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U.S. Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:15:00 GMT

Edited embryos should be allowed in specific contexts, National Academies say

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Is Your Gut Making You Depressed or Anxious?

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT

This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections

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These Microscopic Bots Could Swim through the Bloodstream to Deliver Drugs

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Chemists create micro swimmers that can be controlled by light

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Why You Should Donate Your Medical Data When You Die

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:15:00 GMT

Organs are not the only item of value from the deceased

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Secrets of Life in a Spoonful of Blood

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:45:00 GMT

The intricate development of the fetus is yielding its long-held secrets to state-of-the-art molecular technologies that can make use of the mother's blood

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Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:15:00 GMT

Many women must travel an hour or longer to find a hospital where they can deliver their babies

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Trump Immigration Ban May Threaten International Work on Disease

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:00:00 GMT

The ensuing damage to scientific collaboration puts the U.S. at risk, researchers say 

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Do Heartburn Medications Really Cause Dementia?

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Recently we talked about the two-way connection between the brain and the small and large intestines (aka the gut). This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen continues our journey through...

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Biting Back: Developing a Dengue Vaccine

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT

We've been working on it for more than 70 years; here’s how we’re finally getting there, and what still needs to be done

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Doctors Are Speaking Out against Trump

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Physicians must walk a careful line between medical practice and political activism, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stand up for their beliefs

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Disputed CRISPR Patents Stay with Broad Institute, U.S. Panel Rules

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:15:00 GMT

Three judges have released their decision

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The Hunger Gains: Extreme Calorie-Restriction Diet Shows Anti-Aging Results

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:00 GMT

A new study shows five days of hunger a month may reduce risk factors for aging and age-related diseases

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Super Bowl Snacks Need These Exercise Equivalents

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:14:00 GMT

Charles Platkin, director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, published tips on what it would take to burn off the calories we typically consume during the Super Bowl  

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Shortchanging a Baby's Microbiome

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT

C-sections and formula feeding could be interfering with a critical biological process

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Mistakes at U.S. Lab Force Hundreds of Zika Tests to be Repeated

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Two women were incorrectly told they tested negative 

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6 Takeaways from the CRISPR Patent Decision

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:00 GMT

The landmark ruling will have ripple effects

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Autism Starts Months before Symptoms Appear, Study Shows

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:15:00 GMT

Flagging children early offers the possibility of more effective treatment

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Most Americans Think the Benefits of the MMR Vaccine Outweigh Risks

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Some groups still have concerns, however, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center

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Is Low Fat or Low Carb Better for Weight Loss?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT

The secret to healthy weight loss may have nothing to do with how many carbs or how much fat you eat. Read on to find the surprising factor that might make all the difference

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Go West, Allergy Sufferers: Dust Mites Avoid Arid America

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:00:00 GMT

But don’t go too far west—the West Coast (like its eastern counterpart) is a mite utopia

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Scientists Protest Trump Order with Boycotts of Journals, Conferences

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 GMT

More than 4,500 academics have pledged to skip U.S.-based meetings

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Two Words Trigger CDC To Stay Quiet

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:05:00 GMT

Researchers and administrators at the CDC dare not utter the words guns or firearms for fear of budget cuts from Congress, according to health policy researcher David Hemenway.  

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Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:00:00 GMT

DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.

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Traffic Gridlock Is Linked to More Crime

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:30:00 GMT

The psychological cost of these jams may be underestimated

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Alzheimer's Drug Fails in Another Crushing Disappointment

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Merck halts a late-stage trial of verubecestat, which targeted an enzyme involved in brain plaque formation  

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