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Psoriasis drug may help in the fight against multiple sclerosis
Fumaric acid salts have long been used to treat severe psoriasis. Now, researchers have found that the medication could also help in the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS). ANI

Parents important for keeping teens off alcohol
Parents can play an important role in preventing teenagers from consuming large quantities of alcohol, according to a new thesis. ANI

'Bad' neighbourhood linked to worse cognitive function in some older adults
A new study has warned that living in a psychosocially hazardous neighbourhood could worsen the cognitive function in older age for persons with the apolipoprotein E e4 allele (an alternative form of the gene). ANI

Women with more Facebook pics 'are obsessed with their looks'
A new study has revealed that women who base their self worth on their appearance tend to share more photos on social networking sites. ANI

As far as evolution goes 'bigger really is better', says study
A new study has claimed that as far as evolution goes, 'bigger really is the better'. ANI

How the Rocky Mountains may have been 'formed by giant suction'
A new study shows that the Rockies may have been formed when a giant suction created a counter force that thrust the mountains upward. ANI

Kids with H. pylori infection have lower levels of iron
A University of Texas Health Science Center study has found that children without previous iron deficiencies or anemia who remained infected with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) had significantly lower levels of iron compared to children who had the infection eradicated. ANI

New study offers hope to those with Alzheimer's, ALS
A team of researchers has suggested that transplanting stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood cells and menstrual blood cells may offer future therapeutic benefit for those suffering from stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ANI

Older parents are happier with more kids: Study
A new study has found that while having more children makes young couples unhappy, bigger families bring parents joy in midlife and beyond. ANI

Certain genetic makeup reduces the brain's neurons in drug addicts
A new study has shown that that drug addicted individuals who have a certain genetic makeup have lower gray matter density-and therefore fewer neurons-in areas of the brain that are essential for decision-making, self-control, and learning and memory. ANI

New study reveals the key to locomotion in snails
A new study has found evidence that suggests that the key to locomotion in snails stems from the animal's complex muscle movements, and not from its mucus, as had been previously thought. ANI

Loss of plant diversity 'disrupting Earth's life-support systems'
Plant communities-threatened by development, invasive species, climate change, and other factors-provide humans with food, help purify water supplies, generate oxygen, and supply raw materials for building, clothing, paper, and other products. ANI

Key mechanism of childhood respiratory disease identified
Scientists have discovered a crucial part of the process by which one of the world's most common and dangerous early childhood infections, respiratory syncytial virus, causes disease. ANI

'BlackBerry diet app' helps UK waitress shed 71/2 stones in just 10 months!
A UK waitress has lost seven-and-a-half stone in just 10 months by using a weight loss app on her BlackBerry. ANI

How support protein laminin plays a role in breast cancer development
A new study has found how a structural support protein called laminin plays a central role in the development of breast cancer.ina Bissell with the U.S ANI

Student creates system that transmits data through metal using ultrasound
A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new system that uses ultrasound to transmit large quantities of data and power wirelessly through thick metal walls, like the hulls of ships and submarines. ANI

New device to efficiently identify and 'grab' circulating cancer cells
A UCLA research team has developed an innovative device based on Velcro-like nanoscale technology to efficiently identify and 'grab' circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, in the blood, which play a crucial role in cancer metastasis. ANI

Interactive digital exercise games may help kids burn calories
A new study has revealed that middle school-aged children who participated in interactive digital gaming activities that feature player movement (exergaming), such as dancing or boxing, increased their energy expenditure to a level of moderate or vigorous intensity. ANI

Acupuncture reduces severity of menopausal hot flushes
A new study suggests that traditional Chinese acupuncture reduces the severity of hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms. ANI

Scientists block multiple sclerosis in mouse model
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have managed to block the development of multiple sclerosis-like symptoms using a mouse model of the disease. ANI

Genes interact much like making friends on Facebook
Researchers have suggested genes interfere with each other in much the same manner that Facebook suggests friends. ANI

Mark Zuckerberg's new pooch has its own Facebook page!
Mark Zuckerberg, who just got a new puppy, has given the dog its own Facebook account. ANI

Scientists recreate floating house from movie 'Up!'
A team of scientists have recreated the flying house from Pixar movie 'Up!', and have proven that it can actually fly. ANI

Irregular heart beat plus stroke may increase dementia risk
A new study has warned that stroke patients who also suffer from an irregular heartbeat are at double the risk of developing dementia. ANI

Media character use on food packaging influence kids' taste Assessment
A new study has found that the use of media characters on cereal packaging may influence children's opinions about taste. ANI

Elderly don't see pedestrians as well as younger drivers
New study suggests that elderly drivers are half as likely to see pedestrians on the sidewalk due to a limited field of view, and compensate in part by driving more slowly. ANI

Losing a night's sleep 'can turn you into a reckless gambler'
A new study has shown that losing even a night's sleep can turn a gambler reckless. ANI

New discovery paves way for anti-obesity pill
A new research by Harvard University scientists has paved way for a new obesity and diabetes drug. ANI

Facebook to launch Samaritans suicide risk alert system
Social networking site Facebook is set to launch a new system that would allow users to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide. ANI

World's first tissue-engineered urethras 'a success'
Medical experts have hailed the world's first tissue-engineered urinary tubes or urethras, grown in the lab using patients' own cells, a success. ANI

What you watch is what you do
A new analysis of more than 25 years of research has shown that exposure via the media to activities such as street racing, binge drinking and unprotected sex is linked to risk-taking behaviors and attitudes. ANI

Elephants outsmart humans during intelligence test
A new study has proved that elephants are not only intelligent, but also possess the ability to cooperate and understand the logic behind teamwork. ANI

E-mails, not Internet use, encourage belief in political rumors
A new study suggests that use of the Internet in general does not make people more likely to believe political rumors. ANI

Drinking alcohol after age 75 linked to lower risk of dementia
Alcohol consumption after the age of 75 is associated with lower risk of developing dementia, according to a new study. ANI

Hair loss medications can affect men's sexual health
A new study has shown that 5a-reductase inhibitors, commonly used to treat urinary problems in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and found in popular medications to treat hair loss, can produce, persistent erectile dysfunction (ED), depression and loss of libido, even after the medication has been discontinued. ANI

Spider venom 'could be the new Viagra'
Facing a little trouble in the bedroom and Viagra doesn't work for you? Well, spiders may help you. ANI

How our taste buds know that sugar is sweet
A new research has attempted to find out how taste cells detect sugars. ANI

Study shows extinction's ripple effect through the animal kingdom
A new study from the University of Florida has demonstrated the cascading effect of extinction through the animal kingdom. ANI

People under scrutiny would rather commit sins of omission than commission
A new study has said that people under scrutiny are more comfortable letting bad things happen rather than actively causing something bad. ANI

Discovery scheduled to return to Earth for the final time on Wednesday
Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth for the final time on Wednesday, March 9. ANI

NASA denies 'alien existence in meteorites' claim
NASA has categorically denied a claim by Richard Hoover that there was alien life discovered inside samples of meteorites. ANI

All-in-one cardiac catheter to make heart surgeries simpler, better
A new all-in-one cardiac catheter developed by researchers from Northwestern University is set to make cardiac ablation therapy simpler. ANI

Soon, camera that makes seeing the 'invisible' possible
Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are developing a camera based on the science similar to the type used in airport body scanners to detect everything from defects in aerospace vehicles or concrete bridges to skin cancer. ANI

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