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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

1 hour 17 min ago

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

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That Vow To Defund Planned Parenthood: Easy To Say, Hard To Do

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 6:00am

Federal funding for the group that helps supply women's reproductive health care is built into multiple places in the budget, and stripping it out is not as simple as it may sound.

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In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:29pm

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

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Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:50pm

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.

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Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:14pm

When scientists activate hunting circuits in the brains of genetically modified mice, the animals attack insects and even bottle caps as prey. It gives clues to the evolution of hunting in humans.

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Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:02pm

Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.

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Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:00am

A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

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California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:35am

A statewide collaborative of nail salons now has 120 members; all have made ventilation upgrades and switched from toxic products to safer ones. Will clients be willing to pay extra to help workers?

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6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:39am

Private rooms for pumping breast milk and expanded therapy coverage for children with autism are two of the less publicized mandates of the Affordable Care Act. Also, being able to choose your OB-GYN.

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6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:39am

Private rooms for pumping breast milk and expanded therapy coverage for children with autism are two of the less-publicized mandates of the Affordable Care Act. Also, being able to choose your OB-GYN.

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Fitness Trackers Aim To Improve The Health And Happiness Of Zoo Elephants

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:52am

OK, so they're not using Fitbits. But zoos across America are using software to minutely track the activity, behavior and physiology of captive elephants, and using that data to improve zoo life.

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Insurance Customers In Pennsylvania Look To Trump To Ease Their Burden

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:42pm

Two Pennsylvania voters who buy health insurance on HealthCare.gov are frustrated with how expensive the plans have become. They voted for Trump in hopes he can bring down health insurance costs.

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Children's Whirligig Toy Inspires a Low-Cost Laboratory Test

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:37pm

A paper version of a spinning children's toy can replace laboratory centrifuges to process blood tests. The "paperfuge" may help diagnose malaria and other diseases.

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Women Still Need Folic Acid Supplements To Prevent Birth Defects

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:01am

Taking folic acid while pregnant reduces the risk of birth defects. But there may not be enough of the vitamin in enriched grain products, a federal advisory panel says.

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A Raise Can Wreak Havoc With Your Health Insurance Subsidy

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:19am

Health insurance subsidies are pegged to personal income estimates. But if those are too low, a person may have to repay the government later on.

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Danish Study Raises More Questions About Mammograms' Message

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 5:09pm

Research from Denmark suggests about one-third of lumps detected by routine mammograms would never have become dangerous. That puts women at risk of needless surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

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As Obamacare Repeal Heats Up, Newly Insured North Carolinians Fret

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:47pm

Over half a million people in North Carolina rely on insurance made available under the Affordable Care Act. Many are concerned about what happens if the federal health law is dismantled.

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Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:59am

Most people's doctors put their health information in an electronic health record. Scientists are mining those records for clues to what treatments work best for individuals.

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I'm Fasting For Science: Will It Help Tame My Multiple Sclerosis?

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 6:00am

I like to eat, often and a lot. But when I heard about a medical study looking at whether fasting might tame the painful symptoms of MS, I was all in. Then I ate that 7 a.m. bagel.

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Morning Sickness Pill Gets Second Look From Persistent Researchers

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 4:20pm

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says pregnant women with morning sickness shouldn't reach hastily for the pill bottle. Controversy over one medicine called Diclegis continues.

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