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If you're worried about prescription opioids, you should be really scared of fentanyl

May 1, 2018 - 2:50pm

The U.S. opioid crisis has passed a dubious milestone: Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like illicit fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids.

This switch occurred in 2016, according to data published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. And it seemed...

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Can you skip your regular workout and just shiver instead?

May 1, 2018 - 1:15pm

What do shivering and exercise have in common?

More than you might think.

Both shivering and exercise cause you to contract your muscles and expend energy — that’s pretty obvious.

But less obvious is a new discovery, published Tuesday in Cell Metabolism, that they both release a molecule into the...

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U.S. cases of disease spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in 13-year span

May 1, 2018 - 1:15pm

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the West Nile and Zika viruses.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that illnesses...

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Tackle football before age 12 could result in earlier CTE symptoms, new study finds

May 1, 2018 - 12:40pm

A new study suggests a strong correlation between the age at which some athletes begin playing tackle football and the onset of behavioral and cognitive problems later in life, findings that become significantly more pronounced for those who take up the sport before age 12.

Researchers concluded...

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Does exposure to animals during childhood buffer the body's response to stress as adults?

May 1, 2018 - 4:00am

New research offers evidence for a claim made regularly by country music singers: Growing up with a little dirt under his nails may make a country boy a little shy. But compared to a born-and-bred city slicker, that country boy will grow up to be a stronger, healthier and more laid-back man.

In...

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These five healthy habits could extend your life by a dozen years or more, study says

April 30, 2018 - 5:25pm

You know that getting exercise, eating vegetables and quitting smoking are good for you. A new study shows just how good they are, in terms of the number of years they can add to your life.

American women who followed five “healthy lifestyle factors” lived about 14 years longer than women who followed...

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Brainstorming the ethics of neuroscience research in the age of organoids

April 27, 2018 - 6:55am

Could a clump of interlocking brain cells in a Petri dish ever experience self-awareness? Can you make a mouse or a monkey partly human by implanting human stem cells in its brain? If pieces of a dead person’s brain are reanimated in a lab, is the patient still completely dead?

Questions like these...

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The shape, not size, of our ancestors' brains may have helped them outlast Neanderthals

April 27, 2018 - 4:00am

For more than 200,000 years, Neanderthals successfully occupied the cold, dark forests and shores of Europe.

Then early humans came along.

Archaeological evidence suggests that human migrants from Africa arrived on the European continent around 40,000 years ago. About that same time, the Neanderthals...

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Here's why the apparent increase in autism spectrum disorders may be good for U.S. children

April 26, 2018 - 3:30pm

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among American children continues to rise, new government data suggest. And that may be a good thing.

Among 11 sites across the U.S. where records of 8-year-olds are scrutinized in detail, 1 in 59 kids was deemed to have ASD in 2014. That’s up from 1 in...

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For firefighters who worked in World Trade Center rubble, the future includes a heightened risk of cancer

April 26, 2018 - 9:00am

It’s been nearly 16 years since cleanup work officially ended at New York City’s ground zero, but the health effects for rescue and recovery workers are still making themselves known.

Two studies published Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology suggest that the firefighters who came to lower Manhattan...

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Scientists have a promising new approach for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis

April 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

In research that promises a new approach to treating an age-old human scourge, scientists have found a way to weaken the bacterium that causes tuberculosis and boost its vulnerability to drugs that are rapidly losing their power to cure.

A study published Wednesday in the journal Science and Translational...

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A pileup of 14 distant galaxies is set to become the most massive structure in the universe

April 25, 2018 - 11:00am

It’s a cosmic pileup in the far reaches of the universe and nothing like it has ever been seen before.

Using the most powerful telescopes on Earth, astronomers have spotted 14 burning-hot galaxies hurtling toward each other on an inevitable galactic collision course at the edge of the observable...

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This engineered painkiller works like an opioid but isn't addictive in animal tests

April 24, 2018 - 5:00am

Sometimes forgotten in the spiraling U.S. crisis of opiate abuse is a clinical fact about narcotic pain medications: addiction is basically an unwanted side effect of drugs that are highly effective at blunting pain.

Addiction, of course, is a particularly dangerous and disruptive side effect,...

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Climate change will make California's drought-flood cycle more volatile, study finds

April 23, 2018 - 6:35pm

Californians should expect more dramatic swings between dry and wet years as the climate warms, according to a new study that found it likely that the state will be hit by devastating, widespread flooding in coming decades.

UC researchers in essence found that California’s highly volatile climate...

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In human cells, scientists find DNA that looks like a twisted knot instead of a double helix

April 23, 2018 - 5:55pm

Biology textbooks may be due for a rewrite.

For the first time, scientists have detected a DNA structure inside living human cells that looks more like a four-stranded knot than the elegant double helix we learned about in school.

The tangled shape, known as an i-motif, had been seen before in...

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A search for some of Earth’s most extreme creatures in the West Coast's deepest underwater canyon

April 20, 2018 - 3:00pm

Geobiologist Victoria Orphan stands at the stern of the research vessel Western Flyer, watching her colleagues put the last touches on an unusual spread. Among the offerings: a large turkey leg, an alligator head and bowls of gelatinous agar that resemble consomme.

This meal isn’t for the ship’s...

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How to make a robot that will build your Ikea furniture

April 20, 2018 - 11:05am

Here’s one way to tackle the dreaded task of assembling your Ikea furniture: Get a robot to do it for you.

With some off-the-shelf robotics hardware and a substantial amount of programming, researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore built a machine capable of assembling the Swedish...

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The more humans spread, the smaller other mammals get. Elephants, rhinos and hippos had better watch out

April 20, 2018 - 4:30am

Thirteen thousand years ago Southern California was crawling with enormous mammals — all of which are extinct today.

There were massive mammoths three times bigger than modern-day elephants, giant ground sloths up to 20 feet in length, and strange, armadillo-like beasts known as glyptodons that...

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Fruit flies help explain why a male orgasm matters

April 19, 2018 - 3:25pm

Yes, dear reader, fruit flies ejaculate.

And new research brings us this further news flash: They like it. It’s what they like best about mating. So, that’s the part of the whole courtship process that keeps them coming back for more. And more (ensuring the circle of life and all...).

And that’s...

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The food that goes bad in your fridge amounts to trillions of gallons of wasted water

April 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

You walk into the grocery store with the best intentions, filing your cart with kale, broccolini, tofu and Greek yogurt.

Then you get home, feel pressed for time and order a pizza.

Before you know it, the perishables are going bad at the back of the fridge. They’ll wind up in the trash, like so...

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