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"Sweet nectar for me", says the sick bumblebee

Several animals reach inside Mother Nature's medicine cabinet when they get sick.

Chimps with parasitic worms have been observed swallowing whole leaves from certain trees.

Research suggests sick bumblebees self-medicate, too.

"Self-medication is a well-known phenomenon in vertebrate, and the fact that even insects can self-medicate really has attracted my curiosity," says David Baracchi, first author of a recent F1000Research study about bumblebees' interactions with nicotine-rich nectar.

In nature, bumblebees visit several different species of flowers, many of which have nectar containing antimicrobial molecules, like nicotine.

Baracchi spent nearly two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Professor Lars...

Brain Map for Language

A multi-site research project has given a new perspective on diagnosing different forms of aphasia, a condition that often occurs after stroke or...

Worms, Neurons, and What Scientists are Learning about Behavior Variability

Red light stimulates the worm neurons, giving scientists an idea of how they respond to environment
The human body has a mind-boggling amount of neurons. Nearly 100 billion neurons fire messages across almost 100 trillion synapses. It's an enormous...

Active body = Active mind

Physical activity helps motor function in elderly
A recent study has revealed that physical activity in healthy older adults may act as a protection from brain damage and aid in preserving motor...

From Scorpion Toxins to Drug Discovery

Scorpion toxins provide interesting insights in the lab
When a scorpion stings someone, its toxins attack specific regions in the human body, interrupting electric signals to the brain. Depending on the...

Want to quit smoking, ladies? Sync it with your period!

A new study reveals gender specific regimen to quit smoking
Female smokers crave cigarettes with greater intensity than men do. They are quicker to become dependent smokers, have shorter periods of abstinence...

Don´t let me forget you, cocoa!

Flavanols present in natural cocoa helps memory on aged adults
It is probably a safe assumption to make that most of us are not immune to the temptations of cocoa. New study published by researchers in New York...

A Sweet Deal for Antibiotics

Scientists have shown that a concentrated extract of maple syrup has the capacity to make disease-causing bacteria more vulnerable to antibiotics.

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The Benefits of Music Therapy

Exposure to music influences how genes are read and processed in the brain.
Being a parent you must have heard about the good impact of classical music on child development. You have read that music helps the young ones...

The Hunt is On: Scientists Track Parasitic Diseases with Satellite Data

Mapping Parasites: Scientists -Gerard Kelly and Willie Batarii Embark on Hunt to Eradicate Diseases like Malaria, Using Satellite Data
Mosquitos droning lazily in the Solomon Islands spell danger for households without mosquito netting or insecticides to protect them from malaria.

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Cancer: A game of clones

A game theory model explains social interactions between cancer cells.
What comes to mind first when you think of game theory? Probably political science, economics, computer science, logic etc. but certainly not biology...

Why does smoking make you slim?

Study shows link between Body Mass Index and heavy smoking
In developed countries, public health is threatened by unhealthy lifestyles: stress, little physical activity, smoking and binge drinking. As a result...

New Disease Points to Arab Bats

Egyptian tomb bat (Taphozous perforatus)
A new mysterious disease made its first appearance last summer in the Arabian Peninsula and has been baffling health experts since. Until now, there...

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