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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

We Deliver Vaccines to the World's Poorest, Hardest-to-Reach Children

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:00:00 GMT

The 2019 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award is a gratifying validation of the work we do at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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Fight or Flight May Be in Our Bones

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:45:00 GMT

A protein released from bone is involved in triggering the body’s reaction to stress

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Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat—but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine

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Contaminant That May Be Causing the Mysterious Vaping-Related Illnesses Found

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Many of the products used by sick patients contained an oil derived from vitamin E, according to news reports

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Cholesterol Climbs after Crows Chomp Cheeseburgers

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:00:00 GMT

Wild animals that live near humans have higher cholesterol than their rural counterparts—and our food could be to blame. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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The Closure of a Historic Hospital Is an Ominous Warning Sign

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Hahnemann University Hospital has been serving Philadelphia’s poorest residents since 1848; its demise is a harbinger of worse to come

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Fetal Scans and Mammograms--There's a Groupon for That

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Discount coupons let patients pin down costs before treatment, but raise worries about unnecessary tests and radiation

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The Perks of Being Outdoors Backed Up By Science

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The cover story of our latest issue of Scientific American Health & Medicine explores this sweeping new study

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New Clues to the Way We Metabolize Sugar

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A gene that appeared sometime after humans began processing their food seems to protect some people from type 2 diabetes

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What Can Genes Tell Us about Fitness?

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:30:00 GMT

Can understanding our genes help us get fit and healthy? Get-Fit Guy interviewed Dr. Dan Reardon of FitnessGenes to find out

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What Wolves in Yellowstone Can Teach Us about Probiotics

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Your body, like the national park, is an ecosystem—and all ecosystems are not the same

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C-Section Babies Are Missing Key Microbes

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:30:00 GMT

A U.K. study provides the best evidence yet that the way infants are born can alter their microbiome—but the health effects are unclear

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When Vitamin Pills Are Too Much of a Good Thing

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Taking megadoses of vitamins can be risky, as a recent study shows

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Hunt for Cause of Vaping Illness Suggests Multiple Mechanisms of Damage

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:15:00 GMT

The leading hypothesis for the appearance of deadly lung problems does not fit with all presentations of the illness

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What Chili Peppers Can Teach Us about Pain

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 15:00:00 GMT

U.C. San Francisco researcher and Breakthrough Prize–winner David Julius talks about capsaicin, opioids and snake vision

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Can You Be Healthy at Any Size?

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:30:00 GMT

It’s not that your weight doesn’t matter. It’s just that it’s not the only thing that matters

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Mapping HIV Prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa  

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Having more localized data on infection rates within countries could help health authorities better target treatment 

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Spaceflight Alters the Gut Microbes of Mice and Men

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Intestinal bacteria in mice on the space shuttle and International Space Station underwent changes similar to those of astronaut Scott Kelly

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Making Medicine More Compassionate

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

It’s crucial—and it’s teachable

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear about Stem Cells

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:00:00 GMT

The science is progressing rapidly, but bad actors have co-opted stem cells’ hope and promise by preying on unsuspecting patients and their families

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A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Inactivating this protein in human cells and mice provided immunity to a range of viruses, but an effective treatment is still a long way off

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Possible Carcinogen Found in a Common Heartburn Medication Is Present in Some Foods

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:15:00 GMT

Some forms of the drug ranitidine—including Zantac—have been shown to contain low levels of NDMA, which causes cancer in rats

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Failure to Condemn: A Global Health Crisis Targeting Women Affects Us Here

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Rep. Ilhan Omar missed an opportunity to call out the victimization of women and girls through female genital mutilation or cutting

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Cancer Cells Have "Unsettling" Ability to Hijack the Brain's Nerves

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Startling discovery could open up avenues for treating some aggressive tumors

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Immune-Cell Pioneers Win Prestigious Lasker Medical Award

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:00:00 GMT

The prizes honored the discoverers of B and T cells, the inventors of a breast cancer treatment, and a vaccination NGO

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