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03/21/2014

Ocean Conservation Group: 20 Percent of All Captured Fish is Trashed

Oceana is the largest international organization that focuses solely on ocean conservation. Their latest report reveals sobering news about commercial fishing in the United States.

03/21/2014

Hawaii police urge lawmakers to let undercover cops have sex with prostitutes

03/20/2014

10 Happy Ways to Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.

03/20/2014

My Neighborhood Makes It Easier to Get Pregnant Than To Go To College

‘You should get pregnant,’ a friend told me. ‘Girl, the government will take care of you, trust me.’

03/19/2014

Health conspiracy theories are widely believed

Nearly half of American adults believe the federal government, corporations or both are involved in at least one conspiracy to cover up health information, a new survey finds.

03/18/2014

His Fertility Advance Draws Ire

To most people, the word “mitochondria” is only dimly familiar.  But to Shoukhrat Mitalipov, the mysterious power producers inside every human cell are a lifelong obsession.

03/17/2014

Military wife drops more than 100 pounds to surprise husband

When Larry, an Army specialist, was deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2012, Misty decided she wanted to get in shape.

03/17/2014

Saturated fat advice ‘unclear’

Swapping butter for a sunflower spread may not lower heart risk, say British Heart Foundation researchers.

03/13/2014

NASA contest offers prizes for citizen asteroid hunters

Think you can find Earth-threatening asteroids faster than NASA? Then there is a contest designed just for you: the space agency is calling for citizen scientists to find new and improved ways to track down space rocks.

03/13/2014

Americans believe marijuana is LESS harmful than sugar, says new survey

Americans now believe marijuana is so harmless that they ranked sugar as more harmful to a person’s health in a recent poll. 

03/13/2014

In a bad mood? Your social networks might be to blame

The next time you feel compelled to share your misery on Facebook, spare a thought for your friends. For mood on social networks is contagious, and spreads to those you are connected to, scientists say.

03/13/2014

Company Makes Drug Available To Ailing Boy Following Public Outcry

Chimerix, a small and unprofitable biotechnology company, will make an experimental drug available to a young Virginia boy who is suffering from an infection he contracted while being treated for cancer.

03/12/2014

Cheap, reliable whole-genome sequencing? Not so fast, say Stanford researchers

A Stanford study found that producing accurate genome analysis is still best left to medical professionals and complete, reliable results from an off-the-shelf test are currently not possible.

03/11/2014

One Author of a Startling Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction

One of the authors of a study that was claimed to have discovered a simple way to make stem cells said on Monday that he was no longer sure of his team’s conclusions, and he called for the study to be retracted.

03/11/2014

Elizabeth Warren vows fight for gender equality in medical studies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren vowed yesterday to push for a new federal law to cut the gender bias from medical research if federal agencies such as the National Institutues of Health don’t take steps to address the issue.

03/10/2014

New Clues To Why Traffic Pollution Is So Bad For The Heart

It’s long been known that traffic pollution carries health risks, with multiple studies linking it to heart attacks, autism and even early death.

03/10/2014

Free Birth Control Not Associated With Risky Sexual Behavior

The availability of free birth control may not lead directly to increases in risky sexual behavior, according to a new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

03/06/2014

A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA

In the late 1980s, scientists at Osaka University in Japan noticed unusual repeated DNA sequences next to a gene they were studying in a common bacterium. They mentioned them in the final paragraph of a paper: “The biological significance of these sequences is not known.”

03/06/2014

6 Proposals Denying Service to Gays You Haven’t Heard About

Here are six related proposals getting less attention than the battles in Kansas and Arizona.

03/05/2014

Planned Parenthood, Tucson gynecologist, fighting tighter regulations on abortion drugs

Planned Parenthood and a Tucson gynecologist are asking a federal judge to block new rules that will sharply restrict ability to perform abortions using drugs instead of surgery.

03/05/2014

Childhood secondhand smoke exposure damages arteries

Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries – increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday.

03/04/2014

Large number of soldiers had mental illness before enlisting

The first publicly released findings from the largest mental-health study conducted by the military gave a sobering picture of the prevalence of mental disorders and suicide indicators among active-duty troops.

03/04/2014

China Cracks Down on DNA Testing

Genetic testing has grown to be a business big enough in China to warrant the government’s intervention.

03/03/2014

Smoking tied to changes in the structure of teen brains

Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study.

03/03/2014

Women Still Left Out of Medical Research: Report

Two decades after the passage of a landmark law mandating that women be represented in government-funded medical research, a new report reveals that the world of science is still ignoring women’s unique health issues far more than it should.

03/03/2014

Giant virus revived from deep freeze in Siberian tundra

Researchers revived a virus dormant in a 30,000-year-old ice core. They warn that oil and gas development in far northern latitudes, such as the one shown here, near Salym, Russia, could disturb microbes harmful to humans.

02/28/2014

Nurse Education, Workload Impact Patient Post-Op Mortality

Nurse staffing and education are associated with in-hospital mortality after common surgical procedures, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in The Lancet.

02/28/2014

The Market For DNA-Sequencing-Based Down’s Syndrome Tests Could Exceed $6 Billion

On Wednesday night the New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that a new, DNA-sequencing based blood test provides a dramatic improvement in accuracy at screening for Down’s syndrome and a second, related disease.

02/27/2014

British spy agency collected images of Yahoo webcam chats

Britain’s spy agency GCHQ intercepted millions of people’s webcam chats and stored still images of them, including sexually explicit ones, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

02/27/2014

Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs

A panel of government advisers has expressed serious concerns about a controversial proposal to allow scientists to try to make babies using eggs that have been genetically altered to include DNA from another woman.