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2009-07-02 15:10:00

A similarity in brain disturbance between insects and people suffering from migraines, stroke and epilepsy points the way toward new drug therapies to address these conditions.Queen's University biologists studying the locust have found that these human disorders are linked by a brain disturbance during which nerve cells shut down. This also occurs in locusts when they go into a coma after exposure to extreme conditions such as high temperatures or lack of oxygen.The Queen's study shows that...

2009-02-04 13:50:00

In 1996, a 7-year-old boy in China bent over the eyepiece of a small telescope and saw something that would change his life--a comet of flamboyant beauty, bright and puffy with an active tail. At first he thought he himself had discovered it, but no, he learned, two men named "Hale" and "Bopp" had beat him to it. Mastering his disappointment, young Quanzhi Ye resolved to find his own comet one day. And one day, he did. Fast forward to a summer afternoon in July 2007. Ye, now 19 years old and...

2009-02-03 08:00:00

In hospitals around the country, doctors are trying to discover how to fix a dying liver by testing a machine packed with human liver cells. The device would act as an artificial liver, and could take over some of the liver's jobs much like dialysis helps kidneys work and cardiac pumps squeeze a flabby heart. The goal is to help patients stabilize enough for a transplant, or even to avoid one.A damaged liver can regenerate if it has enough recovery time, but if it's too far gone, a transplant...

2009-01-15 17:00:00

Scientists reported on Wednesday that the human eye could help doctors understand how an acute form of malaria attacks the brain, a discovery shedding light on new and better treatments for one of Africa's biggest killers. Tests in patients have shown for the first time that the build-up of infected blood cells in the narrow blood vessels of the brain leads to a potentially lethal lack of oxygen to the brain. Eye exams detected tiny blood vessel blockages in the brains of people with cerebral...

2009-01-13 11:52:00

Stardust-NExT on Its Way to Explore Comet Tempel 1 DENVER, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 14, NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft will fly by Earth during a gravity assist maneuver that will increase its velocity and sling shot the spacecraft into an orbit to meet up with comet Tempel 1 in February 2011. Flight operations for the spacecraft are performed from Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area in Denver, Colo. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. provides the precision...

2009-01-03 16:24:36

Doctors in London say movie actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is in stable condition after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home last month. The 85-year-old Attenborough, who directed Ghandi and acted in Jurassic Park, had fallen into a coma after the Dec. 18 accident but has since regained consciousness. Attenborough remains at St. George's Hospital, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The British newspaper said the Oscar-winner has suffered from an irregular heartbeat that...

2008-10-16 12:08:11

Researchers are reporting the use of an experimental treatment that uses magnets to stimulate brain tissue. The technique, known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), has been tested as a treatment for migraines, strokes, Parkinson's disease and depression. But recently, Theresa Pape of the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Chicago reported that she had successfully used TMS to wake a man who had been in a coma for almost a year. Josh Villa fell into a coma in August 2005 when he...

2008-09-01 00:03:40

By Claire Beale ON ADVERTISING After an August in which almost the entire ad industry turned off the lights and headed for the sun, it's back-to-school time for adland this week. Expensive tans are wearing new season Mad Men suits (now even clients are sporting T-shirts it's time for the creative industries to rediscover style), conversations are "Nudge"d by the latest industry buzz book (the essential beach read and more of which later), BlackBerrys are fired up to take party season...

2008-06-27 09:03:10

By Kathy Marks An American surgeon known as "Doctor Death" to medical staff at the Queensland hospital where he worked for two years is to be extradited on charges relating to the deaths of 17 patients. While at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, Jayant Patel is alleged to have punctured vital organs during surgery, failed to detect obvious breast cancers and hernias, and tampered with patient notes to conceal his incompetence. Nurses were so alarmed by his surgical blunders that they hid...

2007-10-30 21:00:26

A British woman who slipped into a coma six years ago after taking heroin is reportedly regaining consciousness after being given an Ambien-type drug. Amy Pickard of Hastings was given zolpidem, the drug marketed in the United States under the name Ambien, The Daily Mail reported. When she takes the pill, I see her face relax and the old sparkle return to her eyes, her mother, Thelma Pickard said. It's incredible. The young woman's case is described on The Waking Pill, a BBC documentary...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

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