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  • Woman Charged with Stealing Toys from an Infant’s Grave

    Woman Charged with Stealing Toys from an Infant’s Grave

    johnnyrobish
    Woman Charged with Stealing Toys from an Infant’s Grave
  • Google Promotes the “Cheese Causes Cancer” Myth

    Google Promotes the “Cheese Causes Cancer” Myth

    Alan M. Milner
    Google News has done it again. The company that used boast that it's motto was, "Don't Be Evil," has posted a link to a questionable article from a questionable source that promotes the idea that cheese causes or worsens  breast …
  • Tea Drinkers Beware: There May be Microplastics in Your Cup

    Tea Drinkers Beware: There May be Microplastics in Your Cup

    Alan M. Milner
    The British may yet get the last laugh on this bad habit that we Americans have adopted because it now appears that you may be drinking microplastics along with your green tea....or any other tea that comes in a tea …
  • Too Alone in Our Luck: A New Organ Transplant Paradigm

    Too Alone in Our Luck: A New Organ Transplant Paradigm

    Jonathan Wolfman
    Opt-Out is a transplant donation model worthy of a fair trial.
  • Trump Promises Feds Will Look Into Authenticity of Greek Yogurt

    Trump Promises Feds Will Look Into Authenticity of Greek Yogurt

    johnnyrobish
    A satirical look at current events!
  • Rabies Scare Prompts Warnings for Disney’s Epcot Center

    Rabies Scare Prompts Warnings for Disney’s Epcot Center

    johnnyrobish
    A satirical look at current events!
  • GOOD NEWS! I Passed My Dementia-Test! …wait… … …

    GOOD NEWS! I Passed My Dementia-Test! …wait… … …

    Jonathan Wolfman
    ...Please count backwards from 30,000 by 3s....
  • Remember This Memory Trick

    Remember This Memory Trick

    Alan M. Milner
    human thought is randomized…and we spend our entire lives trying to think sequentially with our randomized brains. Therefore, attempting to solve problems one at time is pointless. Visualize all the parts of the problem. The one for which a solution …
  • Glyphosate Could Lead to Half of Children Having Autism by 2025

    Glyphosate Could Lead to Half of Children Having Autism by 2025

    Robert Pannier
    The number of lawsuits against Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer Roundup, related to cancer has gone over 8,000 according to a story in Reuters. However, this may only be the tip of the iceberg in terms of the …
  • Prostate Cancer 101: Not For Men Only

    Prostate Cancer 101: Not For Men Only

    David Forest
    If you are a man - or are related to one - there is a one-in-nine chance that you will have to deal with prostate cancer during your lifetime because it is the second most common cancer for men and …
  • Scientology’s War With Psychiatry Part 2

    Scientology’s War With Psychiatry Part 2

    Morris Kamelgam
    Though L.Ron Hubbard and Sigmund Freud were very different people, they agreed on one thing: that people, except in very rare cases, aren’t born mentally ill, but are made that way by traumatic events that happen during their lives. Both …
  • Scientology’s War with Psychiatry Part 1

    Scientology’s War with Psychiatry Part 1

    Morris Kamelgam
    If you happen to be running some machinery that uses electricity, if you use too much, what will probably happen is that either a fuse or a circuit breaker will blow. The reason this happens is to prevent even greater …
  • Medical Marijuana May Be Solution to Opioid Crisis

    Medical Marijuana May Be Solution to Opioid Crisis

    Mark Campbell
    In 2016, opioids killed more Americans than breast cancer. The drug overdose epidemic has become one of the most concerning public health issues of recent time, and in an effort to stem the tide, moreg and more patients and doctors …
  • Dementia Could be Triggered by Common Everyday Drugs

    Dementia Could be Triggered by Common Everyday Drugs

    Mark Campbell
    If you are taking Oxybutynin (Ditropan), Amitriptyline (Elavil), or paroxetine hydrochloride hemihydrate (Seroxat), you might want to discuss findings reported in The Times of London today because long-term use of some antidepressants, bladder drugs and anti-Parkinson’s medication
  • What Are the Side Effects of the Current Flu Shot?

    What Are the Side Effects of the Current Flu Shot?

    Mark Campbell
    Each year the CDC recommends that people receive the current flu vaccination to reduce the risks of the illness, but are there serious risks that come with receiving the shot? Side effects are becoming a growing concern related to the …
  • Can Eating Mostly Fat Help You to Lose Weight?

    Can Eating Mostly Fat Help You to Lose Weight?

