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Being rude to your doctor could be deadly, study finds

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:33:45 +0000

Although it is never officially included on death certificates or in mortality statistics, a new study has found that medical error is responsible for more than 250,000 fatalities in the US each year, a figure which would make it the third leading cause of death in the country. Writing in the British medical journal BMJ, […]

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These tiny microrobots could be the future of medicine

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:28:46 +0000

Using a form of biocompatible materials known as hydrogels, a team of engineers led by Sam Sia of Columbia University has developed a way to fabricate microscale machines which could be safely implanted in the body and used to administer chemotherapy and other drugs. According to Science News Journal, Sia’s team developed a “locking mechanism” […]

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Study discovers what people think about women who keep their name in marriage

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:47:46 +0000

A recently published study has been released in the journal Sex Roles, looking at how women who retain their surname through marriage are seen in the United States. It considers the opinion of more than 900 female undergraduates and just under 300 male undergrads on the topic, revealing that those women who chose to keep their […]

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Promising Ebola vaccine shows 100 percent effectiveness

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:39:00 +0000

The world may be able to breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the Ebola virus. According to a new report in The Lancet, a very effective vaccine that protects against Ebola virus might be available within a couple years. “We were able to estimate the efficacy of the vaccine as being 100 […]

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Study links social media use to depression and anxiety

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:28:39 +0000

If you spend a lot of time on multiple social media sites, bouncing back and forth between your Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat accounts, you may face a higher risk of anxiety and depression, according to new research published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. As part of the new study, Brian Primack from […]

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UK first to approve ‘Three parent baby’ technique for use

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:28:14 +0000

The UK agency that oversees in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and research related to human embryos announced on Thursday that it would approve the use of mitochondrial donation in select cases, opening the door for the first “three-person baby” to be born next year. According to NPR reports, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HEFA) […]

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Study shows abortions have little effect on women’s mental health

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:12:08 +0000

Long an key pillar of the argument against abortion, the notion that terminating a pregnancy will cause a woman to experience adverse emotional or psychological health effects is false, claims a new longitudinal cohort study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. As part of  the study, researchers from the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive […]

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EPA: Fracking can contaminate drinking water

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:37:03 +0000

Based on the final rdaft of a far-reaching study from 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided that fracking – a hydraulic fracturing technique for extracting gas and oil – can pollute drinking water. This is in contrast to the original version which found no evidence of fracking being harmful to the water system. […]

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Why don’t humans have penis bones?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:11:13 +0000

Many male mammals have a penis bone, or os penis, yet humans do not. According to a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the relatively short length of human copulation time and a comparative lack of mating competitions are the two main reasons why guys don’t have a bone down there. Past […]

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Mummified smallpox virus shows the disease isn’t as old as we thought

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:56:22 +0000

The mummy of a young boy discovered buried in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church contains the oldest-known complete set of smallpox genes, and scientists hope that the discovery will shed new light on the history of the infamous pathogen, according to NPR and BBC News reports. Save for a few secured, frozen samples, smallpox […]

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