Can a pill be as effective as surgery?

Can a pill be as effective as surgery?

That’s what researchers are asking about the treatment of appendicitis after small studies show that antibiotics hold promise.

Medieval grave offers new archaeological terrain in Paris

May 23
Medieval grave offers new archaeological terrain in Paris
For archaeologists, such a grisly find can be good for expanding knowledge.

Meet the opah, the first warm-blooded fish

May 23
Meet the opah, the first warm-blooded fish
Science
May 23

Turning back clock on dinosaur evolution

By manipulating proteins in embryonic chicken cells, they were able to turn a bird’s beak into something more closely resembling the dinosaur’s snout.
Science
May 23

An icy, safe haven for the world's seeds

It’s the pinnacle of an ancient quest to store seeds so as to preserve agricultural diversity and give a backstop against any crop disaster.
Science
May 23

Harnessing sun to create contaminant-free water

New technology makes brackish liquid usable.
Local
May 23

Health beat: Univ. of Minnesota sex researcher has unique educational mission

The campaign to fund the nation’s second academic chair in sexual health was almost as lively as the woman after whom the chair was named:…
Science
May 23

New colorful crayfish species discovered

New species has striking color combination.
Science
May 23

Science briefs: Early leprosy spread to England from Scandinavia

A 1,500-year-old skeleton suggests that leprosy may have spread to England from Scandinavia. The bones of the male skeleton show changes consistent with the disease,…
Science
May 23

Is stem cell business the 'Wild West'?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif – The liquid is dark red, a mixture of fat and blood, and Dr. Mark Berman pumps it out of the…
Science
May 23

Exoskeleton faces hurdles in Japan

ATSUGI, Japan – Yuichi Imahata’s 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It’s an experience that is new to her.…
Science
May 23

New technology helps ALS patient preserve his voice

  AKRON, Ohio – An incurable, degenerative disease is slowly robbing David Stuczynski of his ability to walk, talk and breathe. But the Akron-area…
Science
May 23

Health briefs: Vitamin helps cut skin cancer risk

An inexpensive vitamin can help reduce the occurrence of common skin cancers in people prone to that disease, researchers reported. In a clinical trial, people…
Health
May 22
FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, Philip Morris' Marlboro ciga...

Court rules cigarette packs must concede addictive intent

Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco makers must say on packages that cigarettes are “intentionally designed” to ensure addiction, a federal appeals court said.…
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May 21
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In Minnesota's pine woods, a coalition tries to restore moose habitat

A coalition is working to restore growth and habitat to reverse decline in moose numbers.
May 19
Renee Jones Schneider works with the bees from a hive in Hamburg MN du...

White House hopes a feeding plan will help save the bees

Obama announces plan to make millions of federal acres more friendly to pollinators.
Science
May 18

Home brewers could soon cook up opiates out of sugar

Researchers warn that genetically engineered yeast could make it possible.
Science
May 17
Vaccine

New vaccine starts shingles debate

Public health experts were pleased last month when a study showed that GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental shingles vaccine is much more effective than the established Merck vaccine.…
Health
May 16

University of Minnesota explores link between antibiotics, adult diseases

Research has offered compelling evidence that taking antibiotics changes the composition of microbes in the guts of humans and animals. Studies have also shown that…
Health
May 16
Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist, at the University of California-Berkele...

Biochemist battles for her discovery

Patent fight is casting pall over genome breakthrough that can alter DNA.
Health
May 16

Some premature babies surviving younger, study says

A new study is raising questions about how aggressively they should be treated and posing implications for the debate about abortion.
Health
May 16

Gold nanoparticles may aid cancer screening

Gold nanoparticle test in early development phase.
Science
May 16

Science briefs: Lessons learned about Mercury before probe crash

Mercury’s magnetic field is nearly 4 billion years old, researchers have found. A planet’s magnetic field is generated by the flow of liquid iron deep…