    Mark Campbell
    Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations.
  • It Takes Six Months to Lose Weight After Holidays

    It Takes Six Months to Lose Weight After Holidays

    Robert Pannier
    According to a story in Popular Science, the tasty sweets, sugars, and candies you consume during the holidays will take about six months for you to be able to lose after New Year's.
  • Nine Very Good Reasons for Humans to Love the Sun

    Nine Very Good Reasons for Humans to Love the Sun

    Mark Campbell
    The sun is that star in the center of our solar system. This star is the most important source of energy for life on Earth. 
  • Salmonella From Pet Turtles Found in 13 States

    Salmonella From Pet Turtles Found in 13 States

    Alan M. Milner
    Salmonella enterica bacterium is a nasty little bug. It causes Salmonellosis, with symptoms like diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, sometimes lasting for as long as seven days or more, and you can get it from almost anything you eat.
  • Colorectal Cancer on Rise in Young Americans

    Colorectal Cancer on Rise in Young Americans

    Robert Pannier
    Millennials have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared with baby boomers, raising serious questions about whether differences in lifestyle or some yet unidentified factor could explain what researchers called a “curious” increase. …
  • Troubled Waters: The Rising Fish Oil Debate

    Troubled Waters: The Rising Fish Oil Debate

    Alan M. Milner
    The New York Times – and the long-running PBS Frontline news program – have thrown in the towel when it comes to veracity in journalism. One case in point is a Frontline episode segment that appeared as an insert in …
  • National Dumpling Day is a Day for Everyone

    National Dumpling Day is a Day for Everyone

    Mark Campbell
    September 26th is National Dumpling Day, according to nationalcalendarday.com. Dumplings are popular all around the world and each culture has a different take on these doughy pockets of delicious. Varieties of Dumplings Dumplings have been enjoyed for years by all …
  • Healthier Food Options for Busy People

    Healthier Food Options for Busy People

    Mark Campbell
    As a society, we are busy; on the go. Always something more to accomplish and something else to take care of. Americans are the busiest people on earth. Think about it, when was the last time you weren’t multitasking? People …
  • California Passes Right-to-Die Legislation

    California Passes Right-to-Die Legislation

    Mark Campbell
    The California State Assembly has approved legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. After a long and controversial debate, the bill is slated to head to the Senate for final approval. It was the second attempt …
  • Unemployed to Lose Food Stamps

    Unemployed to Lose Food Stamps

    Mark Campbell
    People who are currently unemployed will be soon losing access to their food stamps. Despite the United States being in a comfortable economic recovery since the recession occurred back in 2008, states are restricting benefits to as many as 50,000 folks, …
  • Roasting Your Own Garlic (with Recipes)

    Roasting Your Own Garlic (with Recipes)

    Mark Campbell
    Baked and roasted garlic are a staple ingredient for a well-stocked kitchen, but commercially prepared baked or roasted garlic almost always leaves something to be desired: taste. Preparing your own garlic is not only a necessity for many recipes but …
  • Woman Gives Birth to Twin Sister’s Baby

    Woman Gives Birth to Twin Sister’s Baby

    Mark Campbell
    When she found out that her identical twin sister was unable to conceive a child, a woman from Long Island, New York offered to carry her sister’s baby. On August 5th, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy and …
  • HIV Update: Many Americans Don’t Know They Have It

    HIV Update: Many Americans Don’t Know They Have It

    Mark Campbell
    One in every eight people who have HIV, do not know that they have it. According to a recently released report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), an estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living …
  • How to Beat the Heat by Staying Hydrated

    How to Beat the Heat by Staying Hydrated

    Mark Campbell
    Hydration With summer temperatures soaring, it is more important than ever to keep hydrated. Dictionary.com defines hydration as supplying water to a person in order to restore or maintain a balance of fluids. This is vital for the body and …
  • Anxiety Afflicts 18 Percent of All Americans

    Anxiety Afflicts 18 Percent of All Americans

    Mark Campbell
    Anxiety disorder is a mental illness that is common among many Americans, especially women. In fact, nearly one in five Americans (18 percent) have this disorder, reports The New York Times. Americans spend approximately $2 billion dollars every year on anti-anxiety …
  • Garlic: One of the Best Additions to Your Life

    Garlic: One of the Best Additions to Your Life

    Mark Campbell
    Garlic, the spice I love to love, is such a versatile spice and has so many health benefits that it could be considered one of the best additions to your life. If your diet doesn’t include a daily dose of …
  • Bile Duct Cancer: Rare and Difficult

    Bile Duct Cancer: Rare and Difficult

    Mark Campbell
    Satoru Iwata, the president  of Nintendo, died last week from a bile-duct growth, or tumor.  He was only 55 years old. Iwata had surgery last year to remove the rare tumor and resumed working for the company even though he …
  • Outdoor Defecation Harmful to Pregnant Women

    Outdoor Defecation Harmful to Pregnant Women

    Mark Campbell
    New research indicates that pregnant women who defecate outdoors are at greater risk for giving birth to low weight or premature babies than those who use indoor toilets. Researchers studied 670 women who reside in Orissa, an Indian region that …
  • Making A Case For Coconut Oil

    Making A Case For Coconut Oil

    Mark Campbell
    Dictionary.com describes coconut oil as a white, semisolid fat or nearly colorless fatty oil extracted from coconuts, used chiefly in foods and in the manufacture of soaps, cosmetics, and candles. cqSome people swear by coconut oil, whether because of its …
  • San Francisco Mandates Health Warnings on Soda Ads

    San Francisco Mandates Health Warnings on Soda Ads

    Mark Campbell
    SAN FRANCISCO – In the latest of a series of ordinances aimed at curbing consumption of high-calorie drinks, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously in favor of a bill that requires a health warning to be placed on advertising and packaging for high calorie …
  • Coconut Oil: Super Food or Super Fad?

