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We Should Be Banking Our Poop for Future Use, Scientists Argue

We Should Be Banking Our Poop for Future Use, Scientists Argue

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Experts at Harvard and elsewhere are proposing a new type of bank be set up nationwide: a poop bank. In a paper this week, they argue that it should be possible for people to deposit a fecal sample relatively early on in life, which can then be stored indefinitely and later used …

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The U.S. Is Rolling Out Monkeypox Vaccines to the Public

The U.S. Is Rolling Out Monkeypox Vaccines to the Public

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) The U.S. will soon greatly expand its vaccination program for monkeypox. On Tuesday evening, the Biden administration announced that it is planning to release a stockpile of over a million vaccine doses to the public by the end of fall. The vaccines will primarily be given to close contacts of confirmed cases …

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Patients' Cancer Risk Drops After Bariatric Surgery, Study Finds

Patients’ Cancer Risk Drops After Bariatric Surgery, Study Finds

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) New preliminary research this week points to long term benefits from bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. The study found that people who underwent surgery were noticeably less likely to develop certain cancers over a ten-year period compared to similarly matched people with obesity who did not receive surgery. Those who did develop …

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Melatonin Supplements Are Poisoning Children

Melatonin Supplements Are Poisoning Children

Photo: Patrick Sison (AP) New research suggests that kids are increasingly getting poisoned by supplements containing melatonin, an over-the-counter sleep aid. Reported pediatric poison control calls involving melatonin have skyrocketed over the past decade, as have reported hospitalizations and other serious outcomes, the study found. More needs to be done to keep young children safe …

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How to Tell If Your Child Has Binge Eating Disorder (and What to Do About It)

How to Tell If Your Child Has Binge Eating Disorder (and What to Do About It)

Photo: PattyPhoto (Shutterstock) The pandemic has not been kind to anyone’s mental health and, unfortunately, children’s mental health crises have been on the rise, including eating disorders. While anorexia, or a fear of gaining weight that usually presents as a restriction of food, is the eating disorder most talked about, binge eating disorder can also …

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Does Coffee Help You Live Longer? It's Complicated

Does Coffee Help You Live Longer? It’s Complicated

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Another week, another coffee-is-good-for-you study that’s caught people’s attention. New research found a link between regular coffee consumption and a reduced risk of death. While the findings are the latest to suggest that coffee is perfectly fine to drink, they’re not necessarily strong proof that your daily cup of joe …

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