Discover Magazine: Health & Medicine. 24 November 2018.

Discover Magazine: Health & Medicine. 24 November 2018.

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Comment:  Here are the top health and medical news stories from the contributors to “Discover Magazine.” Views expressed in these blogs are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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A New Treatment for Alzheimer’s? It Starts With Lifestyle

11/16/2018 — By Linda Marsa
Armed with big data, researchers turn to customized lifestyle changes to fight the disease.

With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks

11/8/2018 — By Mallory Locklear
Devastating diseases can catch us unaware, but medical experts are developing digital tools to prevent future chaos.

Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

11/8/2018 — By Jonathon Keats
Researchers design bacteria to gobble up antibiotics in the environment, before microbes have a chance to turn deadly.

Meet the Biochemist Engineering Proteins From Scratch

10/30/2018 — By Jonathon Keats
Biochemist David Baker changed the study of proteins — now he’s changing the proteins.

Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What’s Going On Here?

10/19/2018 — By Tony Dajer
Chest-tightening, world-spinning attacks leave a 25-year-old grasping for answers.

The Coroner Crisis

10/2/2018 — By Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
In 1920s Chicago, forensic pathologists were overworked and taking shortcuts. Today they face a similar problem amid a nationwide opioid epidemic.

Searching for the Sandman

9/28/2018 — By Henry Nicholls
Generations of scientists have tried to explain why we sleep. The answer may rest in the most primitive brains.

Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing

9/25/2018 — By Eric Smalley
Are programmable, living circuits the future of medicine?

Low Note

9/24/2018 — By Julia Michie Bruckner
A teenage girl’s changing appearance and voice baffle doctors.

Not So Fast

9/24/2018 — By Mark Barna
Scientists disagree on how to eat for your best life. Dieting may never be the same.

The Man Who Lost His Language Overnight

8/13/2018 — By Eliezer J. Sternberg
One day, a 70-year-old man woke up speaking a language his wife couldn’t understand.

A Double Whammy

6/12/2018 — By Rachel Cernansky
Exposure to certain chemicals may be a quiet culprit in the global increase of liver disease.

Cracking Listeria’s Secrets

6/12/2018 — By Claire Panosian Dunavan
We know a lot about the crafty and resilient microbe, but it remains a deadly threat.

Human Speed

6/12/2018 — By Teal Burrell
Born to run.

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt

6/12/2018 — By Lacy Schley
Exciting new gadgets are fun to play with, but sometimes they can get us into trouble. Hoverboards are a prime example. The two-wheeled toys — sadly, more like fancy skateboards than true hoverboards à la Back to the Future — have …

What to Read This Summer

6/12/2018 — By Gemma Tarlach
Whale tales, an ancient road trip, a Mars to-do list and more.

Eye of the Beholder

6/12/2018 — By Amitha Kalaichandran
A boy’s mysterious injuries set off alarms at a pediatrics ward.


6/12/2018 — By Charlotte Hu
Brace yourself.

Does Anyone Know CPR!?

5/15/2018 — By Tony Dajer
A middle-aged man collapses and, for 15 minutes, has no pulse. Can he return to life?

A Blood Test to Root Out Cancer

5/15/2018 — By Delia O’Hara
Researchers work to fine-tune a test that could better detect lingering disease in cancer patients.

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