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New antibiotic discovered in germs inside a worm inside an insect egg

New antibiotic discovered in germs inside a worm inside an insect...

BSIP/Universal Images Group The last antibiotics generated against Gram-negative bacteria—which tend to be the more dangerous type—were developed in the 1960s. Thanks to the rise of antibiotic resistance, we need more. But rather than going through the trouble of trying to make our own, scientists have looked to other species that might need to kill…
A healthcare algorithm provided less care to black clients

A healthcare algorithm provided less care to black clients

Care for some of the sickest Americans is decided in part by algorithm. New research shows that software guiding care for tens of millions of people systematically privileges white patients over black patients. Analysis of records from a major US hospital revealed that the algorithm used effectively let whites cut in line for special programs…
Medication Nobel honors discovery of how cells handle oxygen

Medication Nobel honors discovery of how cells handle oxygen

(more about Power Words) adrenal glands     Hormone-producing glands that sit at the top of the kidneys. anemia     A disease caused by not having enough red blood cells. This reduces the body’s ability to carry oxygen efficiently to all tissues. atom     The basic unit of a chemical element. Atoms are made up of a dense nucleus that contains positively…
Area medication isn’t simply for astronauts. It’s for everybody

Area medication isn’t simply for astronauts. It’s for everybody

This story is part of Road Trip 2019, profiles of the troublemakers and trailblazers who are designing our future. It's a hot summer day, thick with humidity, when Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor arrives to meet me at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. Wearing a royal blue jumpsuit adorned with zippered pockets and badges of the…
Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, amongst Ig Nobel winners

Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, amongst Ig...

Enlarge / A "Moment of Science" in the 2017 Ig Nobel ceremony: Daniel Davis faces a Tesla coil. Mike Binveniste/Improbable Research Over the years, curious intrepid scientists have gleaned insight into why the wombat's poo is cube-shaped, explored the magnetic properties of living and dead cockroaches, and determined that a man's left testicle really does…
Weight Problems Medication Professional Goes Over New WW App For Kids

Weight Problems Medication Professional Goes Over New WW App For Kids

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, who specializes in obesity medicine, about a new app from WW — formerly Weight Watchers — that targets children.
Burn out your knee? Hope your cosmetic surgeon’s got a VR headset

Burn out your knee? Hope your cosmetic surgeon’s got a VR...

With all due respect to games, porn, and lion kings, virtual reality's killer app might just be saving lives. At a Stanford-affiliated children's hospital, pediatric cardiologists use an interactive virtual heart to help young patients and their families better understand congenital defects. Researchers in Maryland put on headsets to study viruses in the pursuit of…
Spin in psychiatric scientific trial reports is extensive

Spin in psychiatric scientific trial reports is extensive

Enlarge / The drugs totally work. We swear. It's not just longform journalism and apoplectic Internet commenters that prompt a "tl;dr" from readers. Research papers trigger it, too, as scientists are so inundated with the volume of new results that just barely keeping up is a struggle. According to University of Oxford psychiatrist Michael Sharpe,…
A remedy for cancer, Alzheimer’s, anxiety? FDA smacks down wild CBD claims

A remedy for cancer, Alzheimer’s, anxiety? FDA smacks down wild CBD...

Enlarge / Curaleaf products One CBD company sure has been busy. The company Curaleaf claims that it has developed products that can treat a slew of the most formidable conditions found in humans, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, opioid withdrawal, chronic pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It also has…
Who will get up from a coma? Electrical shocks in the brain deal tips

Who will get up from a coma? Electrical shocks in the...

Enlarge / Healthcare worker sets up an EEG on an ICU patient. Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they experience a brain injury—and it appears the method may help predict which patients will rouse and recover in the months afterward. A team…

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