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Scientists discover new DNA structure called i-motif

Scientists discover new DNA structure called i-motif

Scientists have discovered a new DNA structure that is inside human cells and have dubbed the structure "i-motif." I-motif resembles a twisted knot of DNA rather than the double helix were all learned about in school. This type of DNA had been suggested by previous lab work, but this is the first time that i-motif has been directly observed in living cells.

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Philips’ Somneo Connected lamp is an air critic for your bedroom

Philips’ Somneo Connected lamp is an air critic for your bedroom

Philips is obsessed with LEDs, and its new sleep-promoting Somneo Connected lamp pairs them with a smartphone app for not only tracking but improving your bedtime experience. Latest in the company's range of therapeutic light systems, it's a nightstand lamp and alarm clock with a sensor surprise on the back.

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CDC: E. coli infections from romaine lettuce are spreading

CDC: E. coli infections from romaine lettuce are spreading

The Centers for Disease Control has updated its report on E. coli infections resulting from romaine lettuce, revealing that illnesses have appeared in new states and include additional hospitalizations. According to the update, five more states have reported cases of E. coli, and a total of nine more hospitalizations have been reported. Of those hospitalizations, two resulted in kidney failure.

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This implant creates an artificial mole when cancer is detected

This implant creates an artificial mole when cancer is detected

Diagnosing cancer early enough to effectively treat it is difficult, but a new early warning system could change that. Researchers with ETH Zurich have developed a bio-implant that creates an artificial mole when it detects one of four types of cancer. The system works by detecting calcium levels in the blood; high levels for a prolonged period of time indicate a tumor may be growing somewhere in the body.

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FDA: 207 million eggs recalled in nine states over salmonella risk

FDA: 207 million eggs recalled in nine states over salmonella risk

Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms is initiating a voluntary recall of more than 207 million eggs out of "an abundance of caution" over salmonella risk, according to the FDA. The eggs may be contaminated with a variety of salmonella called Salmonella Braenderup, which can be fatal in compromised individuals and cause serious illness in otherwise health individuals. The eggs were distributed throughout nine states.

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CDC warns of multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

CDC warns of multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a public statement today advising that a multi-state E. coli outbreak has been linked to chopped romaine lettuce originating from Yuma, Arizona. According to the CDC, infections have surfaced in 11 states impacting 35 people afflicted with the O157:H7 strain. Of those people, 22 have been hospitalized and three developed kidney failure.

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Acuvue Oasys Transitions contact lenses darken automatically to block light

Acuvue Oasys Transitions contact lenses darken automatically to block light

People with less than perfect vision have been using Transitions lenses in their glasses for a long time. These are the lenses that are clear when indoors, but when you go outside into bright light they automatically darken to protect your eyes from the light. The lenses are called Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology.

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FDA wants ISPs, social networks to help curb online opioid sales

FDA wants ISPs, social networks to help curb online opioid sales

The FDA wants social media companies like Facebook, as well as Internet service providers, to help deal with illegal online opioid sales. These illegal sales are completed in the absence of a doctor's prescription, helping fuel the opioid epidemic claiming lives across the nation. The FDA desires to "work collaboratively" with the companies to help get preventative actions in place.

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CDC “nightmare bacteria” found: What you should know

CDC “nightmare bacteria” found: What you should know

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned that germs with an "unusual" resistance to antibiotics were found more than 220 in the US last year. The discoveries were made by the agency's Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network, which says these germs have genes that are atypically resistant to antibiotic treatments. Identifying the germs is part of the CDC's effort to curb antibiotic resistance.

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Pasta isn’t the diet villain you think it is, new study claims

Pasta isn’t the diet villain you think it is, new study claims

Pasta may not be as terrible for your diet as popular dieting brands suggest. A study newly published in BMJ Open details a "systematic review and meta-analysis" of existing randomized controlled trials in helping determine whether pasta is as bad as some believe. According to the findings, participants in clinical trials who consumed an average of 3.3 servings of pasta per week instead of other carbs didn't gain weight because of it.

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USDA won’t regulate most genetically edited plants

USDA won’t regulate most genetically edited plants

The US Department of Agriculture has stated that it will not regulate the majority of genetically edited plants, making it much easier for these food products to be brought to market. The USDA's Secretary Sonny Perdue offered the clarification today, saying the agency doesn't regulate these plants and that it has no plans to start regulating them in the future. There is, however, an exception.

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California coffee cancer warning: another advisory you’ll ignore

California coffee cancer warning: another advisory you’ll ignore

Concerns over a chemical called acrylamide have prompted one California judge to put a new burden on coffee companies: they must include a cancer warning on their product. California is known for its cancer advisories, which can be found on a huge number of products, and coffee beans are now counted among them. The legal decision follows a nonprofit's lawsuit accusing some companies of violating state law by not warning customers about alleged cancer risk.

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