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  1. University Studied How Men With Shaved Heads Are Perceived
    A study from the University of Pennsylvania examines how people view men with shaved heads. Turns out, people see men with shaved heads as more dominant than guys with thinning hair or thick hair.
  2. Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety
    Is it OK to take antidepressants or anxiety medicine during pregnancy? Recent research suggests women who need treatment can take these drugs. Doctors recommend the lowest effective dose.
  3. Tackle Negative Thinking Head-On To Boost Diversity In Biomedicine
    One California university is trying a new strategy to help minority students perform better in STEM classes and develop the mental resilience to face future challenges.
  4. Ig Nobels Awarded For Research Into Big Ears, Feline Fluidity
    The annual awards for research "that makes you laugh, then think" also singled out scientists who determined that having contact with a crocodile influences a person's willingness to gamble.
  5. Good News For Snow Leopards, Bad News For Ash Trees
    Snow leopards are no longer on the verge of extinction, a new assessment found. However, the situation is looking dire for five species of ash trees, now listed as "critically endangered."
  6. Efforts To Prevent Misuse Of Biomedical Research Fall Short
    The National Academies of Sciences says not enough has been done to keep legitimate research on pathogens and toxins from being misappropriated and turned into biological weapons.
  7. If You Think Everyone Else Has More Friends, You're Not Alone
    Many first-year college students think their peers have more friends than they do, a study finds. But that can actually help motivate students to make new connections.
  8. Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No
    Researchers set out to answer this question: Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Turns out, that's a hard question to answer. The advice remains: Don't risk it.
  9. R&D Costs For Cancer Drugs Are Likely Much Less Than Industry Claims, Study Finds
    Industry says it costs about $2.7 billion to bring a cancer drug to market. But oncologists who ran the numbers put the average closer to $650 million. Drugs are priced way too high, the doctors say.
  10. So Your Kitchen Sponge Is A Bacteria Hotbed. Here's What To Do
    For the first time, scientists have carefully analyzed all the critters in a kitchen sponge. There turns out to be a huge number. Despite recent news reports, there is something you can do about it.
  11. Drug For 'Neglected' Chagas Disease Gains FDA Approval Amid Price Worries
    U.S. doctors treating Chagas disease have long wanted FDA approval for a treatment that's widely used in Latin America. But when Martin Shkreli took interest, those doctors panicked — then mobilized.
  12. Democracy By Sneeze: When Wild Dogs Must Decide, They Vote With Their Noses
    When it might be time to move, African wild dogs take a poll with an odd electoral instrument: sneezing. The more sneezes, the more likely it is the pack will move, according to a new study.
  13. Why Do Parrots (And People) Eat Clay?
    Several species of parrots in Southeastern Peru regularly gather at a cliff face in the Amazon basin to eat clay. So do other animals, including humans.
  14. Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later
    If you sit too much during middle age — at work and at home — your ability to exercise or even walk in late decades is at risk, a study hints. And, of course, your risk of heart disease climbs, too.
  15. Has Salt Gotten An Unfair Shake?
    For years, we've been told that less salt is better. But some scientists say that the world's universal seasoning has been maligned and that moderate salt intake is healthier for many people.

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