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Viruses may be ‘watching’ you – some microbes lie in wait until their hosts unknowingly give them the signal to start multiplying and kill them

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If the enemy of your enemy is your friend, phages are certainly your friends. Phages control bacterial populations in nature, and clinicians are increasingly using them to treat bacterial infections that do not respond to antibiotics.

The national broadband rollout has a blind spot: Lack of accurate, transparent data about internet access speeds

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Imagine purchasing "up to" a gallon of milk for US$4.50, or paying for "up to" a full tank of gas. Most people would view such transactions as absurd. And yet, in the realm of broadband service, the use of "up to" speeds has become standard business practice.

Guaranteed income programs popping up throughout the country

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(The Center Square) - Communities throughout the U.S. are experimenting with social programs that give a "guaranteed income" to some residents with few or no strings attached. An economics professor says universal income could be a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars if it replaces many of the more than 100 welfare programs already out there.

Dear Dietitian – Weight loss and polycystic ovarian syndrome

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Dear Dietitian, 

I have lowered my total cholesterol by 100 points to a healthy level, but I haven't lost weight. I've been trying to lose weight, but it has consistently stayed the same. Is this normal? 

I was recently diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which may have something to do with it. Still, it's frustrating to do so well for my cholesterol and not see any changes. 

Georgia

Dear Georgia,