Cold Spring Harbor scientists use CRISPR to tweak groundcherry's genes

Cold Spring Harbor scientists use CRISPR to tweak groundcherry's genes

A wild and obscure fruit with an “intoxicatingly tropical” taste has been tweaked with a breakthrough gene-editing technique, producing a fruit that one day could give strawberries some stiff competition at local grocery stores, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory predicted Tuesday. Welcome the groundcherry – a small berry protected in a parchmentlike envelope and engulfed […]

Heroin deaths drop in Utah for first time in 7 years

Heroin deaths drop in Utah for first time in 7 years

SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in seven years, heroin overdose deaths decreased in Utah in 2017, state leaders said Monday. According to the state’s calculations, there were 159 fatal overdoses connected to heroin in 2017, a 14.5 percent decrease from the year before, said Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Fatal overdoses stemming […]

Preventing tumor spread may not improve quality of life

Preventing tumor spread may not improve quality of life

Data pooled from all 38 studies showed no significant association between progression-free survival and quality of life. (iStock) Cancer drugs that keep tumors from growing may not lead to better quality of life for patients, a new study suggests. “In countries where patients need to pay co-pays, they can use up all their savings in […]

Ten-minute daily stroll helps ward off dementia says new study

Ten-minute daily stroll helps ward off dementia says new study

A 10-minute daily walk may ward off dementia, say scientists. A study found that even mild physical activity improved function in parts of the brain responsible for forming and storing memories. The researchers said a single 10-minute stroll yielded considerable cognitive benefits – suggesting exercise could be “prescribed” to older people to combat Alzheimer’s disease. […]

Less Screen Time Linked To Better Cognition In Kids: Study

Less Screen Time Linked To Better Cognition In Kids: Study

Two caucasian brothers, 13 and 9, sitting playing handheld electronics, indoors by blue wall and looking down in profile, candid A new study on children across the U.S., published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, finds that when they spend more than two hours on screens every day, they tend to perform more poorly […]

Chemical pollution could wipe out half of all killer whale populations

Chemical pollution could wipe out half of all killer whale populations

(CNN) — Chemical pollutants banned more than 40 years ago are still having a devastating effect on marine life and could lead to the disappearance of half the world’s killer whale populations before the end of the century. That’s according to a new study, published in the journal Science, which found that killer whales, or orcas, […]

'New sugar-powered sensor to detect and prevent diseases'

'New sugar-powered sensor to detect and prevent diseases'

A team led by an indian-origin scientist has developed an implantable sensor that runs on sugar, and can monitor the body’s biological signals to detect, prevent and diagnose diseases. The sensor developed by Subhanshu Gupta, an assistant professor at the Washington University in the US, and colleagues uses a biofuel cell and harvests glucose from body […]

West Nile Virus detected in northern Palm Beach County

West Nile Virus detected in northern Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach County Department of Health says that West Nile Virus has been detected in Jupiter Farms. The department’s early warning system of sentinel chickens revealed the disease. Residents are advised to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites. “We are constantly monitoring for mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and St. Louis […]

Thompson patient, 4 others test positive for West Nile Virus

Thompson patient, 4 others test positive for West Nile Virus

HARTFORD – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced Thursday morning that five more Connecticut residents, including a Thompson resident, have have tested positive for West Nile virus infection, bringing the total for this season to 15 human WNV cases. Three cases involved residents of Fairfield County (Danbury, Norwalk, and Stamford), the DPH said, […]

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