Humans

  1. Vaping materials
    Health & Medicine

    An Illinois patient’s death may be the first in the U.S. tied to vaping

    Officials have announced one death among nearly 200 patients with severe lung illnesses that are potentially related to vaping.

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  2. money and marijuana
    Health & Medicine

    Marijuana and meth are getting more popular in America, but cocaine has declined

    In 2006, drug users spent more on cocaine than on heroin, marijuana or methamphetamine. By 2016, marijuana expenditures had exceeded the other drugs.

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  3. vaping
    Health & Medicine

    Vaping may have sent 153 people to hospitals with severe lung injuries

    In the last two months, 16 U.S. states have reported 153 people hospitalized with lung injuries that may be tied to vaping.

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  4. blood pressure
    Health & Medicine

    High blood pressure throughout middle age may increase the risk of dementia

    A pattern of high blood pressure during midlife followed by high or low readings in one’s golden years is linked to dementia.

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  5. Primate skull in hand
    Anthropology

    A tiny skull fossil suggests primate brain areas evolved separately

    Digital reconstruction of a fossilized primate skull reveals that odor and vision areas developed independently starting 20 million years ago or more.

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  6. Skeleton Lake
    Humans

    India’s Skeleton Lake contains the bones of mysterious European migrants

    Not all of the hundreds of skeletons found at a north Indian lake are from the same place or period. What killed any of these people is still unknown.

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  7. brain images
    Life

    Electrodes show a glimpse of memories emerging in a brain

    Nerve cells in an important memory center in the brain sync their firing and create fast ripples of activity seconds before a recollection resurfaces.

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  8. nerve cells
    Life

    Alzheimer’s targets brain cells that help people stay awake

    Nerve cells in the brain that are tied to wakefulness are destroyed in people with Alzheimer’s, a finding that may refocus dementia research.

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  9. a photo of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
    Humans

    A new FDA-approved drug takes aim at a deadly form of tuberculosis

    The antibiotic could help tackle extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills tens of thousands each year.

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  10. vaccine syringe
    Humans

    The first chlamydia vaccine has passed a major test

    A clinical trial for a vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease found that the product provoked an immune response.

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  11. DNA scissors
    Life

    CRISPR enters its first human clinical trials

    The gene editor will be used in lab dishes in cancer and blood disorder trials, and to directly edit a gene in human eyes in a blindness therapy test.

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  12. Chinese bone engravings
    Humans

    Engraved bones reveal that symbolism had ancient roots in East Asia

    Denisovans might have etched line patterns on two animal bone fragments more than 100,000 years ago in what’s now northern China.

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