Health & Medicine

  1. Health & Medicine

    Could disabling one protein cure the common cold?

    Cold viruses — and there are many — seem to need this human molecule to spread.

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  2. Genetics

    Explainer: How DNA testing works

    Lots of companies will now test DNA from people and their pets. How do these gene-sequencing techniques work? We explain.

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  3. Brain

    Slower brain development ups a teen’s risk of getting into a car accident

    Lack of driving experience isn't the only factor in whether a teen gets into a car crash. Crash risk in young drivers is also related to development of their brains’ working memory.

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  4. Earth

    Air pollution intensifies a teen’s feeling of stress

    Living where the air is dirty may make tough situations even more stressful — especially for teens suffering from anxiety or depression.

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  5. Science & Society

    Studies test ways to slow the spread of fake news

    Don’t share news online until you verify it. New studies explore who shares fake news, how to spot false stories and how to fact-check.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Data show worrisome rise in youth vaping

    Latest U.S. data show rates of vaping still on the rise among U.S. teens and middle-school students.

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  7. Animals

    Could Wednesday Addams really jolt a frog back to life?

    A spark that recalls some science history brings a dead frog to life in The Addams Family. Scientists are now using electricity to build the body.

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  8. Brain

    The color of body fat might affect how trim people are

    Brown fat burns calories to keep us warm. Researchers are searching for ways to boost it to help fight obesity and diabetes.

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  9. Life

    Medicine Nobel honors discovery of how cells deal with oxygen

    Three researchers figured out the chemical processes by which cells not only sense, but also cope with, differing levels of oxygen. This could lead to new medicines.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Lymph

    Lymph is a colorless fluid that bathes the body’s tissues and mops up bacteria, viruses and wastes.

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  11. Psychology

    Social media doesn’t, by itself, make teens unhappy or anxious

    Checking social media frequently doesn’t necessarily cause unhappiness, a new study finds. Sleep, exercise and cyberbullying are also key.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Ultrasound might become a new way to manage diabetes

    Ultrasound turns on production of the hormone insulin in mice. Someday, it might help maintain healthy blood-sugar levels in people who were recently diagnosed with diabetes.

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