    Coconut Oil: Super Food or Super Fad?

    Mark Campbell
    The media is flooded with seemingly endless advertisements for fad diets that promise model looks, superfoods with near magical powers, and supplements that rival the most powerful medicines known to man with the benefit of zero side effects. For those …
  • Aspirin’s Dangers Outweigh the Benefits

    Aspirin’s Dangers Outweigh the Benefits

    Mark Campbell
    Aspirin has been widely recommended as a preventative therapy for cardiovascular disease (CVD) since the early 1980s, but that recommendation is now being challenged. Previous studies have demonstrated an overuse of aspirin in primary care patients. In January of 2015, …
  • Are Antibiotics Really Effective or Really Dangerous?

    Are Antibiotics Really Effective or Really Dangerous?

    Mark Campbell
    When people get sick, they – and their doctors – typically rely on antibiotics to treat the illness. Nevertheless, antibiotics only work briefly and are predominately used to treat bacterial infections. Still, doctors tend to over prescribe antibiotics to their …
  • Full House Star Battling Lyme Disease

    Full House Star Battling Lyme Disease

    Mark Campbell
    Former Full House cast member Ashley Olsen is reportedly battling Lyme disease, sources have confirmed. An unnamed source told OK Magazine recently that the illness is affecting Olsen’s ability to work on a daily basis. “She’s really sick. It’s gotten worse,” the source …
  • Five Good Reasons to Drink More Water Each Day

    Five Good Reasons to Drink More Water Each Day

    Mark Campbell
    Water is essential to the human body. Our bodies are made up of more than 60% water according to waterinfo.org. They also tell us that the blood, bones, brain and muscles of the human body are composed largely of various percentages …
  • Eight Ways to Bring More Healthy Gratitude into Your Life

    Eight Ways to Bring More Healthy Gratitude into Your Life

    Mark Campbell
    We’ve all heard it said time and time again: A positive outlook is one of the keys to a healthier mind but what we don’t hear very often is precisely how to acquire a more positive outlook than the one …
  • New Study Links Selfie Obsession to Higher Scores of Narcissism

    New Study Links Selfie Obsession to Higher Scores of Narcissism

    Mark Campbell
    Hollywood has examined narcissism quite exhaustively over the years. Some of the best actors in the business have played narcissists in movies such as No Country for Old Men (2007, Anton Chigurh portrayed by Javier Bardem), The Dark Knight (2008, The Joker …
  • The Paleo Diet Dinner Table: Three Recipes

    The Paleo Diet Dinner Table: Three Recipes

    Mark Campbell
    According to PaleoLeap.Com, the paleo diet can be a very healthy and nourishing way to eat. I love to cook and am excited to share my recipes. Here are three of my favorite paleo dinner dishes. They are complete with …
  • Fast Food for Grown Ups: Great Paleolithic Side Dishes

    Fast Food for Grown Ups: Great Paleolithic Side Dishes

    Mark Campbell
    Paleo is not just about the meat dishes. There are plenty of great paleolithic side dishes to choose from.  Here’s a short compilation of my favorite side dishes. Vegetables are one of the things that are incorporated in nearly every diet …
  • Back to Basics: The Paleolithic Diet Benefits

    Back to Basics: The Paleolithic Diet Benefits

    Mark Campbell
    The Paleo diet can be a very healthy and nourishing way to eat. According to the website Paleo Leap, it involves delicious dishes, some prepping and cooking and a whole new way of looking at food. “Diet,” however, can sometimes …
  • Eight Important Reasons To Take A Walk Daily

    Eight Important Reasons To Take A Walk Daily

    Mark Campbell
    Walking can be a great way to get your body on the move. It feels good and can be done in a wide variety of locations. You can easily turn a walk into a good cardio workout by ramping up your …
  • The Classification and Benefits of Coffee

    The Classification and Benefits of Coffee

    Mark Campbell
    Served scorching hot or iced, with or without extra flavors and labeled latte, mocha, or black, the choices seem endless. In the end, however, it all boils down to the same thing – Coffee. Whether you prefer an exotic blend or …
  • New Drop-Less Cataract Surgery Available for Patients

