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Expert unlocks mechanics of how snakes move in a straight line

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Snakes

Snakes are known for their iconic S-shaped movements. But they have a less noticeable skill that gives them a unique superpower. Snakes can crawl in a straight line. University of Cincinnati biologist Bruce Jayne studied the mechanics of snake movement to understand exactly how they can propel themselves forward like a train through a tunnel. “It’s a very good way to move in confined...

The inbis channel: The most complete submarine cartography

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inbis channel

A scientific study describes for the first time the submarine cartography of a high-latitude system in the IBIS channel, which covers tens of kilometres in the northern western area of the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. This channel is one of the few submarine valleys in polar latitudes that kept its geological architecture during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), according to the new study...

Historically ‘safer’ tramadol more likely than other opioids to result in prolonged use

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Surgical patients receiving the opioid tramadol have a somewhat higher risk of prolonged use than those receiving other common opioids, new Mayo Clinic research finds. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance, meaning it’s considered to have a lower risk of addiction and abuse than Schedule II opioids, such as oxycodone and...

Street ‘Norco’ looks like the real thing but really, really isn’t

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A paper published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine warns that a new street drug combining fentanyl and a novel synthetic opioid is being marketed illicitly as Norco but is much stronger and much more dangerous. “Street Norco is almost indistinguishable from brand-name Norco in appearance but can be lethal,” said lead study author Patil Armenian, MD, of the...

Alternative to surgery for Graves’ eye disease: Low-carb, gluten-free diet may help

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Don Parker was facing a second surgery to treat the bulging eyes and double vision he was experiencing due to Graves’ eye disease. But then ophthalmologist James McDonnell, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center recommended an alternative therapy that did not involve surgery or medication. McDonnell told Parker to change his diet, lose weight and take a nutraceutical (natural food product)...

Commonly prescribed antibiotic, amoxicillin, ineffective for treating uncomplicated chest infections, study suggests

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PHENTERMINE

The antibiotic amoxicillin, that doctors typically prescribe for common lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) such as bronchitis, is no more effective at relieving symptoms than the use of no medication, even in older patients. The findings are from the largest randomised placebo controlled trial of antibiotics for acute uncomplicated LRTI to date, which was led by the University of...

Scientists produce strongest evidence yet of schizophrenia’s causes

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schizophrenia

An international team of scientists led by Cardiff University researchers has provided the strongest evidence yet of what causes schizophrenia — a condition that affects around 1% of the global population. Published in the journal Neuron, their work presents strong evidence that disruption of a delicate chemical balance in the brain is heavily implicated in the disorder. In the largest...

Scientists unlock potential of frog skin to treat cancer

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frog

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered proteins in frog skins which could be used to treat cancer, diabetes, stroke and transplant patients by regulating the growth of blood vessels. The award-winning research, led by Professor Chris Shaw at Queen’s School of Pharmacy, has identified two proteins, or ‘peptides’, which can be used in a controlled and...

Bad reputation of crows demystified

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In literature, crows and ravens are a bad omen and are associated with witches. Most people believe they steal, eat other birds’ eggs and reduce the populations of other birds. But a new study, which has brought together over 326 interactions between corvids and their prey, demonstrates that their notoriety is not entirely merited. Corvids — the bird group that includes crows, ravens...

Non magnetic elements form unique magnet

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Scientists combine titanium and gold to make itinerant antiferromagnet Titanium and gold are usually not magnetic and cannot be magnets — unless you combine them just so. Scientists at Rice University did so and discovered what is a first of its kind: an itinerant antiferromagnetic metal — TiAu — made from nonmagnetic constituent elements. The research by the lab of Rice...

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