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What Do Racially Ambivalent Lizards, Amy Winehouse, Canonical Amino Acids and Melanoma Have In Common?

Dec 06 2017 - 10:12

Don't let the title discourage you even though it's pretty bad:

"Design of MC1R Selective γ-MSH Analogues with Canonical Amino Acids Leads to Potency and Pigmentation"


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Judge Orders Nurses Opposing Flu Vaccination to Comply

Dec 06 2017 - 07:12

A Superior Court judge ruled that a large nurses union must adhere to the vaccination policy set forth by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. If not for this decision forcing the Massachusetts Nurses Association to comply, the nurses avoiding a flu shot would have posed a potential threat to patients they tend to each day. 

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Left-Handers Have Advantage in Sports with High Time Pressure

Dec 05 2017 - 19:12

Why are there more left-handed table tennis players than tennis players? One researcher believes he has the answer: Time pressure.

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Did Sex Therapist Break Privilege Speaking About Matt Lauer?

Dec 05 2017 - 11:12

Scandals shouldn't eradicate the basic tenets of doctor-patient privilege.

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Obesity: Diabetes Link Clarified

Dec 05 2017 - 11:12

Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, as well as for the insulin resistance that is a hallmark of the disease. Mouse studies suggest that obesity results in the production of microRNAs by adipose tissue that diminish the ability of tissues to respond to insulin.

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75% of Brits Use Google To Try And Cure Themselves Rather Than Wait For An NHS Appointment

Dec 05 2017 - 08:12

Critics of the United Kingdom's government health plan, the National Health Service, sit on both sides. Doctors say hospitals are understaffed and they are underpaid, the public gripes about long wait times.

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Patient's Tattooed Directive is Stark Reminder to Plan Your Demise

Dec 05 2017 - 07:12

The odd case of a stricken man arriving at a Florida hospital with no ID, no family member – but with a bold tattoo stating that critical, life-saving intervention be withheld – is serving as a bizarre but essential reminder to the rest of us to raise a difficult, yet frequently-skirted, topic.

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Les Miserable Chemists: Will The French Replace Glyphosate With Something 'Worse?'

Dec 05 2017 - 06:12

French President Emmanuel Macron has declared he will ban the American herbicide glyphosate within three years, and sooner if a replacement is ready. Italy has vowed to do the same. Activists have said the replacement is already available, and it has been used in France since 1863 - a fatty acid called pelargonic (a.k.a. nonanoic) acid.

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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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