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Deadly Superbug Outbreak in Humans Linked to Antibiotic Spike in Cows

ARS TECHNICA – Beth Mole, 23 August 2019: A deadly outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella that sickened 225 people across the US beginning in 2018 may have been spurred by

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A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

WIRED – Meredith Fore, 15 August 2019 –  ON OCTOBER 2, 2017, scientists from an Italian laboratory issued an alert: They had detected radioactive ruthenium-106 in the air in Milan. It was not enough

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People Are Still Drinking Bleach

ARS TECHNICA (Beth Mole 14 August 2019) The US Food and Drug Administration this week released an important health warning that everyone should heed: drinking bleach is dangerous—potentially life-threatening—and you should not

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‘Shock therapy’ Isn’t as Scary as its Name – or the Movies – Suggest

POPULAR SCIENCE – Nicole Westman – 31 January 2019 – Contrary to popular thought, under the right conditions, electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, doctors argue, is usually safe and effective. For

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Measles outbreak spreads across anti-vaccine ‘hotspot’ in Washington

BIG THINK – Stephen Johnson – 24 January 2019 – A measles outbreak has spread across an anti-vaccination “hotspot” in Clark County, Wash., causing officials to declare a public health emergency.

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Vaccine-Refusing Community Drove Outbreak That Cost $395K, Sickened Babies

(ARS TECHNICA) 30 July 2018 by Beth Mole – A 2013 measles outbreak rooted in a vaccine-refusing community in Brooklyn, New York cost the city’s health department an estimated $394,448,

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Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab – Here Are the Facts

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) – Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs. By Erin Blakemore In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created

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‘5-D Protein Fingerprinting’ Could Give Insights Into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

(NANOTECH NOW) – In research that could one day lead to advances against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, University of Michigan engineering researchers have demonstrated a technique for precisely

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A Robert F. Kennedy Jr.-led Vaccine Commission Would Be Bad News

(WIRED) – THE INCOMING PRESIDENTIAL administration’s war against evidence-based policy-making has opened a new front. President-elect Donald Trump announced—or seemed to announce, anyway—that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., nephew of a

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Hurdles Lie Ahead for Korea’s Biotechnology Push

(KOREA HERALD) – Faced with the continued slowdown of its manufacturing sector, South Korea is eyeing new growth in the field of biotechnology, a promising industry expected for a sharp

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