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A new study finds that patients who can legally treat themselves with medical cannabis stop using prescription opioids or use fewer opiates to care for chronic pain symptoms.
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Study shows that when Facebook tried to get rid of net neutrality in India, tech savvy citizens successfully changed public opinion by appealing to ideas of India as a country focused on technology & science
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The world epidemic of sleep disorders is linked to vitamin D deficiency
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Scientists created a mini biohybrid robot using algae, to travel through people in response to magnetic signals, that could one day carry drugs to specific parts of the body, minimizing side effects. What’s more, the robot—and its magnetic coat—appear to kill cancer cells.
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Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a meta-analyses review in the BMJ.
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A new study suggests that long-term residency in poor quality housing has a negative effect on mental health that can persist even if the resident moves into a better housing situation.
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New model explains expansion of the universe and rotation speeds of galaxies without dark matter and dark energy
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Study finds that fatty acids released into the air from cooking with deep fryers may help form clouds that limit global warming
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Thunderstorms observed triggering nuclear reactions in the sky
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New study shows different kinds of alcohol might make you feel different emotions
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Lightning Bolts Are Churning Out Antimatter All Over Planet Earth
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A significant number of mass shooters may be aggrieved narcissists, according to a new review article in the American Behavioral Scientist.
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For the first time researchers demonstrate that physically fit children may have smarter brains. Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively correlated with increased gray matter volume which ultimately results in academic success
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The goal of reducing energy consumption by changing outdoor lighting to LED failed to be met due to an increase in lighting coverage
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People who think they exercise less than their peers die earlier, regardless of their actual activity levels
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Lighting our way to darkness: Scientists warn of too much ‘artificial light’ on Earth
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Smart people have better connected brains - In intelligent persons, certain brain regions are more strongly involved in the flow of information between brain regions, while other brain regions are less engaged.
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Americans Are Giving Themselves Cancer—Half of Cases Caused By Lifestyle
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In a new study, a research team has found evidence that humans evolved to fall in love. Earlier research has attempted to find a genetic or neurological basis, but the new research presents the first evidence that love influences reproductive success
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Three new research studies have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites
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'Shadow Zone' Sounds Creepy But ?Scientists Have Discovered Ancient Water Trapped Inside It
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Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around globe
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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit, we’re Caspar and Eelke, and our research shows a more than 75% decline in the biomass of flying insects over 27 years, indicating severe disturbances in many ecosystems – Ask us Anything!
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IBM Watson has identified therapies for 323 cancer patients that went overlooked by a molecular tumor board. Researchers said next-generation genomic sequencing is "evolving too rapidly to rely solely on human curation" when it comes to targeting treatments.
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The International Sugar Research Foundation (ISRF) withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, when scientists were arguing over the link between sugar consumption and increased risk of heart disease, study claims.
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The gender gap in marijuana use widened during the Great Recession primarily because of increased usage amongst men of the lowest income level
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Study: Non-fearful social withdrawal linked positively to creativity. One form of social withdrawal, referred to as unsociability, is not only unrelated to negative outcomes, but linked positively to creativity.
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Researchers at McGill university find that young zebra finch birds are intrinsically biased to learn to produce particular kinds of sound patterns over others. The sound patterns resembled patterns that are frequently observed across human languages and in music.
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Mineralogy of Lunar Crust is Best Explained by a "Crustal Overturn" Event, Resurfacing after Initially Forming from Magma Ocean.
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Stall in Canonical Autophagy-Lysosome Pathways Prompts Nucleophagy-Based Nuclear Breakdown in Neurodegeneration
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Plague was present in Europe during the late Stone Age, according to a study of ancient remains.
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When thinking in a foreign language, you are less prone to superstition
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UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars. The device could make hydrogen cars affordable for more consumers
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A study has found the Earth’s artificially illuminated area had grown by 2.2% per year, a rate that does not appear to be slowing. The share of that lit land that is constantly illuminated—with the nighttime lights never going off also increased 2.2% per year.
