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our war on microbes may be giving us cancer
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our war on microbes may be giving us cancer

Modern houses tend to be clean, so clean that they may be undermining our immune systems, and alongside our addiction to antibiotics, giving us a wide variety of health problems.

coffee, booze, and extra weight won’t help you live longer. so what will?
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coffee, booze, and extra weight won’t help you live longer. so what will?

According to media reports, a recent study found the recipe for a longer life: to be a little overweight and enjoy your beer and lattes. But there’s a secret ingredient they’re missing...

italy’s five star movement goes full mental anti-vaxxer
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italy’s five star movement goes full mental anti-vaxxer

Evidence-based medicine, vaccination, and good science are out in Italy. Alt med scams, snake oil, and anti-vaccination propaganda are in.

the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal
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the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal

He Jiankui tried to create two human beings resistant to HIV. Instead he triggered an international scandal with his methods and work experts describe as amateurish and shoddy.

screening for cancer with a microscopic amount of gold
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screening for cancer with a microscopic amount of gold

Researchers may have found a cheap, easy, and far less invasive way to screen for cancer than conventional scans and biopsies. But there’s still a lot to test before it makes its way to your doctor’s office.

when scientists explore the dark side of meditation with buddhist monks
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when scientists explore the dark side of meditation with buddhist monks

Researchers want you to know that immersing yourself in your own mind isn’t all sunshine and enlightenment.

why we haven’t actually doubled our lifespans
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why we haven’t actually doubled our lifespans

A common refrain says that we live twice as long as our ancestors while it’s our life expectancy that’s increased, not our lifespan. And that difference is extremely important to keep in mind.

gene therapy is here, but our bodies are putting up a fight
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gene therapy is here, but our bodies are putting up a fight

The good news is that scientists found a reliable mechanism for gene therapy. The bad news is that your immune system is primed to throw a wrench into it.

when the call is coming from inside the house
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when the call is coming from inside the house

Believe it or not, there’s a scientific explanation for some of the world’s most common and terrifying demons, imps, and ghosts. But it’s not very comforting...

why an organic apple a day won’t keep cancer away
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why an organic apple a day won’t keep cancer away

A clean, healthy diet and an exercise regimen will add years to your life. But there’s no evidence that it will prevent a cancer diagnosis.

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