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Sports and war: With concussions, there’s little difference between football, fighting

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Evidence suggests "early aging" in the brains of troops is a result of experiencing bomb blasts. It may be similar ...
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The obesity paradox: Why being fit may be more important than losing weight

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Instead of focusing purely on weight, a better approach is one that also considers a person's physical fitness when assessing ...
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Why identifying ‘autism genes’ is so elusive

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Researchers are unlocking the mystery of autism's origin. Yes, it's mostly 'in the genes,' but what that means is one ...
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Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

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Discovery of the rare disease -- marked by blindness, deafness, fragile bones and albinism -- could lead to genetic screening ...
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Colon cancer rates spiking among millennials, but no one knows why

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It might be tempting for activists to blame GMOs for the rise in colon cancer rates among younger people, but ...
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Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, gene editor

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The more we learn about octopuses and squids, the more mysterious they become. The ability to edit their own RNA ...
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This year’s flu vaccine has been 50% effective, and that’s not shabby

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This season's vaccine was more effective than those of the previous two years at reducing influenza-related hospitalizations ...
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Fatty acids: How do all those omegas affect your health?

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Omega 7 fatty acids are suddenly the rage in health circles. They are found in macadamia nuts, certain meats and ...
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How epigenetics, our gut microbiome and the environment interact to change our lives

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There appears to be an incredible, largely invisible world, of cellular communication, symbiosis, and chemistry occurring between ‘us’ and the ...
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Polio eradicated? Health officials mobilizing against AFM–rare polio-like condition

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Cases of a rare condition that is characterized by polio-like symptoms have ballooned in North America and elsewhere. Here is ...
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Forget about counting steps—Fitbit, other activity trackers won’t help you much to get healthy

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Activity trackers may create a false assurance - when people see how much they are walking on a daily basis ...
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How human chimeras could revolutionize science and medicine

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The NIH appears ready to fund scientists who want to make and study human chimeras. What can we hope to ...
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Genetic therapies won’t solve depression anytime soon

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Can a better understanding of the genetics of depression lead us to safer, more effective treatments for the disease? ...
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New drug approved for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as mystery disease causes come into focus

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Viruses and our human genes tend to co-mingle and cause structural and functional changes--is that what's causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? ...
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Epigenetic Zs: Could a bad night’s sleep alter your genes?

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Sleep deprivation can not only ruin your day, it may change your DNA ...
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Synthetic biologists developing cells programmed to target, destroy cancer

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Synthetic biology might be ready to graduate from cells engineered to perform only one task to multiple cells in a ...
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Autism in our DNA? Slew of studies points to genetics as main driver, but there is no ‘autism gene’

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Researchers are unlocking the mystery of autism's origin. Yes, it's mostly 'in the genes,' but what that means is one ...
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Understanding IQ: What race horses, Eskimos, NBA centers and you have in common

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To understand how individual intelligence forms, we have to know more than just someone's inherited genetic characteristics ...
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Wine as magic elixir? The debate thickens

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Is wine good or bad for you? Much of the attention surrounding the drink has focused on the compound resveratrol ...
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What the #%!*& ? Pain—It’s all in your head, but your emotions can control it

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It really is true that pain is 'all in your head’. That understanding is part of a new wave of ...
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Beyond microcephaly: Can Zika virus cause auto-immune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome?

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Much of the discussion about the Zika virus has been about its ability to cause microcephaly. But now evidence has ...
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Genetics of relationships and marriage

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Many online dating services claim to use science to match people with their perfect mate. But the science of relationships ...
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Genes identified that extend life

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Is the secret to extending human life span written in our genes? Clues from other organisms suggest it might be ...
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Is natural sleep the only kind that counts? Or can we make that artificial, too?

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Around the world, people spend billions on sleep. Everyone is looking for a good night's rest. But, amidst all of ...
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Link between inflammation and cancer

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People with chronic inflammatory conditions may be more susceptible to DNA-induced cell mutations which could contribute to getting cancer ...
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Scoop on ‘leaky gut syndrome’–And effect of pathogenic gut microbes on health

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Do microbes in your gut cause pathologies elsewhere in the body like the heart? ...
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Madonna may suffer from ‘DNA paranoia’

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Madonna is famous for her work on stage particularly her singing and performing, but behind the scenes, she's famous for ...
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Why is your memory so bad when you’re hungry?

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Why is it so hard to think while you're hungry? Researchers now believe it may come down to one protein ...
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