Using mango seeds to kill bacteria

By processing mango pits instead of throwing them away, one University of Alberta researcher discovered a novel way to preserve food—and potentially combat dangerous bacterial infections such as Listeriosis. An outbreak of the illness last year in Canada left at least 21 people dead, making the findings published recently in the

New drugs could target cancer stem cells

Boston-area researchers have developed a new technique to identify chemicals that kill cancer stem cells — the part of a cancer that drives tumor growth. A common problem with current chemotherapy treatments is that they knock back a cancer successfully, only for the tumor to re-grow later because, it seems, the all-important stem …

The “language barriers” of facial expressions

Trying to communicate without a common language can be an exercise in bizarre and energetic gesturing, combined with exaggerated facial expressions. Yet, according to research published online in Current Biology, it’s not just our words, but even our smiles and frowns that can get lost in translation. A team of researchers led by Rachael

U.S. cancer death rates on the decline

Cancer death rates have fallen steadily in the U.S. since the 1950s, a new paper in Cancer Research reveals. Kids and young adults were the first to see a big drop, but now the gains are felt by adults of all ages, the study reports.

If this sounds like a typical news flash that contradicts what you just read yesterday, it’s only …

A case for using drug labels to curb health care costs

In an essay published in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a trio of medical researchers team up to propose a novel way to trim some of the nation’s ballooning health care costs: require FDA labeling to include information on how new drugs compare to existing remedies. Not exactly clear how that will save money?

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