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Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. An amateur naturalist who studied forestry and natural resources at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, she writes on a wide range of topics for local and national publications.
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What Is the Cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa? [STUDY]

Sufferers of epidermolysis bullosa rarely live past the age of 35, but a promising ...

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How Effective Is Shingrix, the New Shingles Vaccine?

Scientists and health experts are excited about Shingrix, a promising new vaccine to protect ...

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Drinking Coffee Can Mitigate Liver Damage Due to Alcohol Consumption

Just two cups of coffee per day can significantly reduce the risk of alcohol-related ...

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STUDY: New ‘SEAL’ System Delivers Multiple Vaccines in One Shot

Researchers at MIT have designed a new drug-release particle that could someday change the ...

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STUDY: Cancer Is the Leading Cause of Death Among Firefighters

Today’s modern buildings with synthetic plastics and chemicals release toxins that can be deadly ...

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PHOTOS: In the Amazon Rainforest, a New Species Is Being Discovered Every 2 Days

Unprecedented number of new species found in Amazon rainforest amid battles over mining and ...

What Is Famadihana? Ancient Funerary Ritual in Madagascar May Be Spreading the Plague

Native Madagascans asked to stop performing traditional “turning of the bones” ceremony due to ...

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Scientists Find Our Brains Keep Working Even After We Die

Scientists find that patients are able to recount events that happened while they were ...

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STUDY: Scientists Confirm That Sugar Fuels Cancer Tumor Growth

A nine-year study by Belgian molecular biologists finds that sugar fuels cancer cell growth.