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In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing 'Salt And Vinegar' Chip Flavor

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:21 -0500

Alas, you wouldn't want to eat this native of Western Australia — Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.

Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

It used to be called juvenile diabetes because it was thought to often start in childhood. But adults are just as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Not knowing that can delay treatment.

Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:01:00 -0500

After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.

Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:41:00 -0500

The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.

Evaluating Smoking Bans

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:06:00 -0500

A new study indicates that smoking bans, which were designed to affect adults' behavior, in fact improve children's health.

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Dozens of countries have government-recommended diets. That advice differs from country to country, but according to a new study, following it generally would help the environment.

Peregrine Falcons Attack Like Missiles To Grab Prey Midair, Scientists Find

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:11:00 -0500

The same guidance principle that governs how missiles intercept moving targets also describes how the falcons, which are known to dive at 200 mph or more, plummet to catch their prey.

New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 03:50:00 -0500

The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

A Tax That Would Hurt Science's Most Valuable — And Vulnerable

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:41:00 -0500

Grad students are the engines of America's scientific and technological prowess — with an amazing return on investment, says professor Adam Frank.

How Birth Order Relates To Job Success

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:04:00 -0500

New social science research explores the relationship between who becomes a CEO and family birth order. First-born sons are far more likely to be represented among the ranks of CEOs.

The Genetic Divide Between NYC's Uptown And Downtown Rats

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:31:00 -0500

Fordham University graduate student Matthew Combs studies the DNA of New York City's rats. He found that rats living uptown are genetically distinct from rats living downtown.

Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:55:00 -0500

The fossilized pterosaur eggs and embryos shed light on the Lower Cretaceous creature's development and nesting habits. The cache was found where the reptile was once abundant, dubbed Pterosaur Eden.

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:38:00 -0500

Behavioral care is four times more likely to be out-of-network than medical or surgical care, a nationwide study shows. That can make treatment unaffordable even for people who have health insurance.

Women's Role In The European Agricultural Revolution Revealed

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:13:00 -0500

Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe. These women's upper bodies were stronger than that of elite athletes today.