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Unemployment associated with 50% higher risk of death in heart failure patients

Not being employed linked with greater likelihood of death than history of diabetes or stroke.

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Non-O blood groups associated with higher risk of heart attack

Having a non-O blood group is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, according to new research.

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Innovative 'Smart Scar-Care' pad to create a 'scar-less' world

An innovative "Smart Scar-Care" pad which serves the dual functions of reinforcing pressure and occlusion has been designed by researchers to treat hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries and trauma.

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Overdose prevention and naloxone rescue among family members of people who use opioids

Family members are often the ones who administer naloxone during an opioid overdose and should be considered as part of the larger response to help curb fatal overdoses. These findings demonstrate the important role that educating family members about overdoses and how to obtain and administer naloxone could play an important role in helping decrease the number of fatal opioid overdoses.

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Artificial pancreas benefits young children, trial shows

A pilot study among young children with Type 1 diabetes found that a new artificial pancreas helped study participants better control their condition.

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Heart failure mortality is inversely related to wealth of country

Death in patients with heart failure is inversely related to the wealth of the country they live in, according to new research. Death rates in India and Africa were three to four times higher than those documented in Western countries.

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Compact fiber optic apparatus shines light on breath analysis in real-time

An affordable gas sensor monitors trace levels of health-indicating chemicals, paving the way for future non-invasive studies, describe researchers in a new report.

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Purifying cells to treat disease

Refining the purification process of therapeutic cells could improve their use for treating cancer and other diseases, report investigators.

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Intervention reduced suicide attempts among at-risk emergency department patients

Among suicidal patients, an intervention that included brief post-discharge phone calls significantly reduced the likelihood of a future suicide attempt, according to a clinical trial conducted at eight hospitals.

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While You Were Offline: Hey Please Don’t Call Trump’s New Hotline to Report UFOs

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The hotline was set up to help people report crimes allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants. The post While You Were Offline: Hey Please Don’t Call Trump's New Hotline to Report UFOs appeared first on WIRED.

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A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Closes in on Super-Energetic Particles

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Angela Olinto's new balloon experiment takes her one step closer to the unknown source of the most energetic particles in the universe. The post A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Closes in on Super-Energetic Particles appeared first on WIRED.

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The Unsettling Performance That Showed the World Through AI’s Eyes

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Artist Trevor Paglen is best known for images of the security state. Now he's collaborating with Kronos Quartet and Obscura Digital to explore AI. The post The Unsettling Performance That Showed the World Through AI’s Eyes appeared first on WIRED.

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What if You Could Grow a Baby in a Bottle?

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An artificial womb to help premies makes you wonder where the technology could go next. The post What if You Could Grow a Baby in a Bottle? appeared first on WIRED.

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Inside the Conspiracy Theory That Turned Syria’s First Responders Into Terrorists

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Social media brought the White Helmets and their work to the world's attention—then it made them a bogeyman for the alt-right. The post Inside the Conspiracy Theory That Turned Syria's First Responders Into Terrorists appeared first on WIRED.

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Are yearly body exams an answer to rising skin cancer rates?

As summer nears and more people prepare to go out in the sun, a dermatologist and dermatopathologist discusses the conflicting recommendations over full body skin inspections.

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Counting the cuts in Mohs surgery: A way to improve care and reduce costs

In an analysis of Medicare billing data submitted by more than 2,300 United States physicians, researchers have calculated the average number of surgical slices, or cuts, made during Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), a procedure that progressively removes thin layers of cancerous skin tissue in a way that minimizes damage to healthy skin and the risks of leaving cancerous tissue behind.

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Mapping the edge of reality

A genetic algorithm has been determined to confirm the rejection of classical notions of causality.

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Modern metabolic science yields better way to calculate indoor carbon dioxide

The air we breathe out can help us improve the quality of the air we breathe in. But to do so, one needs a reliable way to calculate the concentration of carbon dioxide we produce indoors. Researchers have developed a new computation method that uses well-established concepts from the study of human metabolism and exercise physiology to significantly improve how this important data is derived.

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Neil Gaiman Wishes American Gods Wasn’t Quite So Relevant Right Now

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The bestselling author says he'd "trade some of the politics and importance for a slightly more comfortable world to live in." The post Neil Gaiman Wishes American Gods Wasn’t Quite So Relevant Right Now appeared first on WIRED.

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Rising costs, potential savings for generic, topical steroids

Although most topical steroids prescribed to patients were generic in a new American study, there was a sharp increase in Medicare Part D and out-of-pocket spending for elderly patients taking these drugs.

