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ScienceTake: Hot Springs Lower Stress in Japan’s Popular Bathing Monkeys

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:02

Photogenic snow monkeys have been a longtime tourist attraction, but only recently have scientists investigated their unusual behavior.

Phys Ed: Bananas vs. Sports Drinks? Bananas Win in Study

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:00

A banana might reasonably replace sports drinks for those of us who rely on carbohydrates to fuel exercise and speed recovery.

The Final Obamacare Tally Is In. About 400,000 Fewer People Signed Up This Year.

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:50

The drop in enrollment was smaller than many expected, given the Trump administration’s cutbacks in outreach and efforts to undermine the health law.

Dr. King Said Segregation Harms Us All. Environmental Research Shows He Was Right.

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:49

Both minorities and whites who live in racially divided communities are exposed to higher levels of pollution than those who live in more integrated areas.

A Hitler-Era Abortion Law Haunts Merkel, and Germany

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:21

Germany is the only country in Europe that forbids doctors to publicly advertise that they perform abortions. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged change, but her conservatives are balking.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 18:13

Marco Zozaya critiqued those linking vaccines and autism, but he struggles like many science communicators with social media platforms that may favor a style that inflames.

Giving Babies Antibiotics or Antacids May Increase Allergy Risk

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 16:19

Infants given antibiotics, H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors were at higher risk of asthma and food allergies.

Fitness in Midlife May Help Fend Off Dementia

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:17

In a Swedish study, middle-aged women with a high level of cardiovascular fitness were less likely to develop dementia.

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:53

School and health officials struggling with a sudden influx of easily concealed e-cigarettes fear vaping is creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.

Personal Health: One More Heart Test to Consider: A Calcium Scan

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:00

A calcium scan is useful to assess patients considered to be at moderate risk of heart disease, but a good score is not a ticket to be reckless.

The New Health Care: Fighting Over Chores? Spend Some Money, Save the Marriage

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 04:00

Maybe family life would be more harmonious if we just outsourced the housework we disliked, research suggests.

Coffee Drinkers Need Cancer Warning, Judge Rules, Giving Sellers the Jitters

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 13:43

A decision by a California judge could force Starbucks and other coffee companies to warn about acrylamide, a chemical that has been linked to cancer.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 07:09

A new study reveals a network of tissue that acts as a “highway of moving fluid” but loses its shape when viewed.

Trilobites: Why Do Cracking Knuckles Make That Noise? You Might Need a Calculator

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 18:11

Researchers developed a mathematical model to test competing theories for what causes the popping sound that will either irritate you or signal relief.

Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 16:05

Childhood health experts have worried about kids raised on cellphones and social media. Student protests gave us a glimpse of the potential of Gen Z.

Global Health: Bologna Blamed in Worst Listeria Outbreak in History

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:03

It took officials 12 months to identify the source of the outbreak, which has led to nearly 200 deaths in South Africa.

Ask Well: Can You Get Two Colds at Once?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 05:05

People can, and often do, get infected with multiple germs. Sometimes it helps; sometimes it hurts.

The New Old Age: Many Americans Try Retirement, Then Change Their Minds

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:00

More and more older people have realized that not working just isn’t for them —and it’s not all economics.

James F. Holland, Trailblazing Cancer Researcher, Dies at 92

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 17:13

Dr. Holland was called a founding father of chemotherapy, collaborating on drug combinations to contain childhood leukemia and other tumors.

For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:52

As many as 30 percent of stroke patients do not receive a clot-busting drug because a vocal minority of physicians believe it to be dangerous.

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