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What causes kidney stones (and what to do)

Stone disease has plagued humanity since ancient times. Kidney stones have been identified in Egyptian mummies. The Hippocratic oath describes their treatment: “I will not use the knife, not even verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.” Who gets kidney ...

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Have You Found Yourself in a Diet Cult?

(CC BY-SA 2.0) by TORLEY/Flickr The world of nutrition and diet has seen an ongoing trend toward the formation of cult-like diet systems. For example, there has been a lot of noise recently about the carnivore diet , where you basically only eat meat, preferably beef. This has ...

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Scientists Create Neurons From Blood Samples

A team of stem cell researchers, led by Mick Bhatia, director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, have discovered that they can convert adult human blood cells into adult sensory neurons. In other words, they developed a way to take blood samples and turn them into central ...

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Beer before wine? Wine before beer?

Apparently, this is an important question for people hoping to avoid hangovers — at least, it was important enough that researchers have published a study about it. And we may now have an answer. Researchers enrolled 90 adults between the ages of 19 and 40, randomly assigning them to one of three groups: ...

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Latest Dispatches from the Soda Tax Wars

(CC BY-SA 2.0) by pixydust8605/Flickr The World Gone Mad: California Bans Such Taxes, Trump Imposes them A new city ordinance just took effect in Baltimore that prohibits restaurants from including sugary drinks such as sodas on children’s menus. From now on, the listed drink options on kids’ menus ...

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