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Why Does Ebola Keep Showing Up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Fri, 11 May 2018 11:15:00 GMT

The country has been roiled by nine outbreaks of the disease

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How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks

Mon, 14 May 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Climate change is accelerating the spread of disease—and making it much harder to predict outbreaks

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A Warming Climate May Produce More Drug-Resistant Infections

Mon, 21 May 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Hotter temperatures can lead to increased growth and genetic mutations

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After Controversy over Industry Funding, NIH Halts Enrollment in Moderate Drinking Study

Sat, 19 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The agency is investigating how money for the study was raised and whether it is still worth pursuing

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Great Ape Makes Good Doc

Wed, 16 May 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Orangutans were observed to use plant extracts to treat their own pain.

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The Future of Medicine 2018

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:00:00 GMT

How emerging diseases in a changing world jeopardize public health, and what can be done

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A New Push for a Universal Flu Vaccine

Mon, 14 May 2018 11:30:00 GMT

One experimental shot is slated for human testing

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Memory Transferred between Snails, Challenging Standard Theory of How the Brain Remembers

Mon, 14 May 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Research finding hints at the possibility of new treatments to restore lost memories

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A Hangover Pill? Tests on Drunk Mice Show Promise

Thu, 10 May 2018 11:00:00 GMT

The treatment decreased rodents’ blood alcohol level by 45 percent

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Vaccines Built for the Rich Don't Protect the Poor as Well

Wed, 09 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The same preventive shot may be less effective in poor neighborhoods than in rich ones

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Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?

Thu, 10 May 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Researchers are intent on decoding body-brain nerve signals to diagnose ailments

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Vermont Legislators Pass Law Allowing Drug Imports

Sat, 19 May 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The state is the first to approve such legislation, but importation would still require federal sign-off

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The Belly Fat Battle

Tue, 08 May 2018 13:00:00 GMT

A wider waist is dangerous for reasons we don’t fully grasp

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Chemotherapy Timing Could Influence How Well the Treatment Works

Sun, 13 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Circadian clocks influence DNA repair processes

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The Best Way to Use Compression Gear

Sat, 19 May 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Tons of pro athletes are wearing compression gear and using compression machines to improve their performance. But do they really work?

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Everything You Need to Know about the Ebola Vaccine

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Public health workers are preparing to roll out inoculations even as the disease has spread to an urban location

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WHO Officials Fear Latest Ebola Outbreak in Congo Could Spread to Big Cities

Wed, 09 May 2018 20:30:00 GMT

Two cases in the western part of the country have been confirmed

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Experimental Vaccine Will be Used against Ebola Outbreak in the DRC

Mon, 14 May 2018 15:00:00 GMT

The inoculation, called V920, was developed by Merck

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Can You Absorb Nutrients Through Your Skin?

Sat, 12 May 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Nicotine, hormones and certain medications can all be delivered through the skin through medicinal patches or creams. Why not vitamins and minerals?

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Stool-Pigeon Poop Reveals Bird-Racing Fouls

Wed, 16 May 2018 01:20:00 GMT

Racing pigeons is big business—and doping is common. Now scientists have devised a way to detect doping in the avian athletes. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Is Malaria's Peculiar Odor Key to Its Conquest?

Mon, 14 May 2018 20:47:00 GMT

The smell attracts mosquitoes, and may help identify hidden cases

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Trump Denounces "Middlemen" and Largely Spares Pharma in Drug Pricing Speech

Fri, 11 May 2018 20:15:00 GMT

The White House proposal would not allow Medicare to negotiate prices or expand medication imports

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Does Parkinson's Begin in the Gut?

Tue, 08 May 2018 10:45:00 GMT

A growing body of evidence links the neurodegenerative disease to the gastrointestinal tract, opening new possibilities for treatment

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Global Infections by the Numbers

Thu, 10 May 2018 11:30:00 GMT



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Amgen's New Migraine Drug Will Cost 30 Percent Less Than Wall Street Expected

Fri, 18 May 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Clinical trial patients had two fewer headaches a month compared with those who received a placebo 

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