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Us suicide rate for people with Epilepsy exceeds levels in general population

Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population overall and estimated that the annual suicide mortality rate among those with epilepsy was 22 percent higher than in the general population. Show More Summary

Researchers get new insight into deadly fungal infections

Most people don't think of fungal infections as deadly -- they are generally viewed as annoyances -- athlete's foot, for instance. But for many weakened patients in the hospital, fungal infections can be life threatening. Some experts estimate that tens of thousands of patients die every year from these infections. Show More Summary

Turkey’s coup attempt was unusual, but not for the reasons you might expect

Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan avoided being ousted in an attempted coup d’etat. The attempt shocked most regional experts and coup researchers, though not for the reasons you might expect. Coups against democracies are actually not uncommon. What made this coup so surprising was the specific context in which it occurred. Most recent […]

No more space race rhetoric: it’s not just about the US any more

Increasingly nationalistic language around space exploration is distracting us from science that we can only do collaboratively, says Lisa Grossman

Friday assorted links

1. Ethereum’s hard bailout (and they said this could never happen). 2. What if we designed humans to be safe from car crashes? 3. A Turkey analysis suggesting it was not mainly a Gulen-connected event. 4. Arnold Kling comments on my talk at the Hudson Institute. Show More Summary

Students expand perspective of birds

Northern Michigan University students who participated in a recent field ornithology class recorded interactions with more than 175 bird species in various habitats. They saw raptors pepper the sky over Brockway Mountain during the spring...Show More Summary

When it comes to empathy, don't always trust your gut

Is empathy the result of gut intuition or careful reasoning? Research suggests that, contrary to popular belief, the latter may be more the case.

Third of pregnant women iron deficient, risk thyroid-related pregnancy complications

A third of pregnant women have iron deficiency, putting them at increased risk of having a thyroid disorder and suffering complications such as miscarriages and preterm births, a new study suggests.

Blood disorders cost €23 billion to European economy

Healthcare costs per patient with blood cancers are two times higher than average cancer costs, due to long hospital stays and complex treatment and diagnosis, a new report outlines.

Gastrointestinal disorders involve both brain-to-gut and gut-to-brain pathways

New research indicates that in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or indigestion, there is a distinct brain-to-gut pathway, where psychological symptoms begin first, and separately a distinct gut-to-brain pathway, where gut symptoms start first. Show More Summary

Can't see the wood for the climbers: Vines threatening tropical forests

Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning. Instead of taking decades to recover, tropical forests are at risk of taking hundreds of years to re-grow because of lianas, which spread rapidly following extensive tree-felling.

Mapping electromagnetic waveforms

Physicists have developed a novel electron microscope that can visualize electromagnetic fields oscillating at frequencies of billions of cycles per second.

Blood of King Albert I identified after 80 years

The death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 -- officially a climbing accident -- still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticists have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king's death.

Forms of HIV can cross from chimps to humans, study confirms

The first in vivo evidence that strains of chimpanzee-carried simian immunodeficiency viruses can infect human cells has been reported by a team of scientists.

Designer protein gives new hope to scientists studying Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have designed a new protein which strongly resembles Abeta. In people with Alzheimer's, Amyloid-beta (Abeta) proteins stick together to make amyloid fibrils which form clumps between neurons in the brain. It's believed the build-up of these clumps causes brain cells to die, leading to the cognitive decline in patients suffering from the disease.

Novel compounds arrested epilepsy development in mice

Neuroprotective compounds have been developed by scientists that may prevent the development of epilepsy. The researchers explained that the compounds prevented seizures and their damaging effects on dendritic spines, specialized structures that allow brain cells to communicate. Show More Summary

Rare wood bison calves born through IVF

Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have successfully produced three wood bison calves using in vitro fertilization.

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