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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.

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Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Teachers can become frustrated when students don't seem to try hard when it comes to schoolwork. There's a surprising explanation of why some students might not be putting their best effort forward.

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Why Knuckles Crack

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.

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No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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If Walls Could Talk: What Lead Is Doing To Our Students

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new study says Massachusetts' aggressive effort to lower lead exposure has also improved student performance.

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The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Monday, April 13, 2015

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Friday, April 10, 2015

Renegade cells floating through seawater apparently cause the cancer, scientists say. Though people can't catch it, the malignancy might offer clues to how cancer cells spread in the human body.

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Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Friday, April 10, 2015

Babies have a microbe in their gut that prevents infections and helps the immune system. But not all infants get the bacteria at the same time, or in the same amount. Scientists have figured out why.

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Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The same receptor on nerve endings that makes sinuses tingle when we eat wasabi plays an important role in the pain of inflammation. The first 3-D view of the receptor could lead to better pain drugs.

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Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?

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What's My Chance Of Having A Baby? A Better Predictor Of IVF Success

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Achieving pregnancy with in vitro fertilization depends largely on your age. But other factors contribute, too. A study compares two online tools aimed at giving couples a realistic sense of the odds.

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Why Is Condom-Use Suddenly Dropping Among College Sophomores?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Research at multiple universities shows the decline in safe sex is concentrated among students from low-income families. But why are these students less likely to practice safe sex?

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Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A modified venom from scorpions that carries a dye into the brain and makes tumors glow has cleared its latest hurdle. But will this attempt to improve brain surgery work in humans as well as animals?

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Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We're not talking about just a smidge. Roughly 10 percent of samples tested contained at least 10 percent cow's milk. Doctors say the diluted milk could be dangerous for babies for several reasons.

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Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

Monday, April 06, 2015

A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."

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Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Monday, April 06, 2015

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don't threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Large Hadron Collider Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The giant particle accelerator at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, underwent a number of upgrades, including a doubling of the energy with which it can smash protons together.

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Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

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A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world โ€” about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.

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