Researchers say they’ve found the reason why infants die from SIDS
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(Michelle Butterfield/ Global News) — A new and groundbreaking study has pinpointed what researchers believe is the reason infants and babies die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Researchers from The Children’s Hospital in Westmead in Sydney, Australia, have found that a lowered level of a certain enzyme,   …

Magnets made by soil bacteria offer hope for breast and prostate cancer
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(Robin McKie/ The Guardian) — Scientists are developing magnetically guided microscopic projectiles that can be injected into patients’ blood to attack breast, prostate and other tumours.

The project – led by researchers at Sheffield University – builds on progress in two key medical fields. The first involves viruses  …

Could microplastics in human blood pose a health risk?
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(Katherine Lang/ Medical News Today) — Plastics are everywhere. Although, in theory, much of it can be recycled, a lot of it ends up in landfills, or worse, in watercourses and marine ecosystems.

Many people are too familiar with distressing images of turtles and dolphins trapped in plastic bags or fishing nets. But there  …

The end of inflammation? New approach could treat dozens of diseases.
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(Connie Chang/ National Geographic) — Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren Finney Harden had always had allergies. But after she moved to New York City for her first job in 2007, inflammation “just exploded” throughout her body.

“I had insane full-body rashes and strange gastro issues. I’d get massive burps that made  …

A third person has been cured of HIV, scientists report
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(Nicoletta Lanese/ Live Science) — A woman became the third person ever to be cured of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, after she received a stem-cell transplant that used cells from umbilical cord blood, scientists reported Tuesday (Feb. 15).

The two other people cured of HIV, Timothy Brown and Adam Castillejo,   …

In a first, scientists find the brain region linked to the clitoris
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(Rohitha Naraharisetty/ The Swaddle) — The joke goes that the clitoris, the body’s most sensitive erogenous organ, is hard to find in general. A familiar and sad refrain is cis-men are clueless about how to navigate bodies that aren’t similar to their own. But it turns out, science was lagging behind too, in a manner

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It’s official: Science says grannies are good for you
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(Phys Org) — Scientists say they have proven what many people fortunate enough to grow up with theirs have known all along: Grandmothers have strong nurturing instincts and are hard-wired to care deeply about their grandchildren.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Tuesday is  …

The scientific process needs to be better explained for the vaccine hesitant
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(Marc-Antoine De La Vega/ The Conversation) — When I first wrote about the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in early March 2020, the question was whether or not the new virus would become a pandemic. At the time, most experts believed that we had already reached the point of no return.

Today, 18 months later, the answer is clear. You don’t  …

The pandemic made science more accessible than ever – let’s keep it that way
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(Jackie Flynn-Mogesen/ Mother Jones) — In early January 2020, weeks before the World Health Organization officially uttered the word “pandemic,” the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, a hospital associated with Fudan University, received a sample of a mysterious virus that had sparked a cluster of pneumonia   …

Giving brown fat a boost to fight type 2 diabetes
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(Science Daily) — Increasing a protein concentrated in brown fat appears to lower blood sugar, promote insulin sensitivity, and protect against fatty liver disease by remodeling white fat to a healthier state, a new study suggests. The finding could eventually lead to new solutions for patients with diabetes and related  …

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