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11:27am

Fri February 15, 2013
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Don't Count On Extra Weight To Help You In Old Age

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:47 am

Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage.
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Wouldn't it be great, considering how many of us are overweight, if carrying a few extra pounds meant we'd live longer?

A recent analysis of nearly 100 published studies involving almost 3 million people found, surprisingly, that being a little overweight was associated with a lower risk of death than having a normal weight or being obese.

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3:02pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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Darkness Provides A Fix For Kittens With Bad Vision

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:57 am

Scientists found that darkness worked far better than they expected as a treatment for kittens with lazy eye.
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When it comes to treating a lazy eye, there's evidence that turning the lights off may help — if you're a kitten.

A study in the latest issue of Current Biology reports that kittens with a type of visual impairment known as amblyopia, or lazy eye, were able to regain normal eyesight after being plunged into total darkness for 10 days.

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9:56am

Thu February 14, 2013
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More Women Turn To Morning-After Pill

The Plan B pill, one version of the morning-after pill, is available without a prescription, except for women 17 and younger.
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6:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
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Scientists Pass The Hat For Research Funding

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 11:28 am

Car commercial? Nope. Jessica Richman, Zachary Apte (center) and William Ludington are looking to the crowd for money to fund uBiome, which will sequence the genetic code of microbes that live on and inside humans.
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When the X-ray was invented, people clamored to get one. Not for any medical reason, but just to see what was typically hidden inside their bodies.

Something like that seems to be happening with DNA sequencing technology. First it was companies offering to sequence people's genomes. Now it's learning all about your microbiome, the collection of microorganisms living on and in your body.

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11:54am

Wed February 13, 2013
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SARS-Like Virus Spreads From One Person To Another

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 3:19 pm

Virologists discovered the new coronavirus after it killed a Saudi Arabian man last summer.
Elizabeth R. Fischer Rocky Mountain Labs/NIAID/NIH

A mysterious illness with a striking resemblance to the one caused by the SARS virus emerged in the Middle East last year.

But the new virus behind the latest cases didn't seem to be contagious – until now.

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