Researchers find potential new source of rare earth elements

IMAGE: These are rare earth oxides of gadolinium, praseodymium, cerium, samarium, lanthanum and neodymium. view more  Credit: USDA ARS Researchers have found a possible new source of rare earth elements — phosphate rock waste — and an environmentally friendly way to get them out, according to a study published in the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. The…

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Giant ‘nerve cell’ science education center lands in London’s East End

‘Neuron Pod’ — a striking 23-metre long and 10-metre high free-standing structure — has opened its doors as an informal science learning centre at Queen Mary University of London’s Whitechapel campus. The launch was marked by a visit from children from Christ Church Primary School, Brick Lane, who took part in an interactive science education…

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WVU researchers pursue blood test for colorectal cancer

IMAGE: Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that the WVU Cancer Institute uses to conduct breast cancer screenings across West Virginia, even in rural counties that aren’t near a conventional… view more  Researchers at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute are evaluating a first-of-its-kind blood test for detecting colorectal cancer. Their findings may help propel…

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Dana-Farber opens Center for the Prevention of Progression clinic

IMAGE: Irene Ghobrial, M.D., director of The Center for the Prevention of Progression at Dana-Farber. view more  Credit: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Thousands of people learn annually — often after a routine blood test — that they have a precursor condition that may develop into a blood cancer such as leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, or multiple myeloma. To…

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Bigger, Saltier, Heavier: Fast Food Since 1986 in 3 Simple Charts

Fast food chains have tried for years to woo health-conscious diners by mixing lighter fare like salads and yogurt with the usual burgers, fried chicken and shakes. But as menus swelled over the past three decades with grilled chicken wraps (McDonald’s) and “fresco” burritos (Taco Bell), many options grew in size and the calories and…

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A Swimmer Saved by What She Lost

COLORADO SPRINGS — The last thing Morgan Stickney remembers from before her lower leg was amputated is lying on a hospital gurney waiting for the anesthesia to take hold. With a debilitating fear racing through her mind, she asked her surgeon to hold her hand. They talked about swimming until she passed out. “It’s the…

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Drug Companies and Doctors Battle Over the Future of Fecal Transplants

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — There’s a new war raging in health care, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake and thousands of lives in the balance. The battle, pitting drug companies against doctors and patient advocates, is being fought over the unlikeliest of substances: human excrement. The clash is over the future of fecal microbiota…

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England to Offer Hospital Patients Free Sanitary Products

LONDON — Beginning this summer, women and girls at hospitals across England will be offered free tampons and other sanitary products, health officials announced on Sunday, in what advocates called “a big step forward” in the effort to end period poverty. The decision by N.H.S. England comes less than a year after the British Medical…

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