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Should we fear all of these ‘toxins’ alternative medicine warns us about?

“Detox diets” and “detox kits” are dietary interventions that are claimed to support or promote the elimination of toxins. They ...
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Biodiversity is more than just beauty: ‘It is the very apparatus that holds us steady’

Biodiversity is integral to life, but is more than just a huge number of species: It also represents the variations ...
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Seeking a connection between autism and the brain’s memory center

The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes, a new study ...
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Do antidepressants really work? This study says they do

Scientists say they have settled one of medicine's biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, ...
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Controversial natural supplement kratom draws FDA’s ire after Salmonella outbreak

It’s no secret that the Food Drug Administration isn’t a fan of kratom, a popular herb purported to help people with digestive ...
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How the vampire bat came to feed on blood, and what we can learn from its droppings

Why do the three species of vampire bats eat only blood, compared to the 1,240 other species that are perfectly ...
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‘Quantum leap’ in autism research could lead to better diagnosis, treatments

A new computational method has connected several target genes to autism, according to new research. The findings, along with other ...
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Rapid blood test for traumatic brain injury approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a blood test that may revolutionize the diagnosis of [traumatic brain injury] ...
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Promiscuous bacterial ‘sex’ plays role in antibiotic resistance

Bacteria and fungi created natural antibiotics eons before drug companies turned them into medicines. To counter these natural microbe killers, ...
Do vaccines contain glyphosate? Examining the anti-GMO claim

Do vaccines contain glyphosate? Examining the anti-GMO claim

Many GMO critics believe that vaccines are contaminated with glyphosate. A look at how vaccines are made and how glyphosate ...
2-20-2018 worried-your-child-might-have-autism

Blood test predicts autism with 90% accuracy

New research, published Sunday [Feb. 18] in the journal Molecular Autism, might provide one of the first steps needed toward developing an accurate ...
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Growing human organs in sheep could help solve transplant shortage

Growing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep ...
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Keep hitting the gym: Exercise can help stave off brain deterioration

In recent years, there has been a groundswell of science-based evidence linking the triad of (1) brain health, (2) cognitive function, and (3) ...
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Why biodiversity might not always be such a good thing for our health

While some think of the "dilution effect" as settled science, some ecologists argue that claiming conservation will broadly reduce disease ...
2-17-2018 education-in-STEM

Why don’t more women pursue STEM fields? There’s no easy answer

Many academics in the modern world seem obsessed with the sex difference in engagement with science, technology, mathematics, and engineering ...
2-17-2018 transgender-woman-first-breastfeed

Breastfeeding breakthrough: Transgender woman is first to feed her baby

A 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. An experimental three-and-a-half-month treatment regimen, which included hormones, a ...
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With imaging advances, brain researchers no longer rely on cadavers and freak accidents

The increased use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a research tool could lead to better understanding of a wide ...
Melanoma mystery: Obese men undergoing immune-therapy survive longer than those with normal weight

Melanoma mystery: Obese men undergoing immune-therapy survive longer than those with normal weight

Obese men with metastatic melanoma who are treated using targeted or immuno-therapies survive for more than twice as long as ...
Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

4-year-old Benjamin is repeatedly smashing his head against the wall. He spins wildly in circles, screeching at full volume. … ...
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Viewpoint: From coffee to BPA to glyphosate, California activists misrepresent cancer risks

Coffee is only the latest example of a trend that has become all too common. Activists who profess concern for ...
2-15-2018 brain-machine-3

Brain-machine interfaces: Biology and body upgrades on the way. How will we handle them?

Upgrading our biology may sound like science fiction, but attempts to improve humanity actually date back thousands of years. Every ...
End ‘yo-yo dieting': Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

End ‘yo-yo dieting’: Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

Australian scientists have discovered a new molecular switch in our brains that controls fat burning – and by flicking it ...
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Cancer quest: Moonshot initiative melds genetic data with supercomputers, but keep expectations in check

It’s been two years since the Cancer Moonshot Initiative was unveiled during President Obama’s final State of the Union speech ...
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Stop flu symptoms in one day? Experimental pill could be available in the US by 2019

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will ...
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Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for ...
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Piecing together the complex puzzle of the brain’s decision-making functions

A group of 21 neuroscientists are joining forces in an effort to better understand how different parts of the brain ...
California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

In what's got to be the dumbest idea yet from the nanny state of California (sorry, guys, but it's true), coffee sold ...
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Is there a link between autism spike and ultrasound tests?

[A]s ultrasound use has sharply increased, so too have diagnoses of autism—prompting questions about a potential relationship. A rigorous new ...