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When is dead really dead? Study on pig brains reinforces that death is a vast gray area

When is dead really dead? Study on pig brains reinforces that death is a vast gray area

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 ...

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Brain scans help shed light on the PTSD brain, but they cannot diagnose PTSD

Brain scans help shed light on the PTSD brain, but they cannot diagnose PTSD

Celebrities and public figures have recently been more open about mental health conditions they deal with. This is a positive sign of shrinking stigma around mental ...

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If my measles shot was years ago, am I still protected? 5 questions answered

If my measles shot was years ago, am I still protected? 5 questions answered

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 where ...

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New cholesterol study may lead you to ask: Pass the eggs, or pass on the eggs?

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.comThe recent news that eating three to four eggs a week is linked to a slight increase in risk for ...

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April 15 is the day tobacco companies pay $9 billion for tobacco illnesses, but is it enough?

April 15 is the day tobacco companies pay $9 billion for tobacco illnesses, but is it enough?

April 15 is Tax Day in the U.S., and it is a bitter pill for many. For state Medicaid plans, though, which pay a heavy price for tobacco-related illnesses, it can be a ...

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A frenemy fungus provides clues about a new deadly one

A frenemy fungus provides clues about a new deadly one

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 ...

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Mapping the US counties where traffic air pollution hurts children the most

Mapping the US counties where traffic air pollution hurts children the most

In the U.S., over 6 million children had ongoing asthma in 2016. Globally, asthma kills around 1,000 people every day – and its prevalence is rising. This condition has ...

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Can changing the microbiome reverse lactose intolerance?

Can changing the microbiome reverse lactose intolerance?

After childhood, about two-thirds of the world’s human population loses the ability to digest milk. As far as we know, 100% of nonhuman mammals also lose this ability ...

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Measles outbreaks show legal challenges of balancing personal rights and public good

Measles outbreaks show legal challenges of balancing personal rights and public good

The measles outbreaks continue to spread, with New York City declaring a public health emergency and requiring people in four ZIP codes to have their children vaccinated ...

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Why it’s hard to remove, or even diagnose, mentally ill or unstable presidents

Why it’s hard to remove, or even diagnose, mentally ill or unstable presidents

In the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, members of Congress set out to update the procedures for handling an unable president. They soon realized that ...

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