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Here Are the Latest Updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

Here Are the Latest Updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

Federal health officials have identified a second U.S. case of the deadly new coronavirus that’s sent parts of China into lockdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. While officials say that the risk to the U.S. from the virus remains low, the overall situation worldwide is set to get worse before it gets better.

According to the CDC, the patient is a Chicago...

Ed Cara Ed Cara yesterday at 21:53.

For People Who Can't Smell, Life Can Be Full of Peril

For People Who Can't Smell, Life Can Be Full of Peril

A recent study is one of the first to highlight the plights faced by a small segment of the population: people who can’t smell the world around them normally. In it, sufferers describe feeling depressed, unable to enjoy eating, and sometimes even scared for their lives.

People can have problems smelling in a variety of ways. Some experience a sudden difference in the scents things give off....

Ed Cara Ed Cara yesterday at 00:31. 1 comments

Stress Really Can Turn Your Hair White, Mouse Experiment Suggests

Stress Really Can Turn Your Hair White, Mouse Experiment Suggests

The idea that fright or any other kind of stress can turn hair white has endured for centuries. But a new study this week—in mice—provides some of the first concrete evidence of this phenomenon existing. It might also offer a biological explanation for how it happens.

Henriette Campan, teacher and personal assistant to French queen Marie Antoinette, once wrote that the events of the French...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 23, 2020 at 02:46. 1 comments

Deadly Wuhan Virus in China May Have Come from Snakes, Scientists Say

Deadly Wuhan Virus in China May Have Come from Snakes, Scientists Say

As an outbreak of a newly discovered SARS-like virus threatens to spiral out of control in China, some scientists think they’ve uncovered its animal origins. Their new research suggests the virus is native to snakes.

The germ in question, dubbed 2019-nCoV for now, is a type of coronavirus. While most coronaviruses that sicken people cause little more than a common cold, they’re potentially...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 22, 2020 at 04:42. 10 comments

Deadly New Virus in China Has Reached the U.S., CDC Reports

Deadly New Virus in China Has Reached the U.S., CDC Reports

What initially appeared to be an isolated, mild outbreak of a pneumonia-causing virus in China has quickly turned for the worse. On Tuesday, U.S. health officials confirmed the first case to have reached the country—a man who had recently traveled to the Wuhan region of China, where cases have been most common. It’s only the latest batch of bad news surrounding the new disease.

According to...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 22, 2020 at 03:30. 6 comments

Why the Latest FDA Sunscreen-in-the-Blood Study Shouldn't Scare You

Why the Latest FDA Sunscreen-in-the-Blood Study Shouldn't Scare You

Another U.S. government-led study looking at whether certain sunscreen filters can possibly affect the body is making the rounds. But while its conclusions are worth caring about, you shouldn’t panic, and you definitely shouldn’t stop using sunscreen.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Food and Drug Administration and published Tuesday in JAMA, recruited 48 healthy volunteers (men...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 22, 2020 at 02:20. 7 comments

America's Second-Largest Doctors Group Backs Medicare for All

America's Second-Largest Doctors Group Backs Medicare for All

America’s doctors are starting to warm up to the idea of a single-payer health care system, aka Medicare for All. This week, the American College of Physicians announced its support for universal health care coverage, either through single payer or a public option in combination with private insurance.

The American College of Physicians, the second-largest doctors group in the U.S., had...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 18, 2020 at 02:35. 22 comments

The Most and Least Physically Active U.S. States

The Most and Least Physically Active U.S. States

New government research paints a dire picture of Americans and their exercise habits. Across all 50 states, at least 15 percent of adults reported being physically inactive, while in some areas of the country, nearly 50 percent of adults said they got no form of exercise.

The research is based on four years of survey data (2015-2018) collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 17, 2020 at 06:00. 8 comments

Texas Judges Are Increasingly Denying Teens' Requests for Abortion Care

Texas Judges Are Increasingly Denying Teens' Requests for Abortion Care

In many places across America, it’s become harder for women to obtain an abortion. But a study out Thursday highlights an added challenge for teenage girls living in Texas and elsewhere: Judges who refuse to let them get an abortion without the involvement of their parents.

Legally, the Supreme Court has ruled since 1979 that no one can veto a minor’s decision to seek an abortion, including...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 17, 2020 at 02:00. 7 comments

Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from another person. But a new paper argues that many diseases seen as noncommunicable, like most cancers and heart disease, might be transmissible sometimes—thanks to the seemingly harmless microbes living in and on our bodies.

