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Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus (First Time in U.S.)

Dec 04 2017 - 17:12

A baby was born from a living-donor’s transplanted uterus for the first time in the United States.

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Do Worms Experience a Placebo Effect?

Dec 04 2017 - 12:12

When a drug or treatment is tested for efficacy, there are two groups (at least) of people involved in the experiment. One group receives the actual drug or treatment (the experimental group). The other group receives a treatment or "medication" that appears indistinguishable from the actual drug or treatment, but has no known effect - the placebo or a sham.

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The Vast Conservative Conspiracy To Be Pro-Science Spreads, We're In WSJ, And More Media Links Last Week

Dec 04 2017 - 06:12

1. In Wall Street Journal, Dr. Alex Berezow talked about how reliant we are on GPS. Technology is a great thing, of course, and I bet we would adjust pretty rapidly without it, but there would be a lot of tourists in Washington, DC looking for the White House and ending up at the other 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that is four miles away. That's how goofy the nation's capitol is laid out.

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Placenta Eating Has No Benefit, Some Risk And Is Ridiculous

Dec 03 2017 - 11:12

Many animals eat their placenta after birth. Zoologists know this is to ward off predators, but when the "natural" birth movement took off in the 1960s, believers stated that if animals do it, it must be for a health reason and humans should also.

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Astronauts' Core Body Temperature Increases on Extended Space Missions

Dec 03 2017 - 05:12

Being an astronaut is a hazardous job. Not only are they exposed to higher levels of radiation and the fury of earth's atmosphere upon re-entry, they must also handle a nearly 2° F increase in core body temperature.

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Breakfast Might Be A Marker For A Healthy Lifestyle, But Could it Prevent Obesity?

Dec 02 2017 - 11:12

It's an ongoing debate — can breakfast help deter obesity? Some research has found no connection, but a recent study of Spanish adults suggests that breakfast eaters have a lower risk of developing abdominal obesity, the most dangerous kind.

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Bacteria Can Live in Ice Cubes, but Not in Whisky

Dec 01 2017 - 13:12

Given microbes' ubiquitous nature, we expect a certain amount of bacteria to be in our kitchens, on items like raw chicken and filthy dish sponges. But, there are certain places where finding bacteria is a bit more surprising, for example, in the freezer.

However, a new paper challenges that assumption and may make us pause before we add that "clink" to our drink. 

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The Death of Science Journalism

Nov 30 2017 - 20:11

Journalism isn't what it used to be.

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It's Udderly Ridiculous — Another Case Of Contaminated Raw Milk

Nov 30 2017 - 16:11

It would be ridiculous if it weren't so scary. The CDC warned of the possibility that raw milk from the Udder dairy might be contaminated with Brucella bacteria. These bugs can cause miscarriage in pregnant women and illness in everyone. And all this for the unproven and unlikely benefits of raw milk!

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Can Activated Charcoal Vanquish Clostridium Difficile Colitis?

Nov 30 2017 - 10:11

Clostridium difficile infections are terrible - both debilitating and costly. A possible tool in preventing these infections is activated charcoal. 

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Can Activated Charcoal Vanquish Clostridium Dificile Colitis?

Nov 30 2017 - 10:11

Clostridium dificile infections are terrible - both debilitating and costly. A possible tool in preventing these infections is activated charcoal. 

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Journalism by Press Release

Nov 30 2017 - 10:11

Journalism by press release. Why bother reading or reporting the original article when the story elements are laid out in front of you?

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A War Criminal Commits Suicide By Poison In Court. What Killed Him?

Nov 30 2017 - 08:11

Slobodan Praljak, a convicted war criminal was appealing his conviction in court at the Hague. Unexpectedly he stood us, proclaimed his innocence and drank a small volume liquid from a vial or jar. He died later in a hospital. There is no information about what the poison was, or even his symptoms after he took it. I guess what might have been in there. 

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Inside the Clever Chemistry of Cranberry Harvesting

Nov 30 2017 - 07:11

It's not an uncommon situation faced by farmers: using additives to boost crop production, which then generates an unwanted problem down the line.

Solutions vary, depending on the specific dilemma. But in the case of cranberries, and how they are harvested in southeastern Massachusetts and the environmental issues the process can create, the answer in this instance is both sensible and straightforward.

The answer is chemistry.

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Many Things Can be Done at Home. Editing Your Genes is Not One of Them.

Nov 29 2017 - 18:11

From CAR-T cancer therapy to the power of CRISPR-Cas9, the recent advancements in gene therapy are astounding. For a particularly impressive example, please read the story of how scientists created a new skin for a dying boy.

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'Undark' Joins the Dark Side on GMOs

Nov 29 2017 - 16:11

A website purportedly about rigorous science journalism has published a conspiratorial anti-glyphosate rant, written by an environmental activist with no relevant academic credentials.

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Thanks Bravo TV's Andy Cohen For Your Support, Now Let's Do More

Nov 29 2017 - 15:11

Bravo and Andy Cohen have a wonderful opportunity to start an overdue conversation on misuse of medications and the dangers of polypharmacy.

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Algorithm Could Reduce Radiation from Medical X-Rays by Thousands-Fold

Nov 29 2017 - 12:11

A new computer algorithm may reduce the radiation we receive from medical imaging by a lot - 100 fold or more. But should we worry about the harmful effects of radiation we receive during medical testing?

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Google In the Doctor's Office? !!

Nov 29 2017 - 05:11

Automating speech recognition could allow information to automatically be placed in medical records and let the doctors get back to providing care, not data entry. 

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