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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Olga Khazan | 
Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...
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Why do women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients? The answer may be found in menopause

Deborah Copaken | 
Two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients are women. Why? It has often been posited that this is because women live longer ...
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How a genetically modified morning glory was almost the 2020 Olympics mascot

Nicola Twilley | 
Sebastian Cocioba, a 29-year-old college dropout and self-styled “plant hacker,” has lived there with his parents for the past decade ...
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Keto diet as a cancer treatment? Researchers explore potential to treat diseases, seizures

Sam Apple | 
[S]cientists have known for decades that the keto diet can prevent epileptic seizures even when pharmaceutical treatments have failed. But ...
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Could common infections be causing eating disorders?

Olga Khazan | 
Infections might, in fact, spark eating disorders in some people. For the study, Lauren Breithaupt, a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...
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‘Utterly magical’: This ‘two-step dance’ may explain the origins of life

Ed Yong | 
Go back far enough in time, before animals and plants and even bacteria existed, and you’d find that the precursor ...
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Can we cure baldness with stem cell-based ‘hair farms’?

James Hamblin | 
The physiology of balding has long vexed even the most entrepreneurial of scientists. Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces ...
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10 years ago, the Human Brain Project promised to simulate a human brain. What went wrong?

Ed Yong | 
On July 22, 2009, the neuroscientist Henry Markram walked onstage at the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, England, and told the ...
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Can’t lose weight? You may be able to blame this ‘cruel’ metabolic mechanism

Amanda Mull | 
In a study of former contestants on a season of the weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser, scientists found that ...
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Acne’s Wonder Drug Is a Mental-Health Puzzle

Rachel Gutman | 
In 2002, a family filed a lawsuit alleging that an acne drug made their teenage son suicidal. Accutane, a since-discontinued ...
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Why is it so difficult to figure out if coffee, wine, eggs and other foods are good for us or not?

Amanda Mull | 
Do you know whether eggs are good for you? What about coffee, red wine, or chocolate? Most people probably have ...
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Video: Cryogenics could help people ‘cheat death’. But will those bodies ever be thawed?

Josh Koury, Myles Kane | 
Until the day he died, in 2011, Robert Ettinger hoped humanity would figure out a way to cheat death. Today, ...
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FDA regulatory dilemma: Are fecal transplants drugs, human tissue, or something new?

Sarah Zhang | 
For the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been trying to figure out how to regulate ...
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Are eggs good or bad for you? Why science can’t make up its mind about our favorite foods

Amanda Mull | 
Do you know whether eggs are good for you? What about coffee, red wine, or chocolate? Most people probably have ...
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Is it time for us to stop obsessing over extending the human life span?

Amanda Mull | 
In 2019, more people than ever before get to see their grandkids grow up. They get to enjoy a lengthy ...
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How consumer genetic testing is ending paternal secrecy—for better or worse

Ashley Fetters | 
When Nara Milanich wrote Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father—a history of the scientific, legal, and social conceptions of ...
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Women are more likely to get autoimmune diseases. Is the placenta to blame?

Olga Khazan | 
In the United States alone, women represent 80 percent of all cases of autoimmune disease. ... Some scientists now think ...
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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 ...