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Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

You Smell Sick: Detecting Illness by Scent

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:30:00 GMT

Scientists are racing to create tests that can identify illness via odors in patients’ sweat, breath and urine

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the World's Peril

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

The U.N. General Assembly is taking on a danger that threatens the health of our entire species

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Congress Approves $1.1 Billion in Zika Funding

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:30:00 GMT

The funding, which will support vaccine research and health care, caps months of delay

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Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement--and Concern

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:15:00 GMT

Worries include how to coordinate research programs and resources from different countries

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Obesity and Violence Hamper U.S. Progress toward U.N. Health Goals

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:45:00 GMT

The U.S. ranked 28th, below many other wealthier nations

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A Guide to the Changing Science of Flu Shots

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:45:00 GMT

Despite new findings, certain advice still holds true

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Superbug Explosion Triggers U.N. General Assembly Meeting

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:20:00 GMT

Antibiotic resistance has grown so dire that it will be the subject of a dedicated global summit later this month

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Stem Cell Advocates and Critics Push Back on FDA Guidelines

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:45:00 GMT

A lengthy public hearing this month may help decide thousands of patients’ health options 

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Gonorrhea May Become Resistant to All Antibiotics Sooner Than Anticipated

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT

A cluster of cases in Hawaii show signs of resistance to the two drugs used to treat it

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Spinal Tap Test Gauges Sports Concussion Severity

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:15:00 GMT

Biomarkers detected in athletes’ spinal fluid could reveal the severity of concussions—and hint at potential dementia risk 

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Water Bears' Super Survival Skills Give Up Secrets

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:07:00 GMT

A protein from microscopic creatures called tardigrades keeps their DNA protected—and could someday shield humans from radiation.  

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More Research Hints That Eggs and Peanuts May Help Babies Avert Allergies

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:45:00 GMT

But many guidelines still stop short of urging parents to give infants an early taste 

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2 Chemicals Together May Knock Out Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:15:00 GMT

The CDC reports that spraying a controversial insecticide and applying larvicide may be best tools for combating local Zika

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Kratom Drug Ban May Cripple Promising Painkiller Research

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Compounds from the Southeast Asian tree offer hope for a safer opioid alternative, but research could slow to a crawl as the DEA steps in 

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MacArthur "Genius" Grant Winner Battles Drug-Resistant Infections

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Dianne Newman, who studies both geology and medicine, says she is a “pied piper” of microbes

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The Americas are Now Measles-Free

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:15:00 GMT

The official determination comes after a 22-year vaccination drive

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The State of Vaccine Skepticism in 4 Maps

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:00 GMT

Interactive graphic reveals data from a recent study on vaccine confidence around the world

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Stroke Study Sparks Call for Revamping Emergency Care Plan

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:01:00 GMT

The brain-saving benefits of clot removal are most pronounced with quick intervention

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U.S. FDA Approves "Artificial Pancreas" for Diabetes Treatment

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT

The device is designed to automatically deliver the right dose of insulin

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New Hope in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:25:00 GMT

A U.N. conference could lead to major steps in addressing this growing public health crisis

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The Fat Advantage

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT

Obese people have a higher incidence of kidney cancer, but are also more likely to survive it 

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U.N. Leaders Plead for Immediate Action against Superbugs

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:30:00 GMT

A United Nations meeting opens with a political agreement on antibiotic resistance

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Tardigrade Protein Helps Human DNA Withstand Radiation

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:30:00 GMT

Experiments show the water bear’s resilience can be transferred to cultures of human cells 

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Codeine is Not Safe for Kids

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:30:00 GMT

The drug has been linked to life-threatening or fatal respiratory problems in children

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Time to Change the Ink in the Bone Printer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:30:00 GMT

Researchers 3D-print pliable, custom-made graft parts in minutes

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