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Data Linking Aspartame To Cancer Risk Are Too Weak To Defend, Hospital Says

We drink a lot of diet soda in this country, so when researchers disavowed a study linking aspartame to rare cancers just before publication, we took notice. The whole issue illustrates what makes scientific studies so confusing to the public. We'll keep you posted on this.
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Egg Freezing Moves Out Of Experimental Realm

Freezing women's eggs to treat infertility is no longer an experimental procedure, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Still, the procedure remains costly and controversial and many questions remain about the effectiveness and safety of using long-term egg-freezing.
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Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo By Changing Genes Across Generations

Scientists have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next. The researchers say they took the step to try to prevent women from giving birth to babies with genetic diseases. But the research is raising a host of social and moral questions.
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How Does The Polio Vaccine Reach A Remote Corner Of The World?

We're right on the verge of wiping out polio globally. But to do that, children in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan must be inoculated with the heat-sensitive vaccine — not once, but multiple times. Time to call in the donkeys.
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The Sick Turn To Crowd Funding To Pay Medical Bills

Crowd funding isn't just for hipster artists anymore. In 2012 alone, users of the site GoFundMe have raised more than $6 million for personal medical causes.
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When Fire Met Food, The Brains Of Early Humans Grew Bigger

Because we had better food, our brains grew bigger than those of our primate cousins, scientists say. Early humans cooked, which makes meat and veggies more digestible and nutrients more available to the body. Plus, there was all that chatting and chewing around the campfire.

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