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    • Too Much Information? FDA Clears 23AndMe to Sell Home Genetic Tests for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Genetic testing company 23AndMe is back with a controversial new offering, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday green-lighted the company’s request to market a fresh batch of direct-to-consumer tests. Soon, with a simple saliva swab dropped in the mail, customers will be able to get answers about their genetic risk for developing 10 maladies—including Parkinson’s disease and late-onset Alzheimer’s.

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    • Fact or Fiction?: Vaccines Are Dangerous

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    • Length: 9 mins
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    Overwhelming medical evidence proves that negative side effects are rare and minor.

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    • The Secret to Speed

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    • Length: 13 mins
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    Although running as a sport dates back to at least 776 BC when a footrace was the only event in the earliest Olympic Games, the science underpinning it has long lagged far behind. Perhaps the earliest attempt to obtain rigorous data on runners came from British Nobelist Archibald Hill, who in 1927 conducted an experiment in which runners wearing magnets sprinted past large coils of wire that detected the magnets.

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    • New HIV Genetic Evidence Dispels 'Patient Zero' Myth

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Genome analysis reveals that the AIDS-causing virus circulated in the US as early as 1971.

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    • Is Supercooling the Body an Effective Therapy?

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    The approach is popular for treating achy joints and muscles, but hard evidence is lacking.

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    • Dirty Money

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    The public health case for a cashless society.

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    • Trump Administration Restricts News From Federal Scientists at USDA, EPA

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    The curbs echo what happened in Canada six years ago.

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    • The Anesthesia Dilemma

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    • Length: 12 mins
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    Researchers are trying to determine if chemicals used to knock out young children during surgery can have long-term repercussions on memory and development.

    "The Anesthesia Dilemma" is from scientificamerican.com, published on June 30, 2015.

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    • Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    • Length: 11 mins
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    Many women must travel an hour or longer to find a hospital where they can deliver their babies.

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    • What's Behind the 2016 Mumps Spike in the U.S.?

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Outbreaks across the country have fueled more than 4,000 cases

    "What's Behind the 2016 Mumps Spike in the U.S.?" is from scientificamerican.com, published on December 16, 2016.

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    • Are You a Magnet for Mosquitoes?

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Researchers are studying the way twins smell for clues about the genetic basis of insect appeal.

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    • Ebola's West African Rampage Was Likely Bolstered by a Mutation

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    What made the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa so virulent? The virus that seeped across borders and killed more than 11,000 people in the region had at least one genetic mutation that better equipped it to breach human cells, new research suggests. The startling discovery provides the first evidence that genetic changes likely sped up transmission—and may have made the terrifying disease even more deadly for humans.

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    • How Quickly Could Obamacare Be Erased?

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Obamacare’s days may be numbered. The Affordable Care Act has survived dozens of recall attempts by the House of Representatives and two challenges brought to the US Supreme Court. But with a Donald Trump presidency and a new Republican-led House and Senate, the bill - or at least certain key provisions - is almost certainly headed for the chopping block.

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    • Geographic Variability in Zika-Related Birth Defects Baffles Scientists

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Theories about disease patterns abound, but evidence and explanations are scarce.

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    • Geographic Variability in Zika-Related Birth Defects Baffles Scientists

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Theories about disease patterns abound, but evidence and explanations are scarce.

    "Geographic Variability in Zika-Related Birth Defects Baffles Scientists" is from scientificamerican.com, published on November 16, 2016.

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    • How Bacteria-Laden Poop Is Killing American Squash and Melons

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    • Length: 8 mins
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    Gird your gourds. A deadly bacterium transmitted via beetle poop is threatening bright blossoms and bulbous vegetables in the U.S. By the time yellowing leaves and signs of wilting become apparent it is already too late. At that point infected pumpkins, melons, cucumbers or squash plants can only be isolated in hope of minimizing the damage. Crop yield losses can be as high as 80 percent.

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    • Crave Sugar? Maybe It's in Your Genes

    • By: Dina Fine Maron
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    Why do we yearn for the explosive gustatory delight of sugar? Neural feedback loops, sensory pleasures and environmental factors like poor sleep all amplify our desire for a sugar rush. But new research suggests some of us—much more than others—may also be genetically attuned to crave such sweet sustenance.

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