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WHO Rejects Call To Move Olympics Despite Zika, Other Factors

Despite evidence that suggests holding the Olympics in Rio might be the worst idea thanks to the spread of the Zika virus and various economic factors, it seems for now, it’s going to stay.


FDA Approves First Implant To Treat Opioid Addiction

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Probuphine, the first implantable drug for the treatment of opioid dependence. It’s a welcome development at a time when scores of Americans are addicted to painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.


That Scary Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Is Now In The US

Earlier this month, a frightening report warned of an antibiotic-resistant superbug which might kill as many as 10 million people worldwide by 2050. Now it looks like the first case of that superbug has been documented in the US.


This Simple Test Can Predict Whether A Comatose Patient Will Ever Wake Up

For friends and family, fewer things are more agonising than not knowing if or when a loved one in a coma will regain consciousness following a severe head injury or drug overdose. Researchers have shown that a common test can measure awareness in comatose patients — and even predict when they might wake up.


There's A Wearable That Monitors Your Blood Alcohol Level

It’s like a FitBit for your sweat, detecting your blood alcohol level.

Skyn is a wristband from breathalyser company BACtrack, and it detects alcohol using a fuel cell technology not unlike that used by your friendly roadside RBT.


The Biggest Source Of Air Pollution In Your Area May Surprise You

The largest source of deadly air pollution in many parts of the world isn’t cars or power plants — it’s farms. That’s the unsettling conclusion of a study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, who found that agricultural nitrogen emissions are a major contributor to fine particulate matter, tiny particles that cause heart disease and respiratory problems.


What Men Really Need To Know About Testosterone Replacement Therapy

One of the fastest growing areas in pharmacology today is testosterone supplementation in men. But while low-T is a genuine problem for some men, it’s not as prevalent as you may think — and the treatment is not without its risks. Here’s what men need to know about testosterone replacement therapy, and why it should only be used when absolutely necessary.


Paracetamol Could Be Making You Less Empathetic 

Every week, thousands of Australians take a painkiller that could be dampening our collective feelings of empathy. In a paper published online this week, scientists claim that acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Paracetamol and Tylenol, makes people more likely to think that other people’s pain isn’t a big deal.


9 Bizarre Jobs That Will Redefine Our Lives In The 2050s

The fields of biotechnology and medicine are rapidly evolving, and with them their associated employment opportunities. Here are nine biomedical professions to look for in the coming decades.


Medical Error Could Be 'Third Leading Cause Of Death In The US'

You’ll never see a death certificate with the words ‘medical error’ as the cause of death. But a new study suggests that it could be considered the third biggest cause in the US. And it’s not an insignificant issue in Australia either.


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