Author Archives: Health & Medicine

Cold Fathers Have Leaner Children, Study Suggests

Did your dad like to take cold showers? Or perhaps he was a ski buff, or an open-water swimmer.

It’s too late now, but you very might well wish that your paternal progenitor had a fondness for cold temperatures. A new study published Monday in Natur… Continue reading

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Giving Mice — Male and Female — Hot Flashes Reveals Possible Path to Treatment

Hot flashes — sudden rushes of overwhelming warmth that heat up the body like a roaring furnace – plague millions of women, and some men. Now scientists find a single type of brain cell is responsible for setting off these heat bombs in mice. The d… Continue reading

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A Baby’s Cries Predict Their Future Voice

By his baby bawls, we may know the next James Earl Jones.

According to a team of scientists from the United Kingdom and France, babies’ cries may accurately predict their voice pitch later in life. This, researchers say, is an indication that your g… Continue reading

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We Can Thank Poor Evolutionary Design for Vitamin D Deficiencies

My doctor recently declared me deficient in vitamin D and prescribed a weekly pill. Because I take care to eat a healthy and diverse diet, I was a bit annoyed. She said it was no big deal and actually very common, the medical equivalent of a parent tel… Continue reading

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Another Struggle: Endocrine Disorders

Cancer survivors often go through hell to earn the prize of simply returning to a somewhat normal life — none more so than children. But even after the cancer is gone, many young patients are still at risk for another kind of medical difficulty.

En… Continue reading

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Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge

It all starts with Professor George Church’s vision. Church is a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School.

In 2005, he launched the Personal Genome Project (PGP), which collects data on a pers… Continue reading

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Trendy Keto Diet Could Help With Some Cancer Treatments

In recent years, scientists have developed drugs can help shrink cancerous tumors. Several of these target P13K, an enzyme involved in cellular growth that is known to contribute to causing cancers.

But the anti-cancer drugs that target P13K don’t … Continue reading

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Scientists Look Again, Still Don’t Find Cap on Human Lifespan

What would it be like to live forever? The thought has likely crossed your mind. But you soon sober up — it ain’t going to happen.

Nevertheless, the idea of living longer than your parents and grandparents is not farfetched. Better lifestyles (suc… Continue reading

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What Over 1 Million Genomes Tell Us About Psychiatric Disorders

The brain is an enormously complex thing. Trying to suss out the genetic overlap of the disorders that strike it is perhaps even more complicated. Still, the Brainstorm Consortium, a collaboration of researchers from Harvard, Stanford and MIT, is aimin… Continue reading

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Blood At A Crime Scene Can Reveal Age of Suspect or Victim

There’s a significant gap between the information that real-world forensics teams can glean from a crime scene and what turns up in glamorized tv shows such as “CSI.” Today, however, that gap gets a little smaller: Researchers reveal it’s possible to d… Continue reading

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Organs Grown to Order

More than 100,000 people in the United States need an organ transplant, but demand always outpaces supply. An average of 20 people in the nation died every day in 2016 because organs were unavailable, and that was despite record annual donations of mor… Continue reading

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How Can a Baby Have 3 Parents?

It seems impossible, right? We have been taught from the time we were young that babies are made when a sperm and an egg come together, and the DNA from these two cells combine to make a unique individual with half the DNA from the mother and half from… Continue reading

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Dirt Could Help Fight Superbugs

About 23,000 Americans die each year due to a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics. Since 2010, the number of children infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics has increased sevenfold.

In recent years, the misuse and overuse of antibiot… Continue reading

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When Does Hungry Become Hangry?

Have you ever been grumpy, only to realize that you’re hungry?

Many people feel more irritable, annoyed, or negative when hungry – an experience colloquially called being “hangry.” The idea that hunger affects our feelings and behaviors is wid… Continue reading

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In Russia’s Space Graveyard, Locals Scavenge Fallen Spacecraft for Profit

The Altai mountain region of Central Asia is a rugged and remote place. Right in the center of the continental landmass, it forms a crossroads between the Kazakh steppes, the snow forests of Siberia and the arid plains of Mongolia. It’s a landscape o… Continue reading

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Have You Accepted Your Research Mission Yet?

