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Let's Stop Talking about "Battling Cancer"

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Describing it that way can be damaging to patients, families and caregivers

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Fighting Unfairness in Genetic Medicine

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:00:00 GMT

DNA-based medicine needs more diversity to avoid harmful bias. One big research project is fixing that

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Public Health Depends on Reproducible Research

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:00:00 GMT

To fight emerging microbial threats, scientists need to work with materials they can count on

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People's Body Systems Age at Different Rates

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:15:00 GMT

Individuals have an “ageotype” that’s specific to one organ system, which could be targeted in order to extend healthy life

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Kill Switch for CRISPR Could Make Gene Editing Safer

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Anti-CRISPR proteins could bolster biosecurity and improve medical treatments

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Hard Water Is Better for Your Heart

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:15:00 GMT

Originally published in June 1969

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Purdue Pharma Should Become a Public Trust

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:00:00 GMT

It would be a huge win in fighting the opioid crisis

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Unexpected Clues Emerge About Why Diets Fail

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:05:00 GMT

The physiology of weight regain still baffles scientists, but surprising insights have emerged

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Are Human Body Temperatures Cooling Down?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:45:00 GMT

A new study finds that they have dropped, on average, over the past century and a half

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Virus Spread by Shrews Linked to Human Deaths from Mysterious Brain Infections

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:30:00 GMT

The pathogen has been newly identified in eight cases of encephalitis in Germany over the past 20 years

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The Science of Losing Battles

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:00:00 GMT

New research illuminates why most dieters regain lost weight. It’s even more complicated than we thought

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Bacteria "Tolerant" of One Antibiotic Are More Likely to Develop Resistance

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:30:00 GMT

Even combination therapies do not prevent such pathogens from becoming resistant

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Female Surgeons Are Still Treated as Second-Class Citizens

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT

The profession is rife with sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination—and that needs to change

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All of Us Have a Role to Play in Keeping the EPA Accountable

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:00:00 GMT

The film Dark Waters highlights the importance of an involved public in environmental protection

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Is Eating Late Bad for Your Heart?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:30:00 GMT

The American Heart Association suggests that late-night eating might increase your risk of heart disease. But how solid is the evidence?

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Google AI Tool Can Pinpoint Breast Cancer Better Than Clinicians

Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:00:00 GMT

The software detected cancers at higher rates than radiologists, with fewer false positives

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Gene Therapy Arrives

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:00:00 GMT

After false starts, drugs that manipulate the code of life are finally changing lives

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When Opioids Backfire

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Our most powerful painkillers can actually make some patients more sensitive to pain

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Johns Hopkins Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:45:00 GMT

The first research center of its kind in the country is bringing renewed rigor to the investigation of the drugs’ therapeutic uses

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Quest to Use CRISPR Against Disease Gains Ground

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:00:00 GMT

As the first clinical trial results trickle in, researchers look ahead to more sophisticated medical applications for genome editing

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Venomous Menace: Snakebite Treatments Are Failing in India

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:45:00 GMT

The most widely used antivenom is not effective against the venom of several common snakes

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We Should Ban All Menthol-Flavored Nicotine Products

Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:00:00 GMT

It’s not just for health: there’s also a social justice issue

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Cause of Wuhan's Mysterious Pneumonia Cases Still Unknown, Chinese Officials Say

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:30:00 GMT

The virus has sickened 59 people so far but does not appear to be transmitting among humans

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WHO Says Mysterious Illness in China Likely Being Caused by New Virus

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:00:00 GMT

The virus behind an outbreak that has sickened at least 59 people in Wuhan is thought to be a ?type of coronavirus, the family that includes SARS and MERS

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Self-Tracking Your 2020 Resolutions

Thu, 02 Jan 2020 12:00:00 GMT

What you need to know before getting that new gadget

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