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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Cancer Medicine Is Failing Us

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Our aggressive, expensive approach to cancer is doing more harm than good

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Fans May Be Okay for Muggy Days--but Avoid Them in Extreme Dry Heat

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 21:00:00 GMT

New research contradicts conventional wisdom on fan use during heat waves

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Climate Shocks Could Reverse Gains in Child Malnutrition

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 19:25:00 GMT

Drought fueled by global warming could exacerbate food insecurity, particularly in developing countries

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Cancer Research in a Nutshell

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A Web site called OncoBites offers short, easy-to-understand reports on what’s new in the field

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London Is Crawling with Drug-Resistant Microbes

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 21:45:00 GMT

Nearly half of bacteria gathered in public settings around the city were resistant to two or more commonly used antibiotics, such as penicillin and erythromycin. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Whistle-Blower Complaint Highlights CDC Turmoil on Climate

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:45:00 GMT

The filing will raise concerns that the agency is shifting climate funds to other programs

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How a Data Detective Exposed Suspicious Medical Trials

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Anaesthetist John Carlisle has spotted problems in hundreds of research papers—and spurred a leading medical journal to change its practice

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How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Electrical stimulation has promised huge gains for people with paralysis. Now comes the hard part—getting beyond those first steps

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What Is Metabolic Profiling, and Can It Help You?

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:30:00 GMT

Is a malfunctioning metabolism really why you can’t lose weight and keep it off?

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Artificial Intelligence Sniffs Out Unsafe Foods

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to read Amazon reviews for hints that a food product would be recalled by the FDA. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Blood Tests for Alzheimer's: Two Experts on Why New Studies Are Encouraging

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:30:00 GMT

Diagnoses could be made of individuals with AD pathology years before the first symptoms

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Is Guilt Good for Your Health?

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Negative feedback helps some people make better health choices, but we need a different approach to motivate others

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Is A2 Milk Really Better for You?

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:30:00 GMT

This pricey designer milk comes with some big claims. Let’s explore the science behind the hype

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Ghostpartum: Why Many Women Don't Get the Sexual Health Care They Need

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

The many factors that impact a woman’s ability and desire to have intercourse after giving birth are rarely addressed during a standard postpartum visit

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Two Ebola Drugs Show Promise amid Ongoing Outbreak

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:00:00 GMT

People who receive either therapy soon after infection have a 90 percent survival rate, a clinical trial finds

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Treatment for Extreme Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Wins U.S. Government Approval

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:45:00 GMT

The three-drug regimen cures 90 percent of people who have the deadliest form of the disease

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Trials Test if C-section Babies Benefit From Mom's Microbes

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Swabbing infants with mothers’ vaginal bacteria could affect the children’s health, but critics warn of sparse data and high risk

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Visual Task May Offer Brain Marker for Autism

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:15:00 GMT

The brain deals with viewing two images simultaneously in a distinctive way

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Medicine in Space: What Microgravity Can Tell Us about Human Health

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor discusses her experience in microgravity and doing biological experiments in space

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Darwin's Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Principles of evolution and natural selection drive a radical new approach to drugs and prevention strategies

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Device That Automates Manual Breathing Bags Could Save Lives

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

A machine that can pump manual bag valve masks without human help could be a stopgap measure or replacement for mechanical ventilators

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Antisense Drugs for Huntington's, ALS and Prion Diseases Could Meet the Dire Need for Brain Treatments

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:45:00 GMT

A genetic therapy that increases or lowers levels of a protein raises hopes for a treatment for neurological disorders

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Top U.S. Medical Centers Roll Out DNA Sequencing Clinics for Healthy Clients

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Patients can pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to screen for genetic health risks

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Scientists Call for Do-Over for Rules on Creating "CRISPR Babies"

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 19:30:00 GMT

On Tuesday, an international commission will meet to develop less ambiguous guidelines for embryo editing

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Can Psychiatry Heal Itself?

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 19:00:00 GMT

A Harvard historian urges psychiatrists to focus less on making money and more on helping patients

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