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Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar
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In a way reminiscent of the early days of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, a disease that is normally rural has reached cities and is spreading rapidly. www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/...
Is Your Kid Hooked on Smartphones? 5 Tips for Parents
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There is growing concern among parents, educators and mental health experts that excessive smartphone use may be contributing to the recent surge in adolescent depression and suicide.

But what qualifies as “excessive”? At this point, no one’s sure. Specific, evidence-based guidelines take time to determine—years, and sometimes decades. And the pace at which kids have incorporat...

Five Things We Bet You Didn't Know about the Placenta
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The placenta does a whole lot more than just ferry oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and take away wastes and carbon dioxide-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
How Power Outages Can Affect Mental Health
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It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, plunging it into darkness. Today, around 95% of Puerto Rico’s electric grid remains down, and that outage could last for months.

Being without power comes with obvious physical ...

Why Better Mental-Health Care Won't Stop Mass Shootings
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Fifty-nine people are dead from the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history. As happened after Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub with a gun, or after Dylann Roof killed nine African Americans with a gun, or after Adam Lanza killed 26 children and teachers with a gun, or after James Holmes killed 12 moviegoers with a gun, the call for action from some policy makers has centered on one commonality between these events: All of the killers had brains.

“Mental-health reform i...

California Governor Signs Drug Pricing Transparency Law
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Manufacturers must now give notice about significant price hikes-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
The New Health Care: What Makes Singapore’s Health Care So Cheap?
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The most frustrating part about its system is that it’s misused by those on both the left and right who want to hold it up as an example. www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/...
Sexual Victimization by Women is More Common Than Previously Known
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A new study gives a portrait of female perpetrators-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?
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The ubiquitous technique for relieving stress and pain has remarkably little scientific evidence backing it, a group of scientists contend-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains
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You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure that they existed.

Doctors practicing today have been taught that there are no lymphatic vessels inside the skull. Those deep-purple vessels were seen for the first time in images published this week by researchers at ...