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To The Market: A New Online Platform for Conscious Shopping: All goods sold on the site are made by women survivors of abuse, conflict and disease, and in turn, help rebuild their lives through economic empowerment

To The Market: A New Online Platform for Conscious Shopping

While “conscious shopping” has become a buzz phrase of late, when it’s coming from a former Counterterrorism Advisor at the US Department of State, you pay attention. Jane Mosbacher Morris,…

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Vaccinations have prevented at least 103 million cases of contagious disease since 1924

Vaccinations have been credited with some of humanity’s greatest health technological triumphs over disease, including drastically reducing polio around the globe and almost eliminating smallpox entirely. But how many people have been spared life-threatening infections thanks to the introduction of vaccines? At least 103.1 million children in the US alone since 1924, according to a new analysis of historical infection rate data going back to 1888.

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Supplementing your disease: why multivitamins might be doing more harm than good


The Atlantic has this week published an excerpt from Dr. Paul Offit’s Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, which takes a closer look at the conventional wisdom underpinning the multibillion-dollar vitamin supplement industry. Offit, who is credited with co-inventing a rotavirus vaccine, sets out the history of our modern fascination with heal-all pills before debunking “the vitamin myth” with a series of scientific studies. The majority of the research, he explains, turns up the surprising conclusion that taking supplements may be more deleterious than helpful to human health, particularly when it comes to the risk of developing cancer or heart disease.

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Lung-on-a-chip research could give us new ways to fight disease


Scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have managed to recreate a pulmonary edema (a build-up of fluid in the lungs) inside a lung-on-a-chip. The team used techniques similar to those developed for microchip manufacturing to build the mechanical structure of a lung before lining it with human tissues. Air is passed through one side of the lung, while a liquid solution containing white blood cells mimics blood on the other side.

With a lung-on-a-chip, scientists are able to conduct research that would otherwise be dangerous, expensive, or ethically questionable. In earlier studies, the team showed that the white blood cells would attack any bacteria introduced into the lung (as demonstrated in the video below). The latest achievement…

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MIT model shows the most influential US airports for spreading disease