Every one of us is a walking zoo, filled to the brim...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 16, 2020. 4 comments

Cat Parasite Makes Mice Less Fearful, but Not Just of Cats, Study Finds

Cat Parasite Makes Mice Less Fearful, but Not Just of Cats, Study Finds

The relationship between a notorious parasite spread by cats and the mice it infects might be more complex than we thought, according to new research out this week. It suggests that mice infected with Toxoplasma gondii aren’t just less afraid of cats—they’re more mellowed out in general.

Toxoplasma gondii, more plainly known as toxo, has earned plenty of attention for its creepy ways. The...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 15, 2020. 4 comments

A Man's Worm Infection Left Him with a 'Stony Hard' Testicle

A Man's Worm Infection Left Him with a 'Stony Hard' Testicle

There’s no good place for parasitic worms to wreak havoc in the human body, but doctors in India say their 80-year-old patient developed a particularly unfortunate case. The man’s worm infection left him with a massively swollen, calcified right testicle.

According to the paper, published earlier this month in BMJ Reports, the man had visited the doctor complaining of blood in his urine, a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 15, 2020. 23 comments

New Poll About Vaccines Is a Huge Bummer

New Poll About Vaccines Is a Huge Bummer

Many Americans have lost faith in the importance of vaccines over the past two decades, while more than half are unsure or wrongly believe that they can cause autism. At least, those are the somber conclusions of a new Gallup poll released Tuesday. Even worse is that parents of children under 18 have grown more skeptical of vaccines since 2015.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, interviewed just...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 14, 2020. 4 comments

Investigation Finds Widespread Rule-Breaking in Reporting of U.S. Clinical Trials

Investigation Finds Widespread Rule-Breaking in Reporting of U.S. Clinical Trials

Universities, drug companies, and government agencies are breaking the law and not turning in their science homework, according to a new report out Monday. It shows that many of these entities aren’t reporting the results of their research to the government’s database of clinical trials as legally mandated, while the government has done little to punish those who fail to comply.

The database,...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 14, 2020. 7 comments

A 4-Year-Old Girl's Sudden Blindness Is a Tragic Reminder of Why Everyone Should Get the Flu Shot

A 4-Year-Old Girl's Sudden Blindness Is a Tragic Reminder of Why Everyone Should Get the Flu Shot

A 4-year-old Iowa girl’s tragic bout with the flu should remind everyone why getting vaccinated is so important. Her family says that the unvaccinated girl’s infection led to serious neurological complications that have left her blind, perhaps permanently.

According to CNN, Jade DeLucia became sick with the flu right before Christmas. Though DeLucia appeared to have little more than a mild...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 11, 2020. 5 comments

Americans' Body Temperature Has Been Dropping Since the 19th Century, Study Finds

Americans' Body Temperature Has Been Dropping Since the 19th Century, Study Finds

A new study has found evidence that the average blood temperature of people in the U.S. has lowered over the past century and a half—probably because we’re in better health.

The authors of the new study, published in the journal eLife, looked at the medical records of Americans, including Civil War veterans, from three periods of time: 1860–1940, 1971–1975, and 2007–2017. They found that...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 10, 2020. 7 comments

The Mystery Virus in China Might Be an Undiscovered Cousin of SARS, Scientists Say

The Mystery Virus in China Might Be an Undiscovered Cousin of SARS, Scientists Say

Scientists in China think they’ve made a break in the case of a mystery disease that’s caused pneumonia in dozens of people. In several patients, they’ve found a virus never before discovered—albeit one related to the viruses responsible for causing SARS and other respiratory illnesses.

On Thursday, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported on the results of a preliminary investigation into...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

A Genetic Mutation Is Responsible for Mysterious Deaths in the Amish Community, Researchers Say

A Genetic Mutation Is Responsible for Mysterious Deaths in the Amish Community, Researchers Say

In a new paper this week, doctors at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve uncovered the cause of a mysterious heart condition that had suddenly killed over a dozen young, healthy members of a tight-knit Amish community. The culprit? A previously undiscovered genetic mutation that runs in families.

Study author Michael Ackerman, a cardiologist and professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 08, 2020. 22 comments

Alcohol Is Killing More Americans Than Ever

Alcohol Is Killing More Americans Than Ever

More and more Americans are drinking themselves to death. A new study this week finds there were around 72,000 alcohol-related deaths among people over the age of 16 in 2017—more than double the number of similar deaths recorded two decades earlier.

The study, published Wednesday in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, relies on death certificate data. It found there were almost 1...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 08, 2020. 18 comments

A Mysterious Virus Is Sickening People in China

A Mysterious Virus Is Sickening People in China

A mysterious pneumonia has sickened dozens of people in China, and one of the only things health officials know for sure is that it isn’t being caused by a past bogeyman like the SARS virus.

According to health officials, the Associated Press reported Sunday, 59 people had been diagnosed with the mystery illness as of January 5, with all known cases seeming to originate from Wuhan, the capital...

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