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Scottish independence referendum
Scottish voters go to the polls on Thursday to choose whether or not to break away from the UK and form an independent state. With the “Yes” and “No” campaigns neck and neck in the polls, these final hours could be crucial in deciding the outcome.

17.09.2014 09:01

Hitchcock suspense prompts brain activity in vegetative patient
A man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years showed neural activity while watching a Hitchcock film. Researchers say that for the first time, they've discovered that “a patient with unknown levels of consciousness can monitor their environment.”

17.09.2014 01:35

Blood test could diagnose depression, predict treatment success
Scientists have discovered blood chemicals, the levels of which are higher in those suffering from depression, paving way for blood tests to diagnose the condition and even to say if one is biologically predisposed to feeling down.

16.09.2014 05:03

Navy nurse faces expulsion after refusing to force feed Gitmo detainees
A Navy nurse who refused to force feed hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees over the summer, once threatened with court-martial, could now lose his career.

15.09.2014 20:16

Superbug time bomb: FDA vets only 10% of antibiotics that farm animals share with humans
The regular administration of antibiotics to US farm animals could have disastrous effects for humans, scientists fear. Many of the drugs are same as those given to humans and there are worries that the bacteria could become resistant due to overuse.

15.09.2014 18:32

Nobel in action: Japanese woman undergoes revolutionary stem cell transplant
A breakthrough stem cell transplant has been carried out in Japan for a woman suffering from an incurable eye illness. Japanese doctors say it’s the first-ever operation when adult cells were used to repair the damaged organ.

14.09.2014 10:21

No-brainer? Chinese doctors discover 24yo woman with part of brain missing
No cerebellum: this is the diagnosis for a Chinese woman who has reached the age of 24 without knowing her dizziness and nausea had really serious roots. This discovery adds her to a club of just nine known survivors who have lived without “little brain.”

13.09.2014 14:06

Second life: Scientists ‘reset’ human stem cells to ‘blank state’
Scientists have learned to “reset” human stem cells to their earliest state. This breakthrough gives hope for millions of people suffering from incurable conditions, like Parkinson’s Disease, as scientists hope their success would lead to cures.

12.09.2014 16:22

Stark warning: WHO says Ebola epidemic out of control, death toll over 2,400
​West Africa’s explosion of Ebola cases is outpacing the ability of healthcare workers to manage the situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, as more countries have stepped up to the plate to lend their assistance.

12.09.2014 15:06

UK experts say Ebola an 'avoidable tragedy'
A UK committee said the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history was an “avoidable tragedy” that has underlined the urgent need for Britain and other states to spend more on improving “weak” healthcare systems in developing countries.

12.09.2014 11:53

New anti-obesity pill to help curb appetite of 78mn Americans
US regulators have approved a weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third type of such prescription medication introduced in over 10 years, despite carrying some possible heavy side-effects of its own.

12.09.2014 08:22

Violinist plays Mozart during brain surgery to conquer 20-year hand tremor (VIDEO)
A violinist played Mozart during her brain surgery in an Israeli clinic to help neurosurgeons correct her hand tremor. For 20 years the tremor halted her career, but after the operation she will be able to play professionally again.

11.09.2014 07:24

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