April 19, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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When is dead really dead? Study on pig brains reinforces that death is a vast gray area

A recent study of the brains of decapitated pigs showed activity in their brains four hours later. Ivan Loran/Shutterstock.com For the longest time, “death” used to be when the heart stopped beating and breathing stopped. Then, machines were invented in the 1930s that enabled people to receive air even if

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April 18, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Brain scans help shed light on the PTSD brain, but they cannot diagnose PTSD

An example of what a functional MRI scan looks like. Brain activation is averaged across 20 PTSD patients compared to healthy controls in an emotion regulation task. Kunlin Xiong et al/PLOS One, CC BY-SA Celebrities and public figures have recently been more open about mental health conditions they deal with.

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April 18, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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If my measles shot was years ago, am I still protected? 5 questions answered

Steve Sierzega receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Seth Wenig/AP Photo As the measles outbreaks spread, many people are growing concerned. New York City declared a public health emergency and mandated vaccinations in four ZIP codes

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April 17, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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New cholesterol study may lead you to ask: Pass the eggs, or pass on the eggs?

What is brunch with eggs of some sort? simona pilolla 2/Shutterstock.com The recent news that eating three to four eggs a week is linked to a slight increase in risk for developing heart disease was a bummer for egg lovers. Should you stop eating eggs because of this new finding?

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April 15, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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April 15 is the day tobacco companies pay $9 billion for tobacco illnesses, but is it enough?

Cigarettes have been known for years to cause many diseases. Tobacco companies now have to pay $9 billion each year to help states pay for the costs of treatment to people they sickened. Protosav-AN/Shutterstock.com April 15 is Tax Day in the U.S., and it is a bitter pill for many.

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April 15, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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A frenemy fungus provides clues about a new deadly one

The fungus _Candida albicans_ causes candidiasis, or thrush. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com It seems like every few years there’s a virus or bacterium that threatens human health in a new way. But a new fungus that is a threat to humans? That doesn’t happen very often. That’s why we in the medical

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