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From Birth, Our Microbes Become As Personal As A Fingerprint

Trillions of microbes live on and in the human body, tucked into very different ecosystems. Some like the dark, warm confines of the mouth. Others prefer the desert-dry skin of the forearm. The biggest and most active collection of microbes hang out in the gut.
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Treatment For Middle East Coronavirus Works In Monkey Tests

Scientists offer a glimmer of hope that a treatment for humans with the deadly disease might be on the horizon. Two drugs commonly used to treat other viral infections reduced the symptoms of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in a small number of monkeys.
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'Memory Pinball' And Other Reasons You Need A Nap

Researchers have found that sleep helps you learn and that when you don't have it, you get cranky. But fundamental questions about this complex function go unanswered. For starters, why do we sleep to begin with?
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E-Cigarettes May Match The Patch In Helping Smokers Quit

An experiment to test the value of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid found them as good as the nicotine patch, but there weren't enough people in the study to say they're a good bet for quitting. Public health officials worry that e-cigarettes will encourage tobacco use.
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Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle

Devon Walker nearly died on the football field last fall, when the Tulane biology major went in for a tackle and broke his neck. Now paralyzed from the neck down, Walker is juggling class and rehab, and wants to stay as close as he can to the sport he loves — while coming to terms with life after his injury.
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Bethesda-Based Military School Ends Using Live Animals For Surgical Training

The use of live animals for military medical training has just ended at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda.

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Skipping Breakfast Makes You Fat? Not So Fast

There's a mountain of myths and assumptions about what makes us fat. One researcher is interested in understanding where these ideas come from and why scientists continue to recycle them. In a new study, he homes in on the presumption that skipping breakfast has a direct effect on obesity.
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Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Music evokes strong memories. That's true not just for the music of your generation, but what your parents listened to, too, a study says. Researchers found a strong "reminiscence bump" for music of the early 1980s in people in their early 20s.
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State Health Care Marketplaces: Who Will Buy And Why

In three weeks, uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage through state health care exchanges. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss who will buy and why.

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Scientists Put A 'Sixth Sense' For Numbers On Brain Map

Ever wondered how Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man quickly counted all those toothpicks on the floor? Scientists have found a region of the brain that allows us to estimate quantities at a glance. Unlike Hoffman's Ray, though, most people are accurate up to only about five toothpicks.

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