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Soft robot ‘hugs’ your heart to keep it pumping

Scientists have created an easy-to-customize soft robot that fits around a human heart and helps it beat, according to a new report in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The mechanical sleeve could open up new medical possibilities for people struggling…

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Being rude to your doctor could be deadly, study finds

Although it is never officially included on death certificates or in mortality statistics, a new study has found that medical error is responsible for more than 250,000 fatalities in the US each year, a figure which would make it the…

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These tiny microrobots could be the future of medicine

Using a form of biocompatible materials known as hydrogels, a team of engineers led by Sam Sia of Columbia University has developed a way to fabricate microscale machines which could be safely implanted in the body and used to administer…

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Study discovers what people think about women who keep their name in marriage

A recently published study has been released in the journal Sex Roles, looking at how women who retain their surname through marriage are seen in the United States. It considers the opinion of more than 900 female undergraduates and just under…

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Promising Ebola vaccine shows 100 percent effectiveness

The world may be able to breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the Ebola virus. According to a new report in The Lancet, a very effective vaccine that protects against Ebola virus might be available within a…

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Study links social media use to depression and anxiety

If you spend a lot of time on multiple social media sites, bouncing back and forth between your Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat accounts, you may face a higher risk of anxiety and depression, according to new research published online in…

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UK first to approve ‘Three parent baby’ technique for use

The UK agency that oversees in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and research related to human embryos announced on Thursday that it would approve the use of mitochondrial donation in select cases, opening the door for the first “three-person baby” to…

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Study shows abortions have little effect on women’s mental health

Long an key pillar of the argument against abortion, the notion that terminating a pregnancy will cause a woman to experience adverse emotional or psychological health effects is false, claims a new longitudinal cohort study published Wednesday in the journal…

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EPA: Fracking can contaminate drinking water

Based on the final rdaft of a far-reaching study from 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided that fracking - a hydraulic fracturing technique for extracting gas and oil - can pollute drinking water. This is in contrast to…

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Why don’t humans have penis bones?

Many male mammals have a penis bone, or os penis, yet humans do not. According to a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the relatively short length of human copulation time and a comparative lack of mating…