    New Drop-Less Cataract Surgery Available for Patients

    Mark Campbell
    Cataract surgery is a procedure that is commonly used among many older patients. While it is common this process done to save a person’s eyesight can be relatively expensive. Fortunately, there is a new type of surgery available that could potentially …
  • The Wizard Behind the Curtain: Dr. Oz in Context

    The Wizard Behind the Curtain: Dr. Oz in Context

    Alan M. Milner
    The recent uproar about Dr. Oz is revealing some interesting things about the wizard behind the curtain of controversy. The uproar also reveals some uncomfortable facts the media and its role in the promotion and refutation of ad hominem attacks …
  • Study: Cataract Patients Being Given Unnecessary Tests

    Study: Cataract Patients Being Given Unnecessary Tests

    Mark Campbell
    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that more than half of Medicare patients who underwent cataract surgery in 2011 had many preoperative tests done that were not necessary. Dr. Catherine Lee Chen, an anesthesiologist from a UCSF …
  • 65-Year-Old Mother of 13 Is Pregnant with Quadruplets

    65-Year-Old Mother of 13 Is Pregnant with Quadruplets

    Mark Campbell
    When German mother Annegret Raunigk gave birth to her 13th child she was 55- years old at the time. Now, at 65, Raunigk is expecting once again–this time with quadruplets that were conceived through in vitro fertilization. Raunigk said she became pregnant …
  • New Report Claims That Many Clinical Trials Go Unreported

    New Report Claims That Many Clinical Trials Go Unreported

    Nick Ng
    A new study suggests that doctors and other healthcare professionals should remain skeptical about the validity and outcomes of some medical research. A recent review published in The New England Journal of Medicine indicates that a fraction of over 13,000 clinical …
  • Angelina Jolie Opens up About Having Second Surgery

    Angelina Jolie Opens up About Having Second Surgery

    Mark Campbell
    After undergoing a double mastectomy two years ago to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer, Angelina Jolie recently went through yet another surgery, this time to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. The 39-year-old actress’s decision to have …
  • Stop Negative Self-Talk to Improve Your Self-Worth

    Stop Negative Self-Talk to Improve Your Self-Worth

    Mark Campbell
    It sometimes seems as if our world is divided into people who think well of themselves and those who have real problems with self-worth.You know what I mean. Some people are full of confidence, and I don’t mean braggadocio; they …
  • Angelina Jolie has Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes Removed

    Angelina Jolie has Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes Removed

    Alan M. Milner
    A couple of years ago, Angelina Jolie wrote about finding out she carries the BRCA1 gene which comes with a 87 per cent risk of breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of getting ovarian cancer. She chronicled her …
  • Depression: An Affliction of the American Dream

    Depression: An Affliction of the American Dream

    Mark Campbell
    The “American Dream” is an ideology that is spoon fed to citizens across the country from birth, reinforced by reality TV shows such as any of the Real Housewives and The Kardashians. The push to make it big, afford huge houses and be …
  • FDA Approval of Biosimilar Drugs May Reduce Some Drug Costs

    FDA Approval of Biosimilar Drugs May Reduce Some Drug Costs

    Mark Campbell
    On March 6, 2015, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, known more commonly as the FDA, gave its first approval to a “biosimilar” drug. The approved drug, Zarxio by Sandoz, was sanctioned for use by patients receiving …
  • Five Ways to Lead a Happier and More Grateful Lifestyle

    Five Ways to Lead a Happier and More Grateful Lifestyle

    Mark Campbell
    Humans are inherently creatures of habit and fall into unhealthy ways quite easily. Many people struggle with depression and unhappiness, looking to find a way out of the black abyss. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America website, “Anxiety disorders …
  • False Eyelashes May Cause Eye Infections

    False Eyelashes May Cause Eye Infections

    Mark Campbell
    Keeping up with the Kardashians could be hazardous to your health if keeping up involves wearing false eyelashes or lash extensions. While false and extended lashes may be the fashion trend of the year and everyone – not just celebrities – seem …
  • Portion Distortion: Take Control of What You Eat

    Portion Distortion: Take Control of What You Eat

    Mark Campbell
    It is no surprise that other countries see the United States population as fat. Chris Weller for Medical Daily reports that “The U.S. is an easy target. We’re second only to Mexico as the world’s fattest country — some 35 …
  • Scrumptious Strawberries to Keep You Happy

    Scrumptious Strawberries to Keep You Happy

    Mark Campbell
    What’s red with yellow polka dots and just a little bit of green? Strawberries! Strawberries have an ancient history, and excellent effects for your health. You can eat them raw, or pop them into your cereal for a little bit of …
  • San Diego Pain Summit Bridges Research and Practice

