Preoperative immunotherapy for mesothelioma shows favorable outcomes

In a study published recently in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that treating patients who have resectable malignant pleural mesothelioma, meaning that their tumor can be removed with surgery, with immunotherapy ahead...

Olfactory viral inflammation associated with accelerated onset of Alzheimer’s disease:

Viruses can inflame and disrupt connections between the olfactory system, which governs the sense of smell, and the part of the brain associated with memory and learning, possibly accelerating the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study...

Why is Hanukkah 8 days?

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah — also spelled Chanukah — is a celebration that happens around the middle of winter each year. But why is it eight days long?The most commonly heard explanation is that the eight days commemorate...

Using machine learning to improve the toxicity assessment of chemicals

Researchers of the University of Amsterdam, together with colleagues at the University of Queensland and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, have developed a strategy for assessing the toxicity of chemicals using machine learning. They present their approach in...

What is Occam’s razor?

If you're contemplating a complex problem, think of Occam's razor, as simplicity is often best. (Image credit: Laurence Dutton via Getty Images)Occam's razor (also spelled Ockham's razor) cuts through complexity with a no-nonsense approach. The philosophical maxim "Numquam ponenda...

The Leap Second’s Time Is Up: World Votes to Stop

The practice of adding ‘leap seconds’ to official clocks to keep them in sync with Earth’s rotation will be put on hold from 2035, the world’s foremost metrology body has decided. The decision was made by...

Climate Models Could Help Predict Future Disease Outbreaks

Numerous studies over more than two decades have demonstrated a robust relationship between climate and the dynamics of human diseases, such as cholera, malaria and dengue. Changes in climate, including both long-term warming trends and short-term climate variability, might...

Doctors film microscopic worms dancing inside man’s scrotum

A man suffering from pain and inflammation in his genitals had parasitic worms dancing inside his scrotum, and doctors caught them on video.The man, a 26-year-old living in New Delhi sought medical attention after experiencing pain and swelling in...

Why 2 Is the Best Number and Other Secrets from

“Many people don’t realize that there are math questions that we don’t know how to answer,” says mathematician Melanie Matchett Wood of Harvard University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She recently won a MacArthur Fellowship...

Antibiotics encoded in Neanderthal DNA could help us fight infections

A search of the ancient DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans has revealed coding for extinct bacteria-killing proteins that we could revive to fight infections ...

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