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Defective Immune System Causes IBS Pain

Defective Immune System Causes IBS Pain

A study shows that pain experienced by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients is linked to the defective production of opioid chemicals by immune cells.

Heparin Treatment Does Not Prevent Pregnancy Complications

Heparin Treatment Does Not Prevent Pregnancy Complications

Not only is heparin treatment expensive and painful, scientists now find that it is ineffective at preventing blood clotting complications in pregnant women.

Spatial Abilities Protected From Aging

Spatial Abilities Protected From Aging

Unlike cognitive abilities, the part of the brain associated with spatial skills appears to be preserved during the aging process.

Preterm Babies Catch Up By Twelve

Preterm Babies Catch Up By Twelve

Although being born pre-term affects cognitive abilities in babies, a study shows that they are able to catch up by age 12.

Shrinking Dinosaurs Evolved Into Flying Birds

Shrinking Dinosaurs Evolved Into Flying Birds

The dinosaurs that eventually evolved into birds stayed small to survive.

Sensing Toxic Environmental Mercury

Sensing Toxic Environmental Mercury

Scientists have developed a portable filter that can detect environmental mercury at 200 parts per billion.

Pelicans Most Vulnerable To Fishing Tackle Injuries

Pelicans Most Vulnerable To Fishing Tackle Injuries

A study shows that pelicans are particularly susceptible to fishing tackle injuries, forming 59 percent of all birds injured.

Amyloid Fibrils: The Link Between HIV & Alzheimer’s

Amyloid Fibrils: The Link Between HIV & Alzheimer’s

Scientists have found that the protein fibrils which enhance the infective ability of HIV are toxic to neuronal cells even when disaggregated.

Boron Tolerance Genes To Boost Wheat Yields

Boron Tolerance Genes To Boost Wheat Yields

The discovery of the genes that confer boron resistance could lead to improved yields of wheat, a crop 35 percent of the world’s population depends on.

Poor Nutrition Linked To Chronic Diseases

Poor Nutrition Linked To Chronic Diseases

Research shows that consuming fruits and vegetables, especially whole grains, can protect against the development of chronic diseases.