The rarity of science Nobels for women is an ongoing scandal
The CDC calls their misuse “one of the most serious public health problems in the United States”
It leads to violence against, and the trafficking of, Native women
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Editor's Note: This story is part of an In-Depth Report on the science of beauty. Read more about the series here.
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How we "spin" our self-narratives can reveal our hidden personalities
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The 21 polo ponies that dropped dead at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla., eleven days ago most likely succumbed to an overdose of selenium, used to help muscles recover after strenuous exercise, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has reported...
In the last year, marijuana (or, more precisely, THC, the chemical behind cannabis' kick) has been linked to sharper recall and warding off superbugs.
Psychologists examine how the self becomes a "character" extended in time
Newborns who needed support breathing—either oxygen or chest pumping—had a higher risk of having a lower IQ by age eight, even if they showed no signs of brain disease or impairment, according to a new analysis published online today in The Lancet ...
Are video games as addictive and damaging to children as gambling is to adults? In a word—yes, according to a new study of nearly 1,200 children aged eight to 18 in the U.S.
Two weeks ago, we posted a blog about a case involving a researcher who failed to report ties to the maker of a drug he favorably reviewed in JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association ...
Cholesterol-busting statins may lower the odds of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, but they don't appear to ward off dementia as researchers had hoped, a new review of clinical trials suggests...
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