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The Flu Vaccine That Lasts A Lifetime Is Coming

The flu vaccine: a tedious annual chore, but necessary unless you want to spend a week bed-ridden and barfy. Still, wouldn’t it be great if one jab could protect you for life? A lifetime flu vaccine isn’t impossible, and we’re making progress toward one, but we’ve still got a ways to go.


Lettuce Is The Bottled Water Of Groceries

Another day, another story about what we should consume when confronted with a water-scarce future. On today’s chopping block: Lettuce, should you eat it? Let us begin with this provocative statement: A head of iceberg contains the same amount of water as a bottle of Evian, it’s wrapped in lots of plastic, and shipping it around the world is just as awful for the environment.


'Tissue Velcro' Could Be Used To Patch Damaged Organs

In the not-too-distant future, patients with damaged hearts or livers might receive tissue patches grown in a lab. This week, researchers announced an important development toward that goal: A biodegradable scaffold that allows strips of beating heart tissue to snap together like Velcro.


This Messy Mass Of Colourful Orbs Shows How Cancer Grows

Healthy tissues are like healthy ecosystems: Both are composed of diverse populations. But in tumours a single, malignant cell type often dominates. A new computer model is helping researchers understand why, and it could pave the way to more effective cancer treatments.


How Did A Rare, Vomit-Inducing Parasite Infect The Water Supply For 300,000 People?

More than 300,000 households in Lancashire, England have been warned to boil their water recently to kill any traces of Cryptosporidium, the BBC reports. The nasty livestock parasite, which surfaced last week, probably came from a rotting animal carcass or faeces, according to The Guardian. Lovely.


Vomit Machine Helps Researchers Study Disease, Face Totally Unnecessary

Projectile vomiting: Disgusting, yes, but also your body’s natural way of dealing with being sick. Oh and a great way to spread your vile germs to others, according to research conducted with the lovely vomit simulator depicted above.


Men Can Get HPV, Too

Some strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer, so you often hear about it as a ‘female’ sexually-transmitted infection. It’s not — it’s a human thing, and all humans can get infected. Here’s what happens when males get it.


Music May Help Treat Epilepsy Someday

Epilespy patients’ brainwaves tend to synchronise with music, and that discovery may one day help prevent seizures.


How Crappy Infrastructure Led To NYC's Deadly Legionnaire's Outbreak

The South Bronx is dealing with an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, with at least 86 known cases and seven deaths. It’s a medical emergency, but also an infrastructure crisis: The reason this outbreak occurred is a failure to care for the buildings we live and work in.


The Science Of The Dad Bod

Does a woman’s pregnancy affect the weight of her partner? And is weight gain sustained while the kids grow up?


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