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Fluorine: The Element From Hell

6 hours 57 min ago
Fluorine is the most reactive element of all. Most chemists will never use, or even see it. But, there are a few people with more than a few screws loose that will demonstrate how reactive it really is. You won't believe it. Continue reading →
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Beard Microbiology: Grubby Hipsters May Be On To Something

February 13, 2016 - 1:27pm
Hipster beards may harbor bacteria that are capable of killing drug-resistant bacteria. Continue reading →
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Water Tops the List of Health Concerns for Competitive Eaters

February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm
Many competitive speed eaters maintain a steely, singular focus to give themselves the best shot at claiming the trophy and winner's check. But some body-prep techniques they use to help clear the path (or more correctly, the throat) to victory, can endanger these champions of chow and can get them to lose sight of the health dangers inherent to the sport. Continue reading →
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Natural Flavors Are More Radioactive Than Artificial Ones.

February 12, 2016 - 8:53pm
It is a little known, and extremely unimportant fact that chemicals from plants are slightly radioactive, while chemicals from crude oil are not. This has no health consequences whatsoever, but the reason why is quite interesting. It is also the basis for carbon 14 dating. Continue reading →
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Bariatric Surgery Beneficial Even for Older People

February 12, 2016 - 6:36pm
If someone has been obese for many years, would undergoing bariatric surgery still be helpful, allowing them to live longer? A new study shows that while middle-aged patients benefitted, "bypass surgery is protective against mortality even for older patients." Continue reading →
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Opiates No Better at Easing Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

February 12, 2016 - 6:06pm
A systematic review of controlled clinical trials reveals that opioid analgesics are not superior to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, in treating the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. Continue reading →
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BRCA Tests Increasing for Younger Breast Cancer Patients

February 12, 2016 - 5:22pm
In a study of younger women with breast cancer, more and more are deciding to get tested for the BRCA mutation, which they should be getting. Some of them decided not to get tested and just opt for mastectomy, but this is unnecessary in general. Continue reading →
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EWG Verified: A New Way To Greenmail Food Companies

February 12, 2016 - 5:00pm
Environmental Working Group will help you be a winner in the organic/natural food marketplace -- if you pay them. Continue reading →
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A Cluttered Kitchen May Undo Your Diet

February 12, 2016 - 1:00pm
Dirty dishes. Scattered papers. And a countertop in desperate need of a serious wipe down. Why is this important? Evidence points to a largely overlooked player that has the potential to wreak havoc on a dieter's quest to maintain their eating discipline: A cluttered, chaotic kitchen. Continue reading →
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Cotton Candy Cure for Future of Organ Transplants

February 11, 2016 - 7:40pm
Leon Bellan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, used his creative vision and a $40 cotton candy machine from Target to create capillaries which can keep tissues viable and functional for transplantation. Continue reading →
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Walgreens ‘Selling to Heroin Users’? Yes, to Save Their Lives

February 11, 2016 - 7:06pm

A silly article makes it appear as though Walgreens is contributing to the heroin addiction problem. But all the company is doing is making the life-saving antidote, naloxone, available in its stores. Continue reading →

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Age-Specific Dementia Rates Falling, While New Cases Rise

February 11, 2016 - 6:22pm

In a surprising report, researchers using data from the long-term Framingham, MA study have shown that the age-specific incidence of new cases of dementia have actually fallen by 44 percent since 1977. The number of overall new cases, however, will continue to rise as the population ages. Continue reading →

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Resistance to AIDS Meds in Africa Threatens 35 Years of Progress

February 11, 2016 - 5:57pm

Until recently, it looked like the African AIDS epidemic might finally be controlled, with the widespread use of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. But poor compliance has caused HIV to mutate in a way such that tenofovir, one of the most important ARV drugs, often no longer works, threatening not only Africa, but world as well. Continue reading →

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Science Acceptance: The Urban-Rural Divide

February 11, 2016 - 5:13pm

When it comes to the Zika virus, a quaint anomaly for decades, those who live in rural areas have much different ideas than urban dwellers on how to prevent the mosquito-transmitted infection from becoming a major health problem in the United States. Continue reading →

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Frying Foods in Olive Oil May Provide Health Benefits

February 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

A large segment of health-conscious Americans avoid foods that are deep fried, for fear that it may clog their arteries or lead to certain cancers. But countering these ideas, some recent studies show that deep frying with olive oil may actually provide health benefits. Continue reading →

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How Poisonous is DDT?

February 11, 2016 - 12:29pm

With the uncertainty surrounding the Zika virus, which could turn to panic if it reaches epidemic proportions in the U.S., mosquito control may become more important than ever. Although it hasn't been used here since 1972, DDT is creeping into discussions about how to contain the virus. It's unlikely to be used, but in the meantime we ask: What is DDT? And is it really poisonous? Continue reading →

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National Academy of Medicine Supports Replacing Faulty Mitochondrial DNA

February 10, 2016 - 5:26pm

The National Academy of Medicine conservatively approved studies to be conducted, on a limited basis, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) in women with mitochondrial disease – allowing them to have their own genetic children. Continue reading →

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Pregnant & Still Smoking: Better Way Needed To Quit

February 10, 2016 - 4:38pm

Too many pregnant women in America still smoke, with major consequences for their offspring. A new CDC report illustrates the extent of the problem, but says nothing about how to ameliorate it, such as by providing more effective cessation methods. Continue reading →

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‘Healthy Obesity’ May Be an Oxymoron, Study Says

February 10, 2016 - 4:22pm

Although obesity is linked to a myriad of negative health effects, there are some obese people who still seem to escape these impacts. But a new study from South Korea suggests that there may be hidden health impacts even in these people with so-called "healthy obesity." Continue reading →

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Keeping the PBJ, While Chasing NBA Immortality

February 10, 2016 - 1:30pm

In trying to become the best team in NBA history, the Golden State Warriors instituted a ban on all sugar during team flights. But when this pursuit of health excellence included their beloved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the players stormed the trainers' gates in revolt, and won back their prized snack. And so we learn that even in the quest for sports immorality, food moderation plays a part, too. Continue reading →

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