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Devices help deaf-blind go online

Apr 9, 2014

Devices help deaf-blind go online

Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for online shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family. Verdejo, who can’t see or hear, could do none of that a year ago. The 40-year-old New ...

DNA traced in fight for food safety

Apr 7, 2014

DNA traced in fight for food safety

U.S. disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks of food poisoning by decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and a type of bacteria that ...

Vaccine denial goes mainstream in the U.S.

Apr 7, 2014

Vaccine denial goes mainstream in the U.S.

by Kerry Sheridan

Kathleen Wiederman is not staunchly against vaccines. She simply believes it is better for her child to naturally battle an illness than to be vaccinated against it. “Doctors don’t know everything,” said the 42-year-old recruiter, who prefers alternative medicine and gave birth at her ...

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

Apr 7, 2014

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world’s second-largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months in a trial involving 165 patients. ...

Apr 6, 2014

New atomic clock is world's most precise

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new atomic clock that is not supposed to gain or lose a second in roughly 300 million years. The new clock is located at the institute’s center in Boulder, Colorado. It is the nation’s ...

Apr 6, 2014

Morning light is key to a healthy BMI

Being slimmer could be as simple as waking up early for some morning sunshine, U.S. researchers suggest. A small study of 54 volunteers revealed that the leanest ones did not necessarily eat better or exercise more than the rest. They simply were exposed to ...

First wiring diagram of mouse's brain unveiled

Apr 5, 2014

First wiring diagram of mouse's brain unveiled

by Sharon Begley

A year to the day after President Barack Obama announced a $100 million “BRAIN Initiative” to accelerate discoveries in how gray matter thinks, feels, remembers and sometimes succumbs to devastating diseases, scientists on Wednesday said they had achieved a key milestone toward that goal. ...