Health & Medicine

  1. Science & Society

    Let’s learn about why schools should start later

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Toddler now thrives after prenatal treatment for a genetic disease

    Ayla was treated before birth for the rare, life-threatening Pompe disease. Now a thriving 16-month-old toddler, her treatments will still need to continue.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    An asthma treatment may also help tame cat allergies

    Adding a therapy used to treat asthma improved cat allergy symptoms for more than a year, a small study found.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Infection

    Infections range from mild illnesses, such as the common cold, to deadly diseases, such as rabies.

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  5. Earth

    Analyze This: Wildfires are pumping more pollution into U.S. skies

    Researchers wanted to study the health effects of wildfire smoke. But they realized they didn’t know where it was and how much exposure people had.

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  6. Chemistry

    Explainer: What is a hydrogel?

    These unusual materials have a host of unusual properties. You can even make a starch-infused version in your kitchen.

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  7. Environment

    ‘Forever’ chemicals show up in students’ school uniforms

    Researchers found PFAS “forever chemicals” in kids’ school uniforms and other clothing. Studies have linked these compounds to health risks.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Should we use a genetic weapon against mosquitoes carrying malaria?

    One gene drive to eliminate malaria seems to work in the lab. Now it’s time to ask local people if they want it released in the wild.

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  9. Tech

    A shape-shifting robotic tooth-cleaner might one day brush for you

    A swarm of billions of magnetic, bacteria-killing nanoparticles can be shaped into bristles to fit any surface, including between teeth.

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  10. Animals

    Some spikes in malaria cases may be tied to amphibian die-offs

    Amphibian deaths from a fungal disease may have led to more mosquitoes — and an increase in malaria cases in Costa Rica and Panama.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    How wriggling, blood-eating parasitic worms alter the body

    Parasitic worms eat blood and make people sick, but they may also help prevent or treat some diseases.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Liver

    This organ in the upper-right side of the belly does many essential jobs, such as cleaning blood and producing bile.

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