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Protecting stethoscopes with a noble metal

The stethoscope is an invaluable tool for fighting diseases. Unfortunately, it can also help spread them. A 2014 study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that, when it comes to collecting bacteria (including MRSA, ...

Apr 20, 2017
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Playing with the senses can change how food tastes

It was Apicius, the Roman gourmand, who came up with the line that "the first taste is with the eyes". The latest research from the emerging field of gastrophysics shows that he was absolutely right. Our brains evolved to ...

Apr 05, 2017
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ER docs can pick your nose

The range of options for medicating emergency patients intranasally has greatly expanded in recent years and can even be preferable for certain patients, including children, according to the results of a paper published online ...

Apr 04, 2017
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What's in a placenta? A transcriptomic view

I didn't think much about placentas until I had one and part of it dislodged halfway through a 4-mile run. Happily it ended well some months later with a "small for gestational age" tiny baby and a "large for just giving ...

Mar 31, 2017
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'Do no harm' vs. 'legitimate use of force'

Should a military doctor obey an order to not treat an enemy combatant? Or certify a sick soldier as fit to fight? Should a nurse take part in interrogations? Ride along on medical caravans to build trust with locals? Violate ...

Mar 16, 2017
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Is transgender identity inherited?

The recent return of the "which bathroom?" issue regarding transgender individuals' use of public restrooms has made me think about how I've handled sex and gender in my human genetics textbook. Over the editions, the two ...

Mar 03, 2017
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