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Why we hate using email but love sending texts

They both allow us to stay in touch, but while email often attracts ire, text messaging is more popular than ever. Is the way we choose to communicate saying more than we might think?<p>Around 15 years ago, I was working at my part-time job at an electronics store at the mall. One of my colleagues …

Text Messaging

Obesity in America 2018: 7 charts that explain why it’s so easy to gain weight - Vox

“In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.”<p>It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger …

Nutrition

McAfee researchers falsify a patient’s vital signs in real-time

McAfee’s security researchers announced at the Defcon hacker event in Las Vegas this week that they were able to hack into a medical network and falsify a patient’s vital signs.<p>Exposing this weakness is the first step in fixing security for the networking protocol used by medical devices, known as …

Medical Technology

Our doctors are too educated

<i>Akhilesh Pathipati is an ophthalmology resident at Harvard University's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.</i><p>I had just finished an eye examination for one of my patients and swiveled around to the computer. It was clear that he needed cataract surgery; he was nearly blind despite his Coke-bottle …

Medicine

Will Lockheed Martin Change The World With Its New Fusion Reactor?

Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunk Works® laboratory registered a patent in March for a revolutionary technology that could solve the world’s energy problems for good – but don’t pop the champagne yet. The design is for a compact fusion reactor (CFR) which theoretically produces cheap, clean, near …

Nuclear Energy

CRISPR creates new species with single giant chromosome

For at least the last 10 million years every yeast cell of the sort used to make beer or bread has had 16 chromosomes. But now—thanks to CRISPR …

Biology

The $90 LED Light That Destroys Shower Mold For Good

A few months ago, we wrote about a mind-blowing bacteria-killing under-cabinet light, and it changed the cleaning game forever. And now, the brand …

Fungi

Special Operations Forces Continue to Expand Across the World—Without Congressional Oversight

Nick TurseEven Congress doesn’t know the extent of American military reach.The post Special Operations Forces Continue to Expand Across the …

Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos.<p>In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an …

Genetics

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure

Every day, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, 65, takes a pill as part of his effort to help keep his brain healthy and sharp.<p>The pill is his blood pressure medication. And Koroshetz, who directs the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, says controlling high blood pressure helps him reduce …

Dementia

This AI Startup Could Be The Next DeepMind

Most people find it a pain to receive parcels in wide time slots like, say, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., so when delivery startup Paack offered a service in which everyone could narrow that window down to one hour, with no extra charge, it had a challenge on its hands. The startup’s routing engine …

Machine Learning

Chinese Researchers Achieve Stunning Quantum-Entanglement Record

Scientists have just packed 18 qubits — the most basic units of quantum computing — into just six weirdly connected photons. That's an unprecedented …

Quantum Physics

Scientists Just Found a Novel, Cheap Way to Use CRISPR Gene Editing to Fight Cancer

CRISPR is by all accounts a fascinating technology. Its headline feature is that it can literally be used to slice, dice, and otherwise manipulate …

Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon

<b>SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—</b>The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a …

The Phone Call Is Dead. Long Live the Walkie Talkie.

Steve Jobs should have called it the iText. Maybe the iNstagram, or the iUberEverywhere. The iPhone—like every other phone in 2018—is many things, but it isn’t much of a phone.<p>For decades, the best and often only way to reach someone out of earshot was to call them on the phone. The internet …

Sorry Bernie Bros But Nordic Countries Are Not Socialist

As the American left embraces a platform that continues to look more and more like a socialist’s dream, it is common for those on the right to counter with the example of Venezuela as the nightmare of socialism in reality. A common response from the left is that socialism (or democratic socialism) …

Middle-class

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

CHICAGO — George Vander Linde tapped a code into the emergency room’s automated medicine cabinet. A drawer slid open and he flipped the lid, but found nothing inside.<p>Mr. Vander Linde, a nurse, tried three other compartments that would normally contain vials of morphine or another painkiller, …

Pfizer

Why Cuban doctors in Kenya don't deserve the treatment they're getting

Cuban medical missions abroad are perhaps one of the most significant legacies of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The programme involves Cuban doctors …

More Nurse Practitioners Are Pursuing Residency Training To Hone Skills

The patient at the clinic was in his 40s and had lost both his legs to Type 1 diabetes. He had mental health and substance abuse problems and was taking large amounts of opioids to manage pain.<p>He was assigned to Nichole Mitchell, who in 2014 was a newly minted nurse practitioner in her first week …

Health Care

California doctor critical of vaccines is punished for exempting 2-year-old boy from all childhood immunizations

In a decision that could signal how California’s fierce vaccine debates will play out in the coming years, the Medical Board of California has ordered 35 months’ probation for Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician well-known for being sympathetic to parents opposed to vaccines.<p>In 2016, the …

Public Health

It's often cheaper to pay cash for your prescriptions rather than the co-pay, but the pharmacy is legally prohibited from suggesting it

America's health care is totally screwed up, Part Ten Gazillion: in many cases, the medicines your doctor prescribes are cheaper than the co-pay your …

More stents may reduce chances of survival: study

Too many stents in a person’s heart can increase chances of death, and doctors need to restrict them to blockages linked to heart disease, says a …

When the Bully Is a Doctor

Years ago, when I was a medical student trying my hand at a variety of specialties, I spent two months on the surgery service. The days were rigorous, starting before 5 a.m., when I was expected at the hospital to round on patients who had recently undergone surgery. I then scrubbed in to the first …

10 differences between concierge medicine and direct primary care

Concierge medicine and direct primary care both have membership fees, but that doesn’t make them the same. Here are 10 differences you should know.

Have Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Students Solved The Nuisance Of Nasal Congestion?

A team of five biomedical engineering undergraduates at John Hopkins University (JHU) plan to manufacture and sell a device that they say would achieve the same effect as nasal reconstructive surgery for sufferers of chronic nasal obstruction – a condition that affects tens of millions of …

Medicine

A Laser Pointer Burned a Hole in a 9-Year-Old Boy's Eye, Doctors Say

Playing with a laser pointer may have left a young boy with permanent eye damage, according to a case study<i>.</i><p>A 9-year-old boy visited an ophthalmology …

Some DNA Dismissed As 'Junk' Is Crucial To Embryo Development

One of the enduring mysteries of biology is why so much of the DNA in our chromosomes appears to be simply junk. In fact, about half of the human genome consists of repetitive bits of DNA that cut and paste themselves randomly into our chromosomes, with no obvious purpose.<p>A study published Thursday …

Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by herpes virus, scientists suspect

Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by the herpes virus, a new study suggests, leading to hopes that antiviral medication could help prevent dementia.<p>Around 850,000 people are living with dementia in Britain, and the majority of people have Alzheimer’s which occurs when sticky plaques of amyloid …

Glut of marijuana in Oregon is cautionary tale, experts say

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon lawmakers created the state's legal marijuana program, they had one goal in mind above all else: to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market.<p>That meant low barriers for entering the industry that also targeted long-standing medical marijuana growers, …

Cannabis

Landmark case opens as government tries to block AT&T-Time Warner deal

The most pivotal antitrust trial in a generation is about to get under way.<p>Opening statements are Thursday in US v. AT&T, and the result could reshape the media, telecom and tech industries for years.<p>The Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the parent …