Active substance from plant slows down aggressive eye cancer

IMAGE: The study was conducted by a team of researchers, including Suvi Annala (right) and Prof. Evi Kostenis (center). Prof. Gabriele M. König (left) isolated and described the natural substance FR900359… view more  An active substance that has been known for 30 years could unexpectedly turn into a ray of hope against eye tumors. This is…

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Pollutants, pathogens could team up to make us sick

Many people view pollutants and pathogens as separate causes of illness. However, recent research indicates that the two can interact, changing how people and animals respond to infectious diseases. According to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, environmental pollutants appear to weaken the immune system,…

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Psychology may help explain why male and female serial killers differ

Male and female serial killers tend to choose their victims and commit their crimes in different ways, which may be due to thousands of years of psychological evolution, according to researchers. The researchers found that male serial killers tend to «hunt» their victims, who are often strangers to them. Female serial killers tend to «gather»…

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Early discharge after lung surgery benefits patients without raising readmission risk

PHILADELPHIA — When hospitals implement programs to optimize patients’ recovery from surgery, healthcare costs fall and patients show improved outcomes. One major benefit of the programs—known as enhanced recovery pathways—include shorter hospital stays. But thoracic surgeons are often reluctant to discharge patients on an accelerated timeframe for fear early discharge might harm their patients and…

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Alana gift to MIT launches Down syndrome research center, disability technology program

IMAGE: Center Co-Director Li-Huei Tsai (standing) works an MIT lab with Senior Alana fellow Hiruy Meharena. view more  As part of MIT’s continued mission to help build a better world, the Institute announced the creation of the Alana Down Syndrome Center, an innovative new research endeavor, technology development initiative, and fellowship program launched with a $28.6…

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Medical News Today: What causes a red spot on the eye?

A red spot on the eye may look worrying, but it is rarely a medical emergency. Usually, a red spot on the eye occurs when blood collects under the conjunctiva due to a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The conjunctiva is the transparent membrane that covers the surface of the eye. The conjunctiva contains tiny blood vessels that…

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W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene Editing

Image A human embryo modified in China. The W.H.O., with many leading scientists, has declared that similar procedures should be registered and tracked.CreditMark Schiefelbein/Associated Press An influential committee of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that it would be “irresponsible” to try to create babies from gene-edited human embryos. The panel called for an…

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How the Patriarchy Got in Our Heads

Image CreditAngie Wang You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “The hardest times for me were not when people challenged what I said, but when I felt my voice was not heard.” — Carol…

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Instagram Wants to Be Your Mall

Image Zara is among the brands that will be shoppable in-app on Instagram. Instagram has introduced a tool designed to shore up its hold on shopping. The company announced today that it will be rolling out an in-app checkout function to users in the United States, a secure and, Instagram hopes, friction-free method for purchasing…

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Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review

Reports from thousands of women that breast implants are causing problems like debilitating joint pain and fatigue, claims long dismissed by the medical profession, are receiving new attention from the Food and Drug Administration and researchers. This may be a long-awaited moment of validation for tens of thousands of women who have been brushed off…

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