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In Germany, Parasites Are Good and GMOs Are Bad

Aug 07 2017 - 22:08

The myth that "natural is better" is widespread and pernicious. Though it can manifest in relatively harmless ways (e.g., consuming overpriced organic food), the relentless pursuit of all-things natural can be dangerous or even deadly. It is not an exaggeration to say that society's obsession with natural remedies is itself an illness.

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PSA: 10 Things Not To Say To A Pregnant Woman

Aug 07 2017 - 11:08

Here I am, 30 weeks into my pregnancy and feeling mighty darn good about my bump. After all, just last week a stranger — who also happens to be an OB — had validated my confidence by guessing exactly how far along I was just by looking at me.  Well, thanks lady! It made my day that she thought I looked exactly like what I needed to look like at 29 weeks along. 

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FDA Finds Lethal Poison in Naturopath's Turmeric Solution

Aug 07 2017 - 10:08

Five months ago this week, a 30-year-old named Jade Erick died after receiving an intravenous infusion of curcumin - the compound in turmeric that is thought by naturopaths to have medicinal qualities (but doesn't).

When the death happened, we hypothesized on what could have killed Ms. Erick? We wrote, 

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Zika Transmission Through Kissing Unlikely

Aug 05 2017 - 22:08

Over 1.5 million people have been infected with the Zika virus in the past two years and more than 2,200 babies born with Zika-related microcephaly. Numbers like that call for a clear understanding of how Zika virus is spread from person to person - something that we are still not totally sure about. 

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Ebola Mutation Map Suggests the Virus May Evolve to Become More Lethal

Aug 04 2017 - 23:08

A phylogenetic and epidemiological analysis suggests that people who died from Ebola possibly spread the virus to more people than those who survived.

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Chicago Beverage Tax Is On — Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For Health Benefits

Aug 04 2017 - 12:08

So Chicago has followed in the footsteps of other cities — think Berkeley and Philadelphia — by levying a tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages. Even artificially sweetened ones. Do we think such taxes will benefit consumers' health? No, we do not. In fact, they may even fail to help municipalities' bottom lines, if past events are predictive.

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An Indoor Tanning Trade Group Gets Burned

Aug 04 2017 - 06:08

Growing up, indoor tanning was considered part and parcel of one's beauty regimen. Male or female it was no matter, having a great off-season tan was an absolute must-have. Little thought, if any, was given to the fact that people might be walking into a cancer den. Or at least an increased risk of it.

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Teen Girl Suicides Doubled Since 2007, Hitting a 40-Year High

Aug 03 2017 - 20:08

People commit suicide for various reasons: Depression, loneliness, mental illness, drug addiction, relationship trouble, financial hardship, and bullying have all been implicated. Determining the predominant causes of suicide in each age and ethnic demographic would be a major step toward reversing this troubling trend.

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Drug Addiction - There's an App For That

Aug 03 2017 - 20:08

You would have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the opioid crisis going on today. 

It is at an all time high in the US and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the epidemic has gotten so bad that members of the White House's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction called on the President this week to "declare a national emergency." 

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Drug Addiction - There's an App For That

Aug 03 2017 - 20:08

You would have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the opioid crisis going on today. 

It is at an all time high in the US and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the epidemic has gotten so bad that members of the White House's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction called on the President this week to "declare a national emergency." 

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Stuff Not To Do With Your Penis

Aug 03 2017 - 14:08

So much news about the penis recently that not talking about it would be a disservice to the public.

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An Object Lesson In Fake 'News' Sites

Aug 03 2017 - 11:08

Fake news has become a meme — and it's all over the Internet. For example, take a look at a site that claims to provide real evidence that aspartame is carcingenic in humans. Not only do they cite old data, they've picked a study whose authors don't agree with them. Can you get much more fake than that?

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California Repudiates Erin Brockovich on Hexavalent Chromium

Aug 02 2017 - 18:08

Hollywood will make no sequel to Erin Brockovich, nor will Pacific Gas & Electric be reimbursed $333 million. However, after nearly 20 years, the truth about hexavalent chromium has finally been vindicated by California regulators.

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Dicamba Drift Dilemma: Who Carries More Blame, Farmers or Monsanto?

Aug 02 2017 - 18:08

Dicamba is big news in 2017. It's easy to blame agriculture companies but what about farmers who used dicamba with their resistant plants knowing it drifts?

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Food Products Just For Cancer Patients: Medical Must-Haves OR Mere Marketing?

Aug 02 2017 - 14:08

Given modern medical advances extending survival rates for chronic diseases, while at the same time overall life expectancy continues to lengthen, companies are diving into niche markets. Take, for example, Hormel — makers of Dinty Moore stews and Spam – which has come up with a meal line specifically targeted to cancer patients.

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Nexium and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): All Possible Side Effects

Aug 01 2017 - 20:08

Proton pump inhibitors have some mild, treatable side effects. Other reported side effects, such as heart attacks, kidney disease, and dementia, are sensationalist and based on weak evidence.

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Diagramming the Damage of CTE in Football

Aug 01 2017 - 13:08

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is being more widely discussed following a high-profile research study on the brains of deceased football players, including 111 from the NFL. But what is CTE and how does it differ from other brain diseases?

 

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Diagraming the Damage of CTE in Football

Aug 01 2017 - 13:08

A study last week hit the news hard, like a linebacker, on the topic of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and football. The media jumped on it, some of the results were blown out of proportion, and the take home message became blurry. 

Regardless, what came through the noise of the splashy headlines is that 1) some football players suffer from CTE and 2) the longer they play, the worse it is. 

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EWG's Lame Fundraising Grab Using 'Scary' Chemicals In Water

Aug 01 2017 - 11:08
  1. The Environmental Working Group wants your money. And they're very good a getting it by scaring people about nothing. It should be no surprise that the group's latest fundraising letter is big on fears – but super small on science. Here's what we found.
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EWG's Lame Fundraising Grab Using Harmless Chemicals In Water

Aug 01 2017 - 11:08

The Environmental Working Group wants your money. And they're very good a getting it by scaring people about nothing. It should be no surprise that the group's latest fundraising letter is big on fears – but super small on science. Here's what we found.

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