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6-Year-Old Flu Patient Dies Hours After Paramedics Said She Would Be OK

Just hours after the paramedics left their home, the little girl’s condition made a turn for the worst. Her flu progressed so rapidly all because she missed this one important form of protection.

Public Health January 24, 2018

Epilepsy Drug May Cure Lethal Centipede Bites: Study

Centipede bites have no known treatment until a recent study suggested an anticonvulsant prescribed for epilepsy. This recommendation comes after scientists pinned down SsTx, the toxin that makes the insect’s venom deadly.

Animals January 24, 2018

Rare Bristle Worm Fossil Hints How Modern Earthworms Developed Their Heads

Among the 20,000 fossils uncovered at Burgess Shale, one was found to contain soft tissue belonging to a 2-centimeter worm. It gave scientists strong evidence that in their early evolutionary stages, worms had a far different appearance.

Animals January 22, 2018

NASA Removes African-American Astronaut Jeanette Epps From ISS Mission

For unclear reasons, Jeanette Epps was bumped from the upcoming launch in June. She would have become the first African-American astronaut to be an ISS crew member.

Space January 22, 2018

Studies Raise Concern Over Chronic Wasting Disease From Deer Jumping To Humans

CWD, a deadly prion disease with no known treatment, was found to potentially be transmissible to humans. Monkeys were fed with contaminated meat and the results were alarming, with three out of five testing positive after three years.

Public Health January 21, 2018

Eyes On The Moon, Mars, And Beyond: Deep Space Gateway Is NASA’s Next Big Plan

After the International Space Station retires in 2028, NASA is slated to launch a new space station that will orbit the moon. It would be located farther into deep space to also train the crew for future Mars missions.

Space January 20, 2018

Flu Virus Can Spread Simply By Breathing: Study

Current measures observed to prevent the spread of flu are no longer enough. In a new study, scientists found that influenza can be spread through the air even if infected people do not sneeze or cough.

Public Health January 20, 2018

Deadly Arrow Poison Could Be Used For Male Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives could soon be available for men. However, it would be made using a toxic substance that was used as an arrow poison by ancient Africans in hunting and war.

Public Health January 19, 2018

NASA Engineers Created Space Makeup Kit For Women Astronauts

When women joined NASA in the 1970s, engineers wrongly assumed that they would want to use cosmetics in space. They invented a specialized makeup kit for female astronauts.

Space January 19, 2018

Planetary Field Researcher Finds 3 Space Rocks From Michigan Meteor

Dozens of space rock hunters flocked to Hamburg Township looking for meteorites worth thousands of dollars each. Unfortunately, not all of them know exactly where to look for extraterrestrial treasure.

Space January 19, 2018

Odd Star Unveils Lonely Black Hole Hiding In Globular Cluster

Astronomers in Chile spotted a star that was behaving unusually. It seemed like it was orbiting an invisible object with a mass more massive than the Earth’s Sun.

Space January 18, 2018

Climate Change Linked To Massive Die-Off Of Endangered Saiga Antelopes

In 2015, a deadly disease wiped out half of the entire saiga population in Kazakhstan. Scientists suspected that environmental changes triggered such event, and a new study confirmed this theory.

Animals January 18, 2018

High-Fat Diet Could Worsen Prostate Cancer: Study

A high-fat diet brings more than just extra weight. It has been found to accelerate the progression of serious conditions such as prostate cancer, turning it into a lethal disease.

Public Health January 18, 2018

Model Sues New York For Identifying Her As HIV Patient In AIDS Campaign Photo

After a state agency illegally used her stock photo for an HIV campaign, the NY court ruled in favor of Avril Nolan. The model can now pursue a lawsuit demanding payment for the emotional distress caused by the ad.

Public Health January 17, 2018

Advisory Panel Recommends Reducing Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit To Prevent Traffic-Related Deaths

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have been a problem in the United States since the early 1980s. As a solution, the National Academies advisory committee recommended policy reforms, including a reduced BAC limit.

Public Health January 17, 2018

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Captures Image Of Largest And Hottest Galaxy Ever Found

In 2012, astronomers discovered a cluster of twin galaxies colliding at an unimaginable speed. It was so massive that it earned the nickname El Gordo or “the Fat One.

Space January 17, 2018

Havre Volcano: Details Of Largest Underwater Eruption Revealed By Scientists

In 2012, the Havre Volcano erupted underwater, creating a large pumice raft the size of the entire state of Philadelphia. Scientists studied its seafloor products and discovered information that challenged their previous beliefs.

Earth/Environment January 15, 2018

WHO Prequalifies Affordable Typhoid Vaccine For Infants By Bharat Biotech

An Indian pharmaceutical company formulated a typhoid vaccine that could provide long-lasting immunity for infants older than 6 months. WHO announced that it will be in distribution in developing countries by 2019.

Medicine January 15, 2018

Measles Patient Possibly Exposed Hundreds Of Airport Passengers To Contagious Disease

On Wednesday morning, a passenger with a confirmed case of measles landed at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Now, hundreds of travelers are at risk of contracting the contagious and deadly disease.

Public Health January 15, 2018

Japanese Astronaut Claiming To Grow Over 3 Inches In Space Apologizes For Measurement Error

On Monday, JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai announced growing 3.5 inches taller after three weeks on the ISS. After double checking his measurement, it turns out that he made an error.

Space January 13, 2018

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