Mom: Family that refused vaccination put my baby in quarantine

Mom: Family that refused vaccination put my baby in quarantine

It's an unseasonably warm day in Oakland, California, a perfect morning for Jennifer and Dave Simon to take their baby, Livia, out for a walk. But her stroller sits idle, and Livia is stuck inside the house — as she has been for nearly a month.

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Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned. Leslie Lemke is a musical virtuoso even though he has never had a music lesson in his life. Like “Blind Tom” Wiggins a century before him, his musical genius erupted so early and spontaneously as an…

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Quit-smoking drug suspected in 30 suicides in Canada

Quit-smoking drug suspected in 30 suicides in Canada

Champix is suspected of playing a major role in the deaths of 44 patients — 30 of them by suicide — since the popular stop-smoking drug was approved in Canada in 2007, a Vancouver Sun investigation has found. The Pfizer drug has also been linked to more than 1,300 incidents of suicide attempts or thoughts, depression, and aggression/anger across the country in the past seven years.

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Green Tea Ingredient May Target Protein to Kill Oral Cancer Cells

Green Tea Ingredient May Target Protein to Kill Oral Cancer Cells

A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.

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India swine flu outbreak ‘kills 75’

India swine flu outbreak 'kills 75'

An outbreak of swine flu in India has killed at least 75 people in just over six weeks, officials say. Health officials said most of the deaths have been reported from the southern state of Telangana and Rajasthan state in the north. Experts investigating the cause of the outbreak say low winter temperatures are to blame. The H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu, first appeared in Mexico in 2009 and rapidly spread around the world.

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The science behind brain farts

The science behind brain farts

It happens to you all the time. You're mid-sentence during a meeting with your boss, working on The New York Times' crossword puzzle, typing up an essay for grad school, or even talking to your mom on the phone — and the next word you're looking for just doesn't … come. You know the word. You've used it before. Maybe you remember the letter it starts with or the syllabic rhythm when it leaves your mouth.

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The Hidden Psychology of Wearing Glasses

The Hidden Psychology of Wearing Glasses

Years ago, I noticed an old friend wearing glasses for the first time. When I asked her if she’d just decided to forgo her contacts, she replied that she had, in fact, not. She didn’t own contacts, you see, and the frames she wore held nothing but non-prescriptively bent glass. They were on her face for fashion, nothing but. As a glasses wearer of over two decades, this did not sit right with me. And I told her so, in dramatic and particularly expletive terms.

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This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry, and Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry, and Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

In small-town Mississippi, where poverty is endemic, transportation is limited and a trip to the emergency room can lead to financial ruin, an alternative exists for those in the know. His name is Dr. Landrum — Carrol Frazier Landrum — and, even if your pockets are empty, the 88-year-old physician from Edwards, Miss., will schedule you for an appointment. The State Board of Medical Licensure has asked Carrol Frazier Landrum to relinquish his medical license.

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