Category: Health

Transplanted brain stem cells survive without anti-rejection drugs in mice

In experiments in mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have developed a way to successfully transplant certain protective brain cells without the need for lifelong anti-rejection drugs. A report on the research, published Sept. 16 in the journal Brain, details the new approach, which selectively circumvents the immune response against foreign cells, allowing transplanted cells Read More

Cervical Cancer Outcomes Worse Where Clinics Close

As government funding dried up and many women’s health clinics across America closed, cervical cancer screening rates fell and deaths from the disease rose, a new report shows. Nearly 100 women’s health clinics in the United States closed between 2010 and 2013, researchers said — often due to the passage of more restrictive laws or the loss of Title X government Read More

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Human bodies can move on their own after death, study finds

Researchers studying the process of decomposition in a body after death from natural causes found that, without any external “assistance,” human remains can change their position. This discovery has important implications for forensic science. Even after death, human remains do not stop moving, researchers have found. Often, forensic scientists will assume that the position in Read More

Human hearts evolved for endurance

Major physical changes occurred in the human heart as people shifted from hunting and foraging to farming and modern life. As a result, human hearts are now less “ape-like” and better suited to endurance types of activity. But that also means those who lead sedentary lives are at greater risk for heart disease. Those are Read More