Health & Medicine

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    Folate cuts family risk of colon cancer

    According to a 16-year study of nearly 90,000 women, the vitamin folate has a protective effect against colon cancer among women whose families have been affected by the disease.

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    Berry Colorful Nutrition News (with recipes)

    Ah, raspberries. So sweet, so delicate on the tongue, so ephemeral. Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission Isolated pigments from the four raspberries tested. Liu/Cornell Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission Every year, I unsuccessfully defend my raspberries against squirrels, birds, and beetles. As I watch the fruit begin to ripen, so do the neighborhood creatures. Two […]

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    Vanquishing a Virus: New drugs attack herpes infections

    Scientists have identified a new class of compounds that stop herpes simplex virus from replicating.

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    Diluted smallpox vaccine is potent

    About 15 million doses of smallpox vaccine held by the U.S. government can be diluted to one-tenth their original concentration and still be effective for immunizing people.

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    Pulse pressure linked to dialysis death rate

    People on kidney dialysis who have high pulse pressure—the difference between the top and bottom numbers on a blood pressure reading—seem to be at a greater risk of dying than those with low pulse pressure.

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    Blood Vessel Poisoning: Arsenic narrows artery that feeds brain

    New research suggests that drinking arsenic-laden water can produce dangerous narrowing in the carotid artery, which channels blood through the neck to the brain.

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    Scrambled Drugs: Transgenic chickens could lay golden eggs

    Scientists have created transgenic chickens able to produce foreign proteins—and, potentially, pharmaceuticals—in their eggs.

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    A tasty discovery about the tongue

    Scientists can now explain how the tongue tastes the amino acids in proteins.

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    Clotting protein hinders nerve repair

    A blood-clotting protein called fibrin seems to exacerbate the regrowth problems that plague severed nerves.

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    Aerial War against Disease

    Researchers around the world are catching on to the idea of using satellites to predict where diseases may strike.

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    Deciphering Virulence: Heart-harming bacteria flaunt unique viral genes

    By documenting genetic variation among bacteria responsible for a heart-damaging illness known as rheumatic fever, researchers may have opened paths to new preventive measures and treatments.

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    X rays tell stirring tale about fat

    X rays reveal how food processing shapes microscopic crystals of edible fats.