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Pain from migraine headaches is a major cause of disability. A new drug could prevent them, in some cases. R. Nial Bradshaw/Flickr

New migraine drug: A neurologist explains how it works

A new preventive drug for migraines was approved recently by the FDA. Here's how it works, and how others in the pipeline might be able to help the millions who suffer from migraines.
The female longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, crawling on a leaf. Jim Occi, Rutgers Center for Vector Biology

Self-cloning Asian tick causing worry in New Jersey

There is a new type of tick spreading in New Jersey, and it doesn't need a male to reproduce. It's known to spread disease and is proving difficult to eradicate.
HIV becomes dormant in the body and can hide in brain cells. Joseph Lebowitz, Dr. Min Lin, and Dr. Habibeh Khoshboue

HIV lies dormant in brain, increasing risk of dementia, but how?

While drugs have been developed to treat HIV and AIDS, the virus can still lie dormant in the brain, increasing the risk for brain disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
Cancer care for adults could be improved if caregivers provided the empathy they provide to children, the authors suggest. ESB Professional/Shutterstock.com

How lessons from childhood cancer care could improve adult cancer care

Pediatric cancer is one of the cruelest of diseases, and caregivers develop special skills to help their patients. Research shows that caregivers for adults could learn some things from them.
Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes. By Chones/shutterstock.com

Diet soda may be hurting your diet

Mounting evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes. Should there be a tax on these foods?
Women’s sexual pleasure has not been stressed as much as men’s. Lucky Business/Shutterstock.com

The orgasm gap: Picking up where the sexual revolution left off

The sexual revolution made it acceptable for women to have premarital sex. Yet, an orgasm gap remains. Addressing the cultural forces driving this gap has social implications beyond pleasure itself.
Though examining poop samples scientists working on the American Gut Project are getting a new perspective on the microbes in our guts. By Christos Georghiou/Shutterstock.com

Studying poop samples, scientists find clues on health and disease

In the largest citizen science experiment to date, 11,336 people sent poop samples to this San Diego lab so that microbiologists could figure out how the microbes in our guts make us healthy or sick.
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids. eldar nurkovic/Shutterstock.com

How understanding pain could curb opioid addiction

A bill to deal with the opioid crisis recently came out of a Senate committee. While some of its recommendations are good, some key points are missing.
39 percent of Americans report feeling more anxious than this time last year. by Pathdoc/Shutterstock.com

Americans are more anxious than before

Americans are becoming more anxious about every element of their lives from safety to finances to politics.
A mother in the Mother Goose on the Loose program reading to her infant. University of Maryland Medical System Foundation

Reading and singing to preemies helps parents feel comfortable with their fragile babies

A new program has been show to help parents of preemies use their voice to foster their premature baby’s language development. The findings are hopeful, the researchers behind the program say.
Eczema, which is common in babies, is itchy and painful. silentalex88/Shutterstock.com

Applying live bacteria to skin improves eczema

In this clinical trial, the first of its kind, physicians explore whether directly applying a 'good' strain of bacteria to the skin can heal eczema