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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

Ed Cara | 
It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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‘Rare and unsettling’: Young woman had undeveloped ‘twin’ in her abdomen for 17 years

Ed Cara | 
A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two ...
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Does air pollution contribute to poor attention, memory problems for kids?

Jackie Rocheleau | 
Over the past decade or so, in both animals and humans, in the lab and in the real world, scientists ...
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Deep dive into US stem cell clinics gives reason to worry about ‘unsafe or useless treatments’

Ed Cara | 
Medical clinics that provide largely unregulated stem cell treatments are popping up all over the U.S. But a new study ...
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Did God create humans within the last 10,000 years? 40% of Americans still think so, Gallup poll shows

George Dvorsky | 
A new Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of American adults comply to a strict view of creationism, in which ...
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Sleep easy: Late-night surfing on your smartphone unlikely to damage your internal clock

Ed Cara | 
People who only occasionally fall down an internet rabbit hole on their smartphones late at night might be able to ...
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Amputees could ‘feel’ again with innovative prosthetic arm

Ed Cara | 
For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch ...
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‘Do not waste your money’: Most heart-healthy supplements won’t cut your disease risk, study shows

Ed Cara | 
There are lots of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and hopefully live longer. But a new ...
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Herbal remedy kratom linked to seizures, addiction and deaths

Ed Cara | 
The herbal remedy kratom, often touted as an alternative treatment for opioid withdrawal or chronic pain, is in for more ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

George Dvorsky | 
The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...
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FDA warns kratom sellers to stop making unproven claims about chronic pain, opioid addiction benefits

Ed Cara | 
The Food and Drug Administration is still pressing down hard on kratom—the plant treatment that adherents say has helped them ...
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Viewpoint: No, cell phones aren’t causing people to grow horns

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
You might have heard recently, from publications like the Washington Post, NBC, and of course, Newsweek, that some people are ...
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Recently discovered Salmonella strain could render some infections ‘simply untreatable’

Ed Cara | 
Scientists at North Carolina State University say they’ve discovered disease-causing Salmonella bacteria in the U.S. that can resist one of ...
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Tired of being a night owl? You may be able to trick your body into changing its ways

Ed Cara | 
If you envy people who wake up with the Sun, but you can’t seem to get to bed until well ...
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Viewpoint: Trump’s fetal-tissue research ban ‘ignores and defies the facts’

George Dvorsky | 
The Trump administration is halting fetal tissue research by government scientists and placing new restrictions on how the National Institutes ...
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Terminally ill California man is first to undergo cryonic preservation after assisted death

George Dvorsky | 
A terminally ill patient who opted for assisted death has undergone cryonic preservation at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. This ...
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Stem cell therapy helps mice regain their sense of smell. Will it work in humans?

Sarah Wells | 
Smells, like the tangy scent of the ocean or the acrid odor of smoke, are powerful cues that shape our ...
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Some ‘quite effective’ US Civil War ‘folk’ medicines could lead to modern treatments

George Dvorsky | 
With conventional medicines in short supply during the Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research ...
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Marijuana compound CBD could help people fight opioid addiction

Ed Cara | 
A new study out [May 21] is the latest to suggest that cannabis—or at least a key ingredient of it—might ...
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Should you freeze your sperm? The biological clock is ticking for men, too

Ed Cara | 
Women face the brunt of societal pressure to have children before a certain age, but a new study concludes that ...
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Chasing the ‘perplexing’ link between appendectomies and Parkinson’s disease

Ed Cara | 
New research has found a perplexing, though relatively small link between the devastating neurological illness Parkinson’s disease and having your ...
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When meditation goes wrong: Some people find it distressing, survey shows

Ed Cara | 
One of the most stereotypical relaxing things to do—meditation—may actually cause distress for some people, according to the findings of ...
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Reproducibility crisis: Is scientific research ‘fundamentally flawed’?

Ed Cara | 
A new report released [May 2019] by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is weighing in on a contentious debate ...
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Have we finally identified humanity’s direct ancestor? Controversial claim challenged

George Dvorsky | 
Humans evolved from a group of ape-like hominins known as Australopithecine, but scientists aren’t [sure] which species is our direct ...
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Social skills in people with autism could be improved through 2 new drug treatments

Ed Cara | 
New research seems to show encouraging progress in helping treat the complex neurodevelopmental disorder autism. Two unrelated clinical trials, involving ...
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Space station experiment testing ‘nano antioxidants’ that could fight age-related diseases

George Dvorsky | 
An upcoming experiment aboard the International Space Station will test the effects of microgravity on living cells mixed with tiny ...
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Chronic fatigue syndrome could soon be diagnosed with a blood test

Ed Cara | 
Researchers at Stanford University and elsewhere say they’ve taken an important step in potentially helping people with a barely understood ...
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Pot-smoking study suggests CBD plays key role in protecting a stoned brain

Ed Cara | 
Cannabidiol—the ingredient of cannabis that doesn’t make you high, commonly called CBD—might be the angel to THC’s devil, a new ...