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Evolution, the human diet and the meat vs. plant conundrum

Evidence suggests our hominin ancestors turned to meat when climate change reduced resource-rich vegetation. The signatures of these changes may ...
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Evolutionary quirk: Humans are defined by ‘singular vulnerability’ to heart attacks

There are many things that set us humans apart from other species: large brains, bipedalism, a predilection for puns. But ...
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GMO mosquitoes produced hybrid offspring in the wild? New study says yes—but under fire from critics

A field experiment in Brazil that deployed genetically modified mosquitoes to control wild populations of the pest may be having ...
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Biomedicine, vaccines and antibiotics dramatically better human lives, but critics raise specter of ‘dangerous viruses’ and bioterrorism

Although continued innovation will further improve people’s lives, it will also give rise to new threats. … True, better diagnostics, ...
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Curing the common cold? Testing on genetically modified mice is first step towards ‘complete protection’

Scientists think they have found a way to stop the common cold and closely related viruses which can cause paralysis. Instead ...
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Harmless mutations may cause serious illnesses when combined together, case study shows

In 2008, pediatric cardiologist Deepak Srivastava treated a newborn baby who suffered from acute heart failure and had to be put on ...
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‘Especially deadly’ mosquito-spread virus kills 3 Americans so far this year

Rhode Island health officials reported that a resident had died after contracting the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. The death marks the ...
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Overreaction? Newly proposed definition of pain could withhold opioids from those who need them most

A new definition of pain is out for comment from the International Association for the Study of Pain, an influential ...
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Anti-aging pill ‘5 to 12 years away’

[I]magine if, instead of a pill you could take to live for ever, there was a pill that could push ...
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Viewpoint: GMO, CRISPR-edited crops can cut pesticide use—if environmental activists do not block them

Anti-GMO activists should take a step back and look closely at some of the benefits that new genetically modified crops ...
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Artificial intelligence could revolutionize health care, but there’s no guarantee that will be a good thing

AI-driven medical tools could democratize health care, but some worry they could also worsen inequalities ...
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On verge of extinction, polio sweeps through Pakistan thanks to anti-vax movement

Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it is being driven by some of the same forces spreading measles ...
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Processed foods key factor in uptick in colorectal cancer among young adults?

Although still rare, affecting roughly 4 percent of adults over their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is becoming ...
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Podcast: GMO rice could yield affordable treatment to stem HIV in developing world

A research team developed an ingenious solution to a logistical public health problem—adding anti-HIV proteins to rice ...
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Obesity and diabetes cure? CRISPR might be used to ‘silence’ key gene found in unhealthy fat

The gene FABP4 is highly active in adipose tissue and known to be a major contributor to obesity and related ...
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New weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance: Tricking bacteria ‘into killing themselves’

Sneaky molecular biology tricks bacteria into killing themselves, in place of antibiotics ...
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Viewpoint: Animal rights activists ‘reckless’ and ‘inhumane’ for pushing back against animal testing to find an AIDS vaccine

In July, researchers eliminated HIV from the genome of a mouse using antiviral therapy and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. It was the first ...
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Hormone therapy to treat menopause results in increased breast cancer risk

Certain hormone replacement therapies have long been tied to an increased risk of breast cancer. Now, new research suggests that in ...
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This ‘simple blood test’ could catch concussions missed by CT scans

Many patients with concussion have normal CT scans and are discharged from the hospital without follow-up. But a blood test ...
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Behavior goes ‘haywire’: How strep throat may trigger OCD, anxiety in children

[Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections, or PANDAS] is as puzzling for researchers as it is for the ...
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Using young blood to battle Alzheimer’s could be ‘an exciting new start in a frustrating field’

The idea of therapeutic benefits from 'young blood' has been around a long time ...
First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

A small clinical study in California has suggested for the first time that it might be possible to reverse the ...
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Gates Foundation awards $12 million to teams hunting for universal flu vaccine

Scientific teams from inside and outside the world of influenza research have been awarded funding to try to unlock mysteries ...
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Transplant shortage? Don’t generate human organs in animals, use stem cell technology to develop organoids

Xenotransplantation experiments, generating human organs in animals for transplantation, are being conducted in sheep, pigs, and, recently, in nonhuman primates ...
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Regenerative Japanese stem cell treatment raises hopes for spinal cord injuries—but sparks ethical debate

The country fast-tracked the controversial therapy, opening an international rift over who should make health care decisions ...
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Long-term antidepressant use linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death

More Americans are taking antidepressant medications like Prozac and Zoloft for extended periods of time: One-quarter of people on the ...
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Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

'This world is not built for sensitive people. In fact, our world is designed perfectly for those who are detached.' ...
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Menopausal hormone therapy linked to breast cancer risk—even after patients stop taking drugs

A sweeping new analysis adds to the evidence that many women who take hormone therapy during menopause are more likely ...