cause of brain cancer in humans. ANI

1 in 6 customers use calorie info at fast food chains, finds study
Around a sixth of customers check calorie information on the menus, and buy food with lower calories, according to a new study. ANI

South American dolphins 'use electric fields to hunt prey'
A dolphin species that lives around the east coast of South America is the first placental mammal to have the ability to sense electric fields of their prey, scientists have found. ANI

Young women put off motherhood due to 'financial worries'
A new survey has revealed that a generation of young women are delaying having children because they cannot afford a family.ore than four out of ten working women in their 20s intend to put off having children because of "financial worries", according to the survey, backed by insurance company Friends Life. ANI

liminating protein in specific brain cells blocks nicotine reward
A new study has found that removing a protein from cells located in the brain's reward centre blocks the anxiety-reducing and rewarding effects of nicotine. ANI

Now, 'vocabulary of pain' to help doctors better understand their patients
Patients with chronic pain struggle to express how they feel to the doctors and health-care providers who are trying to understand and treat them. ANI

Now, nano-sized drug transporter to fight cancer cells
Ohio State University scientists have developed a tiny drug transporter that maximizes its ability to silence damaging genes by finding the equivalent of an expressway into a target cell, which may help improve cancer treatments. ANI

High-dose vitamin D eases joint, muscle pain in breast cancer patients
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that high-dose vitamin D relieves joint and muscle pain for many breast cancer patients taking estrogen-lowering drugs. ANI

New test of the ageing process based on DNA evidence developed
A new test of the ageing process based on DNA evidence has been developed by scientists in Glasgow. ANI

'Twittering, emailing stopping kids from reading books'
The chair of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction has warned that children spend so much time on Twitter and mobile phones that they are losing their love of novels and reading fewer. ANI

How elephants maintain their social relationships
A study has found that while Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in Sri Lanka may change their day-to-day associations, they maintain a larger, stable, network of friends from which they pick their companions. ANI

How cows may be key to 'sustainable, renewable' fuel
Edinburgh scientists have revealed that the stomach of a cow could hold the key to creating more environmentally friendly versions of petrol and diesel. ANI

People living at high latitudes have big brains, eyeballs
A new study has found that people who live in high latitude regions have bigger eyeballs and brains than other individuals. ANI

Correcting brain's glucose sensing defect may help treat obesity
Scientists have found a method that may help treat obesity. ANI

Testosterone 'makes men less susceptible to inflammatory diseases'
It was long known that men suffer more rarely from inflammatory diseases than women, but now a new research has found how sexual hormones play an important role in this. ANI

Facebook's new iPad app 'discovered hidden in existing iPhone app'
A blogger for technology site, TechCrunch, claims to have found Facebook's highly anticipated iPad app hidden within the current iPhone app. ANI

Unplanned kids lag behind their IVF counterparts in vocabulary
Children who were born after unplanned pregnancies have a limited vocabulary and poorer nonverbal and spatial abilities as compared to those who were conceived through infertility treatment, according to a new research. ANI

Zinc lozenges can cut common cold duration by 40pc
Sucking on zinc lozenges can cut the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 percent, according to a new study. ANI

Mystery solved: Saturn gets water from its own moon!
The 14-year mystery behind the source of the water in Saturn's upper atmosphere has been solved. ANI

Hormone therapy ups mortality in men with heart conditions
A new study has found that adding hormone therapy to radiation therapy may reduce overall survival in men with pre-existing heart conditions, even if they have high-risk prostate cancer. ANI

How fast the Universe is expanding
A PhD student at the University of Western Australia has produced one of the most accurate measurements ever made of how fast the Universe is expanding. ANI

Only humans have brains that get smaller with age
We have larger brains and live longer than our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, but these advantages come at a cost. ANI

Why some people's muscles mistakenly grow bones
Till now, no one understood why bones grow on injured muscles. ANI

Study on sea squirt cells sheds light on cancer development
Research on sea squirt cells has led to a new understanding of cancer growth. ANI

New Evo-fit technology offers faster way to beat crime!
A new generation of computer technology is boosting crime fighting by creating startlingly accurate pictures of wanted criminals. ANI

Family history a stronger risk predictor for heart attack than for stroke
People are more likely to inherit the risk of having a heart attack than the risk of having a stroke, according to a new research. ANI

Now, computer overtakes pet dogs as man's best friend!
Dogs have been known as man's best friend for decades, but the everyday computer has now taken over the top spot, according to a new study. ANI

Lethal bat-borne horse virus sparks fear after it's detected in dog in Oz
A lethal horse virus, thought to be spread via half-chewed fruit, or water and food contaminated by bats' droppings, has for the first time been detected in a dog. ANI

Genes play key role in making people susceptible to eating disorders
People may be genetically predetermined to possess personality traits and temperaments that make them susceptible to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, according to a new research. ANI

Transcendental Meditation improves brain functioning in ADHD students
Students practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique are likely to have improved brain functioning and decreased symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. ANI

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