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The Incredible Shrinking Cattle of Amsterdam Island

Aug 25 2017 - 20:08

Researchers describe wild cattle on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean that lost about 25% of their body size in just over 100 years.

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You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing — Even HDL Cholesterol

Aug 25 2017 - 15:08

So we all know that there's good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL respectively). And if we want to avoid certain types of heart and circulatory problems, we want to lower the bad and raise the good. But how high is high enough? And is it possible to get the good type too high? If the results of a recent study are confirmed, yes, having too high a level of HDL cholesterol won't help your heart.

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FDA To Change How Prescription Drugs And Biologics Are Advertised

Aug 25 2017 - 13:08

Who among us hasn’t chuckled at a television prescription drug ad when it ventures into a litany of wide-ranging potential side effects like anal leakage to erections lasting more than four hours? With direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing today, product overstatements of health benefits with simultaneous minimization of possible harms has become the norm. The FDA wants to change that.

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Savoring Coffee Without Sugar Works Best to Cut Calories, Study Says

Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

It's not a new idea that one relatively easy way to eliminate calories is to refrain from adding sugar, whenever possible, to foods and drinks we consume. And trimming it from coffee consumption is an obvious place to start. 

But once that choice is made, the next issue is: What's the best way to adapt to a reduced-sugar or sugar-free cup, to ensure that the change will become permanent? Eliminating the sweetener over time, or cutting it out "cold turkey" in one fell swoop?

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Not Even Paltrow's GOOP Is Above The Law

Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company, Goop, may think that the products they sell are helpful but others disagree. The controversy has evolved into a formal complaint filed against Goop - a move that starts the legal ball rolling down Goop's vaginal egg lined path.

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Nitro-Coffee: Good Science Or Nitrogenous Waste?

Aug 25 2017 - 07:08

America's love affair with coffee bubbled to the surface in 2013 when nitrogen-infused coffee made its appearance in Oregon. Nitro-coffee? Is this a silly fad, or is there some science behind it? Let this article percolate for a while and you'll see. 

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Activity Inequality - What does that mean?

Aug 25 2017 - 03:08

A recent issue of Nature featured an article entitled Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality. I admit two things drew me to the article, the data, and the term inequality. First, let’s consider how and what they found. Rather than relying on self-reported estimates or wearable sensors, the data, on walking, was derived from the pedometers (actually accelerometers) found in smartphones. Your iPhone can indeed be used for research.

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Diagnosing Cancer with a Blood Test

Aug 24 2017 - 17:08

Imagine a world where a blood test, as easy as checking for high cholesterol, could give you an answer regarding whether or not you have cancer. 

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Dog Gives Woman Fatal Tularemia, A Potential Bioterrorism Agent

Aug 24 2017 - 17:08

In its latest weekly report, the CDC details the case of a woman from Arizona who died from tularemia, a rare disease that she acquired from her dog.

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Avogadro's Avocados - A Huge Number Of Conflicting Folate Stories

Aug 24 2017 - 11:08

Enough already! Please stop with the avocado stories I'm begging you. Fine, the damn things contain a lot of folic acid, which may or may not cause or prevent cancer, keep your hair from turning gray, and may be contributing to the demise of the English language. And it's all about the biochemistry of endogenous formaldehyde. Prepare to be confused. 

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Harvard's Continued Embrace of Integrative Medicine Finds a Partner and a New Conflict of Interest

Aug 24 2017 - 02:08

The literature is filled to overflowing with 'publish or perish" articles, how do we know what to read? Well, the same people that brought you so, so many articles have a curated solution to your current awareness overload.

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Why Would the EU Put the Kabash on Bayer's Acquisition of Monsanto?

Aug 23 2017 - 17:08

Mergers may be a great business decision, but they may not be great for society. If the EU is not distracted by politics and anti-GMO activists -- and if it is able to focus solely on the economic pros and cons of a merger -- it is engaging in appropriate regulatory oversight. But that's a big "if."

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HIV's Cut and Paste Inspires Cancer Cure

Aug 23 2017 - 15:08

Cancer immunotherapy is generating a level of excitement in the medical and scientific community, the likes of which are unprecedented.  One scientist's research on HIV led him to consider using the HIV virus to kill cancer cells.  Cancer immunotherapy could very possibly be the cure for cancer.

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Fascinating Findings Linking Muhammad Ali's Speech to Head Blows, Includes Concerns

Aug 23 2017 - 14:08

A fascinating presentation is taking place today in Stockholm, and the subject is the neurological brain damage suffered by Muhammad Ali over the course of his legendary boxing career.

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Big Brother's Latest Blow To Patient Privacy

Aug 23 2017 - 13:08

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a 2014 U.S. District Court ruling that affirmed patients had a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to their prescription records and mandated a court order be required before allowing federal agents the ability to obtain such data. The medical consequences are unfavorable.

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Will Winning The Lottery Make You Happier? It Depends On Your Disposition

Aug 23 2017 - 11:08

Whether you end up a multi-millionaire for life or lose all your winnings and become homeless within the first year of winning the lottery is already predetermined — by your disposition. So if you buy a ticket for this week's Powerball, ask yourself first, "Am I a negative Nancy or a positive Pete?"

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Mosquitoes' Sweet Tooth Could Be Their Downfall

Aug 23 2017 - 10:08

The scourge of mosquito-borne illnesses — from malaria to Zika — has plagued mankind from time immemorial.  From DDT to GMOs, we've been searching for the best, or at least most effective way to eliminate the pests. Some innovative scientists have come up with a way to use the mosquitoes' own attraction to nectar to do them in.

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Innovative Use Of Platelets Could Improve Early Lung Cancer Detection

Aug 23 2017 - 07:08

Platelets, those minuscule white blood cells that are crucial for normal blood clotting, may be useful as an early screening test for lung cancer — thus possibly avoiding the necessity of extensive surgery and long term treatments. An innovative use of so-called Tumor-Educated Platelets seems potentially valuable for the early detection of lung cancer — and maybe for other cancers as well.

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Tired of Science's Mumbo-Jumbo? Use the De-jargonizer!

Aug 22 2017 - 22:08

Communication skills do not always come as naturally to scientists as being curious innovators and brilliant problem solvers. One of the main reasons for this is our reliance on jargon - specific words that are difficult for non-experts to understand. A new tool, the "de-jargonizer" - identifies jargon and translates it into language that can be understood by everyone - having the potential to blur the line where science and society meet. 

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