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January

"Pasteurized bacteria or a single microbial protein can reduce the symptoms of metabolic syndrome and obesity in mice. Human studies to test the probiotic are under way."

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"Researchers may one day overcome the problem of organ shortages for transplantation by growing spare human organs in other animals. A group led by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has taken the first big step toward making this a reality."

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"An epigenome-wide study shows that many DNA methylation differences across ethnic groups cannot be explained by shared genetic ancestry alone."

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"U.K researchers demonstrate a method for "dressing up" spider silk to aid tissue regeneration. Will this biomedical super material catch on for dressing wounds?"

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"A little-known synaesthetic 'hearing-motion' phenomenon in which people hear faint sounds following totally silent visual flashes may be more common than previously realized, according to a new study from City, University of London."

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"A case study reports evidence of viral replication lingering in the respiratory tract of an infected person, even after their blood was Ebola free."

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February

"Despite decades of research into chemical communication, researchers are no closer to determining whether a human pheromone exists."

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April

"An innovative “bio-bag” system developed by a team of doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) mimics the environment of a mother’s womb and could provide the physiologic support premature babies need to properly develop."

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"Despite the pervasiveness of diagnostic errors and the risk for serious patient harm, diagnostic errors have been largely unappreciated within the quality and patient safety movements in health care. Without a dedicated focus on improving diagnosis, these errors will likely worsen as the delivery of health care and the diagnostic process continue to increase in complexity"

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May

Gonorrhea Drug Resistance Probed Though Genes

"Gonorrhea cases have continued to climb as STD rates have recently spiked across the nation. But doctors have had one less drug in their toolkit over the last decade, since the bacteria started to develop resistance to a key antibiotic."