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Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found in parts of northern Arizona

Fleas in some parts of northern Arizona have tested positive for the bubonic plague, a now-rare disease believed to have been responsible for millions of deaths during the Middle Ages, health officials confirmed to ABC News, Newsweek and other media…

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Defunding planned parenthood causes teen pregnancies to spike

Teenage birth rates in the state of Texas have increased by more than 3% since 2011, when the state voted to strip funding from family planning centers such as Planned Parenthood, according to a new study published online earlier this…

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Younger people are dying of colorectal cancer, but nobody knows why 

For several years, rates of colorectal cancer have been rising among Americans aged below 55. This could be put down to better detection, but the revelation that deaths from that disease are also increasing is particularly worrying. For decades, screening…

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‘Helicopter parenting’ doesn’t work for dogs either, study finds

Similar to how previous research has found that being a so-called helicopter parent could harm a human child’s chances of success, a new study has found that being dog mothers who are overly involved raising their puppies could reduce their…

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Loneliness is becoming the biggest public health concern  

Long-standing threats to public health from substances like alcohol and tobacco are being overtaken by those created by modern living. Sedentary lifestyles are one problem, but loneliness is becoming the biggest. Loneliness and social isolation may also surpass obesity as…

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Scientists use CRISPR to fix disease-causing mutation

Since the advent of the CRISPR gene-editing tool, there has been discussion that it could be used to alter human embryos to remove undesired pieces of DNA, and now, a group of researchers has done just that by correcting a…

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CT scans could help smokers kick the habit, study finds

Smokers who undergo a CT scan of their lungs are more likely to kick the habit than those who opt against the screening, which could detect lung cancer at an early stage, new research led by experts from Cardiff University…

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Recreational drug Ketamine could be a key anti-depressant

Ketamine, an anesthetic and animal tranquilizer that is also often used illegally as a recreational drug, could be a safe and effective way to help elderly patients with treatment-resistant forms of depression, claim the authors of a new American Journal…

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Doctors discover 27 contacts stuck in woman’s eye

Doctors who were preparing a 67-year-old woman for routine cataract surgery recently were in for quite a surprise when they discovered the actual cause of her vision problems – a congealed mass of disposable contact lenses that she had reportedly…

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Older fathers are more likely to have ‘geekier’ sons

Men who wait until they are older to have children are more likely to have sons who are “geeks,” meaning that they tend to be more intelligent, more focused, and more socially distant, according to new research published online Tuesday…