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Your Body's Breakdown Is Not Inevitable, Study Indicates

Mar 08 2018 - 14:03

Life's late stages don't have to be progressively difficult and depressing. A new study focusing on the activity of cyclists, researchers from two British institutions found that adults who regularly exercise – not just several times a week, but also year in, year out, for decades – can remain healthy and function as if they were much younger than their actual ages. 

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'People ... People Who Clone Puppies ... Are the Phoniest People in the World'

Mar 08 2018 - 14:03

Barbra Streisand cloned her dog. Blah blah. It's all over the place. But has anyone stopped to consider what might go wrong? After all, if Streisand is afraid of biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of foods, a relatively simple process, perhaps she is unaware of the potential dangers she faces inviting an alien species onto the couch. Who knows what perils may lie within the genes of Foofie. Make that two Foofies (1).

So, it's a damn good thing that the American Council exists to set the record straight. 

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'People... People Who Clone Puppies...Are The Phoniest People In The World'

Mar 08 2018 - 14:03

Barbra Streisand cloned her dog. Blah blah. It's all over the place. But has anyone stopped to consider what might go wrong? After all, if Streisand is afraid of biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of foods, a relatively simple process, perhaps she is unaware of the potential dangers she faces inviting an alien species onto the couch. Who knows what perils may lie within the genes of Foofie. Make that two Foofies (1).

So, it's a damn good thing that the American Council exists to set the record straight. 

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A Scientist is Leveling the Playing Field, One Load of Laundry at a Time

Mar 08 2018 - 13:03

It is well known that women make less money than men. And, we know that, in general, women who spend the same amount of time in the office (or lab) as men also do more work in the home - a divide that only gets larger as children come into the picture. 

One scientist saw how this imbalance was affecting the female members in her lab and decided to do something about it.

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When A Tree Falls In The Woods, You Hear It!

Mar 08 2018 - 13:03

The answer to “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” along with other ways to avoid unintentional injury.

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Zeroing in on What Causes Flesh-Eating Infections

Mar 08 2018 - 10:03

What turns a relatively minor skin injury into the life-threatening horror show? That would be necrotizing soft tissue infection, otherwise known as a flesh-eating bacterial infection. New research suggests that a lack of antibodies against Streptococcus bacteria is a likely risk factor.

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Millennials Aren't Getting Tested For HIV, And That's A Problem

Mar 08 2018 - 07:03

A recent report from the CDC shows about half of millennials aren't getting tested for HIV — a virus that was a sure killer in the 90s, but thanks to advancements in science has become a manageable illness. Still, millennials aren't taken it seriously. Why?

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Comorbidity, Our Disease "Baggage," Modify The Behavior Of The Medical Diseases They Accompany

Mar 07 2018 - 23:03

Comorbidities are the other diseases a patient has, separate from the one of interest. The number of comorbidities for any given patient has increased, and their presence modifies how the "condition of interest" behaves clinically - personalizing medicine means defining "disease," very differently.

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Is There a Mental Health Crisis Among Graduate School Students?

Mar 07 2018 - 20:03

Society told PhD students that the world would be theirs one day. In truth, after six (or more) years of grueling work, PhD's find themselves exhausted, indebted, and unemployable. Facing this reality, is it really any wonder that there's evidence of a serious mental health crisis among graduate students?

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New Ocean Secrets Revealed, Powered by Great Tech

Mar 07 2018 - 14:03

“All life on our planet depends on the oceans, yet they remain one of the last great frontiers. Today, a new generation of marine scientists with a pioneering spirit of ingenuity and adventure, and an explosion of technological and imaging advances, are creating a golden age of ocean exploration," and they are uncovering "enormously important creatures living at previously unseen ocean layers.”

– Ellen Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History

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Cell Phones and Talking to Passengers Both Lead to Distracted Driving

Mar 07 2018 - 08:03

Hoping against hope, cell phone conversations hands-free or not continues to distract drivers. But so does talking to the other occupants of the car. 

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The New Mosquito Emoji is Much More than a Winky Face

Mar 07 2018 - 07:03

There are 2,666 emojis available for tweets and texts.

They communicate effectively and quickly, a process that public health experts are always looking to improve in their field. A new emoji could provide just the help that they need, at least when it comes to a certain category of infectious disease - those that are transmitted by mosquito. 

The mosquito emoji, which will be available in mid-2018, will hopefully provide a new means for communication about mosquitoes, in the realms of both science communication and health implications.

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Pandemic Flu: Beware the Herald Wave

Mar 07 2018 - 00:03

The Spanish Flu of 1918, which caused a pandemic, is estimated to have killed about 2% of the world population, a death toll greater than the military deaths of World War I and World War II combined. Though they obviously would have lacked the technology and healthcare to do much about it, was there any way that public health officials could have foreseen that global plague?

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Environmental Working Group Abandons Independent Pretense And Puts Another Industry Executive On Its Board

Mar 06 2018 - 16:03

Environmental Working Group, which promotes fear and doubt about the (non-organic) American food supply each year with its so-called Dirty Dozen list, tries to pretend they are not industry-driven. But they are totally industry-driven, they just engage in meaningless anti-science virtue signaling while doing so. 

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Kidney Transplants From Hep C Infected Donors - Amazing

Mar 06 2018 - 13:03

There is a perennial shortage of donated kidneys in this country. But the donor pool just got larger. The 3+ million people in the US who are infected with the hepatitis C virus could not be donors. Now, thanks to incredible new drugs, infected kidneys can be successfully transplanting. Give the pharmaceutical industry a tip of the hat for this miracle. 

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Should Medical Textbook Authors Have To Disclose Industry Payments?

Mar 06 2018 - 13:03

A newly published study thinks the answer to this question, Should authors of premier medical textbooks be required to disclose industry payments or patents?, is yes. But, is it?

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Super CRISPR Wheat

Mar 06 2018 - 13:03

Wheat is the second most important food crop in the developing world. It's not just in pasta, either. Wheat is found in more food than you can imagine (1). Like corn and soy, we need it, and lots of it. 

But, contrary to what you may think, GMO wheat is not sold or used. In fact, although seed companies have produced it, GMO wheat is not grown commercially for a myriad of different reasons, most of which are for another story on another day. 

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Election Polls Improved with One Question: Who Will Your Friends Vote For?

Mar 05 2018 - 22:03

Pollsters have taken a beating the last few years. Getting Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election wrong were spectacular failures that shook the public's faith in prediction models.

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No, Modern Furniture Is Not Burning 8X Faster In A House Fire

Mar 05 2018 - 14:03

Despite claims that organic furniture is less likely to kill you in a house fire, chemicals have a track record of making your safer.

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The Mystery of the Paralyzed Children. Case Solved?

Mar 05 2018 - 13:03

You may remember a mystery that had health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) perplexed a few summers back. We covered the story here

During the summer of 2012, people (mostly children) in California were getting sick and some, as a result, were becoming paralyzed. This had not been seen since the introduction of the polio vaccine in 1955. 

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