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The Missing Link in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Rapid diagnostics can flag outbreaks of “superbugs” before they spread

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Trump Administration Program Will Provide HIV Prevention Drug for Free

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:45:00 GMT

The “Ready, Set, PrEP” program will provide donated drugs that could protect up to 200,000 people a year for 11 years

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Superslippery Toilets Squash Water Wastage

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A slick coating, inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, could halve the liquid needed for flushing

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HIV-Positive Babies Fare Better When Treatment Starts at Birth

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Although not practical in many areas, the approach reveals clues to how the immune system battles the infection

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Office Workers May Be Breathing Potentially Harmful Compounds in Cosmetics

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Some cosmetics and deodorants contain chemicals that, when released into the air, may pose a risk to human health

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Rain Forest Dwellers and Urbanites Have Consistently Different Microbiomes

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:56:00 GMT

A study done in South America found that with increasing population density, humans had more diversity of fungi on the skin but less microbial diversity in the gut.

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Ick Factor Is High Hurdle for Recycled Drinking Water

Mon, 25 Nov 2019 01:13:00 GMT

Recycled wastewater can be cleaner than bottled water, but people still avoid drinking it because of their disgust over its past condition.

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Health Concerns Mount as More Old Sewer Pipes Are Lined with Plastic

Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Residents near renovation sites claim noxious emissions from pipe inserts are making them sick

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The War on Childhood Obesity Needs a War on Blame

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:00:00 GMT

We need to communicate to kids that their health, not a number on the scale, is what’s important

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Targeting Gut Microbes May Help Stroke Recovery

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Growing evidence from mouse studies suggests that a healthy microbiome might improve poststroke outcomes

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3 Problems with High-Intensity Interval Training

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:00:00 GMT

The allure of short, intense workouts is obvious. But is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) really the only workout you need for good overall fitness?

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Blindness in Kashmir

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:00:00 GMT

A doctor mourns a wholly avoidable epidemic of visual and moral impairment

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Police Killings of Unarmed Black Americans May Affect Health of Black Infants

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:00:00 GMT

Maternal stress arising from perceived racial discrimination could cause premature births and lower birth weights

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British Columbia's Vaping Crackdown Could Offer a Roadmap for the Rest of the World

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:00:00 GMT

The provincial government has an expansive plan that ranges from limiting nicotine to raising taxes on the products

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As CBD Skyrockets in Popularity, Scientists Scramble to Understand How It's Metabolized

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Everything from bacon consumption to kidney function can skew cannabidiol dosing

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Breeding a Nonallergenic Peanut

Mon, 25 Nov 2019 17:00:00 GMT

We can foresee a day when fear of exposure to peanuts and other allergens is no more

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Air Pollution: An Unclear and Present Danger

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:30:00 GMT

Journalist and author Beth Gardiner talks about her new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution. And CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna talks about gene editing.  

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How a Billionaire Couple Greased the Skids for Nancy Pelosi's Drug-Pricing Bill

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Former Enron employee John Arnold and his wife Laura have financed much of the Democrats’ efforts to cut prescription drug costs

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Reassessment of Alzheimer's Drug Raises Hope--and Concerns

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 20:15:00 GMT

Will the benefits of aducanumab be enough to justify FDA approval, given its small benefit and high price?

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Could Lab Work Be Affecting My Fertility?

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT

I never considered that possibility before—but I am now

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Female Genital Mutilation Continues in the U.S. It Must Be Stopped

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:00:00 GMT

It may be a traditional cultural practice, but it’s nothing more than violence against women and girls 

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Top 5 Nutrients for Postpartum Recovery

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Registered Dietitian Melissa Mitri discusses the importance of good nutrition after giving birth and the five most important nutrients for a new mom and her baby

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Ebola-Response Workers Killed in Attacks Force Withdrawal From Critical DRC Region

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:30:00 GMT

Four health care workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were killed in two attacks last week, and six others were injured

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MDMA Could Be Tailored to Make It More Suitable for Treating Mental Illness

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:45:00 GMT

A mouse study demonstrates it is possible to separate the substance’s ability to enhance sociability from its addictive potential

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Are Pricey New Drugs Better Than Old Ones?

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Most of the time we don't know if they are better than the old ones

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