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Here’s how measles wipes out the immune system’s memory

As every parent knows, kids spend their early years exploring the world with their mouths, gumming every germ-riddled object within reach and sampling their ever-sticky fingers. If left to their own devices, it seems likely they would taste-test door knobs and lick the floors of public bathroo...

Losing Daylight Can Trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the sun sets earlier after the end of daylight saving time, many people start to develop the telltale signs of seasonal affective disorder, including irritability, excessive sleeping and loss of interest, said Jeff Janata, a professor of psychiatry and the director of psychology at Universi...

Snow Strokers Provides Hope on the Slopes for Stroke Survivors

After his first stroke, Rick Herrmann’s world changed. After his fourth, his doctor referred him to a psychologist to assist him in pondering death. But after his seventh stroke, Herrmann relearned to ski, and began inspiring other survivors to do the same.

Herrmann first skied through...

'If you want to live, squeeze my hand'

When Tom Patterson started vomiting during an Egyptian holiday he thought he had food poisoning. He was wrong. In fact he was infected with an antibiotic-resistant superbug and only his wife's determination and a revolutionary new treatment would save him.

"I thought I can't just take ...

Weaponized cells seek and destroy HIV lurking in the body

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250 million children worldwide forecast to be obese by 2030

“The continuing increase in childhood obesity will overwhelm the health services of many countries. The increase shows a critical failure of government to respect and protect our children’s rights to good health,” said Donna Ryan, president of the federation, and Johanna Ralston, its chief exe...

Californians strongly back vaccine law in new statewide poll

The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times, found that 90% of Democrats, 82% of those with no party preference and 73% of Republicans supported the effort to increase immunization rates at schools and day-care facilities by allowing the Californ...






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