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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Poised to Ban Abortion

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy had been a swing vote on the issue

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Smart Mouth Guard Senses Muscle Fatigue

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:02:00 GMT

A prototype flexible electronic mouth guard can measure lactate levels in an athlete’s saliva, tracking muscle fatigue during training and performance.

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China Expands Surveillance of Sewage to Police Illegal Drug Use

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Privacy concerns, cultural differences fuel skepticism about this approach in other settings

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Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Schools: The Reality

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:00:00 GMT

More students are coming from marginalized groups, but when they arrive they’re often told to hide what makes them different

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Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Subtle mutations can undermine our ability to fend off a specific bug

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A Sense of Discovery: How the Immune System Works with the Brain

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 GMT



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Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:45:00 GMT

Activating the reward system boosts anti-tumor immunity in mice

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Cold Cases Heat Up as Law Enforcement Uses Genetics to Solve Past Crimes

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Since the Golden State killer was caught, the same family ancestry database has led to more arrests

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What Is Green Exercise?

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:15:00 GMT

Being outdoors can lower our levels of stress, our pulse rate, and even our blood pressure. But what happens when we exercise in a green space?

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Do Microwaves Cause Cancer?

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Let’s take a look at 4 microwave myths that science has proven false

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Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:18:00 GMT

Medical responders will be on the lookout for signs of infection

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Use of "Smart Drugs" on the Rise

Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:45:00 GMT

European nations see biggest increases in use of stimulants such as Ritalin by people seeking brain-boosting effects

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FDA Approves First Drug Derived from Marijuana

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The approval of Epidiolex® is a major milestone in bringing safe, effective cannabinoid-based medications to patients

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Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details about You--and It Could Raise Your Rates

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about race, marital status and other sensitive information

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Light Beam Lets the Deaf (Gerbil) Hear

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:45:00 GMT

A next-generation cochlear implant might allow the hearing-impaired to listen to music and cope with noise

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There's No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Life Span Debate

Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The findings counter some previous work

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Druggists Shouldn't Act as Morality Police

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT

A number of states let pharmacists deny service based purely on their personal beliefs. That’s unconscionable.

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Potential DNA Damage from CRISPR "Seriously Underestimated," Study Finds

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:30:00 GMT

A flurry of recent findings highlight a contentious question in this area 

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CRISPR Makes Cancer Cells Turncoats That Attack Their Tumor

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:30:00 GMT

The experimental approach showed promise across three types of malignancies in mice

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Resistance to Gonorrhea Spurs Bespoke Treatments

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Researchers are developing diagnostics to determine which drugs might work for specific patients

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Does Sparkling Water Make You Hungry?

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Carbonated drinks may increase the "hunger hormone" ghrelin, but these hormones are only one of many factors that contribute to our subjective experience of being hungry

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California Clinic Screens Asylum Seekers for Honesty

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Facilities like these hunt for evidence that can determine the fate of applicants

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Invasive Giant Hogweed's Solar-Activated Sap Causes Blistering Skin Burns

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:45:00 GMT

The plant, which has spread to 11 states and was recently found in Virginia, attacks the DNA in human cells

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Fueled by Climate Change, Wildfires Erode Air Quality Gains

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Such fires are causing spikes in fine particles that threaten human health

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FDA Chief Slams Drugmakers for Stalling Release of Biosimilars

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Americans could have saved $4.5 billion last year if these products were more available, agency official says

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