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Chronic Sinus Inflammation Linked to Changed Brain Activity, Study Finds

Chronic Sinus Inflammation Linked to Changed Brain Activity, Study Finds

Photo: AP (AP) Your always-congested sinuses might be a harbinger of more trouble down the road, new research out Friday suggests. The small study found evidence of a link between chronic sinus inflammation and altered, possibly harmful brain activity. The findings don’t necessarily prove that the two things are directly connected, but they do highlight …

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There's an Ancient Connection Between Our Saliva and Snake Venom

There’s an Ancient Connection Between Our Saliva and Snake Venom

The Taiwan habu has venom glands that are rooted in a distant genetic past.Image: OIST/Steven Aird Humans and other mammals have the same genetic foundations for developing oral venom that snakes have, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advertisement This connection was discovered by a research …

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Researchers Found a Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers Found a Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Generations of laboratory mice like these recently became host to microscopic robot swarms.Photo: Getty Images (Getty Images) In a mind-bending development, a team of researchers in China have managed to treat brain tumors in mice by delivering drugs to the tissues using microscopic robots. The robots jumped from the mice’s bloodstreams into their brains by …

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The World Is in the Middle of a Twin Boom, Study Finds

The World Is in the Middle of a Twin Boom, Study Finds

7-month-old twins taking part in the Double Take Parade held August 3, 2002 at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Photo: Mike Simons (Getty Images) Across the globe, the rate of twin births has jumped tremendously over the past 40 years, new research suggests. The study’s authors say that twin births have likely reached …

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Striking Australian Bee Spotted for First Time in a Century—but It Could Face New Threats

Striking Australian Bee Spotted for First Time in a Century—but It Could Face New Threats

An Australian cloaked beeImage: James Dorey/Flinders University Not since 1923 have scientists gazed upon the Australian cloaked bee. That is, until recently when scientists located a few populations in the wild. But its rediscovery comes as a mixed blessing owing to its potentially threatened status. Six. That’s it—just six. Only six individuals of this species, …

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FDA Warns Hand Sanitizers Imported From Mexico Contain Toxic Unlisted Ingredients

FDA Warns Hand Sanitizers Imported From Mexico Contain Toxic Unlisted Ingredients

File photo of a discarded mask during the covid-19 pandemic.Photo: Odd Andersen (Getty Images) The Food and Drug Administration has issued an unprecedented alert, warning that Americans are being poisoned by a long list of hand sanitizers imported from Mexico during the covid-19 pandemic. More than 900 Americans have reportedly been poisoned this month alone, …

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