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Worried Sick

By Megan Scudellari | July 1, 2013

Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.


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Factoring in Face Time

By Adam Kucharski | June 1, 2013

How the study of human social interactions is helping researchers understand the spread of diseases like influenza and HIV


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It Takes a Village

By Beth Marie Mole | June 1, 2013

Scientists working in developing countries find that giving back to local communities enriches their own research.


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After Chemo

By Ellen A. Walker | April 1, 2013

Research into how the brain suffers as a result of chemotherapy is revealing potential avenues for ameliorating cognitive decline.

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Do-It-Yourself Medicine

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2013

Patients are sidestepping clinical research and using themselves as guinea pigs to test new treatments for fatal diseases. Will they hurt themselves, or science?


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Catching the Cold

By Fred Adler | February 1, 2013

Tracking the genetic diversity and evolution of rhinoviruses can lead to a better understanding of viral evolution, the common cold, and more dangerous infections.


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Games for Science

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2013

Scientists are using video games to tap the collective intelligence of people around the world, while doctors and educators are turning to games to treat and teach.


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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism

By Ethan J. Anderson and David A. Taylor | November 1, 2012

Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.


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Pleasant to the Touch

By Sabrina Richards | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.


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Replacement Parts

By Ed Yong | August 1, 2012

To cope with a growing shortage of hearts, livers, and lungs suitable for transplant, some scientists are genetically engineering pigs, while others are growing organs in the lab.


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