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England's cancer drugs fund 'failed to deliver meaningful value to patients and society'

Analysis of the drugs that were approved for use by the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) in England has shown that the fund was not good value for patients and society and may have resulted in patients suffering unnecessarily from toxic side effects of the drugs.

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Symptoms of cystitis probably caused by bacterial infection, even when tests are negative

The majority of women suffering with pain when urinating, or needing to urinate often or urgently probably do have a bacterial infection, even when nothing is detected by standard urine testing.

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The high cost of surviving acute respiratory distress syndrome

Nearly half of previously employed adult survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome were jobless one year after hospital discharge, and are estimated to have lost an average of $27,000 in earnings, new research concludes.

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Unravelling the mystery of DNA attacks in cells' powerhouse could pave way for new cancer treatments

A five-year study has found the mechanism responsible for repairing damage to mitochondrial DNA. This discovery could pave the way for new treatments for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, say the researchers. This research may also have important implications for clinical advances in so called ‘three-parent baby’ mitochondrial donation.

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Security News This Week: Yeah, About That Carrier Steaming Toward North Korea

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Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn't break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: Yeah, About That Carrier Steaming Toward North Korea appeared first on WIRED.

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Here’s What Comes Next in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality

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The FCC this week released the first details of its long-anticipated plan to roll-back Obama-era net neutrality protections. But the fight isn't over. The post Here’s What Comes Next in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality appeared first on WIRED.

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Our 10 Favorite Laptops, From MacBooks to Chromebooks

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If you're shopping for a new portable PC, here are 10 great options. The post Our 10 Favorite Laptops, From MacBooks to Chromebooks appeared first on WIRED.

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What’s Inside the Badass Backpack That’s Saving Lives in South Sudan

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Blocked from major operations in South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders deploys caregivers with small backpacks full of medicine on the road to the border. The post What’s Inside the Badass Backpack That’s Saving Lives in South Sudan appeared first on WIRED.

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Space Photos of the Week: Ain’t Nobody Outshining This Sassy Star

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Martian gullies, dark matter, and the final journey of Cassini. The post Space Photos of the Week: Ain't Nobody Outshining This Sassy Star appeared first on WIRED.

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The US Takes On the World in NATO’s Cyber War Games

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Last year, the US finished last in Locked Shields, NATO's cyber war games. This year, it had its eye on redemption. The post The US Takes On the World in NATO's Cyber War Games appeared first on WIRED.

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Watch SpaceX Launch a Super-Secret Payload for the Feds

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*Cough cough* spy satellite *cough cough.* The post Watch SpaceX Launch a Super-Secret Payload for the Feds appeared first on WIRED.

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A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy

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The NSA won't collect the emails of US citizens just because they mention a foreign target. That's a big deal. The post A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy appeared first on WIRED.

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Elon Musk Layers on the Crazy With His Plan for Traffic-Killing Tunnels

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An appealing vision held back only by its lunacy. The post Elon Musk Layers on the Crazy With His Plan for Traffic-Killing Tunnels appeared first on WIRED.

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The Fyre Festival: The Fiasco We All Should Have Seen Coming

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When the promise of an Instagram hashtag campaign meets real-life disaster, schadenfreude comes easy. But we're all vulnerable to the power of the filter. The post The Fyre Festival: The Fiasco We All Should Have Seen Coming appeared first on WIRED.

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Fly-Curious

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Super-weird week for news about flying cars. Alex Davies joins the show to talk us through it. The post Fly-Curious appeared first on WIRED.

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Study revises the development, evolutionary origin of the vertebrate brain

Researchers have made the first detailed map of the regions into which the brain of one of the most closely-related organisms to the vertebrates is divided and which could give us an idea of what our ancestor was like.

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Expert unravels disease that took the hearing of world-famos painter

Francisco Goya is the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th century. In 1793, Goya, then 46, came down with a severe, undiagnosed illness. His hearing never returned. Now, a hearing expert has developed a diagnosis. She thinks Goya likely suffered from an autoimmune disease.

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Success in the 3-D bioprinting of cartilage

A team of researchers has managed to generate cartilage tissue by printing stem cells using a 3-D-bioprinter. The fact that the stem cells survived being printed in this manner is a success in itself. In addition, the research team was able to influence the cells to multiply and differentiate to form chondrocytes (cartilage cells) in the printed structure.