    San Diego Pain Summit Bridges Research and Practice

    Nick Ng
    San Diego, California, may be famous for many things, such as Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Chargers, and year-round mild weather that rarely sees any ice and snow. Among manual therapists, which includes physical and massage therapists, “America’s …
  • Let’s Lead a More Healthy Lifestyle: A Quick Primer

    Let’s Lead a More Healthy Lifestyle: A Quick Primer

    Mark Campbell
    We’re not going to tell you anything new here. We all know these things, but we need constant reminders to stay on track. Let’s Lead a More Healthy Lifestyle is part of our primer series, article designed to read quickly and …
  • Bodacious Blueberries Have Hidden Benefits for Health Nuts

    Bodacious Blueberries Have Hidden Benefits for Health Nuts

    Mark Campbell
    The humble blueberry, often out of season and therefore often overlooked by health conscious consumers, has some very important hidden merits that make the smallest of all fruits quite bodacious when it comes to healthy eating. Regularly purchasing blueberries is expensive …
  • What is Gluten and Why Should You Care

    What is Gluten and Why Should You Care

    Mark Campbell
    Celiac disease has caused an upsurge of interest in gluten-free foods, but there are far more gluten-free eaters than there are celiac disease sufferers. Why is that?
  • Breast Cancer Death Rates on the Decline

    Breast Cancer Death Rates on the Decline

    Mark Campbell
    Breast cancer death rates have fallen significantly in the last two decades, a decrease due to the increasing number of women getting more frequent mammogram screenings, as well as the faster and better treatment options available today for breast cancer …
  • Measles Outbreak Raises Vaccination Anxieties For Parents

    Measles Outbreak Raises Vaccination Anxieties For Parents

    Mark Campbell
    While the Ebola virus appears to be on the decline, the measles outbreak in the United States is reportedly on the rise. According to The Detroit Free Press, about 100 cases of the measles have been reported in the U.S …
  • NY AG Orders Allegedly Fake Herbal Supplements Off Store Shelves

    NY AG Orders Allegedly Fake Herbal Supplements Off Store Shelves

    Mark Campbell
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent cease and desist orders to four major retailers instructing them to remove allegedly substandard herbal supplements from their stores’ shelves according to a press release from AG Scheiderman’s office.
  • Food Professor Debunks Food Babe Letter to Science Students

    Food Professor Debunks Food Babe Letter to Science Students

    Nick Ng
    Over a week ago, a group of food science graduate students wrote an open letter to Vani Hari, aka Food Babe, on the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) website. They criticized her pseudoscientific claims about GMO-foods and the …
  • Kale: From Garnish to Superfood

    Kale: From Garnish to Superfood

    Mark Campbell
    I have never really been a vegetable fan. They just don’t do it for me. I am more a fan of sweet and tangy fruits. So, you can imagine my surprise when one of my co-workers came to work with a clear plastic bag full …
  • Core Exercises No Better Than Regular Exercises for Low Back Pain

    Core Exercises No Better Than Regular Exercises for Low Back Pain

    Nick Ng
    Popular fitness and health websites, such as WebMD and Sports Fitness Advisor, often recommend core training (sometimes called stabilization training) as a way to reduce the risk or relieve low back pain. These core exercises include planks, side planks, cobra, …
  • New Trans Fat Warnings

    New Trans Fat Warnings

    Tabitha Farrar
    During the  last thirty years, the amount of trans fats eaten by Americans has rapidly declined, which has been deemed to be a good thing by nutritionists. According to a recent study,  however, the consumption of this harmful type of fat needs …
  • Red Meat Cancer Link is not Clear Cut

    Red Meat Cancer Link is not Clear Cut

    Tabitha Farrar
    Diet, and the effect that food consumption can have on the health of both individuals and society, is something that is often a controversial conversation point. The information presented by research scientists can be conflicting, and consumers wind up confused about …
  • Pop Pop Fizz Fizz New Hangover Remedies

    Pop Pop Fizz Fizz New Hangover Remedies

    Tabitha Farrar
    The first of January marks a brand new year. For many, the new year has brought with it a new hangover, which is not the best of starts. The good news is that there are some new products on the market that …
  • Excess Fast Food May Deprive Children of Brain Boosting Nutrition

    Excess Fast Food May Deprive Children of Brain Boosting Nutrition

    Tabitha Farrar
    Numerous research studies have already documented the adverse effects that fast food diets have on both children and adults when it comes to weight control and overall physical health. Now, scientists are researching the effects of fast food diets on …
  • America’s Oldest Man Dies at 110

    America’s Oldest Man Dies at 110

    Tabitha Farrar
    Conrad Johnson, America’s oldest man, has died this week at the age of 110 years and 338 days old. Mr. Johnson, from Rockford, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday. The supercentarian’s state of health had been in steady decline since he suffered from …
  • Silly Study Claims that Pornography Lowers Marriage Rates

