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Merriam-Webster adds new meanings for 'snowflake,' 'purple' to dictionary

2 days ago from UPI

"Gig economy," "stan," "gender nonconfirming" and "snowflake" are among the 640 new words and meanings Merriam-Webster added to its dictionary this year, the publication announced Tuesday.

How lifestyle affects our genes

2 days ago from Science Daily

In the past decade, knowledge of how lifestyle affects our genes, a research field called epigenetics, has grown exponentially. Researchers have summarized the state of scientific knowledge within epigenetics linked...

Eating elderberries can help minimize influenza symptoms

2 days ago from Science Daily

Compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus's entry and replication in human cells, and can help strengthen a person's immune response to the virus.

New dispersion method to effectively kill biofilm bacteria could improve wound care

2 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a method to treat bacterial infections which could result in better wound care.

Scratching the skin primes the gut for allergic reactions to food, mouse study suggests

2 days ago from Science Daily

Scratching the skin triggers a series of immune responses culminating in an increased number of activated mast cells -- immune cells involved in allergic reactions -- in the small intestine,...

Researchers see health effects across generations from popular weed killer

2 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found a variety of diseases and other health problems in the second- and third-generation offspring of rats exposed to glyphosate, the world's most popular weed killer. In the...

K-pop singer Park Yoo-chun tests positive for drugs

2 days ago from UPI

Police sought an arrest warrant for Park Yoo-chun, an actor and member of boy band JYJ, on Tuesday after a drug test on a sample of his hair came back...

Walgreens increases tobacco buying age to 21

2 days ago from UPI

Walgreens Boots Alliance on Tuesday raised its minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, starting Sept. 1, in a move to curb youth smoking.

Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette suffers broken hand

2 days ago from UPI

Toronto Blue Jays No. 2 prospect Bo Bichette has been diagnosed with a broken left hand.

Ontario's cuts to Toronto Public Health threaten to 'devastate' school nutrition program, some warn

2 days ago from CBC: Health

Many advocates are warning that Ontario's surprise cuts to Toronto Public Health's funding threaten to destroy the city's school nutrition program, which is relied upon by at least 200,000 children, and they...

Study finds that quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm births

2 days ago from Science Daily

A new study of more than 25 million pregnant women reports on rates of smoking cessation at the start of and during pregnancy and also examines the association of quitting...

Two-thirds of infant suffocation deaths caused by soft bedding

2 days ago from UPI

More suffocation deaths of infants occur each year due to soft bedding than any other risk factor, new findings show.

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton accused of sexual assault in lawsuit

2 days ago from UPI

Former Los Angeles Lakers and current Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton is being sued for an alleged sexual assault of a female sports reporter.

Malawi is first nation to use malaria vaccine to help kids: UN

2 days ago from CBC: Health

The vaccine, known as Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2015.

Soft bedding suffocates more infants than any other cause

2 days ago from UPI

Roughly 69 percent of incidents where babies died of suffocation included a blanket, pillow or adult mattress, according to new research.

Medicaid expansion may help shrink health gaps between black and white babies

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States that expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act shrunk racial disparities between black and white infants, a new study shows.

Seaweed enzymes offer an inexpensive route to kainic acid production

2 days ago from C&EN

Biosynthesis could get around global shortage of a molecule used by neuroscientists to study brain injuries

New dispersion method to effectively kill biofilm bacteria could improve wound care

2 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a method to treat bacterial infections which could result in better wound care.

A step toward determining which car crashes cause traumatic brain injury—and which don't

2 days ago from Physorg

Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 34, according to a 2013...

High Body Fat Linked to Possible 'Brain Shrinkage'

2 days ago from Live Science

A new study suggests that high levels of body fat may affect the brain's structure.

Watch: Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo makes impossibly athletic shot vs. Pistons

2 days ago from UPI

Giannis Antetokoumpo showed why he is nicknamed the "Greek Freak" with a freakish finish during a Milwaukee Bucks playoff win against the Detroit Pistons.

Look: Jeremy Jordan introduces newborn daughter Clara

2 days ago from UPI

Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winslow "Winn" Schott, Jr., on "Supergirl," took to Instagram after welcoming a baby girl, Clara Eloise, with wife Ashley Spencer.

How mistrust and fear make fighting Ebola more difficult

2 days ago from CBC: Health

An Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed more than 800 people, and angry locals have attacked aid workers. Canadian doctor Vinh-Kim Nguyen tells us what he saw on an aid...

Anxiety ‘epidemic’ brewing on college campuses

2 days ago from Science Blog

The number of 18- to 26-year-old students who report suffering from anxiety disorder has doubled since 2008, perhaps as a result of rising financial stress and increased time spent on...

Researchers describe the mechanism of a protein upon infection of the 'Fasciola hepatica'

2 days ago from Physorg

Fasciola hepatica is a parasite that causes on average 3.2 million in losses in the agricultural sector every year worldwide. It is a two-centimeter-long worm at adult size that mainly...

US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles

2 days ago from Physorg

U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could...

SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident Another Bump in the Road for Commercial Crew

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The United States' circuitous road to human spaceflight self-sufficiency just took another turn.