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Antiperspirant Boosts Armpit and Toe-Web Microbial Diversity

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Rather than wiping microbes out, antiperspirants and foot powders increased the diversity of microbial flora in armpits and between toes. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Fed Up with Washington, ALS Advocates Consider ACT UP's Take-No-Prisoners Approach

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Patients want drugs fast-tracked through FDA approval process

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How Does Insulin Work in Our Bodies?

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT

What is insulin and how do our bodies use it?

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Is BMI an Accurate Way to Measure Body Fat?

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:00:00 GMT

As widespread as the BMI method of body measurement is, the ever-growing consensus is that this one-size-fits-all approach may be flawed

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The Biggest Health Problem: Obesity

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 15:00:00 GMT

A sugary beverage tax is just a start, but it exemplifies the population-wide approach we need

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Preserved Poop Is an Archaeological Treasure

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Anthropologists found parasite eggs in ancient poop samples, providing a glimpse of human health as hunter-gatherers transitioned to settlements. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Biothreats, Real and Imagined

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

We have more to fear from natural pathogens than from biological weapons

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You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:57:00 GMT

People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that's probably a gross underestimate.

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"Flesh Eating" Bacteria May Be Spreading to Beaches Once Thought Off-Limits

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:00:00 GMT

The bacteria, which normally live in warmer waters, have caused infections in waters near Delaware and New Jersey

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The U.S. Needs to Tighten Vaccination Mandates

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Existing religious and philosophical exemptions endanger public health

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Aflatoxins in Nuts: Danger or Hype?

Thu, 06 Jun 2019 14:45:00 GMT

Some of the scary things you may have heard about nuts and aflatoxins are probably exaggerated. Nonetheless, these are not imaginary concerns

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Race Matters to the Health of African-American Men

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

The recent, premature death of director John Singleton is a tragic case in point

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The Cannabis Culture Wars

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Engaging with enthusiasts and alarmists alike can take its toll on one’s patience

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Virtual Reality Might Be the Next Big Thing for Mental Health

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

The technology holds vast potential for insights into the workings of human brains

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Russian Biologist Plans More CRISPR-Edited Babies

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:00:00 GMT

The proposal follows a Chinese scientist who claimed to have created twins from edited embryos last year

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Racism Is Literally Bad for Our Health

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:00:00 GMT

We must change the attitudes, practices and policies that disadvantage some racial and ethnic populations

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FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 19:45:00 GMT

Changes could endanger promising medical research

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Meet the Eye Microbiome

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Bacteria live on our eyeballs, and understanding their role could help treat common eye diseases

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Cancer Prevention Should Start before Birth

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:00:00 GMT

We can now identify risk factors that seem to affect a developing fetus

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Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Immunization reduces the likelihood of a painful reemergence of the virus in kids

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The 2019 Worldwide Fitness Trends

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:15:00 GMT

The annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 13th year

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Cancer Survivors Deserve Coordinated Care

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 16:00:00 GMT

I know, because I’m a survivor too

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Elite Athletes' Gut Bacteria Give Rodent Runners a Boost

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:30:00 GMT

The chemical these bacteria produce appears to enhance athleticism

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Are Omega-3 Eggs as Good as Eating Fish?

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:30:00 GMT

Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. But what if you can't eat seafood? Can omega-3 enriched eggs or peanut butter provide the same health benefits?

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Elite Runners' Microbes Make Mice Mightier

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 03:25:00 GMT

Mice fed bacteria isolated from elite athletes logged more treadmill time than other mice that got bacteria found in yogurt.

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Drug makers may shift R&D focus to 'more

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Tobacco Money at the University of

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Development costs still rise, but success is

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