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Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking

dog-therapy-170621 More A visit from a golden retriever can brighten a person’s day when in the hospital or in a senior-care facility. But the policies for pet therapy programs in health care facilities may fall short in protecting the people … Continue reading

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Bid for environmental rights pact to kick off in Paris

“We already have two international (human rights) pacts… The idea is to create a third, for a third generation of rights — environmental rights,” said French judicial expert Laurent Fabius, who will chair the climate meeting (AFP Photo/THOMAS SAMSON) More … Continue reading

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The EPA Quietly Approved Monsanto's New Genetic-Engineering Technology

DvSnf7 dsRNA is an unusual insecticide. You don’t spray it on crops. Instead, you encode instructions for manufacturing it in the DNA of the crop itself. If a pesky western corn rootworm comes munching, the plant’s self-made DvSnf7 dsRNA disrupts … Continue reading

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New form of carbon discovered that is harder than diamond but flexible as rubber

View photos Timothy Strobel More Scientists have found a way to make carbon both very hard and very stretchy by heating it under high pressure. This “compressed glassy carbon”, developed by researchers in China and the US, is also lightweight … Continue reading

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Ancient Egypt: 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Toe Discovered Near Luxor is World’s Oldest Prosthetic

A big wood-and-leather toe from Egypt is the oldest prosthetic discovered so far, researchers believe, and provides an insight into the world of ancient medicine. Experts found the 3,000-year-old Greville Chester artificial toe attached to a mummy in a tomb near the city of Luxor in … Continue reading

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Drugs and Carrie Fisher: How Cocaine, MDMA Affect Heart

Carrie Fisher at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago in 2016. More Actress Carrie Fisher had a number of drugs in her system, including cocaine and MDMA, when she went into cardiac arrest before her death in December. But how do … Continue reading

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'Breast Cancer Genes': How Much Do They Increase Cancer Risk?

Cancer Dna More Women who carry genetic mutations in the “breast cancer genes,” called BRCA1 and BRCA2, have about a 70 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The findings are based on … Continue reading

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'Breast Cancer Genes': How Much Do They Increase Cancer Risk?

Cancer Dna More Women who carry genetic mutations in the “breast cancer genes,” called BRCA1 and BRCA2, have about a 70 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The findings are based on … Continue reading

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Doctors Want Sugar and 'Cancer-Causing' Foods Out of Hospitals

unhealthy-food-170619 More A major doctors’ group hopes to put an end to a great irony served up daily at most U.S. hospitals: The food offered there tends to contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer — the very … Continue reading

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We're learning more and more about the animals that vastly out-live humans

If humans have any hope of living forever, we should probably take a hint from the dozens of other animals on Earth that far outpace our measly 71 years. One of the longest-lived of these animals is the Greenland shark, … Continue reading

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