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Homeopathy doesn’t treat any health condition, most comprehensive study to date finds

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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s top medical research body, found that homeopathy does improve or alleviate any medical condition after systematically studying 225 research papers on homeopathy. While it’s true some people might feel better after a so-called homeopathic treatment, the researchers conclude that these benefits are no better than ingesting a sugar pill – a placebo.

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The average adult catches a flu only twice a decade

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Sick, got the flu? Well, maybe what you think is the flu really isn’t the flu… a new study has found that while children catch a flu once every two years on average, the rate goes down significantly in adults – the average adult only gets it once every 5 years.

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Graphene shows potential as anti-cancer agent

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A while ago I wrote that the applications for graphene are endless, and it seems like scientists just want to make prove me right – University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

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Exonerate the rats – it was gerbils that brought the Black Plague

Gerbils may be responsible for bringing the Black Plague to Europe. Image via Pet Info Club.

It’s always the cute ones – a team of Norwegian researchers found that the Black Plague, which arrived in Europe in the 14th century and wiped out up to 200 million people was brought by gerbils, not by rats.

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Want to fight peanut allergies? Eat peanuts

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In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to keep children as far away from peanuts as possible, in order to avoid potential allergies – it seemed like a good idea at the time. But now, a new study has found that in the long run, that actually did more harm than good, and if we want to fight allergies, we should be feeding our children peanuts.

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We could cut HIV transmission rate by 90%, CDC says

Outside of Africa, only India and the US have over 1 million inhabitants infected with HIV.

Almost 70% of HIV-infected people in the US are either undiagnosed or not receiving care; this population is responsible for 91.5 percent of all infections, according to the CDC.

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Could Pose Huge Global Threat

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The ability to keep malaria under control is crucial – the disease is highly contagious and the potential health hazards are immense. Efforts have been somewhat successful, with fatalities dropping from over 1 million in 2000 to 584,000 in 2014. But the protozoans that are causing the disease are starting to become immune to the drugs we are using, and that’s a huge problem.

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Climate Change Will Cause More Infectious Diseases

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A new study has found that as the climate continues to warm, we will be dealing with more infectious and parasitic diseases. Ultimately, we’ll have to face epidemics caused by climate change, researchers say.

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What’s Inside a Flu Shot – And Why There’s Nothing to Fear

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A flu shot is considered by many Americans to be a necessary evil. Yes, it can be a little painful if you don’t like needles, but getting vaccinated is an important step towards staying healthy. Nevertheless, despite the obvious health benefits of vaccination, many Americans have a deeply-rooted, and sadly misplaced, mistrust of vaccination—reservations that have nothing to do with a fear of needles.

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Stem Cell Treatment Offers Hope for MS Treatment

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For the first time, scientists have developed a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that actually reverses the disability. Dr. Richard K. Burt performed the first hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient in the United States at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the treatment shows great promise.