    Silly Study Claims that Pornography Lowers Marriage Rates

    Alan M. Milner
    Let’s face it, the internet is a cesspool.  Pornography is big business on the internet…or is it?  Some people believe – quite erroneously – that pornography is one of the biggest uses of the internet.  It’s not….nor is it one …
  • Science Daily’s New Fat Myth: Fat is Converted to Carbon Dioxide

    Science Daily’s New Fat Myth: Fat is Converted to Carbon Dioxide

    Alan M. Milner
    An article appearing last week on the Science Daily website makes the outrageous claim that body fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. This new fat myth is probably less harmful than many other myths associated with weight loss, but that is only …
  • Hugging Acts as Preventative Medicine

    Hugging Acts as Preventative Medicine

    Tabitha Farrar
    A new study from the Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences has shown that giving a person a hug can act like a form of preventative care. Touch, or close physical contact, can result in a psychosomatic response, which …
  • Study Proves Dr Oz Gives Bad Advice

    Study Proves Dr Oz Gives Bad Advice

    Tabitha Farrar
    Finally, a new study published in the BMJ has proven something that many have suspected for a long time, which is that the advice given by Dr Oz on his popular Dr Oz Show is often erroneous and incorrect. A …
  • EU Courts Rule Obesity Could be Treated as a Disability

    EU Courts Rule Obesity Could be Treated as a Disability

    Tabitha Farrar
    The European Court of Justice (EJC), whose authority extends over all of the members nations of the European Union, has now ruled that, in certain circumstances, being overweight can constitute a disability. The case in questioned involved Karsten Kaltoft, a …
  • Real Cavemen Did Not Follow Paleo Diet

    Real Cavemen Did Not Follow Paleo Diet

    Tabitha Farrar
    A new study has shown that it is highly unlikely that cavemen ate a diet similar to currently trendy Paleo diet regimen, which advocates claim is like the ancient “caveman diet.” The paper, which was published in the Quarterly Review …
  • Study Suggests Feeling Younger Leads to Living Longer

    Study Suggests Feeling Younger Leads to Living Longer

    Tabitha Farrar
    A new study has suggested that there might be some truth in the saying “you’re only as old as you feel.” Researchers from University College London (UCL) believe that the secret to living longer is staying young at heart. UCL researchers tracked …
  • New Study Suggests Sugar is Worse than Salt for Heart Disease

    New Study Suggests Sugar is Worse than Salt for Heart Disease

    Tabitha Farrar
    A recent study published in The BMJ* suggests that limiting sugar intake might be more effective than reducing sodium intake with respect to controlling hypertension, despite decades of advice from the medical establishment recommending low salt diets for hypertensive patients …
  • Darwin Awards Study Concludes Men Are Stupid

    Darwin Awards Study Concludes Men Are Stupid

    Tabitha Farrar
    A study conducted by researchers at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom,  concluded that men are stupider than women. Reviewing Darwin Award data from the last ten years, the study examined “idiotic” behavior in both sexes, and came to the conclusion …
  • Laughing Gas Treatment for Severe Depression

    Laughing Gas Treatment for Severe Depression

    Tabitha Farrar
    Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, was used recently in a pilot study as a treatment for patients suffering from serious depression. The research, performed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and published in the journal …
  • Ebola Virus Continues to Spread

    Ebola Virus Continues to Spread

    Tabitha Farrar
    The Ebola virus continues to spread rapidly though deeply forested areas in Guinea and western Sierra Leone, as the combined death toll for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia now stands at 6,331, according to the latest count from the Centers for Disease Control and …
  • Keep Calm Poster Sparks Chaos

    Keep Calm Poster Sparks Chaos

    Tabitha Farrar
    “Keep Calm and Carry On!” was initially used in a motivational poster created by the Ministry of Information and produced by the British government in 1939. It was used as a tool to prepare citizens for the Second World War, to …
  • Synthetically Modified Food Technology to Outpace GMOs?

    Synthetically Modified Food Technology to Outpace GMOs?

    Tabitha Farrar
    While many consumers are still concerned about the existence and labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the technology behind synthetically modified foods is improving to create a wide array of new synthetically derived products.Technologically speaking,
  • Mediterranean Diet May Slow Aging Process Dramatically

    Mediterranean Diet May Slow Aging Process Dramatically

    Tabitha Farrar
    Telomeres have become something of a buzz word for anti-aging researchers in recent years due to their perceived role in the aging process. Now, antioxidant-rich diets have also been found to have a significant  role in promoting or slowing the aging process because they have a …
  • Obesity Linked to Overuse of Antibiotics in Childhood

    Obesity Linked to Overuse of Antibiotics in Childhood

    Tabitha Farrar
    A study published in the JAMA Pediatrics has suggested that early, frequent use of antibiotics in children may be linked to a higher incidence of obesity. In particular, the use of antibiotics for a broad spectrum of ailments and diseases has been …
  • Annual Safe Toy Alerts Caution Christmas Shoppers

