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Science Sting Exposes Corrupt Journal Publishers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT

A stunt reveals the problematic practices of predatory journals 

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Can Science Rob Snakes of Their Deadliest Weapon?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Biotech companies are on the prowl for newer, better antivenoms

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Poverty Shaves Years off Life

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:35:00 GMT

A meta-analysis found that being of low socioeconomic status was associated with almost as many years of lost life as was a sedentary lifestyle.  

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"Menstrual Cycle on a Chip" Offers a New Window into Female Physiology

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Researchers have completed the first laboratory model of the human female reproductive cycle

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Lead Poisoning Afflicts Neighborhoods across California

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:15:00 GMT

Dozens of California communities have seen recent rates of childhood lead poisoning exceed those of Flint, Mich.

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Japanese Man Is First to Receive "Reprogrammed" Stem Cells from Another Person

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:15:00 GMT

World-first transplant to treat macular degeneration could augur rise of iPS cell banks

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Trump Budget Would Slash Biomedical and Science Research Dollars

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT

The $1.1-trillion proposal includes a $6-billion chop to the NIH

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For the First Time, U.K. Allows Clinic to Proceed with "3-Parent" Baby Procedure

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT

A British child created with this technique could be born this year

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Anesthesia and the Elderly Brain

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Research paints a complex picture of how surgery and anesthesia might harm the brain, particularly for older patients 

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Most Cancer Cases Arise from "Bad Luck"

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:15:00 GMT

Environment and heredity are smaller players than researchers previously believed

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Hospitals Halt Hiring, Projects amid Uncertain Fate of Obamacare

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

The Republican-proposed repeal bill is slated for a House vote on Thursday

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At-Home Male Fertility Test App Takes Sperm Selfies

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

A device that interfaces with a smartphone can accurately measure sperm concentration and movement

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Case Study: When Chronic Pain Leads to a Dangerous Addiction

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT

How did an educated, elderly engineer wind up with a heroin habit? 

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Doctors Warn Climate Change Threatens Public Health

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Physicians are noticing an influx of patients whose illnesses are directly or indirectly related to global warming

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Accidental Therapists: For Insect Detectives, the Trickiest Cases Involve Bugs That Are Not There

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT

 Entomologists are fielding questions from people who believe they are under attack

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More Medical Residency Spots Filled, but Fewer International Applicants

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT

The number of positions hit a record high this year, even as the number of non-U.S. citizens who applied declined

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Pulling the String on Yo-Yo Weight Gain

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMT

Mice that lost weight and then gained back more than they lost maintained an obesity-type microbiome that affected biochemicals involved in either burning or adding fat--suggesting...

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What's behind Phantom Cell Phone Buzzes?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Many of us experience this phenomenon 

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Can These 2 Nutrients Help You Keep the Weight Off?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT

New research suggests a tasty way to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle and prevent weight regain

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To End Tuberculosis, It Must Be Eliminated from Animals

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Poor knowledge about this potential threat hampers human health

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New Cholesterol Drug Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT

It remains to be seen whether the treatment, which was effective in a large clinical trial, will live up to its promise

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Ethical Guidelines on Lab-Grown Embryos Beg for Revamping, Scientists Say

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT

It may be time to update the currently observed 14-day rule as a benchmark

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Hidden HIV Reservoirs Exposed by Telltale Protein

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:45:00 GMT

The discovery may help doctors identify elusive infected cells in the body

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First Drug for Aggressive MS Nets FDA Approval

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Researchers say the medication is a significant improvement over other treatments

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Should You Take Melatonin for Insomnia?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:30:00 GMT

Insomnia is a very common medical condition in today's high-stress world.  Aside from prescription drugs, you may have been curious about over-the-counter melatonin supplements. But do they...

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