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What Outbreak? Students Tune Out Tweeted Health Warnings

You can lead college students to soap and water, but you can't make them wash their hands. In fact, you can't even make them read their e-mail.<p>That was one takeaway from an outbreak of pneumonia at Georgia Tech last fall that sickened at least 83 students – "the largest [outbreak] reported at a …

When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

How will humans survive the zombie apocalypse? Will it be each man for himself or will a coordinated effort be what saves us from ultimate doom?<p>An MIT professor is trying to answer this question for us mortals. "There is a price that society pays if everyone determines his behavior selfishly," …

Chronic Illnesses Outpace Infections As Big Killers Worldwide

People around the world are getting healthier and living longer.<p>Infectious diseases are declining around the globe. But at the same time, chronic health problems are on the rise, particularly in developing nations.<p>These are some of the key findings in the latest reports released by the World Bank …

Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn

Scientists say potential damage from naturally occurring fructose in apparently healthy drinks is being overlooked<p>Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain, warn the US scientists who blew the whistle on corn …

Colorado, CDC to probe whether synthetic marijuana is tied to deaths

Colorado and federal officials are investigating whether about 75 hospital cases, including three deaths, are connected to the use of synthetic marijuana.<p>In a news release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Friday that it is teaming with local hospitals and the …

Cannabis

Naturally secreted chemicals could make you invisible to mosquitos

Mosquitos are undoubtably one of nature's most annoying lifeforms — annoying at the best of times, and disease-carriers at the worst. Humanity has made many efforts at repelling the troublesome insects, with the chemical DEET being perhaps the most well known example, but a group of scientists from …

Brazil

As Cuts to SNAP Benefits Loom, Food Pantries Can Only Guess How to Prepare

Vaccine 'clears HIV-like virus' in monkeys

<b>A vaccine for the monkey equivalent of HIV appears to eradicate the virus, a study suggests.</b><p>Research published in the journal Nature has shown that vaccinated monkeys can clear Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) infection from their bodies.<p>It was effective in nine of the 16 monkeys that were …

Public Health

Mers - will it start the next global pandemic?

Our expert assesses the risks of the new virus<p>Since April 2012, 108 cases of a new virus have been reported in humans, resulting in 50 deaths. Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) is in the same family as Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the common cold (coronaviruses), but is more …

What is Foucault's Pendulum?

Google's latest doodle marks what would have been the 194th birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, the French physicist who used a simple pendulum to prove that the Earth rotates in space. But how does his elegant experiment work?<p>During Foucalt’s life it was already proven that the Earth rotated, …

Today’s worst watershed stresses may become the new normal

“By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States,” said the study’s lead author, Kristen …

Climate Change

iPhone Owners: Your Guide To iOS 7

What is iOS 7? How do I upgrade? When is the update coming? Can anything go wrong? The answers to these and more questions.<p>Unless you're a gadget reviewer, you can't get your hands on the new iPhones just yet--but if you're using an iPhone 5, 4S, or 4, you're going to get a really nice present …

Is Red Bull Downplaying Research On The Harms Of Mixing Alcohol And Energy Drinks?

A piece in a prominent medical journal accuses the energy drink industry of using its financial power to sway research on the harms of using Red Bull as a mixer.<p>Step away from the Jägerbomb. Peter Miller, a psychologist from Austrialia's Deakin University, has taken to <i>BMJ</i> (formerly the British …

Vitamin B may protect against strokes

Taking Vitamin B supplements may help to reduce the risk of stroke, according to a new study.<p>Researchers found that across 14 studies taking vitamin B reduced the risk of having a stroke by around seven per cent.<p>Vitamin B, which actually consists of a group of 8 vitamins, are generally found in …

Vitamin B

How To Make A Beach Clean Itself

Redirecting runoff underground could make for a much more pleasant day at the beach<p>In 2011, water pollution closed or drove visitors away from U.S. shores on more than 15,000 beach days across the country. In many places, the problem is getting worse. As coastal towns crowd with rooftops and …

France Bans Underage Pageants To Protect Girls Under 16

Bad news for "Toddlers and Tiaras" fans: Underage beauty pageants might soon be a thing of the past.<p>France's senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for girls under 16, a big move that might inspire other countries to make similar decisions. According to the Guardian, lawmakers were inspired to …

Equality