Top stories Old drugs find new cures and the scientists suing Trump

first_img(Left to right): Nature’s Geometry/Science Source; NASA/Kathryn Hansen/Flickr (CC BY 2.0); Bruno Boissonnet/Science Source Top stories: Old drugs find new cures and the scientists suing Trump Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Gut molecule that blocks ‘hunger hormone’ may spur new treatments for diabetes, anorexiaScientists once had high hopes that inhibiting a hormone named ghrelin would be the key to preventing obesity. Ghrelin didn’t turn out to be a weight loss panacea. But now, the discovery of the first molecule naturally made by the body that blocks ghrelin’s effects, published this week, may open up new avenues for treating other conditions, including diabetes and anorexia.Nations agree to ban fishing in Arctic Ocean for at least 16 years Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country By Roni DenglerDec. 8, 2017 , 1:30 PM Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Email Nine nations and the European Union have reached a deal to place the central Arctic Ocean off-limits to commercial fishers for at least the next 16 years. The pact, announced on 30 November, will give scientists time to understand the region’s marine ecology—and the potential impacts of climate change—before fishing becomes widespread.Is it time to retire cholesterol tests?A standard cholesterol readout is the wrong test to gauge heart disease risk, cardiologists asserted last month at an American Heart Association meeting in Anaheim, California. Instead, a blood protein known as apolipoprotein B (apoB) is a truer indicator of the threat to our arteries, the doctors say. They showed patients with the highest apoB readings will suffer more heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events in the coming years than will those with the lowest levels.Q&A: Why fossil scientists are suing Trump over monuments downsizingPresident Donald Trump earlier this week dramatically downsized two national monuments in Utah. Many conservation biologists, archaeologists, and paleontologists oppose the moves, saying they could open the way to the damage of sensitive sites. Native American tribes, environmentalists, outdoor companies, and one scientific society—the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, based in Bethesda, Maryland—are challenging the decisions in court.An old drug for alcoholism finds new life as cancer treatmentA 1971 case report, along with numerous lab studies, have suggested that disulfiram (commercially known as Antabuse), which makes people feel sick from drinking small amounts of alcohol, might also be a cancer fighter. In a new study, a Danish-Czech-U.S. team found the cancer death rate was 34% lower for patients in a massive cancer registry who stayed on the drug compared with those who started—but stopped—taking it, the researchers reported this week in Nature.last_img

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