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Why Collaboration and Innovation Are Key to Improving Medical Research

Behind any landmark cure is years of medical research. But the old goal of research — to find a one-size-fits-all treatment for a disease, based on a set of standard protocols — must radically change to further and diversify advances in the field, experts argued at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday. Sean Parker, …

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Here’s Why Domestic Violence Kills So Many Women and Children in America

La’Shea Cretain had just finished feeding her 4-month-old daughter when her ex-boyfriend arrived unannounced at the home in Opelousas, La., that she was visiting and shot her in the head before killing himself. Cretain, who was 18 at the time, collapsed at the front door, just feet from her infant daughter and toddler son. Twenty-three …

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How the Ban on Medical Advertising Hurt Women Doctors

Between 1997 and 2016, spending on direct-to-consumer healthcare advertising skyrocketed, from $2.1 billion to $9.6 billion. Where advertising once represented 12% of total medical marketing expenditures, it came to represent 32%. There was a time when reputable doctors wouldn’t dream of such flagrant self-promotion. As medicine became more professionalized throughout the nineteenth century, doctors began …

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The More Active Your Brain, the Shorter Your Lifespan May Be, a New Study Says

There are many factors that influence how long somebody lives. Some, like their genes, are out of their control. Others, like their lifestyle and environment, are a bit easier to alter. A new paper published in Nature finds another factor that falls somewhere in between those extremes. It suggests that excessive neural activity in the …

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U.N. Finds One-Third of All Children Under 5 Are Undernourished or Overweight

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. children’s agency says one-third of children worldwide under age 5 — about 200 million youngsters — are either undernourished or overweight, undermining their full potential to grow and develop. UNICEF also says almost two-thirds of children aged 6 months to 2 years are not fed food that supports their rapidly …

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A New Study Suggests Tainted Talcum Powder Can Cause a Rare Cancer. Here’s How That Could Play Out in the Courtroom

A new 33-patient case study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine provides some of the strongest proof yet that exposure to asbestos-tainted talcum powder may cause malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that affects tissues lining internal organs. This isn’t only an important scientific discovery—it could also give new ammunition to …

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Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Person in Recorded History to Run a Marathon in Under 2 Hours

On Saturday, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person in recorded history to run a 26.2-mile marathon in less than two hours. The 34-year-old Kenyan runner clocked in at 1:59:40.2 at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria. The run, organized specifically for Kipchonge to break the two-hour marathon barrier, was organized by chemical company INEOS …

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Researchers Went Through High Schoolers’ Trash to Find Out Which Tobacco Products They’re Using. Here’s What They Found

The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) is perhaps the most conventional way to learn which tobacco products young people are using. But researchers working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a more creative method: going through high schoolers’ trash. From July 2018 to April 2019, researchers conducted a “garbology” study of …

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