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Breakthrough discovery in plants’ DNA may lead to slowing aging process in humans

Breakthrough discovery in plants’ DNA may lead to slowing aging process in humans

Science has identified in the plant kingdom the “missing link” of cellular immortality between human and single-celled animals, according to a new study led by scientists from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University. “This is the first time that we have identified the detailed structure of the telomerase component from plants,” said co-author Dr.…MORE

Samoa declares state of emergency after measles deaths

Samoa declares state of emergency after measles deaths

Samoa has declared a state of emergency after several deaths linked to a measles outbreak, closing schools and placing restrictions on public gatherings, the Reuters news agency reported. There have been at six least deaths linked to the outbreak in the South Pacific island nation — mostly infants under the age of two — Reuters…MORE

Hunter in China catches bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit

Hunter in China catches bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit

Twenty-eight people are in quarantine in China’s northern Inner Mongolia province after a hunter was diagnosed with bubonic plague Saturday, the local health commission said. According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the unidentified patient was believed to have become infected with the plague after catching and eating a wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia’s Huade county.…MORE

Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Herbs to increase breast milk supply and heal the spleen. Traditional remedies which promise to cure insomnia and acne. Secret cancer treatments that have been ignored or suppressed by Western medicine. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a long history of making outsized claims, not least in the case of fertility and virility, where…MORE

For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

High-risk patients with stable heart disease may fare just as well on medications alone, versus having invasive heart operations such as stents and bypass surgeries, according to a major trial. The results were presented Saturday at the American Heart Association’s yearly conference. While the invasive procedures were found to improve chest pain and quality of…MORE

Midwives, doulas could benefit births — but not all women have access

Midwives, doulas could benefit births — but not all women have access

Nandi Hill rushed to Emily Rose’s home at the crack of dawn. The car was packed with Hill’s supplies: oxygen tank, hemorrhaging drugs, umbilical cord scissors, stethoscope and blood pressure cuffs, among other tools. Hill, a licensed and certified professional midwife and founder of Wadada Midwifery Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was excited that, on…MORE

Don’t tell ‘Lucy,’ but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

Don’t tell ‘Lucy,’ but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

Researchers using a new method to evaluate the cognitive abilities of species stumbled across a surprising finding: Our evolutionary ancestor, Australopithecus, may have been less intelligent than modern-day great apes. It has long been theorized that a bigger brain means greater cognitive ability, which is generally defined as an individual’s overall mental capability and how…MORE

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