Premier Matteo Renzi added his voice to a chorus of outrage across Italy today after the country's highest court threw out a conviction against a Swiss businessman for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a construction company. The Court of Cassation has ruled that the statute of limitations expired in the environmental negligence case.
Research has yielded the first complete structure of one of the flu virus’ key machines. The...
Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing...
New research has shown nanosilver, which is often added to water purification units, can upset your gut. The discovery is important as people are being exposed to more and more nanoparticles every day.
Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.
Flexible electronic sensors based on paper— an inexpensive material— have the potential to cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these sensors by directly printing conductive ink on paper.
Internal bleeding is a leading cause of death on the battlefield, but a new, injectable material developed by a team of researchers could buy wounded soldiers the time they need to survive by preventing blood loss from serious internal injuries.
New research has found that one of the world's most prolific bacteria manages to afflict humans, animals and even plants by way of a mechanism not before seen in any infectious microorganism— a sense of touch. This unique ability helps make the bacteria ubiquitous, but it also might leave these antibiotic-resistant organisms vulnerable to a new form of treatment.
The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official has said. In September, the CDC estimated the number of people sickened by the Ebola virus could explode to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January without more help. But, things have changed.
A new study in mice has shown that our natural gut-residing microbes can influence the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from harmful substances in the blood. The find provides experimental evidence that our indigenous microbes contribute to the mechanism that closes the blood-brain barrier before birth.
Scientists report a new method for establishing whether chemical compounds are safe for human use without in vivo testing, based on so-called "molecular initiating events" at the boundary between chemistry and biology.
With temperatures dipping, homeowners are firing up their heaters. But systems that require heating oil release fine particles outside that could have harmful health effects. Regulations to curb these emissions in New York City could save hundreds of lives, a new study has found.
Seventy-four percent of parents would consider removing their kids from daycare if other children were unvaccinated, while 41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare.
Chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets.
A study has found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age seven. The research also showed that, for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section— whether elective or non-elective— there was a higher risk for obesity in their offspring.
Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given the world’s aging population.
Curbing the routine use of preventive antibiotics before dental work may have contributed to a rise in heart valve infections in England, a new study suggests. In the U.S., the highest-risk patients still get these drugs and no similar trend has been seen.
Scientists have identified weak spots on the surface of the Ebola virus that are targeted by the antibodies in ZMapp, the experimental drug cocktail administered to several patients during the recent Ebola outbreak. The study provides a revealing 3-D picture of how the ZMapp antibodies bind to Ebola.
Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers are reporting potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. Their study shows that triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through molecular mechanisms that are also relevant in humans.
A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died today while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated, the facility said. He was given the experimental drug ZMapp and received a plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor— a treatment that is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus.
Doctors tell us that the frenzied pace of the modern 24-hour lifestyle— in which we struggle to juggle work commitments with the demands of family and daily life— is damaging to our health. But while life in the slow lane may be better, will it be any longer? Yes, if you’re a reptile.
Menthol acts in combination with nicotine to desensitize receptors in lungs' airways that are responsible for nicotine's irritation, say neuroscientists. Their study supports the notion that menthol is not just a flavoring, but has a pharmacologic effect.
Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain is preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe. But, officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.
A simple lifestyle quiz, Health Heart Score, gives individuals an easy way to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease based on simple lifestyle habits. The free Web-based survey also gives users practical tips for improving their scores by incorporating heart-healthy habits into their daily lives.
Recovery of feeling can gradually improve for years after a hand transplant, suggests a small study that points to changes in the brain, not just the new hand, as a reason. New research sheds light on how the brain processes the sense of touch, and adapts when it goes awry. The work could offer clues to rehabilitation after stroke, brain injury and, maybe one day, even spinal cord injury.
Investigators found a link between the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the county level of particulate matter, even after taking into account patient risk factors for CKD including age, diabetes and hypertension.
While a low body mass index has been shown to be an independent risk factor for hip fractures, far less is known about the relationship of body weight changes on hip fracture risk. The findings of a new study show that among middle-aged to elderly Singapore Chinese, weight loss of 10 percent or more was associated with a 56 percent higher hip fracture risk.
Researchers from the Univ. of Cambridge have developed artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements, the first time that motion control and memory have been combined in a synthetic material. The "muscles," made from smooth plastic, could eventually be used in a wide range of applications where mimicking the movement of natural muscle would be an advantage.
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