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Graphene shows potential as anti-cancer agent

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A while ago I wrote that the applications for graphene are endless, and it seems like scientists just want to make prove me right – University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

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Want to fight peanut allergies? Eat peanuts

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In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to keep children as far away from peanuts as possible, in order to avoid potential allergies – it seemed like a good idea at the time. But now, a new study has found that in the long run, that actually did more harm than good, and if we want to fight allergies, we should be feeding our children peanuts.

Diseases, News

Drug-Resistant Malaria Could Pose Huge Global Threat

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The ability to keep malaria under control is crucial – the disease is highly contagious and the potential health hazards are immense. Efforts have been somewhat successful, with fatalities dropping from over 1 million in 2000 to 584,000 in 2014. But the protozoans that are causing the disease are starting to become immune to the drugs we are using, and that’s a huge problem.

Biology, Diseases, Health & Medicine

What’s Inside a Flu Shot – And Why There’s Nothing to Fear

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A flu shot is considered by many Americans to be a necessary evil. Yes, it can be a little painful if you don’t like needles, but getting vaccinated is an important step towards staying healthy. Nevertheless, despite the obvious health benefits of vaccination, many Americans have a deeply-rooted, and sadly misplaced, mistrust of vaccination—reservations that have nothing to do with a fear of needles.

Diseases, News

Stem Cell Treatment Offers Hope for MS Treatment

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For the first time, scientists have developed a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that actually reverses the disability. Dr. Richard K. Burt performed the first hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient in the United States at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the treatment shows great promise.

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A third of Americans think antibiotics cure the flu

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A lot of Americans seem to be confused about what are antibiotics and what they’re good for. According to a YouGov survey (full results), a third of American correspondents replied that antibiotics can cure the flu, while a third also thought that vaccines can give you the flu. It goes without saying that this is false. The findings suggest an over prevalence of thought that antibiotics are “good for everything”, an abuse that might cost public health dearly.

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Ebola cases drop as food crisis is sparked

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The World Health Organization reports a drop in the Ebola cases in the three Western African countries hit most by the disease. However, as farmers abandon their fields in the infected areas, a new problem seems to emerge: a food crisis. Liberia only reported 48 cases in the past three weeks, but Sierra Leone is still struggling, with 769 new cases over the