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Human health

Father-Physician Hopeful for Peanut Allergy Protection

Oct 13, 2019
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Scientists are people. There are protocols and systems to make sure personal beliefs don’t unduly influence scientific results. But sometimes, their personal and professional lives collide or overlap in important ways. 

It’s been just over two years since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area – dumping up to five feet of rain in some places, and causing unprecedented flooding. 

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It’s tough to study rare diseases. Because they affect only a small percentage of the population, it can be hard for researchers to find funding. It’s also challenging to do clinical trials, since there are a small number of people who can take part. 

But rare disease research can yield discoveries that impact all of us.

Billionaire Sean Parker is pouring money into science and treating scientists like celebrities.
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You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that a California billionaire had thrown an extravagant party for friends that included a custom ice sculpture that funneled high end whiskey into guest's glasses.

But what about if those guests were scientists and the party was to celebrate a Nobel Prize?

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It's summer and it gets hot but climate change is driving temperatures higher and making heatwaves more extreme, as we've already seen this summer from Europe to Alaska.

Extreme heat is more than just a nuisance. Heat waves actually kill more Americans than any other type of natural disaster. And those deaths are not evenly distributed.

Americans Sitting More Than Ever

Apr 28, 2019
The amount of time we spend sitting increased by an hour from 2007 to 2016.
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We spend a lot of our time on our rear ends. The average adult in the U.S. sits for more than six hours each day, while most teenagers are seated for over eight hours of the day. That’s according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association published last week.

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First, it was White Castle and Red Robin. Then, Burger King.

Vegan meat substitutes are popping up at fast food chains across the nation, raising questions about how much better they really are for the environment, and for you.

Alternative therapies might be working for reasons we don't fully understand.
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Acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and energy medicine are practices widely dismissed by the mainstream medical establishment as lacking any scientific backing. And yet, many of us know someone with a story of a dramatic recovery attributed to such alternative practices.

Former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner looked into this in her new book The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief.

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In the final hours of 2018, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law banning the use of 11 flame retardants in furniture, mattresses, carpeting, electronic equipment, and more.

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You’ve heard for Black Friday, but what about Blue Monday? In addition to being Martin Luther King day, the third Monday is January is known to some as the saddest day of the year. But why? And what can we do to combat it?

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Cancers are a leading cause of death worldwide. Nearly 40 percent of us are diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. And cancer care cost close to $150 billion in 2017. Of course, we also spend billions on cancer research to develop new ways to better detect and treat cancers. 

 

Going on a diet is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions that Americans make. Whether it’s for weight loss, more energy, or just better overall health, there are a lot of options, and tons of information out there. Unfortunately, that information is often conflicting or it changes, and it’s hard to know what to trust. 

Prepper Misconceptions and Takeaways

Jan 2, 2019
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Preppers don’t have a great public image. The word often conjures up doomsday-obsessed extremists in a well-armed bunker or walled compound. But anthropologist Chad Huddleston says they’re a largely misunderstood group and that we could all learn a few things from them.

Depending on whom you ask, the gene editing technology CRISPR is either a savior, or one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. And some people’s worst fears materialized in late November, when a scientist announced the birth of two babies whose DNA he had edited. That claim hasn’t even been verified but has drawn strong and almost universal criticism.

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Two new analyses find that one in forty American children has an autism spectrum disorder. That continues the trend of steadily increasing estimates of the prevalence of autism. And these new studies also look at a facet of autism spectrum disorder that we’ve previously had little information about: the prevalence of treatment.

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