The practice of giving birth at home is very common in poor countries, but the new study of Oregon births state that the practice comes with a slight increased risk of death to the baby in the United States but a lower likelihood of a C-section. Though, the rate is very low in the United States with less than 1% of women gave birth at home in 2012, the rate of home births have been on rise with hard to assess the safety of the practice.
Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a new gene technology that has stopped the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in young mice. If the technique is advanced then the technique could lead to one of the successful genome-editing based treatments for the disease.
Winter vomiting is common in California these days, and now, the state Department of Public Health has announced that it has noticed a dramatic increase in norovirus cases, known as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease, in the state.
The increase in norovirus cases is surprising, said Dr. Karen Smith, the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Public Health Officer. The department has already reported about 32 norovirus outbreaks in the western US state since October 2015. The new figure of outbreaks far exceeded the outbreaks in 2014.
Researchers have come up with a latest 3D printing technique for creating strong flexible ceramic structures with low porosity and cracking. Researchers said that the technique is likely to find usage in high-temperature settings at scales from microelectromechanical devices to jet engines.
The technique has leveraged polymer chemistry and UV light in some novel ways. 3D printing of ceramics has a lot of potential advantages, as it has ability of creating complex shapes that are hard to create with the help conventional methods.
A mosquitoes-causing little-known virus is going to cause one of the most alarming health crises in Brazil in coming years. Officials have reported thousands of brain damage cases, wherein babies are born with strangely tiny heads.
The news has made all Brazil women panic. The government has been facing withering criticism for not taking timely action. It has urged women to take every precaution to avoid mosquito bites. In fact, an official has suggested that women living in regions where mosquitoes are mainly prevalent should delay their child planning.
Researchers recently suggested that the world‘s most difficult issues i.e. climate change and global conflicts can be solved by jointly using human and computer intelligence.
Researchers suggested that tasks like recognizing images and thinking creatively can be efficiently done by humans. So, using computers, people could collaborate in networks to achieve something which neither computer nor humans can do alone. Researchers call this growing field as human computation.
Scientists have come up with a new method to record 3D video of neural activity in approximately the entire brain of a free-moving animal. It is an advance that may help scientists better understand how neurons organize action and perception in animals.
The US’s Princeton University researchers used the technique to record the first 3D recordings of neural activity in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a 1 millimetre long worm species with a nervous system that has just 302 neurons.
One of the things that has happened special in 2015 is the arrival of reusable rockets. Space X’s Elon Musk predicts that the reusable rocket will reduce the cost of accessing space by at least hundredfold. SpaceX and Blue Origin, both have succeeded in landing rocket back on earth, but in different zones.
On December 21, SpaceX has returned its 15-storey booster rocket upright and in intact form to a landing pad at a Cape Canaveral. It was big feat and one of the factors was a $60 million worth machinery was recovered.
A new type of transmissible cancer has been detected in eight Tasmanian devils. Already, earlier transmissible cancer has decimated the population of Tasmanian devils since 1996. Discovery of second transmissible cancer started in 2014.
At that time, a Tasmanian devil with facial tumors was found in south-east Tasmania. Though the outward appearance of the tumor was akin to those caused by the first type of Tasmanian devil transmissible cancer, upon assessment cancer was found to be having different chromosomal rearrangements and was genetically different.