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Ultimate hangover cure? Could the solution be found in a pill?

Nanocapsules containing a substance that can efficiently break down alcohol quickly could prevent alcohol poisoning, and could work as a ...
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When antidepressants fail: Are we looking at a new kind of depression?

Depression is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental illnesses, with an estimated 15 percent of the global adult population ...
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Here’s what happened when a promising clinical trial for depression was halted

Many clinical trials never actually go to completion, however the preliminary results may be promising. What can we get out ...
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Why daycare really might not be dangerous to your child’s health

Being around the large number of germs in daycare may actually improve your child's immune system. And we are now ...
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How to ruin cancer’s day

This article originally appeared at Knowable Magazine and has been republished here with permission. Chi Van Dang generally declines to ...
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Using evolution to break barriers in an ‘increasingly polarized, politicized world’

Rick Potts is no atheist-evolutionist-Darwinist. That often comes as a surprise to the faith communities he works with as head ...
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Battling constipation with synthetic biology and DNA manipulation

Ateam of researchers has cleverly combined synthetic biology, recombinant DNA technology and microbiome manipulation to fashion a novel targeted treatment ...
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Chasing the genetic origins of ‘burning man syndrome’

Imagine a scorching pain in your hand or foot, as if from a hot coal. Imagine just a light touch ...
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Helpless at birth: Why human babies are different than other animals

Big brains and narrow hips were long blamed for the relative helplessness of human babies at birth. But the energy ...
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If DNA can predict facial construction, how can we ever have genetic privacy?

DNA can now predict your facial structure. What does that mean for personal privacy? ...
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Using CRISPR to block production of HIV in infected cells

Contracting HIV is no longer the death sentence that it was in the 1980s and early 90s. The first cases ...
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Viewpoint: Why we aren’t yet on the verge of a preemie prediction test

Earlier this month, I saw an interesting juxtaposition of newly-published papers making headlines. One was about predicting breast cancer recurrence ...
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Can we eat our way to better sleep? Why probiotics might help

Our gut microbiome controls much more than we know - it even helps regulate the sleep cycle. Stressed medical students ...
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Viewpoint: Expansion of BRCA screening creates need to know more about breast cancer, treatments

Consumer DNA tests can now check for breast-cancer-causing BRCA mutations, however, cancer risk is highly misunderstood ...
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We need transplantable organs. How far should we go to get them?

Human organs are vital to saving human lives, but how far should we go to create them? ...
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How dreams may help us declutter our brains and solve problems

Do you remember your dreams from last night? In how much detail? Were they related to anything you experienced during ...
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How do you know ‘pseudoscience’ when you see it?

Ontario Correactology Health Care Centres offer 'natural' ways to manage pain, but they're not scientifically proven ...
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Looking for a memory boost? Forget crossword puzzles and get more sleep

People try numerous methods to stave off the memory decline associated with old age, but how many of them actually ...
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Who should pay for million-dollar life-saving gene therapies?

While life-changing and life-saving gene therapies are going on the market, they have price tags that many cannot pay for ...
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Does language change the way our brains see the world?

Picture a sunlit Grecian sea or the deep hues of Santorini’s rooftops. They’re both called “blue” in English. But to ...
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Can the Egyptian fruit bat’s unusual genome show us how to fight deadly Marburg virus?

The Egyptian fruit bat's immune system enables it to peacefully co-exist with Marburg virus, which can cause a swiftly deadly ...
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Genetics of socialization revealed through study of rare Williams Syndrome

One of the things that makes us human is how we socialize with one another. What drives our social behavior ...
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Diagnosing infectious diseases like Zika or Dengue at home with a CRISPR kit

CRISPR-based home test can immediately detect disease DNA through blood or saliva ...
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Developing vaccines that train our innate immune system to be stronger

It's possible to train our immune system to more accurately attack antigens ...
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Boosting memory by combining electrical brain stimulation and learning

Low dose transcranial direct current stimulation have been the subject of much debate. Now, the technology is combined with cognitive ...
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‘Algorithmic death spiral’: The failing mental health of our machines

Is my car hallucinating? Is the algorithm that runs the police surveillance system in my city paranoid? Marvin the android ...
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Antibiotic resistance may be dangerous—but it’s hardly new

Despite media reports, antibiotics always faced microbe resistance. Can studying their genetics show us a path to new drugs ...
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Who owns the DNA of ancient humans—and do they have rights?

The remains of a 6-inch long mummy from Chile are not those of a space alien, according to recently reported ...
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