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Anti-vaccine movement, spurred by internet-based rumors and misinformation

As millions of families face back-to-school medical requirements and forms this month, the contentiousness surrounding vaccines is heating up again, ...
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Forget fecal transplants—vaginal fluid swaps could ‘revolutionize’ women’s health

In the afterglow of successful fecal transplants, researchers are now sniffing around vaginal fluids for the next possible bodily product ...
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California man invites scientists to experiment with CRISPR on his rare disorder

On one level, Malakkar Vohryzek always knew what was wrong with him. For as long as he can remember — ...
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Infographic: Our skulls have been shrinking for 250 years—’our faces have begun to deform’

Science suggests that crooked teeth, overbites, narrow jaws, and crimped nasal airways are a modern phenomenon. Skeletal remains show that just 300 years ago, humans ...
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Exploring origins of the female orgasm. Is it an ‘evolutionary throwback’?

The female orgasm might have evolved as part of a biological mechanism to induce ovulation, according to findings published [September ...
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‘It’s not impossible’: Study claims yoga breathing techniques could ‘cleanse the brain’

Our brains are washed by a constant flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which plays the important role of carrying away waste ...
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‘Mandela Effect’: What does mass misremembering tell us about human nature?

If you follow unusual theories online, you’ve probably heard of the Mandela Effect. It’s a phenomenon in which a large ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t ready for biomarkers that could predict how long we’ll live

Over the past several years, scientists have identified four genetic and molecular biomarkers that potentially predict human and animal longevity ...
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This winter’s flu vaccine may not be ‘optimally protective’. We could be in for a rough season.

Twice a year influenza experts meet at the World Health Organization to pore over surveillance data provided by countries around ...
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60% of children with autism missed by this widely used screening tool

The most widely used screening tool for autism misses a large proportion of toddlers who are later diagnosed with the ...
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Trump administration wants to collect DNA from detained immigrants

The Trump administration plans to vastly expand a program to collect DNA information from migrants in detention and enter it ...
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From hominids to animals: Who lived in Siberia’s famous Denisova Cave?

For thousands of years, Siberia’s Denisova Cave was home to various bands of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans. But as ...
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Robots gain ‘sense of tactile touch’ through light-based nervous system

This month, a team led by Dr. Rob Shepard at Cornell University [gave robots an artificial nervous system], with a seriously ...
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Viewpoint: The key to ethical human germline editing is ‘slow science’

The hubris of some scientists knows no bounds. Less than a year after He Jiankui, a Chinese biophysicist, drew scorn ...
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‘It’s unsettling’: Cancer cells use the body’s nerves to attack the brain, studies suggest

Tumour cells can plug into—and feed off—the brain’s complex network of neurons, according to a trio of studies. This nefarious ...
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‘Turning electrons into chemicals’: Scientists seek alternatives to oil-based manufacturing processes

Black, gooey, greasy oil is the starting material for more than just transportation fuel. It's also the source of dozens ...
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Will the future of CRISPR babies be decided by Russian president Vladimir Putin?

The future of genetically modified babies may lie in the hands of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg reported over the weekend ...
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‘Live life to the fullest’: Should autism research shift away from the search for a cure and focus on wellness?

“There’s no cure for autism and anybody who tries to sell you a cure is lying,” [Lizzie] Acevedo, a single ...
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Switching to a new polio vaccine was supposed to be a step forward. Now some experts suggest going back

Three years ago, the leaders of the international campaign to eradicate polio pulled off a landmark feat, phasing out a problematic ...
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What’s behind human brain disorders? Mouse Genetics Project expects to yield many answers

The Sanger Institute Mouse Genetics Project is part of the international effort to discover the function of every gene in ...
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Japan’s quest to be world leader in regenerative medicine sparks surge in questionable stem cell treatments

In the United States, authorities have grappled with a surge of clinics selling therapies that are unsupported by evidence and, ...
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‘Fight or flight’: How your bones may help you make that decision

In the face of fear, whether it be caused by a grizzly bear or an audience waiting to hear you ...
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Hypersexuality a medical condition? Scientists find genetic links to compulsive sexual behavior

Although it can have a significantly negative impact on a person's quality of life, whether compulsive sexual behavior qualifies as a ...
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Brain implants may one day boost our abilities to text, drive, communicate and think

An injection of Silicon Valley chutzpah has energised the field of brain-computer or brain-machine interfaces in recent years. Buoyed by ...
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Ticking time bomb: Being obese ‘more than doubles’ risk of common forms of cancer

Being overweight or obese has been linked to at least 13 types of cancer. Obesity more than doubles the risk ...
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Did whales gain the ability to live in the water by shedding genes?

Like stripping down to swim, the ancestors of whales and dolphins may have shed some genes during their transition from ...
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Examining toddlers’ brain waves may offer early diagnosis of autism

Certain patterns of electrical activity in the brain may signal autism in children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a related genetic condition ...
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AI and digital health devices: FDA’s new guidelines seek to ‘strike a delicate balance’ between safety and innovation

The Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidelines on how it will regulate mobile health software and products that ...