    Annual Safe Toy Alerts Caution Christmas Shoppers

    Tabitha Farrar
    As the Christmas holidays approach, and the season for spending builds to its annual crescendo, parents and grandparents are gift shopping for children and grandchildren, searching for  small stocking fillers and larger, under-the-tree gifts.  Just in time for holiday shopping, …
  • The War Against Ebola is Still Not On  the Fast Track

    The War Against Ebola is Still Not On the Fast Track

    Tabitha Farrar
    Two months ago, United Nations Emergency Response Mission (UNMEER) announced ambitious plans to curb the Ebola virus spread by December 1st. Unfortunately, those objectives have not been met in the worst affected countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia
  • Selfies Cause More Nip Tucks

    Selfies Cause More Nip Tucks

    Tabitha Farrar
    A poll by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) revealed a substantial increase in the number of people seeking plastic surgery during the last two years. Plastic surgeons say the sharp rise correlates with the evolving culture of people …
  • FDA Rule Has Side Effects

    FDA Rule Has Side Effects

    Tabitha Farrar
     A new rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have some unanticipated negative side effects for people with eating disorders. The new rule, which requires restaurant chains and food vendors to clearly display the number of calories in their regular …
  • Munchies Explained

    Munchies Explained

    Tabitha Farrar
    According to a study published earlier this year, marijuana use makes food taste better by enhancing the consumers sense of smell. The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience reported that marijuana has an effect on the olfactory bulb in the brain. …
  • Mandatory Calorie Counts

    Mandatory Calorie Counts

    Tabitha Farrar
    On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the new calorie display rules that restaurant chains will have to abide by. All restaurant chains larger than 20 outlets and all vending machine operators will have to disclose calorie counts …
  • Texting Causes Neck Pain?

    Texting Causes Neck Pain?

    Nick Ng
    A recent story on CBS News touted the belief  that texting with your head jutted forward and downward – like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo – could lead to back pain. The premise is based on a study by Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief …
  • Ebola’s Economic Impact

    Ebola’s Economic Impact

    Tabitha Farrar
    The sustained Ebola virus outbreak in areas of West Africa is having an effect on the ability that households have to provide themselves with adequate levels of nutrition. As documented in a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report his week, …
  • Website Checks Quack Claims

    Website Checks Quack Claims

    Nick Ng
    With the recent retraction of Dr. Oz’s green coffee bean study and the Food Babe’s controversial presentation at the University of Florida last month (for a $6,000 speaker fee), it makes sense that some Americans are confused to the point …
  • Apples Fight Obesity

    Apples Fight Obesity

    Tabitha Farrar
    According to a study published earlier this year, an apple a day may help to keep obesity away. Researchers at Washington State University say that, in particular, the Granny Smith variety of apple could provide a degree of protection from what …
  • Massaging Indigestion Away?

    Massaging Indigestion Away?

    Nick Ng
    Many Americans will likely indulge themselves during Thanksgiving, munching on leftovers during the holiday weekend. Many will also experience some degree of indigestion and tummy aches from overeating. Taking over-the-counter medications or letting the digestion process go
  • Alzheimer’s and Stress Linked

    Alzheimer’s and Stress Linked

    Tabitha Farrar
    According to a report published earlier this year in Neurology,women who suffer from chronic stress and neuroticism in mid-life are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The objective of the research on which the report was based was to examine …
  • Kissing Transfers Germs!

    Kissing Transfers Germs!

    Tabitha Farrar
    Eighty million bacteria are transferred in a single kiss, according to a new paper published in the journal Microbiome. A research team from the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research concluded that a 10-second kiss is all that is needed …
  • Bird Flu in Europe

    Bird Flu in Europe

    Tabitha Farrar
    A couple of days after avian influenza was found in poultry on a Dutch farm, bird flu was also discovered to have infected a duck on a farm in the Untied Kingdom. Authorities believe that birds migrating from Asia have been the …
  • Longevity not in the Genes

    Longevity not in the Genes

    Tabitha Farrar
    The genes of supercentenarians, the world’s oldest living people, have had their genetic code sequenced by researchers at Stanford University . However, after studying the genomes of these 100 year-old-plus participants, the research team was unable to find any genes that could …
  • Violent Video Game Benefits

    Violent Video Game Benefits

    Tabitha Farrar
    Researchers behind a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have concluded that action-based video games may make players smarter. Participants who played video games requiring them to move around, shoot at objects and devise plans of …
  • Marijuana Use Alters Brain

    Marijuana Use Alters Brain

    Tabitha Farrar
    Marijuana use has been correlated with a decline in IQ and other long-term brain alterations in a new report published in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences that details a pattern of brain tissue changes among long-term marijuana users. The …
  • “Anatomy Trains” Controversy

