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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Ebola Outbreak Declared an International Public Health Emergency

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:00:00 GMT

The World Health Organization’s action could increase the resources available to fight a year-old outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Mind and Body Benefit from Two Hours in Nature Each Week

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:18:00 GMT

People who spent at least two hours outside—either all at once or totaled over several shorter visits—were more likely to report good health and psychological well-being. Jason G. Goldman...

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Anorexia May Be Linked to Metabolism, a Genetic Analysis Suggests

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:15:00 GMT

A large, correlation-based study identifies eight genome regions associated with the eating disorder

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How to Prevent Food Allergies

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Feeding infants allergenic foods may be the key to preventing allergies

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Federal Appeals Court Takes Up Case That Threatens Affordable Care Act

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:30:00 GMT

Upholding the lower court’s ruling would affect 20 million people who get medical coverage under the law and could upend the health care system

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In China, Mental Health Care Goes Virtual

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Why are VR companies launching their mental health care programs in the nation?

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New Method for Tackling Stroke Restrains an Overactive Immune System

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:45:00 GMT

Shutting down an inflammatory molecule could potentially provide treatment days after onset

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A New Twist on Artificial Muscles

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Several designs could find uses in tiny robots and biomedical devices

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The Doctor Who Beat Ebola--and Inspires Other Survivors to Care for the Sick

Wed, 03 Jul 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Maurice Kakule Mutsunga has started a motorcycle ambulance service and is working to dispel rumors about the virus

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Fat Is Not the Problem--Fat Stigma Is

Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:30:00 GMT

“Health experts” are sending incorrect and destructive messages about the relationship between weight and wellness

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Why the WHO's Emergency Declaration for Ebola Is a Big Deal

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene talks about how the designation could help fight the nearly year-old outbreak in central Sub-Saharan Africa

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Population Health: How We Can Cure What's Ailing Health Care

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Looking at circumstances beyond the clinic is a key to better outcomes

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What Does a Medical Nihilist Do When He Gets Sick?

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Philosopher Jacob Stegenga, author of a scathing critique of medicine, discusses vaccines and his own health

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Why Doctors Are Drowning in Medical School Debt

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A resident physician investigates the causes of skyrocketing tuition

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Some Hot Dog Histology

Thu, 04 Jul 2019 03:55:00 GMT

A lab analysis found that even an all-beef frankfurter had very little skeletal muscle, or "meat." So what’s in there? Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Joseph Lange's Campaign against HIV

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:05:00 GMT

Seema Yasmin, director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, talks about her book The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic....

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The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:45:00 GMT

One company the entrepreneur invests in wants to develop psilocybin in a lab—so no need to extract it from mushrooms

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Genomic Surveillance Could Make a Big Difference in the Fight against Malaria

Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:00:00 GMT

It can flag pathogens long before patients show up in clinics

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How to Stop Prisons from Laying the Groundwork for a Fatal Overdose

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:45:00 GMT

A Rhode Island program to prevent ex-inmate relapses and deaths is working

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Meta-Post: Posts on Cancer

Sun, 07 Jul 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Cross-Check columns on cancer and related topics

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Taking the Bias Out of Pain Diagnosis

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Objective measures of pain could help alleviate inequitable medical treatment

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Role of Seizures in Alzheimer's Disease is Gaining Overdue Attention

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 16:45:00 GMT

Evidence suggests that such abnormal electrical activity may occur much earlier than signs of memory loss

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Is Medicine Overrated?

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Given medicine’s poor record, physicians should prescribe and patients consume far fewer medications, a new book argues.

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Social Media Bots Deceive E-cigarette Users

Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Social media bots promote unproved benefits of e-cigarettes

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How to Fight "Eroom's Law"

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Human organs on a chip might be able to cure what ails pharma R&D

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