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Does harder living translate to shorter lifespans?

A common belief among human life history researchers is that "harsher" environments - i.e., those with higher mortality rates and ...

What’s lurking in New York City’s subway?

The Wall Street Journal released an interactive map of the bacteria in New York’s subway system. And as expected, it's ...

More potential health benefits found from drinking red wine

Researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine report that a compound found in common foods such as ...

In retrospect, Obama’s personalized medicine initiative is nothing new

In the State of the Union speech delivered on January 20, President Obama made the first announcement of what seems ...

Genome tracking tech could make improve food safety and reduce food fraud

Each year foodborne illnesses caused by these microorganisms sicken 48 million Americans, hospitalize 128,000 and kill 3,000.... Food fraud is ...

Woman’s rapid weight gain raises questions over fecal transplant

The case of a normal-weight woman who rapidly became obese after receiving a fecal transplant from an overweight relative has ...

Obesity becoming less severe in young children

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in ...

Gut microbes may be engineered to fight vitamin deficiency

It's easy to forget how horrifying the effects of a vitamin deficiency can be. Each year, up to 500,000 children ...

Neurological impact of premature birth starting to become known

Thanks to medical advances since the 1970s, premature infants — those born before 37 weeks of gestation — are increasingly ...
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Toxic warning alert: Food Babe’s new book full of chemicals

Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe Babe, is launching her new book The Food Babe Way, in just a few short ...

Motion sickness? Genes might be to blame

Breathe deep and look at the horizon. It’s the sagely advice many of us have heard who experience motion sickness, ...
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Circadian desynchrony: Can obesity be treated with electricity?

Could a key factor in the obesity epidemic be attributed to the disruption of our metabolic functions (which are intended ...

Growing privacy concerns over California DNA collection

Privacy advocates are calling for more safeguards related to a state collection of DNA samples from 16 million Californians in ...
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Anti-Vaxx? Anti-GMO? Or just simply Anti-science?

While having been one of the visible opponents for vaccinations, the View's  host Jenny McCarthy made a bit of a startling ...

Breakthrough in breast cancer research reveals epigenetic link

Decoding the letters of the human genome revolutionised scientists' understanding of the role of genetic mutations in many diseases, including ...

Sometimes, evolution comes with negative side effects

From rashes to irritable bowels, people today face certain health challenges because our ancestors evolved the genetic variations associated with ...
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That ‘Precision Medicine’ initiative? A Reality Check

What, precisely, is Precision Medicine? It's pretty much everything. The ambition of the plan is admirable, but the hurdles in ...
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How activists, sloppy reporters turned genetic firewall story into hysteria-gram on GMO dangers

In the hands of activists and sloppy reporters, breakthrough research on setting genetic 'kill switches' to prevent synthetic genes from ...

Epigenetic markers predict mortality better than biological age

Chemical changes to DNA that accumulate over a lifetime amount to a kind of biological clock. By analyzing these changes, ...

Paralysis-causing virus proving difficult to identify

Since August 2014, more than 100 children and young adults in the United States have developed a mysterious paralysis. Many ...

With House of Commons decision looming, what are researchers’ opinions on mitochondrial replacement?

On February 3, 2015, the House of Commons will be given the opportunity to approve a remarkable scientific technique: mitochondrial ...
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What does Obama’s precision medicine initiative mean for future medical research?

The precision medicine initiative proposed by President Barack Obama last week would center on a huge new biobank containing medical ...

For hypersomniacs, no amount of sleep is enough

For most teenagers, getting out of bed in the morning is a drag. But when Lloyd Johnson was 13 years ...

Why ‘precision medicine” initiative will fall short of hype

President Obama's new budget is expected to include hundreds of millions of dollars for so-called precision medicine. The initiative, which ...

Longevity and Alzheimer’s risk both linked to one gene

People who carry a mutated gene linked to longer lifespan have extra tissue in part of the brain that seems ...

Sights set on CRISPR as potential tool in treating genetic diseases

Astra Zeneca has announced a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many ...
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Political views dictate what science issues receive the most attention

In American scientization of politics culture, evolution acceptance is a big deal, as is climate change. Yet other science acceptance ...
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Neuroscience needs to globalize focus on mental health

Neuroscience holds the key to understanding the brain – and to developing more effective treatments for people with mental health ...