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Lyme disease protection: No vaccine yet, but an antibody shot could soon provide a season of immunity

Ticks can carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease. jwilkinson/iStock via Getty Images PlusLyme disease has become an insidious epidemic in the United States. Caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite ...
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Male fertility is declining – studies show that environmental toxins could be a reason

For decades, sperm counts and sperm health have been declining. Carol Yepes/Moment via Getty ImagesIn the U.S., nearly 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility. Unfortunately, physicians like me who ...
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How to avoid food-borne illness – a nutritionist explains

After the meal, putting food away quickly is key to keeping it free from pathogens. Getty Images / Thomas BarwickSummer means cookouts, picnics and backyard barbecues. But a generous spread ...
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Designing less addictive opioids, through chemistry

One potential way to make opioids less addictive is to make them target injured tissue rather than the healthy brain. PM Images/Photodisk via Getty ImagesWhat if there was a way ...
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Scientists discover drug candidates for treating liver fibrosis among pesticides

Skoltech biologists and their colleagues from Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology, Russia, and the Chemistry Department of Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine have discovered fairly unlikely drug candidates for treating ...
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3 tips for preventing heat stroke

Seattle experienced record high temperatures in June 2021. AP Photo/John FroschauerAs a primary care physician who often treats patients with heat-related illnesses, I know all too well how heat waves ...
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Research that shines light on how cells recover from threats may lead to new insights into Alzheimer’s and ALS

Ubiquitin tags in cells serve different functions depending on stress conditions. Michael Hughes, CC BY-NDThe Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Our bodies ...
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What’s next for health care reform after the Supreme Court rejects ACA’s most recent challenge

The Supreme Court has pushed back three challenges to the Affordable Care Act. AP Photo/Alex BrandonThe U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the third time on June ...
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Urban oil wells linked to asthma and other health problems in Los Angeles

Hundreds of active oil wells are hiding in plain sight across the Los Angeles area. David McNew/Getty ImagesWhen California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a goal to phase out oil drilling ...
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How to use statistics to prepare for the next pandemic

Socioeconomic and cultural data can help governments predict and slow the spread of the next pandemic. Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThe Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The ...
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