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Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Category: Health

From gizmodo.com

This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can′t breathe anymore.

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Does metabolism vary between two people?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Category: Health

From examine.com

A novel study investigating 11 Japanese men under living conditions, but in a metabolic chamber to measure metabolic rate via heat, found that after measuring all participants across ′low′ intensity days, ′moderate′ intensity and ′high′ intensity, that the same persons who averaged a 2228+/-143kcal metabolic rate during low activity increased daily expenditure to 2816+/-197kcal (average increase of 588kcal) during moderate physical activity, and to 2813+/-163kcal during high activity.

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Too Few Doctors in Many U.S. Communities

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Category: Health

From www.nytimes.com

Health experts, including many who support the law, say there is little that the government or the medical profession will be able to do to close the gap by 2014, when the law begins extending coverage to about 30 million Americans.

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To Stay Thin, Eat Like the Cultural Elite

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Category: Health

From www.psmag.com

You don’t burn many calories flipping pages in a novel, or walking to your seat in the opera house. But new research reveals an intriguing association between weight control and enjoyment of culturally enriching but sedentary activities.

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Undead: The Rabies Virus Remains a Medical Mystery

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: Health

From www.wired.com

It’s a scientific controversy that underscores just how little we know about neglected diseases like rabies, which still kills humans in numbers that are significant (55,000 a year, by the most recent World Health Organization estimate, most of them in Asia and Africa), but not significant enough to rate much in the way of research funding.

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Are Warnings About the Side Effects of Drugs Making Us Sick?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Category: Health

From blogs.plos.org

You can think of the nocebo effect as the evil twin of the placebo effect — the body’s healing response to the act of taking a pill or receiving medical care, even if the pill itself is inert. The most familiar example of the placebo effect is what happens in trials of experimental drugs.

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Morning sickness: Can oral sex help?

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Category: Health

From www.slate.com

Because half of the DNA the fetus is carrying comes from the father, the mother’s body may initially treat the organism as foreign tissue or an infection. This response, Gallup says, triggers an immune reaction that is commonly experienced as nausea, vomiting, and malaise (aka morning sickness).

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A Shotgun for Blood Clots

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Category: Health

From news.sciencemag.org

Blood clots are bad news for the brain, heart, and other organs. These masses of blood cells can grow big enough to choke off veins and arteries, preventing oxygen from flowing to critical organs. One of the chief obstacles to dealing with blood clots is finding where they have lodged in the body.

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Social Networks, Suicide and Statistics

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Category: Health

From www.i-programmer.info

The study use the Japanese social network mixi, which has over 27 million members and allows users to join any of over 4.5 million topic groups - some focusing on the subject of suicide. It seems like a reasonable if hypothesis that member of topic groups that talk about suicide tend to think about suicide and this provides an opportunity to characterise uses in terms of their tendency to think about the subject.

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Rwanda′s Health Care Miracle

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Category: Health

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

A country in ashes 18 years ago is now safe and clean. It is one of the least corrupt countries in Africa. Per capita income has tripled — although the fact that it is now only $550 a year tells you how destitute Rwanda was.

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