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Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:01pm

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.

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Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:35pm

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

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Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:05pm

It's aimed at rotavirus, a nasty pathogen that can cause diarrhea and kills more than 500 children a day in developing countries.

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A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:01pm

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

(Image credit: Hadi Shafiee/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School)

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:09pm

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.

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You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:34am

A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning.

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:50pm

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

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Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:03am

Move over Japanese women. You've been dethroned as the population with the healthiest hearts. This group of people can fight off heart disease even into their 80s. What's their secret?

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Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:01am

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.

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Doctors Consider Ethics Of Costly Heart Surgery For People Addicted To Opioids

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00am

A troubling trend has followed the opioid epidemic: people who use intravenous drugs are getting heart infections, driving up hospital bills and stirring an ethical debate among doctors.

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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:05pm

Jesus' tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. "This monument today is free," said Antonia Moropolou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

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Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:39pm

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.

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Climate Change As An Issue Of National Security

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 6:52am

Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a national security threat. Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway talks about how the Pentagon will manage challenges presented by climate change.

Should The U.S. Government Buy A Drug Company To Save Money?

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Most of the millions in the U.S. who are infected with hepatitis C can't afford the cure. Some say the U.S. could save money and cure more people if it bought the drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc.

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#CuriousGoat: Ask Us About Climate Change And Global Well-being

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:47pm

What questions do you have about the toll that climate change is taking — and about possible solutions?

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Digitization Unearths New Data From Cold War-Era Nuclear Test Films

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:45pm

The U.S. conducted hundreds of atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962 — and filmed them. A project to digitize those films has changed the analysis of the nuclear explosions themselves.

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Study: 'Urgent' Action Against Global Warming Needed To Save Coral Reefs

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:22pm

After another major coral bleaching event, a new study has concluded that securing a future for coral reefs "ultimately requires urgent and rapid action to reduce global warming."

(Image credit: Greg Torda /ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:55pm

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

Groovy: Scientists Say They've Found The First Fluorescent Frog

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:03pm

The South American polka dot tree frog initially appears unremarkable. But when researchers in Argentina shined an ultraviolet light on the frog, it glowed.

(Image credit: Julián Faivovich and Carlos Taboada (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia"—CONICET))

One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:45pm

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

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