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Does Your Community Have These Happy Neighborhood Traits? Does Your Community Have These Happy Neighborhood Traits?

Certain aspects of a neighborhood, including its ethnic diversity and the availability of public transit, are associated with better reported well-being among residents, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS One.

One Vaping Flavor Can Harm Human Cells, Study Finds One Vaping Flavor Can Harm Human Cells, Study Finds

It’s a lingering question as to just how dangerous firing up an e-cigarette really is, especially when compared to the health impact of traditional tobacco cigarettes. Yet research presented this week at the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference suggests that part of the potential harm of vaping could come…

More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening? More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening?

Last Friday, the New York City Police Department announced that 25 people in Brooklyn had been hospitalized soon after smoking synthetic cannabis; by Monday, the count had risen to 56 people. Police also announced Monday that they had arrested 13 people in connection with distributing the drugs.

A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It

The ties that bind us to our ancestors might be even more influential than we knew, suggests a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. It found that the grandchildren of women who took a certain hormone-mimicking drug before the 1970s were at higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

Almost Every American Who Got Sick From Dairy Was Consuming Raw Milk or Cheese Almost Every American Who Got Sick From Dairy Was Consuming Raw Milk or Cheese

Say what you will about store-brand milk’s crummy marketing history and relative blandness—at least it’s rarely loaded with germs that’ll send you running to the toilet, or even worse, to the hospital. The same definitely can’t be said for raw milk, reveals a new, if fairly obvious, study out this month in the journal…

For the Love of God, Keep Your Literal Ass Away From the Pool When You're Sick For the Love of God, Keep Your Literal Ass Away From the Pool When You're Sick

Given that summer is somehow only a short while off for Americans, here’s a timely reminder courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Please, we beg you, keep your disgusting butt away from the swimming pool or hot tub if you’re feeling the least bit like you might have diarrhea.

The World's First Drug to Prevent Migraines Has Just Been Approved, and It's Pricey The World's First Drug to Prevent Migraines Has Just Been Approved, and It's Pricey

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug explicitly developed to prevent migraines. But while the drug may signal a new wave of effective treatments for this debilitating—yet often ignored and dismissed—medical condition, there are still questions as to how many migraine sufferers will…

The US Had Its Lowest Birth Rate Ever Last Year The US Had Its Lowest Birth Rate Ever Last Year

American women had fewer children in 2017 than in any year since 1987, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease and Prevention Thursday. And the overall birth rate was the lowest ever recorded in the US. While there are some positive trends in the report, such as fewer teen pregnancies, there are…

The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Reached a Major African City The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Reached a Major African City

An ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa has become much more worrying, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday. While previous cases of the often fatal viral disease had been found in rural areas during this most recent outbreak, the first urban case of Ebola…

The U.S. Opioid Crisis Is So Devastating, It's Made More Organs Available for Transplant The U.S. Opioid Crisis Is So Devastating, It's Made More Organs Available for Transplant

New research out today in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights yet another impact of the opioid crisis: More people have gotten the organ donations they’ve needed in recent years because of more deaths caused by drug abuse and overdose. The research also suggests these donated organs aren’t any less safe…

Chimp Beds Are Way Less Filthy Than Human Beds Chimp Beds Are Way Less Filthy Than Human Beds

In a twist that rivals cinema’s best, a new study published Tuesday in Royal Society Open Science suggests a horrible truth: We’ve been the damn dirty apes all along. It found that beds made by one of our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees, contain little personal filth, meaning germs and parasites from their own…

Virtual Cops Could Be Better at Interviewing Eyewitnesses Than Real Ones, Study Suggests Virtual Cops Could Be Better at Interviewing Eyewitnesses Than Real Ones, Study Suggests

As many a crime documentary has made clear, eyewitness testimony is often much less accurate than you might think. But a new study published recently in Frontiers in Psychology suggests there could be a relatively simple way to improve witness recollections: Have a virtual avatar do the interviewing instead of a cop.

Ebola's Back Again—Why Don't We Have a Cure for It Yet? Ebola's Back Again—Why Don't We Have a Cure for It Yet?

Ebola has once again resurfaced. On Friday, the World Health Organization reported that there have been at least 34 suspected cases of the viral disease and 18 deaths since early April in the Bikoro District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). But Ebola’s resurgence, hardly unexpected, can’t help but bring…

The Red Cross Wants to Stop Universally Screening Blood Donations for Zika The Red Cross Wants to Stop Universally Screening Blood Donations for Zika

A new study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that it took more than $40 million over a 15-month period to screen nearly every blood donation sent to the American Red Cross for the mosquitoborne Zika virus. The report found that the massive effort—which went into effect following Zika…

The FDA Is Taking Two Shady Stem Cell Clinics to Court The FDA Is Taking Two Shady Stem Cell Clinics to Court

The Food and Drug Administration’s crusade against irresponsible stem cell clinics is heating up. On Wednesday, the agency announced it was seeking permanent injunctions against two of the most prominent clinics in the US. The injunctions, if successful, would bar the clinics and specific doctors there from performing…

Your Coworker's Outdoor Smoke Break Could Still Contaminate Your Cubicle, Study Finds Your Coworker's Outdoor Smoke Break Could Still Contaminate Your Cubicle, Study Finds

Smoking has been banned in most public indoor spaces within the US for years now—and for the better—but that doesn’t necessarily mean nonsmokers are free from toxic cigarette chemicals. New research published Wednesday in Science Advances suggests that not only can the chemical residue left behind by cigarette smoking…

Doctors Have an Alarmingly High Suicide Rate, and No One Is Sure How to Help Them Doctors Have an Alarmingly High Suicide Rate, and No One Is Sure How to Help Them

Medical doctors are more likely to die from suicide than members of any other profession in the US, suggests new research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. And worse than that, few interventions seem to have helped make these suicides less common.

A Woman's Years-Long Struggle With a Runny Nose Turned Out to Be Something Way Freakier A Woman's Years-Long Struggle With a Runny Nose Turned Out to Be Something Way Freakier

A Nebraska woman’s constantly runny nose turned out to be lot less innocuous than a typical case of the sniffles. In actuality, her skull had sprung a potentially fatal leak, one that took doctors years to finally spot and thankfully fix.

Mad Scientists Taught a Predatory Spider to Jump for Them and Now We're All Probably Doomed

Scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK trained a spider named Kim to jump for them, then recorded her leaps on high-speed cameras. But don’t worry, their research—published Tuesday in Scientific Reports—isn’t meant for anything nefarious. Nah, they just want to learn how to build a whole legion of…

The Stricter a State's Gun Laws, the Fewer Children Die From Guns, Study Finds The Stricter a State's Gun Laws, the Fewer Children Die From Guns, Study Finds

State laws that mandate universal background checks for buying guns and ammunition may save young lives, suggests new research presented this week at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. The study found that states with stricter gun laws had lower rates of gun-related deaths among children compared…

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