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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

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My daughter’s peanut allergy: Constant vigilance gives way to teen-age independence

last monthHealth : The Checkup

One day last September, I found myself frantically tearing my house apart for my teenager’s sake.  It wasn’t shoes or homework that had gone missing; it was a 0.3 milligram vial of epinephrine, topped with an intramuscular syringe. My...Show More Summary

Astronomers find a shockingly ancient black hole the size of 12 billion suns

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Some 12.8 billion light years away, astronomers have spotted an object of almost impossible brightness — the most luminous object ever seen in such ancient space. It's from just 900 million years after the big bang, and the old quasar — a shining object produced by a massive black hole — is 420 trillion times more luminous than our sun.Read full article >>

Man, spacewalking astronauts get to take all the best photos

last monthHealth : The Checkup

NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts are in the middle of the second of three planned spacewalks this week on the International Space Station. The pair, assisted by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (who gets to operate the robotic arm on the ISS), will install docking accommodations for privately-built crew capsules.Read full article >>

New chronic fatigue syndrome report doesn’t help us

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Three decades ago, the U.S. government burdened a group of seriously ill patients with a trivializing name — "chronic fatigue syndrome" — and a broad set of criteria that did nothing to distinguish true sufferers of this debilitating disease. Show More Summary

Some far-flung planets may be better places for humans than Earth is

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We earthlings can be forgiven for thinking of our planet as the gold standard for habitability — after all, it’s the only one we’ve tried. But René Heller, writing in the January issue of Scientific American, points out that the qualities astronomers are finding on some of the 1,800 identified exoplanets may make Earth seem, well, substandard. Read full article >>

Who’s who: A photographer gets up close and personal with owls

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“It’s hard to get animals to look at you like humans do,” photographer Brad Wilson told Audubon magazine. And he should know. For a photo series called “Affinity,” he took striking, up-close portraits — front, profile, three-quarter — of 65 animal species, including the white rhino, the Egyptian vulture and a spookily red-eyed mandrill.Read full article >>

Food companies aim to reinvent diet foods to stay relevant

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U.S. consumers are shifting away from weight-management foods, forcing companies including Kellogg’s and Nestle to change ingredients and focus their marketing on different health benefits as sales slip.Read full article >>

Peru was a crocodile paradise before the Amazon River went and ruined it

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In Pre-Amazonian Peru, the crocodile was king. Seven species of crocodile, to be precise. That's more species of crocodile than have ever been found co-existing in one habitat -- and we have the Amazon River to thank for their disappearance.Read full article >>

Let’s go back to the moon. No, Mars. No, the moon. The debate continues.

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To the moon again? Or Mars?The questions have hung over NASA for years, and emerged again at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.Under President George W. Bush, the target was the moon. Under Obama, who said “we’ve been there before,” Mars became the mission.Read full article >>

Lay off the mega-doses of Vitamin D

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Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, is good for your bones. You should consume modest amounts in your diet, if possible (and for most people that is quite possible), or in the form of supplements if you can't get enough via food and drink.Read full article >>

Geysers erupt because they’re all bendy inside

last monthHealth : The Checkup

You'll definitely want to check out the video above, because it features a loop-de-loop lab apparatus designed to spew water into the air. But it's more than just a twist on one of those science fair volcano models: The UC Berkeley earth sciences professor who designed it says it demonstrates the basic mechanics of geysers like Old Faithful.Read full article >>

Tracing the long, convoluted history of the AIDS epidemic

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The common narrative holds that the spread of HIV and AIDS among humans can be traced back to one flight attendant in the 1980s. But while that individual certainly did spread the virus, he was far from the first to do it.Read full article >>

Why a coffee is more likely to spill than a latte

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It doesn't take a team of physicists to figure out that foamy liquids are less splishy -splashy than those without bubbles, but one team of physicists did try to figure out why. Their work was reported Tuesday in the journal Physics of Fluids.Read full article >>

Missing link in the form of a molar pegs hippos as evolutionary cousins to whales

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It's long been thought that hippopotamuses share an evolutionary ancestor with whales, but gaps in the fossil record kept scientists from making the connection. In a new study in Nature Communications, researchers report on the discovery...Show More Summary

FTC fines marketers of two apps that claim to detect melanoma

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced two enforcement actions against the makers of two smartphone apps -- "Mole Detective" and "MelApp" -- that claim to be able to detect the symptoms of melanoma simply by snapping a picture of a mole with a smartphone.Read full article >>

Exposing infants to peanuts causes big reduction in peanut allergy, study shows

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Peanut allergy, an occasionally life-threatening condition that has prompted changes in food consumption rules everywhere from pre-schools to airlines, can be sharply reduced by feeding peanut protein to infants at risk for the condition, researchers reported in a landmark study Monday.Read full article >>

New technology generates photo illustration from a person’s DNA

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Four years ago, Candra Alston and her 3-year-old daughter, Malaysia Boykin, were murdered inside their South Carolina apartment. Police in Columbia collected DNA at the scene, but the investigation stalled.Read full article >>

New therapies offer some hope for those facing glioblastoma brain tumors

last monthHealth : The Checkup

One day, perhaps in the next five years, I will develop a malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma that could take just 15 months to kill me.As a former practicing doctor, I know that these tumors are some of the hardest to treat — which is why this short prognosis has remained largely unchanged for the past decade.Read full article >>

I tried a cleanse to lose weight and feel better. All I felt was much worse.

last monthHealth : The Checkup

I remember my first cleanse vividly. After months of gorging on French bread, brie, potato chips and more beer than I care to admit, my pants no longer fit. Even my spandex felt tight — a testament to my willingness to consume anything and everything while studying abroad. That’s when I knew it was time for a change. And I wanted a quick fix.Read full article >>

Patients are now being billed for some services that once were free

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Beause of the economic pressures of the past several years, banks, airlines, cellphone carriers and a host of other businesses have begun tacking on fees for assorted services that were once free, notes Orly Avitzur, medical adviser to Consumer Reports. Show More Summary

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