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Bill Gates Enthusiastic about Disease-Fighting Progress

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:20:00 GMT

Mass distribution of medications, international partnerships and targeted research are on track to eradicate sleeping sickness, Guinea worm and other ancient ailments

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Getting Medieval on Bacteria: Ancient Books May Point to New Antibiotics

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:15:00 GMT

A salve of wine, garlic, leeks and oxgall was found to be kill staph and MRSA

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Outsmarting the Hungry Brain: An Interview with Stephan Guyenet

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:30:00 GMT

The author of The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make us Overeat explains how we're betrayed by our very own brains, which lead us to crave and overeat foods that aren't good for...

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Could a Bone Protein Help Shed Pounds?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:45:00 GMT

A hormone from skeletal cells works in the brain to decrease appetite

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Portraits of Malaria

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Images from Alor island, Indonesia; Pailin, Cambodia and Mae sot, Thailand

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Autism's Drug Problem

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Many people on the spectrum take multiple medications, which can lead to serious side effects and may not even be effective

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Parent Reports of Autism Features Vary by Country

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:15:00 GMT

 U.S. parents tend to view the condition’s signs very differently than in other cultures 

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The 8 Weirdest Food Recalls in America

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT

The threat of golf balls in hash browns triggers action

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Killer Cats Bash Biodiversity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:07:00 GMT

Conservation biologist Peter Marra talks with journalist Rene Ebersole about the threat of outdoor cats to wild animals and to human health. Marra is the co-author, with writer Chris Santella, of the...

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Healthy Behavior Can Spread Like Illness

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:40:00 GMT

If people run more in New York City, that can push their socially connected counterparts in San Diego to run more as well. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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"Mini-Me" Brains Mimic Disease, Raise Hope for Eventual Therapies

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:30:00 GMT

These lab creations may provides hunts about autism or other disorders

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Is Eating Late Bad for Your Heart?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The American Heart Association suggests that late night eating might increase your risk of heart disease.  But how solid is the evidence?

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Aspirin May Prevent Cancer from Spreading, New Research Shows

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT

In addition to relieving headaches and preventing heart attacks, the drug seems to keep malignant cells from spreading

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Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:45:00 GMT

Raw data from a 40-year-old study raises new questions about fats

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Gut Microbes Help Keep Starved Flies Fecund

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:45:00 GMT

Microbes living in the guts of fruit flies appear to influence the flies' food choice—and promote egg production, even under a nutrient-poor diet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Disabled Hands Successfully Replaced with Bionic Prosthetics

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

If they can brave a voluntary amputation, people with a disabled, nerve-damaged hand can now have it surgically replaced

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When to Worry about Lower Back Pain

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Lower back pain is the fifth-most common reason that drives people to the doctor's office. Learn the tips on how to prepare for your doctor's visit

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Can Anything Stop My Migraine?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT

After a long drought, neuroscientists are readying a host of new treatments both to knock out the debilitating headaches and prevent them in the first place 

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Mystery Memory Loss among Illicit-Drug Users Spurs Health Action

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Do 13 cases of amnesia among opioid users suggest a more widespread problem?

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The Patients We Do Not See

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:30:00 GMT

How society can help those who do not make it to the doctor

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How to End Malaria in Africa

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The continent's own CDC, formed in 2015, can play a major role

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In Case You Missed It

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Top news from around the world

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How Gut Bacteria Tell Their Hosts What to Eat

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:15:00 GMT

 By suppressing or increasing cravings, microbes help the brain decide what foods the body “needs” 

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Fountain of Youth? Young Blood Infusions "Rejuvenate" Old Mice

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Elderly rodents that received human umbilical cord blood improved significantly in memory tests

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Brave New Wool? Artificial Womb Sustains Premature Lambs for Weeks

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:30:00 GMT

The technology may someday help babies born in their second trimester survive

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