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The swollen colon: Cause of chronic inflammation discovered

Too much of the oncogene Bcl-3 leads to chronic intestinal diseases, report investigators. They describe in a new report exactly how it throws the immune system off-balance.

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Antibiotics counteract the beneficial effect of whole grain

Antibiotics may impede the health properties of whole grain, especially for women, recent study demonstrates. The results emphasize the importance of maintaining a restrictive use of antibiotics.

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Further knowledge required about the differences between milk proteins

Recent years have witnessed significant debates on proteins in milk, in particular the differences between A1 and A2 proteins. However, there is still no scientific evidence to determine whether milk with one protein type is healthier than the other.

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Helpful tool allows physicians to more accurately predict parathyroid cancer recurrence

A newly-created prognostic tool reliably predicts the recurrence of parathyroid cancer, enabling physicians to identify patients at the highest risk. Consequently, the tool also helps to determine the optimum postoperative strategy, including aggressive surveillance and additional treatments, according to study results.

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Zika virus persists in the central nervous system and lymph nodes of rhesus monkeys

Zika virus can persist in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), lymph nodes and colorectal tissue of infected rhesus monkeys for weeks after the virus has been cleared from blood, urine and mucosal secretions, according to a study.

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First endoscopic stricturotomy with needle knife study for intestinal strictures in IBD

The first study illustrating the safety and efficacy of endoscopic needle-knife therapy for intestinal strictures in patients with inflammatory bowel disorder has been released by physicians. The results appear to be promising.

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This Month’s Must-Have Gear, From Phones to Turntables

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April is one of the shorter months, but it was long on hot products. The post This Month's Must-Have Gear, From Phones to Turntables appeared first on WIRED.

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Satirizing Silicon Valley Should Be Easy. So Why’s It So Hard?

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Tech satire is everywhere this week—but hard punches aren't the same as smart ones. The post Satirizing Silicon Valley Should Be Easy. So Why’s It So Hard? appeared first on WIRED.

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Game of Floods Is Like Settlers of Catan, Only It’s About Surviving Climate Change

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Marin County's "Game of Floods" teaches citizens how to make tough decisions for the future. The post Game of Floods Is Like Settlers of Catan, Only It’s About Surviving Climate Change appeared first on WIRED.

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Follow-up colonoscopies associated with a significantly lower incidence of bowel cancer

Patients at risk of developing bowel cancer can significantly benefit from a follow-up colonoscopy, finds new research.

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New appetite control mechanism found in brain

A newly discovered molecule increases appetite during fasting, and decreases it during gorging. The neuron-exciting protein, named NPGL – apparently aims to maintain body mass at a constant, come feast or famine. An evolutionary masterstroke, but not great news for those looking to trim down, or beef up for the summer.

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When the smoke clears: Tobacco control in post-conflict settings

The difficulties of prioritizing preventable disease and long term health issues in post conflict zones are explored in a new report.

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Primary school children get less active with age, study finds

There is an age-related decline in children’s physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British study.

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A Little Fan That Fixes the Turbocharger’s Biggest Problem

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BorgWarner's e-booster kills the much-hated turbo lag. The post A Little Fan That Fixes the Turbocharger's Biggest Problem appeared first on WIRED.

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Single gene encourages growth of intestinal stem cells, supporting 'niche' cells, and cancer

A gene previously identified as critical for tumor growth in many human cancers also maintains intestinal stem cells and encourages the growth of cells that support them, according to results of a study. The finding adds to evidence for the intimate link between stem cells and cancer, and advances prospects for regenerative medicine and cancer treatments.

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Amazon’s ‘Echo Look’ Could Snoop a Lot More Than Just Your Clothes

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Amazon put Alexa inside a camera---one that could know more about you than you realize. The post Amazon's ‘Echo Look’ Could Snoop a Lot More Than Just Your Clothes appeared first on WIRED.

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When Is It Worth Worrying About Dementia?

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Alzheimer's is the result of a combination of risks you can and cannot control. Here's how to ground yourself before the next wave of Alzheimer's hysteria. The post When Is It Worth Worrying About Dementia? appeared first on WIRED.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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Lenovo's business-centric laptop is back once again, now in its fifth generation. Nice machine, but the trackpad is lousy. The post Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon appeared first on WIRED.

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Tom Hanks and Jack Dorsey Tumble Into The Circle’s Endless Irony

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What happens when fiction runs headlong into reality that's way weirder. The post Tom Hanks and Jack Dorsey Tumble Into The Circle's Endless Irony appeared first on WIRED.

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