Humans

  1. Health & Medicine

    Medicinal Mimicry

    While researchers tease out the mechanisms behind the ability of inert pills and sham procedures to trigger health benefits, the ethics of using such placebos in medical research trials is coming under increasing scrutiny.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Success clearing clogged arteries

    In the past 10 years, angioplasty and other procedures to unblock clogged arteries have steadily improved, probably due to increasing use of wire-mesh tubes called stents to help patients’ arteries stay open.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    A sticky problem solved

    Researchers have identified a protein integral to making blood clot, a finding they hope will lead to better drugs for preventing clots in people at risk of heart attack or stroke.

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  4. Humans

    Explosions, not a collision, sank the Kursk

    Analyses of the shock waves recorded at seismic stations across northern Europe indicate that the Russian submarine Kursk sank due to onboard explosions, not a run-in with another vessel.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Found: Mutation for deadly nerve disorder

    Two research teams have discovered the genetic mutation that causes familial dysautonomia, a lethal hereditary disease that causes nervous system damage.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Radiation therapy keeps arteries clear

    Two new studies add to the growing evidence that radiation treatment may keep arteries open longer after angioplasty.

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  7. Anthropology

    Rumble in the Jungle

    A new book raises troubling and controversial issues regarding research on a famous South American Indian population.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Dietary stress may compromise bones

    Internal conflict about what and how much to eat not only induces production of a stress hormone but also may eventually weaken bones.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Raloxifene doesn’t hike breast density

    Estrogen-replacement therapy that includes estrogen increases breast-tissue density among postmenopausal women, but the estrogen-replacement drug raloxifene doesn’t.

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  10. Anthropology

    Human ancestors had taste for termites

    Incisions on ancient bone implements found in South Africa indicate that human ancestors gathered termites, a protein-rich food source, more than 1 million years ago.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Cocaine link to heart attack bolstered

    Regular cocaine use may account for one-fourth of nonfatal heart attacks in people under age 45.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Gene mutation can spur autoimmunity

    A mutation of a gene on the X chromosome can lead to a dangerous autoimmune disorder and type I diabetes.

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