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Candidate Ebola vaccine still effective when highly diluted, macaque study finds

A single dose of a highly diluted VSV-Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine—approximately one-millionth of what is in the vaccine being used to help control the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—remains fully protective against disease in experimentally infected monkeys, according to National Institutes of Health scientists. The NIH investigators completed the […]

Kids Health

I Changed My Daughter's Name When She Was Almost 1

My 10-year-old daughter has the best story to tell at cocktail parties (I mean, future cocktail parties — it’s generally frowned upon for children to be on the cocktail circuit). She’s going to tell this story about how when she was 8 months old, her parents made a surprising decision to give her an entirely […]

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Your menstrual tracking app could be revealing when you last had sex

Your best friend may not know when you last had sex, but it's possible that Facebook does. At least two menstruation-tracking apps, Maya and MIA Fem, were sharing intimate details of users' sexual health with Facebook and other entities, according to a new report from Britain-based privacy watchdog Privacy International. In some cases, those details, […]

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Bigger is cheaper when it comes to intensive care

Intensive care units cost the Australian healthcare system $2.1 billion annually, with larger units with increased occupancy associated with lower costs, according to the authors of a research letter published online today by the Medical Journal of Australia. Dr. Edward Litton, an intensive care consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, and colleagues analyzed data […]

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Gut throws cells overboard when chemical insults build up

A team of Duke researchers has discovered that cells lining the gut of zebrafish—and probably humans too—have a remarkable defense mechanism when faced with certain kinds of toxins: they hit the eject button. “The gut has the challenging job of handling all the chemicals that we consume or produce, and some of those chemicals can […]

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How to avoid despairing when the world is going to sh*t

The past two weeks I’ve been having a bad time. I’ve been in a funk, you might say. I’m down in the dumps. It’s a case of the mondays, but every day. I’m having a severe depressive episode with suicidal ideation, if you want to get into mental health diagnoses. As someone with depression and […]

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How to help when your child weighs too much

(HealthDay)—Seventeen percent of American children and teens are obese and a nearly equal number are overweight, and those who are taunted about their weight tend to gain even more in response, according to a study from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. What’s even worse, excess weight puts youngsters at risk for lifelong health problems. […]