Health & Medicine

  1. birth control pills
    Neuroscience

    Is taking birth control as a teen linked to depression? It’s complicated

    As researchers sift through conflicting data, no clear answers emerge on whether birth control during teenage years can cause depression later.

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  2. beer
    Health & Medicine

    A dose of ketamine could lessen the lure of alcohol

    Ketamine may weaken wobbly memories of drinking, a trick that might ultimately be useful for treating alcohol addiction.

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  3. brain lesions
    Health & Medicine

    A protein helps disease-causing immune cells invade MS patients’ brains

    Blocking the protein may hinder B cells invading the brain in multiple sclerosis, a study in mice and ‘stand-in’ human brain barriers finds.

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  4. Mosquito control worker in Brazil
    Health & Medicine

    Dengue cases in the Americas have reached an all-time high

    There have been more dengue cases in the Americas this year than ever before, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

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  5. half of a brain
    Neuroscience

    Some people with half a brain have extra strong neural connections

    Brain scans of six people who had half their brains removed as epileptic children show signs of compensation.

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  6. mouse intestine
    Health & Medicine

    Full intestines, more than full stomachs, may tell mice to stop eating

    A new description of stretch-sensing nerve endings in mice’s intestines could lead to ways to treat obesity.

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  7. mentoring
    Health & Medicine

    For people with HIV, undetectable virus means untransmittable disease

    HIV outreach and care in Washington, D.C., reveals the struggles and successes of getting drugs into the hands of those who need them.

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  8. Neisseria gonorrhoeae
    Health & Medicine

    Drug-resistant microbes kill about 35,000 people in the U.S. per year

    The latest CDC report on drug-resistant microbes finds that these pathogens infect close to 3 million people in the United States each year.

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  9. Vape products
    Health & Medicine

    Vitamin E acetate is a culprit in the deadly vaping outbreak, the CDC says

    Researchers detected vitamin E oil in all samples of lung fluid from 29 patients suffering from lung injuries tied to e-cigarettes.

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  10. Joy Degl as a baby
    Health & Medicine

    Mom’s immune system and microbiome may help predict premature birth

    Analyzing patients’ immune systems, microbiomes and more, researchers find signals to pinpoint and halt premature labor.

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  11. Self-destructing mitochondria
    Life

    Self-destructing mitochondria may leave some brain cells vulnerable to ALS

    Mitochondria that appear to dismantle themselves in certain brain cells may be a first step toward ALS, a mouse study suggests.

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  12. Dengue ward at a hospital in the Philippines
    Health & Medicine

    A new dengue vaccine shows promise — at least for now

    The latest vaccine against dengue shows promise in protecting children from the disease, but will need longer term study to ensure kids are safe from future infections.

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