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These Patients Had Sickle-Cell Disease. Experimental Therapies Might Have Cured Them.

Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene. But for decades, there has been only modest progress against an inherited condition that mainly afflicts people of African descent. With advances in gene therapy, that is quickly changing — so much so that scientists have… Read More »

AEDs save lies: Why more people should know how to use them

Did you know that over 300,000 people a year visit a doctor for symptoms of anaphylaxis — yet, thankfully, between 1999-2010 only 2,458 died from anaphylaxis? Compare that with the fact that each year anywhere between 180,000 to 450,000 people in the United States die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). While both anaphylaxis and SCA… Read More »

The truth about supplements: do they work and should you take them?

Fish oils, multivitamins and other supplements are a huge industry, but the latest research indicates they are often of little use. Here’s what you need to know Maarten Wouters/Getty By Linda Geddes FOR some people, they are an insurance policy against a less-than-perfect diet. Others take them because they can’t – or won’t – eat… Read More »

Calories Now You See Them Now you Don’t

[unable to retrieve full-text content]People who sell food have found ways to trick you into thinking that their product has fewer calories than there actually are. We call this negative caloric illusion. The theory behind this was carefully postulated by Alexander Chernev a psychologist at Northwestern University.He did a series of experiments involving hamburgers. The… Read More »