Health & Medicine

  1. Brain

    Easily distracted? Training your brain’s activity could help

    People can train their brainwaves to direct their attention, scientists have now shown. The technique may someday be able to help people focus.

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  2. Science & Society

    Do school-shooter drills hurt students more than they help?

    There’s no set standard for shooter drills held at most U.S. schools. Experts are beginning to ask whether certain drills might hurt students more than they help.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Five ways to cope if shooter drills stress you out

    Experts offer tips for students who might feel stressed by drills to prepare for a possible school shooter.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    New spray gel moves drugs deep to treat frostbite

    New gel spray sends healing ingredients deep into frostbite injuries to promote healing.

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  5. Animals

    The many efforts to lick cat allergies

    Up to one in five people around the world may be allergic to cats. Science is coming to help their desire for kitty cuddles.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Immune arms-race in bats may make their viruses deadly to people

    An overactive immune system may help bats avoid being sickened by many viruses. This may viruses becoming stronger — and deadlier — when they hit other species.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Excess weight alters results of blood tests in kids and teens

    Carrying extra weight could affect many routine blood tests in kids, new data show. Knowing this might help doctors better interpret lab results.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Outbreak, Epidemic and Pandemic

    These terms can describe what is happening as a disease spreads across communities, countries and the world.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Experts rethink need for X-ray shielding of patients

    For close to 70 years, workers who perform X-ray scans of the body have been advised to shield sensitive tissues with lead 'aprons.' That may soon stop.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    New success in treating allergies to peanuts and other foods

    Nearly 8 million U.S. children have food allergies, about two per classroom. The good news: Better ways to treat them are emerging.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Food allergies can trigger stress and anxiety

    From peanut-free lunch tables to unsympathetic relatives, food allergies can cause considerable stress for a kid. As they transition toward independence, parents and counselors can help.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What are allergies?

    Sometimes the body’s immune system works too well, like a smoke alarm that blares every time you cook pizza. The results can range from uncomfortable to potentially life-threatening.

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