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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

How Can We Reverse the Decline in Breast Cancer Screening?

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Making it more convenient and less painful would be a great start

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Does Eating Too Much Fiber Cause Mineral Deficiencies?

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 14:00:00 GMT

The Institute of Medicine hasn’t set an upper limit on fiber, meaning that there’s no amount at which it’s considered toxic. That doesn’t mean that an excess of fiber...

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Teeth Tell Black Death Genetic Tale

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 03:45:00 GMT

DNA from the teeth of medieval plague victims indicates the pathogen likely first arrived in eastern Europe before spreading across the continent.

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The U.S. Should Tighten Vaccination Mandates

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:30:00 GMT

Existing religious and philosophical exemptions endanger public health

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The Scientific Evidence for the Health Benefits of Cordyceps

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 14:00:00 GMT

The Cordyceps fungus is said to have the power to fix a host of health problems, from muscle fatigue to diabetes. But are the claims too good to be true?

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The U.S. Needs to Tighten Vaccination Mandates

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Existing religious and philosophical exemptions endanger public health

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Talking Health and Energy at U.N. Climate Action Summit

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 21:13:00 GMT

Scientific American senior editor Jen Schwartz talks with WHO officials Maria Neira and Agnès Soucat about climate and health and with Rachel Kyte, special representative to the U.N....

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Are Antibiotics Damaging Your Family's Health?

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

The CDC calls their misuse “one of the most serious public health problems in the United States”

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While Searching for the Perfect Vaccine, Keep Using the Very Good

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

The anti-vaccine movement fails to live up to its own rhetoric

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Vaginal Fluid Transplants Hold Promise but Raise Safety Concerns

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:45:00 GMT

A small study tested the approach for treating a common bacterial infection by restoring a healthy microbiome

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Molecules in Blood Spike Hours before Seizures

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Researchers measured a predictive increase in transfer RNA in people with epilepsy

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The Importance of Forearm Strength and How to Build It

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 19:30:00 GMT

Do you have weak forearms? Is your lack of forearm strength holding you back? The Get-Fit Guy answers a listener’s question and gets to the bottom of this weakness

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Doctors Should Care for Patients and Social Justice

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Medical students must be taught to address systemic problems that contribute to poor health

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Discovery of Molecular Switch for How Cells Use Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:10:00 GMT

Research by William Kaelin, Jr., Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza led the way for applications in treating anemia, cancer and other diseases

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Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 10:54:00 GMT

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to William G. Kaelin, Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen...

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Five Interventions for Treating Multidrug-Resistant TB

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

The FDA has approved a drug combination that could be a game changer. We should make sure its use is equitable and sustainable

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Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Resemble Chemical Burns

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:15:00 GMT

A study of 17 patients with the mysterious illnesses revealed inflammation suggestive of inhaled toxic substances

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Living with Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Thailand is trying to communicate the risk through museum exhibitions

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Vaping-Related Illness Has a New Name: EVALI

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:30:00 GMT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the name in new guidance on the illness, which has sickened nearly 1,300 people across 49 states

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How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:11:00 GMT

William Kaelin, Jr., Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza share the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.”...

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Why U.S. Officials Investigating Mysterious Vaping Deaths Are Focusing on Flavorings

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 19:00:00 GMT

As lung injuries among e-cigarette users mount amid a youth vaping epidemic, the impact of new restrictions remains unclear

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Can Rabbits Help Unravel the Mystery of Female Orgasm?

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 19:15:00 GMT

A study suggests the phenomenon may have evolved from a mechanism for triggering ovulation

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What Is Death, Exactly?

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Even in a hospital setting, the answer is far from straightforward

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China Needs Stronger Ethical Safeguards in Biomedicine

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 GMT

As the country seeks to become a research powerhouse, it must rectify worrisome practices

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Is It Possible to Get Fit Fast?

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Everybody wants to get that beach body right now or to run that 10k next month, but can you really get fit fast?

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