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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

The Electronic Paternity Test and Other Follies

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

A spate of “scientific” assays invented in the 1920s and 1930s were bogus—but they tell us a lot about the role of genetics in society, both then and now

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Zapping Nerves with Ultrasound Could Treat Inflammation á

Sat, 01 Jun 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Stimulating nerves in the spleens of mice with ultrasound reduced their inflammatory responses and arthritis symptoms

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New Finding Advances the Search for a Universal Flu Vaccine

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:45:00 GMT

Antibodies to a portion of the influenza virus that varies relatively little from strain to strain may provide flu protection in humans

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The Mindset of Eating Disorders

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Savvy Psychologist reveals four psychological drivers behind anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia and other forms of disordered eating

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"Flesh Eating" Bacteria May Be Spreading to Beaches Once Thought Off-Limits

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:00:00 GMT

The bacteria, which normally live in warmer waters, have caused infections in waters near Delaware and New Jersey

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Preserved Poop Is an Archaeological Treasure

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Anthropologists found parasite eggs in ancient poop samples, providing a glimpse of human health as hunter-gatherers transitioned to settlements. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Race Matters to the Health of African-American Men

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

The recent, premature death of director John Singleton is a tragic case in point

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FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:45:00 GMT

Changes could endanger promising medical research

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Genetic Mutation in "CRISPR Babies" May Shorten Lifespan

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:30:00 GMT

The gene a Chinese scientist attempted to modify in twin girls last year has been associated with premature death

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Racism Is Literally Bad for Our Health

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

We must change the attitudes, practices and policies that disadvantage some racial and ethnic populations

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You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:57:00 GMT

People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that's probably a gross underestimate.

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The Cannabis Culture Wars

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Engaging with enthusiasts and alarmists alike can take its toll on one’s patience

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The 2019 Worldwide Fitness Trends

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:15:00 GMT

The annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 13th year

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Are Omega-3 Eggs as Good as Eating Fish?

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:30:00 GMT

Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. But what if you can't eat seafood? Can omega-3 enriched eggs or peanut butter provide the same health benefits?

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Is Pot Any Good for Treating Pain?

Sat, 01 Jun 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The data are spotty, but there’s still a reasonable case to be made

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Cancer Survivors Deserve Coordinated Care

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 16:00:00 GMT

I know, because I’m a survivor too

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Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Immunization reduces the likelihood of a painful reemergence of the virus in kids

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Aflatoxins in Nuts: Danger or Hype?

Thu, 06 Jun 2019 14:45:00 GMT

Some of the scary things you may have heard about nuts and aflatoxins are probably exaggerated. Nonetheless, these are not imaginary concerns

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How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT

What is insulin and how do our bodies use it?

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Is $2.1 Million Too Much for a Drug? For Affected Parents, There Is No Debate

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Similarly effective drugs in the pipeline will also be gauged against their enormous price tags

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Minorities Breathe More Than Their Share of Polluted Air

Sat, 01 Jun 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Blacks and Hispanics in the U.S. are exposed to more emissions than whites and consume less from the industries responsible

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Fed Up with Washington, ALS Advocates Consider ACT UP's Take-No-Prisoners Approach

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Patients want drugs fast-tracked through FDA approval process

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Russian Biologist Plans More CRISPR-Edited Babies

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT

The proposal follows a Chinese scientist who claimed to have created twins from edited embryos last year

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Mole Rat Pain Resistance Could Point the Way to New Analgesics

Fri, 31 May 2019 18:15:00 GMT

A novel mechanism has been discovered in the bucktoothed rodents’ ability to withstand hurt

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At First-Ever Public Hearing on CBD, FDA and Advocates Try to Blaze Trail to Regulatory Compromise

Fri, 31 May 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Agency officials press sometimes confused stakeholders for more data. Is it possible to define a “more effective CBD cosmetic?”

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