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New Nature study found that bacteria slow their DNA repair to a crawl in favor of proofreading gene transcripts.
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Scientists recently discovered that the third gamma-ray afterglow observed during a lightning strike is produced by the annihilation of positrons produced by the breakdown of neutron poor nitrogen atoms.
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Meta-analysis finds vaccination in the first year of life lowers the risk of childhood leukemia
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Nature: Thunderous nuclear reactions[Thunderstorms Observed Triggering Nuclear Reactions in The Sky]
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Phase III trials on Nusinersen, an antisense oligonucleotide drug that modifies pre-mrna splicing of SMN2 gene, improved motor functions of infant with spinal muscular dystrophy.
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Cinnamaldehyde induces fat cell-autonomous thermogenesis and metabolic reprogramming(Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells)
109 SpecterGT260 Ok so hold up here: If you read the full text article these guys took some neuron stem cell lines and infected them with toxoplasma gondii. Then they did a ridiculously in depth gene and protein-level analysis and looked at changes in genes that have been implicated in these diseases. The analysis is crazy deep because that's what proteomics and bioinformatics is but it's really an associative analysis of an artificial state. The word "modulates" in their title is also interesting as it doesn't seem that the researchers have even established whether these changes are good or bad. They just know they are different. Basically, "we infected brain cells with a parasite and the cells started producing different levels of proteins, some of which have been associated with known diseases" This does NOT mean that your family member with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's had a toxo infection. This does NOT mean that treating your family member for toxo will help them get better Edit: words are hard
38 RespectMyAuthoriteh The parasite is *Toxoplasma gondii* [saved you a click].
10 anonymous-coward If this were significant, then the USA should have a relatively low incidence of Alzheimer's ([9.1% Toxo seroprevalence among 15-44 age group](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4047742/)), and Germany should be much higher ([77% antibodies in 70-79 age group, and 20% in 18-29](https://www.nature.com/articles/srep22551)). But it seems that the [US has a far higher Alzheimer's death rate](http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/alzheimers-dementia/by-country/), despite the German population being top-heavy. Probably there are differing definitions of 'death by Alzheimer', though.
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2 Abscess2 "The team then applied what they describe as a reconstruction and deconvolution approach to identify connections between T. gondii infection and altered pathways in neurodegenerative diseases, as well as connections between toxoplasmosis, human brain disorders, and some cancers. "Our results provide insights into mechanisms whereby this parasite could cause these associated diseases under some circumstances," the authors wrote. “This work provides a systems roadmap to design medicines and vaccines to repair and prevent neuropathologic effects of T. gondii infection of the human brain. Furthermore, our original template provides a novel method to integrate multiple levels of intrinsic and extrinsic factors highlighting a way to unravel complexity in brain parasitism, toxoplasmosis specifically, and other complex diseases.”
2 Shodan30 Wasn't this a stargaze:atlantis episode
2 MinxManor Interesting. I have read that Toxoplasmosis can cause a type of Schizophrenia and also a type of early cataract.
2 Candicebush I bet most people with cancer have had the flu, and mono, and the common cold.
2 zimzam911 I would like to see a study about toxoplasma gondii and human sexual orientation.
2 _pinkpajamas_ How does one pursue testing for this? I have a friend who I've always suspected may have this. She's a feral cat rescuer.
1 Antimutt I understand there's a high incidence in France, due to their like of cats perhaps? I'd also be interested in knowing rates in the aboriginal population of Australia, for some bushmen are also known to like cat.
1 OliverSparrow Wouldn't that predict early and universal death for cat owners? Against all evidence? So you read the article and find that in vitro cells exposed to the parasite produce some anomalous proteins that are indirectly associated with the conditions mentioned. Yeah, well... Once we had salami slicing. Now we have click bait press releases. Academia is turning into a weak parody of commerce at its most vapourware-vending.