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Coffee, Herbal Tea Consumption May Protect Against Liver Fibrosis

New research suggests that coffee and herbal tea consumption may protect against liver fibrosis, estimated as the degree of liver stiffness, which is high in extensive scarring of the liver. Alferink et al determined that regular coffee and herbal tea consumption was inversely related with liver stiffness, but not steatosis, …

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Anti-Heroin Vaccine Shown Effective in Rhesus Macaques

An anti-heroin vaccine created by scientists from the Scripps Research Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University to block the ‘high’ of heroin, a highly abused opioid, has proven effective in rhesus macaques. This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing. The anti-heroin vaccine candidate …

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Pioneering Technology Sheds New Light on Megalosaurus, World’s First Scientifically-Described Dinosaur

A state-of-the-art CT scanning technology has shed fresh light on Megalosaurus bucklandii, the first dinosaur ever named and described scientifically — thanks to new research from the Universities of Warwick and Oxford, UK. Artist’s impression of how Victorian paleontologists thought Megalosaurus bucklandii looked (right), compared with how we now understand …

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Battery-Free Pacemaker Is Powered by Microwaves

Millions of people have benefited from pacemakers since the first one was implanted in 1958, but the basics facets of the design have remained unchanged. These devices are still battery-operated, with leads running from the device itself to the heart. Now, researchers from Rice University have developed a battery-free pacemaker …

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Enceladus May Have Tipped Over in Distant Past

While combing through data gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during flybys of Enceladus, the sixth-largest of Saturn’s moons, researchers have found the first evidence that the frozen moon’s axis has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body. This enhanced-color view of Enceladus is largely of the southern …

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