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Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Prior research points to an association between breast-feeding and higher intelligence, but a new study finds no causal link. The study does find that breast-fed kids are less hyperactive at age 3.

Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:54:00 -0400

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.

How The 'Scarcity Mindset' Can Make Problems Worse

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Researchers had a hypothesis that when you really want something, you start to focus on it obsessively. It produces a kind of tunnel vision and creates problems for thinking in the long-term.

The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say.

Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.

Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:35:00 -0400

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:05:00 -0400

It's aimed at rotavirus, a nasty pathogen that can cause diarrhea and kills more than 500 children a day. The secret to the vaccine is the same thing that makes space ice cream so cool.

A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0400

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

This Parrot Has An 'Infectious Laugh,' Scientists Say

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The researchers say that when the highly intelligent kea parrots hear a call associated with play, they start playful tussling, aerial acrobatics, or throwing objects into the air.

The Thai Turtle That Ate Hundreds Of Coins Has Died

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:12:00 -0400

The green sea turtle drew international sympathy when it emerged that she had consumed nearly 1,000 coins that had been thrown into her pool. She died despite two emergency surgeries.

Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Move over Japanese women. You've been dethroned as the population with the healthiest hearts. This group of people can fight off heart disease even into their 80s. What's their secret?

Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:01:14 -0400

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.

Ketamine For Severe Depression: 'How Do You Not Offer This Drug To People?'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:19:00 -0400

More and more doctors are offering ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, to severely depressed patients who haven't responded to other treatments.

Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:39:00 -0400

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.