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Is Complaining Good or Bad For You?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Pop psychology tells us that complaining is a sort of catharsis—that by getting our feelings out rather than bottling them up, we’ll feel better. But it turns out this is largely a myth.

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U.S. Defense Agencies Grapple with Gene Drives

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT

The technology can quickly spread genetic modifications

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Schools Are Turning to Virtual Doctors for Sick Kids

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Telemedicine is getting an audition at more schools  

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Bacteria Can Be Resistant to Brand-New Antibiotics

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:20:00 GMT

Exposure to existing antibiotics can imbue infectious bacteria with resistance that also kicks in against new drugs related to the originals. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Why the Most Powerful Treatment for Diabetes Turns Out to Be Surgery

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:30:00 GMT

Surgery that shortens intestines gets rid of the illness, and new evidence shows the gut—not simply insulin—may be responsible

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Mice Show Signs of Mental Disorder after Injections of Cells from Schizophrenia Patient

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:30:00 GMT

The work may offer new insights into the disease’s origins  

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First Human Embryos Edited in the U.S., Scientists Say

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:45:00 GMT

Reports suggest researchers have altered DNA and made few errors 

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Is Guaranteed Income for All the Answer to Joblessness and Poverty?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:45:00 GMT

Experts disagree, but a number of experiments could offer insight

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When Older Drugs are Better Drugs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Pharmaceutical firms want doctors to use the newest medications on the market—but that’s not always the right choice

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3 Myths (and 1 Truth) About Grain-Fed Beef

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT

There's a lot to consider when deciding what kind of meat to buy--or even whether to eat meat at all. The least we can do is start with accurate information.

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Here's What to Expect after the Senate Health Bill Vote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:30:00 GMT

This is where it gets complicated

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What Do We Know about the Brain Cancer Plaguing Sen. John McCain?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:15:00 GMT

An oncology expert discusses treatment options for aggressive glioblastoma

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Medicine's Movable Feast: What Jumping Genes Can Teach Us about Treating Disease

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Ancient viruses “fossilized” in the genome may contribute to maladies from autoimmune diseases to schizophrenia

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U.S. Called for New Marijuana Research Bids--but Granted No Approvals

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:15:00 GMT

25 applications are still under review

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Psychiatry Group Says Members Can Comment on Trump's Mental Health

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:45:00 GMT

The decision overturns decades-old norms

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Cost of Medical Care for Transgender Service Members Would Be Minimal, Studies Show

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:00:00 GMT

President Trump announced that the military would no longer allow transgender people to serve, citing “tremendous medical costs”

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Brain's Stem Cells Slow Ageing in Mice

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:45:00 GMT

Transplanted cells offer middle-aged rodents an increased lifespan

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Robust Emergency Fund Needed to Respond to Future Disease Outbreaks

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:30:00 GMT

But the U.S. can minimize the danger with a robust health emergency fund

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Forget Sharks: 7 Things in the Water Swimmers Should Actually Fear

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:15:00 GMT

Shark attacks are rare, but watch out for these nasty parasites

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Biologics: The Pricey Drugs Transforming Medicine

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Rather than being designed by chemists, this class of pharmaceuticals is produced by living cells. Here's where they come from and how they work

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Scientists Can See Zika Coming by Tracking the Climate

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:30:00 GMT

High temperatures help mosquitos and the virus reproduce; rain has less effect than thought

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Should Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Always Include Finishing a Prescribed Medication?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:30:00 GMT

A group of experts takes a controversial stance on how to control superbugs

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5 Things to Know about the Experimental Therapy for Charlie Gard

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:00:00 GMT

The British baby has a rare, lethal disease

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Sperm Count Dropping in Western World

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:45:00 GMT

The trend has occurred over 40 years

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Are Dogs Probiotic?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Recent studies raise new questions about how much pets can help—and hurt—human health

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