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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Health Research: Sixth sense: How do we sense electric fields? ♦ Breast cancer drug beats super bug ♦ Extra brain cells make males remember sex

Sixth sense: How do we sense electric fields? A variety of animals are able to sense and react to electric fields, and living human cells will move along an electric field, for example in wound healing. Now researchers have found the first actual 'sensor mechanism' that allows a living cell detect an electric field.
Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone recurrence Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone recurrence, according to a new study.
No proof that 85 percent of depression treatment apps accredited by NHS actually work There is no proof that 85 percent of the depression apps currently recommended by the NHS for patients to manage their condition actually work, say experts
Breast cancer drug beats super bug Researchers have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiments. Tamoxifen treatment in mice also enhances clearance of the antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogen MRSA and reduces mortality.
Extra brain cells make males remember sex A pair of neurons have been found in the brain of male nematode worms that allow them to remember and seek sex even at the expense of food. These neurons, which are male-specific, are required for sex-based differences in learning, suggesting that sex differences in cognitive abilities can be genetically hardwired. This is important as very little is known about how brains vary to give the two sexes different preferences, aptitudes and judgments.

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