Have you accepted Your Research Mission yet?
SciStarter is challenging you to a special mission to join and participate (at least once) in any three of these SciStarter Affiliate projects. Complete your mission and you’ll earn a SciStarter cer… Continue reading

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Science Explains Why East Coast NFL Teams Often Get Crushed In Night Games

(Credit: flickr/Ed Yourdon)

The first ever Monday Night Football game kicked off in September 21, 1970, launching the NFL into prime time American TV. But it’s also a night that Hall of Fame New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath would probably rather… Continue reading

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Chewing Gum While Walking Burns More Calories, Researchers Say

Walking and chewing gum, at various points in this nation’s history, has served as a benchmark to gauge one’s competence as a leader.

Democratic vice presidential-nominee John Edwards in 2004 assured Americans that a president must possess the ab… Continue reading

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Yet Another Study Says Vitamin Supplements Are Worthless

Vitamin — the first four letters come from the Latin word for “life.” To sustain that, we need these organic compounds in small amounts, but it seems their purpose ends there.

New research reaffirms the counterintuitive notion that vitamin and m… Continue reading

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A Bleary Unicorn: The Elusive Hangover Cure

From freezing showers to ingesting prickly pear to smoking joints, everyone has a home remedy for alcohol’s notorious afterglow: the hangover. Mongolian men swear by pickled sheep eyes, ancient Egyptians wore necklaces of Alexandrian laurel, and one … Continue reading

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Sex Matters in the Lab

In 2016, the National Institutes of Health introduced a regulation to address a growing issue in clinical research — sex differences. Until then, most work that relied on animal models tended to use only male critters. The trend was problematic, part… Continue reading

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The Aftermath of Michael Jackson’s Antigravity Lean

In Michael Jackson’s 1987 music video “Smooth Criminal,” the legendary performer leans forward 45 degrees from a straight-up position — and comes back. It’s a feat that seemingly defies both physics and physiology, and the move has become ano… Continue reading

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What I Learned Studying Real Vampires

[Editor's note: One of the most popular articles on our site is a piece by Georgia Institute of Technology researcher John Edgar Browning about his work with the real vampire community, published in March 2015. In it, Browning discusses what a real v... Continue reading

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Mosquito Bites Leave A Lasting Impression On Our Immune System

Mosquito bites are like a gross form of French kissing — the insects swap your blood with their saliva, and leave a trail of salivary secretions behind like mosquito cooties. Some of those compounds prevent clotting as the insects slurp up your bloo… Continue reading

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Your Emergency Contact Does More Than You Think

You know when you’re filling out your medical paperwork and it asks for your emergency contact? Sure, the process might be annoying, but that emergency contact could actually be put to good use by researchers.

Since many of us use a family member, t… Continue reading

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It’s time to focus on health and wellness!

It’s time to focus on what keeps you healthy! We’ve curated a list of citizen science projects working to promote health and wellness around the world. Whether you’re looking at the microbes inside of your gut or tracking your latest run, we’ve got you… Continue reading

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Eurovision Winners Give Their Whole Country A Happiness Boost

This just in: Europe is stealing life satisfaction from the U.S.

No, it’s got nothing to do with immigrants or trade tariffs; it seems that the dastardly Europeans are denying us our happiness through an even more insidious channel: The power of song…. Continue reading

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When An Infected Tooth Becomes Much More

Earlier this year, a surgical resident was paged to the emergency room to evaluate a man with an angry mass bulging beneath his chin.

Dr. Habib Zalzal half race-walked, half ran to find a panting 40-year-old in obvious distress. In addition to an infe… Continue reading

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Genetics May Decide If Skin Tans

Does your skin tend to tan after basking in the sun? If not, blame it, in part, on your genes.

A new study, released Tuesday in Nature Communications, found 10 new pigmentation genes that may determine whether skin ends up tanning or just turning bri… Continue reading

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New Analysis of Bone Helps Explain Why It’s So Strong

Superman was the Man of Steel. We can’t possibly be like him.

But guess what? Ounce for ounce, our bones are stronger than steel.

So why are people always breaking them? It’s because bones are also light and flexible, and the physics behind the s… Continue reading

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