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Why Are College Students Getting Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

More than a dozen students at Florida State University (FSU) are sick with hand, foot and mouth disease, an illness that's usually seen in young children. The viral illness can cause fever, painful mouth sores, and a skin rash on the hands and feet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But it's not surprising to see cases of the disease on a college campus, as it can sometimes affect adults, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security.

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Medical Marijuana Programs May Help Cut Opioid Use

Making medical marijuana legal may lead to a reduction of opioid use in adults under the age of 40, a new study suggests. The researchers found that the rates of opioid use decreased in adults ages 21 to 40 in states that had legalized medical marijuana and where residents with prescriptions could obtain cannabis from dispensaries or grow their own, compared to states that had legalized medical marijuana but did not yet have an operational program for people to obtain it. For this group, opioid use did not decrease in those states with operational medical marijuana programs, according to the findings, which were published online today (Sept. 15) in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Clinton's and Trump's Health: 5 Common Health Issues for People Their Age

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may not have much in common, but there is at least one thing they share: their age. Both candidates still fall into the "younger older adult" age group of 65 to 74, said Debra Rose, director of the Center for Successful Aging and a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. It's unclear what Clinton's and Trump's biological ages are, but there are data showing which health problems are most common among people of their chronological age.

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How a Hidden TB Infection Caused One Woman's Infertility

A woman living in New England who had trouble getting pregnant eventually discovered that her infertility was due to a cause not typically seen in this country: tuberculosis. Nine months before the woman went to Massachusetts General Hospital, an exam at another hospital showed that she had blocked fallopian tubes. Infections can result in blocked fallopian tubes, but so can a condition called endometriosis.

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How Many Fighter Jets Will Fit? Planes Pose for Tetris-Style Photo

When Tropical Storm Hermine charged up the East Coast of the United States earlier this month, a number of aircraft sought shelter from the powerful winds and drenching rains in a NASA hangar — and a newly released photo shows that the result was akin to a game of aircraft Tetris, with almost 20 different planes squeezed carefully into the cavernous building. The hangar at NASA's Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia, provides 85,200 square feet (7,900 square meters) of open space to house aircraft ranging from small jets to massive Boeing 757 airliners. When Hermine was threatening the East Coast, however, the hangar already had a rather large resident: a C-130 Hercules four-engine military transport aircraft.


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Cute Insect-Murdering Mammal Had Roots in Dinosaur Age

Hundreds of years ago, hungry barn owls gobbled down small mammals called Nesophontes and regurgitated pellets of their remains. Nesophontes was a genus of insect-eating critters that lived on the Caribbean islands, including Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands.


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Goddess Alert: Marble Statues of Aphrodite Unearthed at Petra

Two marble statues representing Aphrodite/Venus, the Greco-Roman goddess of love, were found recently at Petra, an ancient desert city in Jordan. Carved in a distinctly Roman style, the statues hint at ways in which Rome influenced local culture in Petra, following its annexation of Nabataea — the Arabic kingdom that included Petra — in A.D. 106. Archaeologists have been investigating Petra's ruins since the late 1920s, but there is still much to discover, according to archaeologist Tom Parker, co-director of the excavation team that found the statues.


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These Eagles Snatch Hostile Drones from the Sky

The newest additions to the Dutch National Police (DNP) are North American "immigrants": bald eagles that are specially trained to take down airborne drones. The tests were so successful, the DNP reported, that the police force recently purchased juvenile bald eagles that it plans to train. Agents will work with the eagles hand in glove — literally, because eagle talons are extremely sharp.


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Entangled Particles Reveal Even Spookier Action Than Thought

This finding comes from a close look at quantum entanglement, in which two particles that are "entangled" affect each other even when separated by a large distance. Now, researchers have found that even if they were to scrap this theory, allowing entangled particles to communicate with each other faster than the speed of light or even instantaneously, that couldn't explain the odd behavior. "What that tells us is that we have to look a little bit deeper," said study co-author Martin Ringbauer, a doctoral candidate in physics at the University of Queensland in Australia.


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Arctic Shipwreck May Be Doomed 19th-Century HMS Terror

More than 170 years ago, British explorer Capt. Sir John Franklin and crew embarked on a journey to navigate the fabled Northwest Passage, but the expedition never made it back. Now, the second ship of that doomed voyage may have been found in the appropriately named Terror Bay, The Guardian reports. Cued by Inuit word of mouth, archaeologists with the Arctic Research Foundation on Sept. 3 found what they think is the HMS Terror.


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