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A Mysterious Bacterial Infection Is Killing People In The Midwest

A mysterious blood infection that has killed 17 people in Wisconsin over the past four months has now been linked to the death of a Michigan resident, raising the stakes for medical investigators who are scrambling to trace the source of the outbreak. Since November, at least 54 people in Wisconsin have fallen seriously ill … Continue reading

New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

Study Finds Strong Evidence Of Link Between Zika Virus And Guillain-Barre

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare but severe neurological disorder that kills 5 percent of people who develop it and leaves 20 percent permanently disabled. With Zika continuing to spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, affected countries are being told to make sure they have … Continue reading

The Science Of Weight Loss: When It Comes To Exercise, More May Not Be Better

More might be less when it comes to exercise, according to a new study that shows there is a limit to how many calories we can burn through physical activity. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that our bodies stop burning extra calories beyond a certain threshold of activity, providing a scientific … Continue reading

Study Links Maternal Obesity, Diabetes To Increased Autism Risk In Kids

While diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder have increased in recent years, the factors behind this rise remain relatively mysterious and even controversial. However, a growing line of research suggests that many of the risk factors for the condition emerge long before birth. Now, a major study from Johns Hopkins University has found that maternal obesity … Continue reading

A Serious Birth Defect Is On The Rise Among Children Of Young Black Mothers

A serious birth defect that causes the intestines to hang out of a newborn’s body near the belly button area is on the rise among babies born to young black mothers in the U.S., and health officials have no idea why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm about the birth defect, … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

Task Force Releases New Guidelines Clarifying When Women Need Mammograms

The debate over when and how often women should get mammograms was reignited Monday with the release of new guidelines that recommend that women wait until age 50 to begin getting the breast cancer screenings, and then follow up with them every other year, rather than annually. The guidelines, issued by the influential U.S. Preventive … Continue reading

Cardiac Arrest: The Hidden Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life

Doctors have long regarded sudden cardiac arrest as a deadly condition that strikes without warning, but a new study suggests it may not be so sudden after all. The research, conducted by scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, CA, shows for the first time that many patients experience telltale warning signs up … Continue reading

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