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April 26, 2015

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11:44 PM | Xenotransplantation: When People Get Animal Parts by...
Xenotransplantation: When People Get Animal Parts by scishow: How can we transplant animal tissue into humans? And will we ever be able to grow customized organs? SciShow explains! Support at: https://www.patreon.com/scishow
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8:35 PM | Top 5 Regrets People Have Before Dying by asapscience: What do...
Top 5 Regrets People Have Before Dying by asapscience: What do people regret most before they die? It’s nice to have help putting things into perspective sometimes, like this! We hope you all got as much out of it as we did. Get the AsapSCIENCE book: http://bit.ly/asapbook
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7:35 PM | Dr. Oz Accuses Critics of Trying to Silence Him
TV's Dr. Oz has come under fire by critics for spreading medical misinformation, but he's defiant.
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2:07 PM | Drinking just 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day linked to liver disease
According to the World Health Organization, excessive alcohol drinking is the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide. A new worldwide study presented at The International Liver CongressTM 2015 has shown […]
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2:06 PM | Just an hour of TV a day linked to unhealthy weight in kindergartners
New research shows that it doesn’t take much for kids to be considered couch potatoes. Kindergartners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of television a day were […]
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2:05 PM | Serving healthy foods with a smile may entice students to eat better
Labeling healthy foods with smiley faces and offering small prizes for buying nutritious items may be a low-cost way to get students to make healthy choices in the school lunch […]
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2:04 PM | Despite warnings, health food stores recommend OTC dietary supplements to minors
Fifteen year olds are not only able to buy over-the-counter dietary supplements from a sampling of health food stores across the country, the staff at those stores actually went so […]
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12:00 PM | Death of a Movie Star (Part One of Two)
They called him “the screen’s most perfect lover” and a matinee idol. Though Wallace Reid is largely forgotten today, nobody ever suspected that the scandal surrounding his 1923 drug death would shape the kind of movies Hollywood made about drug...           Related StoriesThe Heroin Miracle (Part Two of Two)Surviving the Essex Disaster (Part 3 of 3)The Freud-Frink Fiasco 

April 25, 2015

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11:48 PM | Cuba Has Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine for 20 Years. Now It’s Heading to the US
During the early 1990s, the Cuban government’s Molecular Immunology Center began testing a groundbreaking lung cancer vaccine called CimaVax. Besides treating the symptoms of the disease, the vaccine also helps prevents recurrence of the cancer. With Cuba and the United States normalizing relations in December, CimaVax could be available in the U.S. in the not so distant future. Kelvin Lee is the chief of immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New […]
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10:29 PM | Are Bodybuilders At Higher Risk For Testicular Cancer? In an...
Are Bodybuilders At Higher Risk For Testicular Cancer? In an attempt to gain more muscle mass, a lot of bodybuilders take performance enhancing supplements such as creatine and androstenedione. Are these supplements safe? Read More:Testicular cancer link found for muscle-building supplements Study finds cancer link for muscle-building supplementsCreatine: What It Is, What It Does, and Its Side EffectsAndrostenedioneMuscle-building supplements creatine and androstenedione ‘increase risk of […]
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5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002

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5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002

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5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002

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5:00 PM | scientiflix: The One Thing That Makes You Smarter! Exercise...
scientiflix: The One Thing That Makes You Smarter! Exercise isn’t just good for your body - it’s good for your brain! Find out how exercise increases gray matter. By: Think Tank. Fun video from the folks at theyoungturks. Also, there’s been a lot of research about exercise and smarts (e.g. x, x, x).So take advantage of spring, and go run wild… before getting home and geeking out stronger than ever =]
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4:47 PM | Does The Placebo Effect Work On You? Have you ever heard of the...
Does The Placebo Effect Work On You? Have you ever heard of the placebo effect? How does it work, and are some people more likely to feel its full effect? Read More:Placebos work – even without deceptionThe placebome: Where genetics and the placebo effect meetThe Powerful Placebo in Cought Studies? By: DNews.
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3:00 PM | First malaria vaccine shows promise despite efficacy drop-off
Final phase 3 trial results of a malaria vaccine designed to knock down the high burden of disease in African children showed that it can prevent a substantial number of […]
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1:59 PM | Follow-Up on the Makayla Sault/J.J./Hippocrates Health Institute Case: J.J. Went Back to Chemo
Finally, two items of good news come out of this dreadful affair in which Aboriginal families stopped chemotherapeutic treatment for their leukemic daughters and sought nonsensical pseudoscientific treatment in Florida. While one of the children passed away this winter, the other, known in the media as “J.J.”, is being reported as feeling well. Could it … Continue reading →
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7:27 AM | Kids with autism: a highly [psychotropic] medicated group?
"In keeping with international studies this sample of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] was a highly medicated group."So said the results of the study reported by Kerry-Ann Louw and colleagues [1] back in 2013 who noted that approximately one quarter of their cohort were currently in receipt of "psychotropic medications". I don't want to linger too much on this topic given that such findings tally with other peer-reviewed reports including those with much larger […]

