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IT ITCHES  A new gene test can distinguish between psoriasis (shown) and eczema, skin conditions with remarkably similar appearances.

The American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, is one of several tick species that has a bite that can cause paralysis.

A fungus extracted from tainted Chobani yogurt may pose a bigger threat to humans than initially presumed.

  • Clinical Trials

    
    Science Ticker

    Newer schizophrenia drug isn’t necessarily better

    A newer antipsychotic medication may work no better than an older drug, results from a clinical trial show.

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  • Neuroscience

    
    Science Ticker

    MRI scans reveal how the brain tells the body to pee

    Scientists see heightened brain activity in men right before they urinate.

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  • Nutrition

    
    Scicurious

    Separating wheat from chaff in gluten sensitivity

    Some people who think they are sensitive to gluten might not be after all: Fermentable short chain carbohydrates, or FODMAPs, may be to blame in people with irritable bowel syndrome.

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  • Mental Health

    Editor's Note

    Your brain on marijuana: two views

    Many of the “facts” that people believe to be true about marijuana are not supported by science, and while the pro-pot lobby cherry-picks data to support its arguments (denying marijuana’s addictiveness, for example), so too do anti-marijuana groups, which play up pot’s dangers.
  • Cancer

  • Human Development

    
    Growth Curve

    Kids’ me time may boost brainpower

    Unstructured play may give kids more opportunity to exercise their executive function, complex cognitive function that includes resisting impulses and paying attention.

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    Growth Curve

    Your baby can watch movies for science

    Any parent with a computer can let their kid participate in child development studies through a new website called Lookit.

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  • Health

    
    Wild Things

    Yet another reason to hate ticks

    Ticks are tiny disease-carrying parasites that should also be classified as venomous animals, a new study argues.

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    Mold behind 2013 yogurt recall may cause disease

    Genome sequencing links a new, virulent strain of mold to the 2013 Chobani yogurt recall.

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