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Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital

Friday, March 20, 2015

Over four months of tracking and testing, French researchers mapped the hops that bacteria made from one person to another. Within a month, a third of patients were newly colonized with staph.

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.

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How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A child stricken with the deadliest form of the disease can quickly fall unconscious and die. A doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring out how this happens. At last, she has the answer.

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The Dangerous Distractions Of Spring Break

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Does Spring Break cause an increase in traffic fatalities? There's new research that may give parents and students pause.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A study that followed more than 3,000 babies into adulthood found those who were breast-fed had slightly higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets' worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

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Clues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research

Monday, March 16, 2015

The brain's cerebellum helps shape thinking and emotion, as well as physical coordination, research shows. Could stimulating that part of the brain help ease some aspects of autism and schizophrenia?

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Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

Monday, March 16, 2015

The quick rise of measles infections in the wake of cases reported among Disneyland visitors underscores how even a small dip in vaccination rates can allow the virus to spread.

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Before The Gas Is Passed, Researchers Aim To Measure It In The Gut

Thursday, March 12, 2015

As people's health waxes or wanes because of stress or disease, their intestinal ecosystems change, too. It may be possible someday to diagnose disease by analyzing the gas the microbes make.

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Results Of Many Clinical Trials Not Being Reported

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Federal law requires publicly-funded medical researchers to promptly report the results of many experimental treatments. But few are doing so, a review shows, and patients may be hurt.

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Think Man-Sized Swimming Centipede โ€” And Be Glad It's A Fossil

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This sea monster swam Earth's seas about 480 million years ago and was the biggest creature of its day, scientists say.

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How Big Sugar Steered Research On A 'Tooth Decay Vaccine'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Though it never panned out, the sugar industry backed research to develop a vaccine to fight tooth decay, old industry documents reveal. Researchers say the goal was to deflect efforts to limit sugar.

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Documents Detail Sugar Industry Efforts To Direct Medical Research

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A dentist unearths documents detailing the sugar industry's influence over the National Institutes of Health's research agenda in the 1960s and 1970s. At issue: setting limits for sugar intake.

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Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City In Honduran Jungle

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chris Fisher, an archaeologist who recently returned from the site of a lost city, says that some of the objects there looked as if they hadn't been touched in centuries.

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Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Monday, March 09, 2015

Corinne Lasmezas began her career studying a disease that destroys the brains of cattle. Now she's using what she learned to search for drugs that can stop human brain diseases.

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How Do You Get People To Work Harder? Keep The Reward A Secret

Monday, March 09, 2015

When we're asked to do something, we often ask, "What's in it for me?" or "What am I going to get out of it?" Research suggests not knowing what you will get can sometimes be a strong motivator.

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Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

Sunday, March 08, 2015

A video from NASA shows how air pollution moves around the world. So what happens when emissions from Asia blow across the Pacific Ocean to North America?

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These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.

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