September 18, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Is apple cider vinegar good for you? A doctor weighs in

Vinegar has become as popular for some as nectar of the gods. It has a long history of high hopes for healing. Koy_Hipster/Shutterstock.com When my brother and I were kids back in the ‘80s, we loved going to Long John Silver’s. But it wasn’t just for the fish. It was

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September 17, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Researchers block cocaine craving and addiction with a special skin graft

Lines of cocaine. Christopher Slesarchik/Shutterstock.com Addiction to any drug – be it alcohol, tobacco, opioids or illicit drugs, like cocaine – is a chronic disease that causes a compulsive drug-seeking behavior individuals find difficult or impossible to control even when they are aware of the harmful, often deadly consequences. Long-term

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September 13, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Study shows BPA substitutes may cause same health issues as the original

Many plastics that used BPA have now replaced it with substitutes like BPS, a related molecule that may have just as many health issues. skhunda/Shutterstock.com The credibility of scientific findings hinges on their reproducibility. As a scientist, it is therefore disastrous when you are unable to replicate your own findings.

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September 13, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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After a century, insulin is still expensive – could DIYers change that?

Miniature biomanufacturing kits like this prototype could revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. Amino Labs, CC BY-ND Soon after Federick Banting discovered that insulin could be used to treat diabetes in 1921, he sold the patent to the University of Toronto for about a dollar. Banting received the Nobel prize because his

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September 12, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA. ibreakstock/Shutterstock.com More than 1 million women have had genetic testing of BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes in which mutations can dramatically increase the

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September 12, 2018 by Contributor in Archived
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6 questions you can ask a loved one to help screen for suicide risk

Death by suicide isn’t always related to depression. Relationship, job and legal problems can give rise to feelings of hopelessness. Six screening questions may help. PHotograhee.eu Suicide rates in the United States have increased by 25-30 percent since 1999. This is particularly true for youth ages 12-24, with increases of

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