A book of poison or medieval cures?

A book of poison or medieval cures?

While calling it an assassin's cabinet may be a bit exaggerated, the dramatically titled curio is a hollowed out book from the 16th century. In the pages' place are eleven drawers of varying sizes with meticulous labels, each spelling out which plant each drawer contained.

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New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against dementia and other diseases of aging

New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against dementia and other diseases of aging

New research from USC has uncovered a previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The study provides insights on how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented. The research from the Cohen Lab at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology sheds new light on the protective role of a naturally occurring mitochondrial peptide, known as humanin.

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In depression the brain region for stress control is larger

In depression the brain region for stress control is larger

Although depression is one of the leading psychiatric disorders in Germany, its cause remains unclear. A recent study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany, and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University Clinic in Leipzig found that those affected by depressive disorder have a larger hypothalamus compared to their healthy counterparts.

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India is launching the world’s biggest experiment in universal healthcare. It’s been dubbed ‘Modicare’

India is launching the world's biggest experiment in universal healthcare. It's been dubbed 'Modicare'

Doctors and economists welcome the move to reform the country’s neglected public healthcare system. But concerns remain over awareness and funding – and whether the scheme has been rushed out as an election crowd-pleaser.

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Scientists grow human esophagus in lab

Scientists grow human esophagus in lab

Scientists at the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) are working to create the entire human gastrointestinal system in a laboratory now report using pluripotent stem cells to grow human esophageal organoids. This study could offer new ways to study birth defects and diseases that affect millions of people with gastrointestinal disorders, such as gastric reflux, cancer, etc.

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It’s Not Just for Kids — Even Adults Appear to Benefit from a Regular Bedtime

It’s Not Just for Kids -- Even Adults Appear to Benefit from a Regular Bedtime

Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But it’s not just an issue of logging at least seven hours of Z’s. A new study on sleep patterns suggests that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults. In a study of 1,978 older adults published online Sept. 21 by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute found people with…

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Conservatives back higher taxes to fund the NHS

Conservatives back higher taxes to fund the NHS

Most Conservative voters now back higher taxes to fund the NHS, the British Social Attiudes Survey has found. The polling, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, found that 53 per cent of Conservatives Party supporters think the Government should increase taxes and spending on public services. It marks a departure from data showing that for more than 15 years most Conservatives have said taxes should either fall or stay the same.

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