Immunotherapy drug more effective than chemotherapy in most patients with advanced lung cancer, study finds

A new study has found immunotherapy to be more effective than chemotherapy in treating most previously treated patients with advanced lung cancer, and demonstrated effectiveness in a wider population of people than previously known to benefit from the ...

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10,000-year record shows dramatic uplift at Andean volcano

Ongoing studies of a massive volcanic field in the Andes mountains show that the rapid uplift which has raised the surface more than six feet in eight years has occurred many times during the past 10,000 years.

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Compassionate approach leads to more help and less punishment

Compassion -- and intentionally cultivating it through training -- may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer, new research suggests. Understanding what motivates people to be altruistic can not only inform our own behavior...

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HIV identified as leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults

HIV infection is the leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults, a new study has found. The incidence of stroke is on the increase across most of sub-Saharan Africa. In countries like Malawi, a substantial proportion of stroke patients are ...

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2015 will almost certainly end as warmest year on record — and 2016 is now forecast to be at least as warm

During 2015, one global warming record after another has fallen.  And if you're looking for relief in the new year, you can probably forget about it. More about the forecast for 2016 in a minute. But first, let's wrap up 2015: The latest global warming record to fall for the year now ending was the one for the month of November: According to data released this past week, the combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces last month was an astonishing 1.75 degrees Fahr

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Citizen Scientists Help Unravel the Genetics of Taste

Citizen scientists help make discoveries about how genetics may shape the way we taste food.  by Kristin Butler Turkey or ham? Stuffing or mashed potatoes? Pumpkin or apple pie? As I prepared for Thanksgiving this year, I reflected on all the culinary choices this feasting day offers and wondered why people who share a culture, a community, or a family have such diverse preferences when it comes to their favorite holiday foods. Maybe it’s genetics? Researchers at the Denv

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More patients with lung cancer could benefit from immunotherapy, study shows

More patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could benefit from pembrolizumab, says Professor Roy Herbst, Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, presenting promising results from th...

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There’s no place like the home planet

After a bit of a blogging hiatus, I'm back — and I thought I'd lead off with the image above. I find it singularly striking. Make sure to click on the image to fully take in the beauty of the home planet. It consists of a composite of photographs acquired on Oct. 12, 2015 by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. At the time, LRO was above the Compton crater on the Moon's far side. It looks like LRO captured a picture of Earthrise on the Moon — and that's how NASA has headlined it. Bu

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Elephant Social Bonds Withstand the Ravages of Poaching

A young female elephant spends almost every minute of every day by her mother’s side. The deep mother-daughter bond is a reflection of the important role older matriarchs serve in elephants' complex social networks. Elder females are the glue that keeps groups together. But the passage of time yields longer tusks, which puts matriarchs square in poachers' crosshairs, and the resurgent ivory trade has claimed the lives of countless elephant family leaders. But in the face of dramatic famil

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Overdose deaths in US hit record high

More people died of drug overdoses last year in the United States than ever before, largely due to disturbing increases in prescription painkillers and heroin use, health authorities said Friday.

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