New Vaccine Recommendations for Boys and Diabetics

Federal health officials recommended this week that all boys be routinely vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, and that people with diabetes be vaccinated against hepatitis B.

Alternatives In Fixation For Osteoporotic Bone

Given the decreased bone mineral density and poorer bone healing potential in people with osteoporosis, achieving adequate fixation can be challenging for osteotomies or arthrodesis procedures in this patient population. Accordingly, these authors review the literature and assess a range of fixation options including traditional plate fixation, cannulated screws and locking compression plates.

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After Fukushima: A Changing Climate For Nuclear

Nuclear power had enjoyed 25 years of relative quiet, but the Fukushima accident reminded people that despite improvements in safety, things can still go horribly wrong. The accident is unlikely to affect U.S. nuclear policy, experts say, but countries like Germany and Japan are looking to alternatives.

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For Creative People, Cheating Comes More Easily

“It’s all about telling stories,” says the author of a new psychological study, “so creative people are likely to be able to tell themselves better stories, which would allow them to cheat more on the one hand, but not feel worse about it on the other.”

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Why Do We Give? Not Why Or How You Think

New findings in the science of charity reveals some counter-intuitive results. For instance, people will give more money to a single suffering person than to a population of suffering people, and also give more when some type of physical discomfort — for example, running a marathon — is involved.

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Heritage Turkeys: To Save Them, We Must Eat Them

Heritage turkey breeds would be extinct if people didn’t raise them. And farmers won’t raise them if people don’t eat them. Breeds like the Narragansett that were close to extinction a decade ago are making a comeback as people choose to go with the darker, gamier meat.

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Point-Counterpoint: Can Toning Shoes Have A Legitimate Impact?

Yes. Aside from the toning shoes’ benefits on muscle toning and core strengthening, David Y.S. Yee, DPM, FACFAOM, says one can also incorporate the shoes into treatment plans for numerous podiatric conditions.

No. Although Eric Fuller, DPM, acknowledges that toning shoes may have some positive impact for people with certain conditions, he cites biomechanical concerns and a lack of evidence that the shoes cause increased muscle activity and increased toning.

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Along With Humans, Who Else Is In The 7 Billion Club?

There are now 7 billion people, according to the U.N.’s population division. That prompts a question: Who else is in the 7 Billion Club? To learn which other animals had reached that plateau, we asked wildlife experts — who said it’s a tough call.

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Secret To A Long, Healthy Life: Bike To The Store

Even if people used bikes to run short errands than half the time, it could save more than 1,100 lives a year in 11 Midwestern cities, thanks to reduced air pollution and improved health. That’s the word from scientists at the University of Wisconsin, who figured people would bike 4 months out of the year.

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Does Probiotic Yogurt Really Affect Digestion?

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that the bacteria in yogurt affect people’s digestion–but not by repopulating gut flora. Microbiologist Jeffrey Gordon talks about these findings and the future of using bacteria as therapy for digestive disorders such as diarrhea.

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