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Tick Causing Red Meat Allergy Spreads Through US

Lone star tick. (CDC/Michael L. Levin, Ph. D.)
Lone star tick. (CDC/Michael L. Levin, Ph. D.)

It was only about a decade ago that immunologists figured out the Lone star tick can give people allergy to red meat—and a nasty one...

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    ‘Wombs for Rent’ Business Flourishes in Communist Laos

    Dozens of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbors to ban the controversial procedure... Read more

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    Even Moderate Drinking Linked to Changes in Brain Structure, Study Says

    Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday... Read more

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    Ketamine After Surgery Linked to Nightmares, Delirium

    New research indicates that ketamine doesn’t lower levels of pain or reduce the need for pain-killing opioid drugs in the days after an operation, though... Read more

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    Can This Kind of Rock Climbing Treat Depression?

    Bouldering, a form of rock climbing that involves climbing rocks or walls to a moderate height without ropes or a harness, could be an effect... Read more

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    A Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

    Antibiotics are an effective means of treating bacterial contamination. But extensive use of antibiotic substances in medicine and agriculture has resulted in increasingly antibiotic-resistant bacteria... Read more

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    Eating Chocolate May Decrease Risk of Irregular Heartbeat, Study Shows

    A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in collaboration with researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public... Read more

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    How Do the Chemicals in Sunscreen Protect Our Skin From Damage?

    Not so long ago, people like my Aunt Muriel thought of sunburn as a necessary evil on the way to a “good base tan.” She... Read more

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    Why Facebook May Fuel New Mothers’ Insecurity

    You haven’t showered in a few days, and you haven’t brushed your teeth yet this morning. But your baby is one month old today. You... Read more

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    Groups Call on Grocery Stores to Reject GM Salmon, Produce

    Public interest groups are calling on grocery stores to reject the sale of newly approved genetically modified salmon and produce after a private member’s bill... Read more

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    US Beef Exports to China Will Resume If the US Will Import China’s Chickens

    US Cattlemen and ag professionals are ecstatic over China’s willingness to accept US beef imports for the first time in 13 years. Yet few reports... Read more

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    Personal Music Playlists May Reduce Medication Use With Dementia

    Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalized music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behavior, a recent study suggests... Read more

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    Don’t Drink the Water! Diarrhea From US Swimming Pools Rising

    As warm weather approaches, U.S. health officials are warning that outbreaks of diarrhea caused by swallowing swimming pool water containing parasites have doubled in the... Read more

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    Energy Drinks May Affect Heart Health

    Drinking 32 ounces of energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine... Read more

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    The Power of Being Different

    Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci—some of the greatest minds in history came with unusual quirks. Many of Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs, for example, emerged during... Read more

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    Boredom Is Good for You

    Boredom has, paradoxically, become quite interesting to academics lately. The International Interdisciplinary Boredom Conference gathered humanities scholars in Warsaw for the fifth time in April. In... Read more

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    Warm Weather Is Linked to Diabetes During Pregnancy

    Yet another reason to worry about global warming may be an increase in the number of women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, suggests a new... Read more

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