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January

"Case Western Reserve University can deny a medical degree if it determines a student lacks "professionalism," a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The university has said it will revoke the degree it had to award to Amir Al-Dabagh following a ruling last summer by U.S. District Judge James Gwin."

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February

"Researchers uncover one way capsaicin—the spicy compound found in chili peppers—provides pain relief."

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"New understanding of noncoding RNAs may solve a long-standing puzzle about how viruses orchestrate lifelong infections."

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"During Mauro Costa-Mattioli’s childhood in rural Uruguay, the government was transitioning from fascism to democracy. “At the time it was very difficult to pursue science,” he says."

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March

"Here's another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests."

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"The spider, whose formal name is Uloborus plumipes, starts by spinning silk filaments much thinner than those created by other spiders. Then, instead of relying only on the sticky, glue-like substance lining the silk to ensnare its prey, this spider charges the filaments electrostatically by combing them vigorously with its back legs."

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"High up in the high Andes mountains of Argentina, researchers have identified the first evidence of a population uniquely adapted to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic."

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"From DNA damage to cellular miscommunication, aging is a mysterious and multifarious process."

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"See human brains age in week-by-week time lapse images that divulge the existence of tiny strokes that damage white matter."

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April

"Researchers inject retinal support cells derived from human embryonic stem cells into the eyes of four men with macular degeneration, bolstering evidence of the experimental treatment’s safety."

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"Women who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may be more likely to be infected with certain high-risk strains of the virus than women who do not get the vaccine, according to a new study."

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"Merck & Co Inc's Keytruda, approved for treating melanoma, was shown in a trial to shrink tumors in nearly half of advanced lung cancer patients with high levels of a protein used by tumors to evade the body's own disease-fighting cells."

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"A 27-year-old Australian mother is now confined to a wheelchair after catching a serious infection from using her friend’s makeup brush..."

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"The mortality of alcohol-dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency. In addition, they die about 7.6 years earlier on average than hospital patients without a history of alcohol addiction."

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"Frequently used approaches to understanding and forecasting emerging epidemics — including the West African Ebola outbreak — can lead to big errors that mask their own presence..."

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May

"A group of scientists from China and the U.S. investigating a rare premature aging disease have found what they believe to be one of the underlying causes of normal human aging."

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June

"With the deletion of a single gene, female Japanese rice fish can produce sperm."

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"The brain contains lymphatic vessels similar to those found elsewhere in the body, a mouse study shows."

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