Erika Gioahin

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Move over tobacco: U.S. teens now prefer e-cigarettes, study finds

Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional cigarettes as the most popular smoking device among American teens, researchers reported Tuesday.<p>In fact, 8th and 10th graders were twice as likely to report having used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days as they were to say they had smoked a regular …

Public Health

New antibodies could boost dengue vaccines - Futurity

Scientists have discovered antibodies can make the four different types of dengue virus non-infectious. Could this lead to a universal vaccine?

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

The gut microbiome may soon reveal important answers to questions about our health. But those answers aren't yet easy to spot or quick to obtain.<p>The week after I mailed off my family's microbial samples to be analyzed for the American Gut Project, I followed them down the road from my home to the …

Diagnose An Ear Infection With A Smartphone Accessory

Now ear this<p>Is there anything that's worse than having a child who <i>might</i> be suffering from an ear infection? (Other, of course, than being said child.) A new device hopes to make those cases easier to diagnose by taking advantage of the powers of your smartphone.<p>Like the Peek Portable Eye Exam Kit, …

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Can you live a normal life with half a brain?

A few extreme cases show that people can be missing large chunks of their brains with no significant ill-effect – why? Tom Stafford explains what it tells us about the true nature of our grey matter.<p>How much of our brain do we actually need? A number of stories have appeared in the news in recent …

The Brain

Geneticists Begin Tests of an Internet for DNA - MIT Technology Review

A coalition of geneticists and computer programmers calling itself the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health is developing protocols for exchanging …

Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Remember that worrisome new form of botulinum toxin we told you about in late 2013, the one that supposedly had to be kept secret out of fear it could be used as a bioweapon that would evade all of our medical defenses?<p>Well, as it turns out, it's not that scary after all. The antitoxin stored in …

At Last, I Meet My Microbes

A veritable jungle of organisms is helping keep each of us alive. But we've been rather negligent hosts. For starters, we don't even know who has shown up for the party.<p>When I signed myself, my husband, our dog and my mother up for the American Gut Project to have our gut microbes analyzed last …