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A Better Pill—Internal Delivery Devices May Help Patients Take Their Medicine

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:15:00 GMT

A tortoise and a puffer fish inspire technology to overcome the multibillion-dollar nonadherence problem

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Appalachia's Fight to Lessen the Impact of Substance Misuse

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

A needle-exchange program in Virginia is a good first step—but isn’t enough by itself

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We Need to Stop Drug-Resistant Malaria at Its Source, Right Now

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Immediate, targeted interventions in Southeast Asia could prevent a pandemic

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We've Lost Touch with Our Bodies

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

But we can get it back through a process known as “interoception”

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The Trump Administration Is Jeopardizing Public Health

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:00:00 GMT

The EPA has been transformed from an environmental guardian into an agency that eschews science and uses cost-benefit analyses to reject regulations that would protect the public

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Does Eating Organic Reduce Cancer Risk?

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

A recent study claims to confirm that eating organic can reduce your risk of getting cancer. But a closer look at the details reveals a different story

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The Dangers of Flying While Allergic

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Nuts and other foods served on planes can be devastating for those with sensitivities—but the risks can be avoided

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Why Rocking to Sleep Is a Matchless Sedative—and Elixir

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Back-and-forth motions may tweak the sensory organs that control our balance and spatial orientation

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Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Sat, 02 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Intermittent fasting is one of the hottest new diet trends. Proponents say it can help you lose weight, improve blood sugar metabolism, and slow aging

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Better Biomarkers Could Help Us Treat Alzheimer's

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

We need better molecular biomarkers to create targeted drugs

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The Topography of Disease

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

A 19th-century doctor famously mapped cholera’s toll to try and understand its origin and spread—but that's only part of the story

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Vaccinating Mice May Finally Slow Lyme Disease

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Killing ticks and inoculating people has failed, so researchers try immunizing mice via vaccine-laced food

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Unfair Diagnosis: Socioeconomic Gap Drives Cancer Outcomes

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Too often, ethnicity and income level determine whether a patient survives cancer

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Are We Innately Immune to Cancer?

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

At some level, yes, and new therapies could boost the body’s natural anti-cancer responses

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When Cancer Threatens a Woman's Fertility

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Solutions exist, but they’re costly—and 45 states don’t require that insurance cover them

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How to Get Fit Using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:30:00 GMT

Although EMS devices will not allow you to sit on the couch eating bonbons while you build biceps like an Avenger, it can help with recovery, relaxation and even burning some fat

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Human Diet Drugs Kill Mosquitoes' Appetite Too

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:30:00 GMT

When researchers fed mosquitoes a drug used to treat people for obesity, the insects were less interested in hunting for their next human meal ticket. Karen Hopkin reports.

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When Physicians Need to Ask for Help

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

I learned during my last year of medical training—the most difficult year of my life—that “going it alone” did not make me stronger

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When Lyme Disease Strikes an Unborn Child

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

A mom can pass the pathogen to her fetus—but the World Health Organization has removed “congenital Lyme disease” from its definitive diagnostic reference

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We're Not Using One of Our Best Weapons against Drug-Resistant Microbes

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

New antibiotics will help, but vaccines are a more immediate, complementary solution

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4 Ways to Improve Your Posture and Lose That Slouch

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:30:00 GMT

A nicely aligned body is a nicely stacked body

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We Need to Talk about Intestinal Worms

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

More than a half billion children were treated for these debilitating parasites in 2017—but even more are still suffering

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Tiny Organs in Orbit

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Cultured human lung, heart and kidney cells flying onboard the International Space Station could reveal much about aging and disease

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Ob-Gyns Do Too Much Fetal Monitoring

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

It’s important in high-risk pregnancies, but most pregnancies aren’t risky

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Stopping the World's Biggest Infectious Killer

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Science holds the key for ending tuberculosis, but greater effort and sustained innovation are crucial

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