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Iceland Close To Eradicating Down Syndrome As Prenatal Screening Tests Detect Chromosome Abnormality During Pregnancy

Combination tests available for pregnant women in Iceland can detect the likelihood a fetus will have chromosome abnormality. Only one or two babies with Down syndrome are born in the country per year.

Feature | Health August 17, 2017

Fleas In Arizona Found Positive For Bubonic Plague

Health authorities warned the public to observe precautions after fleas were found positive for bubonic plague. The disease once known as the Black Death killed hundreds in the Middle Ages.

Public Health August 15, 2017

Weight Loss Intragastric Balloons Linked To 5 Deaths

The FDA said that five deaths have been linked to intragastric balloons albeit it remains unclear if the fatalities were caused by the device itself or the surgery. What are the potential side effects of intragastric balloons?

Public Health August 11, 2017

Xenotransplantation: Pig Organs May Soon Be Transplanted Into Humans

Pig organs without the potentially dangerous and deadly animal retroviruses may soon be available for human transplant patients. Researchers removed a barrier to xenotransplantation using the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Biotech August 11, 2017

Ancient Ape Skull Sheds Light On Common Ancestors Of Humans And Apes

A lemon-sized skull discovered in Kenya belonged to Nyanzapithecus alesi, an extinct sister group of apes and humans. The fossil revealed that the group was close to the origins of living apes and humans.

Ancient August 10, 2017

Protein That Mimics Effect Of Exercise May Help Heart Failure Patients

The CT1 protein mimics the effects of going to the gym. Treatment causes the heart muscles to grow healthier and boosts the ability of the heart to pump blood. This may lead to new treatments for heart failure patients.

Medicine August 9, 2017

Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

Drinking the trendy cocktail drink Moscow mule in copper mug may result in food poisoning marked by diarrhea and yellowing of the skin. Here's why copper and alcoholic beverage should not mix.

Public Health August 9, 2017

Over-Mothered Puppies Less Likely To Graduate From Guide Dog Training

Maternal style early in life influences puppies' odds for success, with puppies of doting mothers less likely to successfully complete guide dog training programs. Here's why less attentive mothers raise better guide dogs.

Animals August 8, 2017

FDA Warns Fertility Doctor To Stop Marketing 3-Parent Baby IVF Technique

John Zhang used an IVF technique to help a Jordanian couple bear a three-parent baby boy, but the procedure is not yet approved in the United States. The FDA told the fertility doctor to stop marketing the procedure.

Biotech August 8, 2017

Nanotechnology Device Can Heal Damaged Tissues With A Single Touch

The technology Tissue Nanotransfection can repair injured legs with just one touch. Treatment takes less than a second and does not have any known side effects. Here's how it works.

Biotech August 8, 2017

Cleaning Kitchen Sponges Can Make Them Dirtier: Study

Microwaving kitchen sponges or cleaning them in hot and soapy water does not remove the bacteria and may even make them dirtier. Here's what experts advise for cleaner and safer kitchen sponges.

Public Health August 7, 2017

Wife Of Marine Vet Who Died From Fentanyl Overdose Wants To Know How Husband Obtained Opioid Drug

Retired Marine Lance Cpl. Hank Brandon Lee's death certificate says he died from fentanyl overdose but how did this happen? How was he able to obtain the powerful opioid painkiller while under VA's watch?

Feature | Health August 7, 2017

NASA Hiring Planetary Protection Officer To Protect Earth From Alien Matter

The Planetary Protection Officer is tasked to protect planet Earth from contamination by alien matter brought by spacecraft from missions that explored extraterrestrial worlds. The job comes with a six-figure salary.

Space August 4, 2017

Tech Company Workers To Have Microchips Implanted Into Their Hands

A Wisconsin tech company will implant its workers' hands with microchips the size of a grain of rice. How does the microchip work and what are its potential uses?

Wearable Tech July 26, 2017

Drinking Alcohol After Studying Can Improve Memory: Study

Consuming alcohol after learning something new appears to boost the brain's ability to retain information. Researchers also found that drinking more alcohol is linked to greater enhancement of the memory.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 26, 2017

Giant Fish Species Eluded Scientists For Centuries: Here's How It Was Discovered

The new species of sunfish dubbed Hoodwinker has been hiding in plain sight for centuries. Here's how researchers tapped social media and used pictures, old publications, and museum collections to describe the new species of giant fish.

Animals July 25, 2017

Moon Interior May Hold More Water Than Previously Thought

Satellite data suggest that the interior of the moon may hold substantial amounts of water. What are the implications of the findings on future moon missions and our understanding of the early history of Earth’s natural satellite?

Space July 25, 2017

4-Year-Old Boy Contracted Flesh-Eating Disease After He Bumped His Head

Four-year-old Rhys Pritchard sustained a small cut above his eye after bumping his head. The problem went worse when he started to show symptoms of necrotising fasciitis, more commonly known as flesh-eating disease.

Public Health July 24, 2017

New Giant Sunfish Species 'Hoodwinker' First To Be Discovered After More Than 100 Years

The newly named Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta) has evaded scientists for centuries. How was it discovered and what makes it different from the Mola mola and Mola ramsayi sunfish species?

Animals July 24, 2017

NASA Warns Of Unsafe Eclipse Glasses: How To Tell You Have Bought One That Meets Viewing Standards

NASA warned of unsafe solar eclipse glasses, which can cause vision problems. Here are the things that people should look for when buying eclipse sunglasses for watching Aug. 21 eclipse.

Space July 23, 2017

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