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Why the focus of autism research is shifting away from searching for a ‘cure’ | NBC News

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For years, researchers have tested and released “treatments” for autism including diet changes and vitamin injections that never seem to have any effect. After failing to cure autism when it began to accelerate, scientists realized that research would have to move in a different direction. Now, the approach is diagnosing autism as early as possible and using therapy to set ... Read More »

Hygiene Hypothesis: Could More Dirt and Germs Boost Your Health? | MSN

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Society is becoming much too sterile.  Research has found that avoiding germs altogether could be detrimental to necessary bacteria meant to boost the immune system. Early exposure to microbes – in children whose immune system are developing especially – could lower the risks of contracting health conditions. People who live in areas of high sanitation could lack the microbes necessary ... Read More »

Electric tech could help reverse baldness | Science Daily

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Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a hat that stimulates hair growth. The hat is non-invasive and gathers energy from the body’s motion, then uses it to generate low-frequency electric pulses. The hat is more effective for intervening the first stages of hair loss and is sleek enough to be worn under a hat. Human testing for the ... Read More »

Researchers find way to kill pathogen resistant to antibiotics | Science Daily

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Researchers have just found a solution to deal with a dangerous bacterium that causes infections in people with weak immune systems and is resistant to antibiotic treatment. Chemists have found a way to hijack a certain protein that is able to get ahold of iron in the body. When pigment containing the protein is exposed to near-infrared light, a harmful ... Read More »

These 90 Army posts have contaminated drinking water | Military Times

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A new list of Army posts has been added to the roster of bases where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substanceshave been found in ground water as recently as this year.  Ninety active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard posts are on the list, obtained by the Environmental Working Group by Freedom of Information Act request, the findings of which were ... Read More »

Antibiotic resistance surges in dolphins, mirroring humans | Science Daily

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Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Oceanographic Institute, along with the Georgia Aquarium, conducted a long-term study of pathogen resistance in bottlenose dolphins. Upon finding a high prevalence of antibiotic resistance in wild dolphins, the researchers realized that the trend mirrors human healthcare reports. By studying what causes the resistance in dolphins, which makes it more difficult to treat infections, the ... Read More »

Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests | Science Daily

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A comprehensive examination of the mechanism by which phytochemicals from elderberries combat influenza infections was performed.  The study has shown that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus. Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190423133644.htm Read More »

Commonly used antibiotics may lead to heart problems | Science Daily

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For the first time, a link has been shown between common classes of antibiotics and two forms of heart disease. The researchers hope their study helps inform the public and physicians that if patients present with cardiac issues, where no other cause has been discovered, fluoroquinolone antibiotics could potentially be a cause. Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190910154710.htm Read More »

Jury awards Marine Corps family more than $2 million for mold, health issues in privatized housing | Military Times

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Staff Sgt. Matthew Charvat, his wife and two children alleged that San Diego Family Housing and Lincoln Military Property Management were negligent in addressing a number of problems in their residence in Gateway Village, including visible contamination, water damage, elevated levels of moisture inside the home, deteriorated and crumbling drywall, and defective appliances.  These issues allegedly lead to illnesses and ... Read More »

Senators introduce bill that would allow service members to sue for medical malpractice | Task and Purpose

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Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow service members to sue the government for military medical malpractice. Because of the Feres Doctrine, a ruling from 1950, service members cannot bring lawsuits against the government for negligence or wrong doing. Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/feres-doctrine-senate-bill Read More »