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Exploring the alternate reality of Natural News’ Mike Adams’ online ’empire of misinformation’

If there is a Wonderland filled with health scares, monsters, and miraculous concoctions, Mike Adams is building it. And its ...
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Transforming modern medicine doesn’t have to be high tech or expensive

While intricate high-tech breakthroughs are incredible, it's important to realize the value of low-cost and low-tech ingenuity ...
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Getting to the roots of insomnia and what you can do about it

Ever struggle with sleep? Almost all of us will at some point our lifetime. Several factors are at play--including travel ...
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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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Are consumer genetic tests misused by doctors and alternative health providers?

Health practitioners with little or no training or perspective in genetics are dabbling in this rapidly advancing field. Utilizing results ...
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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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Understanding the genetics of height—and why it matters in the fight against many human disorders

Hoping to help researchers find links between diseases and mutations, the UK Biobank opened its vault last summer, allowing access ...
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Reinforcing the human heart: Integrating human cells, electronics and nanomaterials

Future of heart care: Cardiac patch that doesn't merely beat, but also provides monitoring and, if needed, electrical stimulation and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Chasing the ‘warrior gene’ and why it looks like a dud so far

The year is 2025. The US has gone to war. Young Americans are being conscripted in droves, and those with ...
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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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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 ...
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Extraterrestrial life may have different chemistry, but evolutionary forces will be Earth-like

If the forces of natural selection have shaped the development of life on Earth, there's no reason to believe those ...
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Do cell phones cause cancer? Unlikely, but activists are skeptical of journalists who present the facts

While it has been theorized that radiation from cellphone usage has the ability to cause cancer, there is no evidence ...
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Olympic gene doping: How WADA is managing new performance-enhancing technologies

The start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has once again brought questions of unethical athletic performance-enhancement, or doping, to ...
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Viewpoint: Self-diagnosed celiac disease is just the latest diet obsession of wealthy white people

There are people who are allergic to gluten. But the recent surge in self-diagnosed Celiac sufferers is little more than ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
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Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Cheaper genome sequencing is expanding our ability to understand risks associated with genetic mutations. But not everyone embraces these advances, ...
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Gene-editing advances put us at the dawn of a revolution in medicine

So much of the public's attention is focused on the use of genetic engineering in the crops that our farmers ...
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Incurable arthritic knees? Gene therapy offers new hope

Imagine a single injection into the knee vanquishing painful arthritis — forever. Gene therapies aimed at two molecular targets could ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t even close to being able to engineer superhumans

We know there are genes that contribute to intelligence. But the relationship between those genes and our intelligence is so ...
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State of mind: Will computers learn to act and think like we do?

The technology that drives artificial intelligence is constantly moving forward. But will machines every gain the human equivalent of a ...
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‘Brain banks’: Why these scientists want your brain

Researchers are striving to build collections of brains free of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. A stronger base of ...
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NBC News’ Richard Engel’s son diagnosed with Rett syndrome. Why that’s such a rarity

The Today Show recently reported the sad story of Henry Engel—the toddler son of correspondent Richard Engel and his wife Mary Forrest who ...
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Could modern influenza outbreaks escalate into devastating pandemics like the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’?

It is unlikely that we will ever experience anything like the 1918 outbreak, but researchers say we could see outbreaks ...
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Waging war against the mosquito: Split-gene drive could hinder spread of Zika

The use of split-gene drives could alleviate the concerns of critics who worry about unexpected effects of releasing gene-edited mosquitos ...
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Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Endogamy is a powerful but controversial cultural tool. It also can play surprising roles in health and disease ...