10 Science News Roundup #1

Here are 10 science news that I find interesting and important to take note.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may fight infectious disease – That statin you’ve been taking to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke may one day pull double duty, providing protection against a whole host of infectious diseases, including typhoid fever, chlamydia, and malaria. Science Daily

A new tool could one day improve Lyme disease diagnosis – A new testing method can distinguish between early Lyme disease and a similar tick-borne illness, researchers report. The approach may one day lead to a reliable diagnostic test for Lyme, an illness that can be challenging to identify. Science News

Scientists might have seen an entirely new form of gravitational wave in huge breakthrough – Scientists might have detected an entirely new kind of gravitational wave. Independent

Vitamin B supplements linked to lung cancer in men, finds new study – Men who took high doses of vitamin B for years had a significantly higher chance of getting lung cancer, according to a new study. Independent

Newly discovered particles, and what’s in them – Last month the LHCb experiment, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), reported the discovery of a new particle. The Guardian

Study: Caterpillars rely less on microbiome than other animals – A new study has shown that caterpillars have significantly less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their gut than other animals. UPI

Yoga and meditation improve mind-body health and stress resilience – Many people report positive health effects from practicing yoga and meditation, and experience both mental and physical benefits from these practices. Science Daily

How an itch hitches a ride to the brain – Scientists have traced the sensation of itch to a place you can’t scratch. Science News

Civilization Is Breaking Down—Here’s What We Need to Do About It – “I think civilization is fundamentally breaking down today.” These were the opening words of Salim Ismail’s talk at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco this week. Singularity Hub

Sickle-Cell Patients See Hope in CRISPR – The disease may be among the first to be treated with the novel gene-editing tool. MIT Technology Review