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Legalizing pot won’t slow the opioid epidemic, study suggests

Olga Khazan | 
Nearly five years ago, a team of researchers performing a study on medical cannabis came to a startling conclusion: The ...
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Harnessing biological clocks to boost fight against disease, parasites

Veronique Greenwood | 
[Evolutionary parasitologist Sarah] Reece and other scientists are exploring an idea that is making waves in biology: If the body ...
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‘Illogical and inappropriate’: How anti-vaxxers use 23andMe genetic tests to avoid vaccines

Sarah Zhang | 
San Francisco’s city attorney subpoenaed a doctor accused of giving illegal medical exemptions from vaccination, based on “two 30-minute visits ...
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How the right diet could slow cancer growth through ‘metabolic therapy’

James Hamblin | 
Doctors are starting to think more about specific nutrients that feed tumor cells. That is, how what we eat affects ...
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This funny-looking helmet could treat depression by ‘rewiring’ the brain

James Hamblin | 
[Recent] weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in ...
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‘Stranger than doctors could have imagined’: Boy born without one type of brain cells

Sarah Zhang | 
Even before he was born, it was clear that the boy’s brain was unusual—so much so that his expecting parents ...
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‘Evolution in action’: How did this common gut bacteria turn lethal?

Sarah Zhang | 
For three decades, the deadly bacteria sat in cold storage. Normally, Enterococcus faecalis lives harmlessly in the human gut. One particular strain, ...
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High production costs, regulation: Obstacles keeping lab-grown meat off our plates

Olga Khazan | 
The thought I had when the $100 chicken nugget hit my expectant tongue was the one cartoon villains have when ...
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DNA testing uncovers fertility doctor’s decades-old dark secret

Sarah Zhang | 
The first Facebook message arrived when Heather Woock was packing for vacation, in August 2017. It was from a stranger claiming to ...
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Viewpoint: Autism research is leaving girls behind

Emily Sohn | 
Evidence that clinicians are missing girls with autism has been building for years. Because autistic girls tend to exhibit different traits than ...
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Huntington’s risk spawns niche IVF market for people who don’t want a diagnosis

Sarah Zhang | 
When Jennifer Leyton was going through IVF, her doctors would tell her very little. They turned off the ultrasound screen ...
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Is there such a thing as an anti-Alzheimer’s diet?

Cynthia Graber, Nicola Twilley | 
By 2050, an estimated 15 million people in America will have Alzheimer’s—the equivalent of the combined populations of New York ...
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DNA of the dead: Genetic testing companies offering to use envelopes licked by the deceased

Sarah Zhang | 
In the past year, genealogists have been abuzz about the possibility of getting DNA out of old stamps and envelopes ...
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Why your dog really can tell if you are sick

Amanda Mull | 
I was sick last week, and as [my Chihuahua] Midge was glued to my side, friends told me about their ...
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Why bleak, frightening dreams may make us better people

Ben Healy | 
What are dreams for? A handful of theories predominate. Sigmund Freud famously contended that they reveal hidden truths and wishes. More recent ...
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What explains twins that are ‘somewhere in between’ fraternal and identical?

Sarah Zhang | 
A few years ago, Michael Gabbett got a call from a very confused ob-gyn. A woman had come in pregnant ...
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Making the case for potential benefits of microdosing LSD and ‘magic’ mushrooms

Haley Weiss | 
[A]necdotal endorsements of [psychedelic] microdosing claim that the routine can lead to a whole variety of benefits, including heightened emotional ...
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Are houseplants indoor air filters? Science busts a popular home gardening myth

Robinson Meyer | 
Houseplants have much to recommend them. They’re fun to care for, they look good on Instagram, and they express environmental ...
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Viewpoint: Why the crusade against ‘toxic masculinity’ ignores ‘real-life conditions’

Michael Salter | 
Over the past several years, toxic masculinity has become a catchall explanation for male violence and sexism. The appeal of ...
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Why growing up poor could hurt your brain in old age

Olga Khazan | 
In 2004, a study titled “The Long Arm of Childhood” found that whether children were rich or poor could influence their health ...
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70% of teens see mental health, depression as a ‘major struggle’ for their generation in Pew survey

Amanda Mull | 
In the past decade, young people in the United States have borne the brunt of some of the most highly ...
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Claims of ‘insect armageddon’ based on ‘patchy, unrepresentative and piecemeal’ data, entomologists say

Ed Young | 
In 1828, a teenager named Charles Darwin opened a letter to his cousin with “I am dying by inches, from not having ...
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‘Google of sorts’: DNA database harnesses power of genome sequences

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2015, scientists discovered a pig in China that would set off a frantic, worldwide search. The pig carried bacteria ...
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Why Silicon Valley’s food-depriving ‘productivity hacks’ could be dangerous

Amanda Mull | 
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, doesn’t eat for 22 hours of the day, and sometimes not at all. Over the weekend ...
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How long can bacteria live? 500-year experiment could provide answers

Sarah Zhang | 
In the year 2514, some future scientist will arrive at the University of Edinburgh (assuming the university still exists), open ...
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From salt to hand sanitizer, corn is in everything. What would life without it look like?

Sarah Zhang | 
When Christine Robinson was first diagnosed with a corn allergy 17 years ago, she remembers thinking, “No more popcorn, no ...
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‘Men are struggling’: Psychologists get new guidelines for ‘traditional masculinity’

Amanda Mull | 
[T]he American Psychological Association, the country’s largest professional organization of psychologists, did something for men that it’s done for many ...
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‘Affective presence’: It’s what helps others decide if you are likable

Julie Beck | 
Some people can walk into a room and instantly put everyone at ease. Others seem to make teeth clench and ...