Louw KA, Bentley J, Sorsdahl K & Adnams CM (2013). Prevalence and patterns of medication use in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in the Western Cape, South Africa., Journal of child and adolescent mental health, 25 (1) 69-79. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25860309

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April 24, 2015

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11:33 PM | Chinese Scientists Just Genetically Modified Human Embryos for the First Time Ever
In a controversial breakthrough, a group of Chinese researchers has admitted to tweaking the genes of human embryos for the first time in human history. The scientists used a genome-editing enzyme called CRISPR/Cas9, which has the ability to cut out damaged segments of DNA (that may carry genetic defects) and replace those segments with healthy DNA. In other words, CRISPR could potentially be used to “cleanse” a child’s genome of deadly […]
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10:15 PM | Why Aren’t We Eating More Bugs?
Crispy cricket tacos, bee larvae sandwiches, banana worm bread--you may already know that bug-based recipes are all the rage lately. But even in the face of evidence that…
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8:19 PM | Diabetes drug found in freshwater potential cause of intersex fish
A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –or male fish that produce eggs. The study determined exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish exposed to doses similar to the amount in wastewater effluent. “In […]

Niemuth, N. & Klaper, R. (2015). Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish, Chemosphere, 135 38-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.060

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8:19 PM | Diabetes drug found in freshwater potential cause of intersex fish
A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –or male fish that produce eggs. The study determined exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish exposed to doses similar to the amount in wastewater effluent. “In […]

Niemuth, N. & Klaper, R. (2015). Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish, Chemosphere, 135 38-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.060

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8:19 PM | Diabetes drug found in freshwater potential cause of intersex fish
A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –or male fish that produce eggs. The study determined exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish exposed to doses similar to the amount in wastewater effluent. “In […]

Niemuth, N. & Klaper, R. (2015). Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish, Chemosphere, 135 38-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.060

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7:40 PM | Though trial results published in The Lancet show malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 to be only partially ef
Though trial results published in The Lancet show malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 to be only partially effective, the intervention is still being hailed as a breakthrough. It’s “a classic example of the glass half full and glass half-empty”, vaccine expert Brian Greenwood, who has been involved in the project for two decades, told The Guardian.Read more...
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6:00 PM | Vaccine Prevents Hundreds Of Cases Of Malaria During Experiment
In 2013, almost 600,000 people died of malaria, a disease caused by a parasite passed to humans through mosquito bites. But these deaths--mostly among children in…
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5:25 PM | Shoe-based sensor system smartens up gait rehabilitation and...
Shoe-based sensor system smartens up gait rehabilitation and therapy It may look like an insole, but this Smart Shoes system developed at the Mechanical Systems Control Lab at UC Berkeley could help physical therapists get their patients walking better, faster. Sensors capture information to create a detailed picture of the patient’s gait and walking abnormalities, while real-time visual feedback helps patients and therapists see and measure change and progress. The result: made-to-order […]
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3:29 PM | Cribs are for sleeping, car seats are for traveling
Sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for infants 1-12 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on their back on a firm […]
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3:28 PM | Understanding the body’s response to worms and allergies
Research from The University of Manchester is bringing scientists a step closer to developing new therapies for controlling the body’s response to allergies and parasitic worm infections. In a paper […]
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3:24 PM | Are hospitals doing all they can to prevent C. diff infections? Not yet, new study finds
Nearly half of American hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more – despite […]
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3:23 PM | Dead feeder cells support stem cell growth
Stem cells naturally cling to feeder cells as they grow in petri dishes. Scientists have thought for years that this attachment occurs because feeder cells serve as a support system, […]
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