    “Anatomy Trains” Controversy

    Nick Ng
    It seems like almost every field of science has its own maverick who preaches his or her own mantra and worldview on the way things work. Medical science has Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola. Food science has – no surprise …
  • Laundry Pods Pose Problem

    Laundry Pods Pose Problem

    Tabitha Farrar
    Pods full of laundry detergent, a popular household product, may pose a problem for millions of families according to report published on early release in the journal Pediatrics. The report details how pods have seriously sickened as many as 700 children …
  • Ebola This Week

    Ebola This Week

    Tabitha Farrar
    As Ebola fears simmer in the United States, reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) this week indicate that the rate of disease spread is slowing in some of the most affected countries. The latest situation report, issued on November …
  • Antibiotics Found in Fish

    Antibiotics Found in Fish

    Tabitha Farrar
    According to a study from Arizona State University, trace amounts of antibiotics have been detected in farmed tilapia, wild shrimp, salmon and trout en route to supermarkets and grocery stores in California and Arizona. The study, published in the Journal of …
  • Chagas Disease Warning

    Chagas Disease Warning

    Tabitha Farrar
    In a presentation at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s 63rd annual meeting in New Orleans last Tuesday, a team of researchers warned that a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, or “the kissing bug” may be more prevalent in America than …
  • Autism Rate Investigated

    Autism Rate Investigated

    Tabitha Farrar
    The percentage of children diagnosed with autism has risen dramatically across the globe over the past three decades. A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, has confirmed what many health professionals and worried parents have suspected regarding
  • Alzheimer’s Developments

    Alzheimer’s Developments

    Tabitha Farrar
    Alzheimer's disease researchers have long believed that plaque was the culprit that causes the brain cell death that characterizes the degenerative condition. Now, new data reported in the October 29, 2014 issue of Molecular Neurodegeneration, suggests that it is actually …
  • Sleep Apnea Impairs Memory

    Sleep Apnea Impairs Memory

    Tabitha Farrar
    Sleep has long been recognized as an important part of the memory consolidation process. In a relatively small recent study, however, scientists have been able to correlate Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep length with the depth of spatial memory processing. The report published in …
  • Surgery Cures Arachnophobia

    Surgery Cures Arachnophobia

    Tabitha Farrar
    Brain surgery has unintentionally allowed a man once terrified of spiders to touch and admire them without fear. A case study set to be published on January 27, 2015 in the journal Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition will document the story …
  • Ebola Survival Genetic?

    Ebola Survival Genetic?

    Tabitha Farrar
    An Ebola victim’s  genetic make-up may be the deciding factor when it comes to the fatality of the Ebola virus, according to a study published in the October 30 edition of Science. The study, based on research conducted at  the Rocky Mountain …
  • Nurse Breaks Quarantine

    Nurse Breaks Quarantine

    Tabitha Farrar
    Kaci Hickox, the  nurse who was treating the Ebola victims in West Africa just weeks ago, has refused to abide by the 21-day quarantine imposed on her by health care authorities in the state of Maine, where Ms. Hickox lives. Mary Mayhew, Maine’s health commissioner …
  • Circumcision Best Done Early

    Circumcision Best Done Early

    Tabitha Farrar
    A study published this week in the journal Pediatrics has shown that if parents choose to circumcise their male children, it is better for them to do so earlier rather than later. Researchers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …
  • Treat Coughs with Agave?

    Treat Coughs with Agave?

    Tabitha Farrar
    A new study published in this week’s edition of the journal JAMA Pediatrics on October 27 indicates that both agave nectar and placebo syrups are effective treatments for cough symptoms in young children. The research team, led by Dr. Ian Paul, …
  • Cocoa Flavanol Aids Memory

    Cocoa Flavanol Aids Memory

    Tabitha Farrar
    A study published at the beginning of this week suggests that certain antioxidants, such as those found in chocolate,may improve memory function in older people. The researchers, led by neurologist Scott Small, looked into the effects of cocoa flavanols on …
  • CDC Tightens Ebola Protocol

    CDC Tightens Ebola Protocol

    Tabitha Farrar
    Two American nurses recently contracted the Ebola virus as a result of being part of the treatment team for Dallas patient Thomas Eric Duncan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now tightened the safety guidelines that pertain to Ebola and how …
  • MS Not Linked to Vaccines

    MS Not Linked to Vaccines

    Tabitha Farrar
    A new study has concluded that vaccines are not linked to an increased risk for contracting Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The researchers found that there was no correlation between any vaccine currently used and a higher incidence of MS or any other …
  • Spinal Cord Breakthrough

    Spinal Cord Breakthrough

    Tabitha Farrar
    A 40-year old Bulgarian man has undergone breakthrough transplant surgery enabling him to walk again. The patient, Darek Fidyka, was paralyzed from the chest down after suffering stab wounds to his back in a domestic dispute almost 15 years ago. Now, …
  • Soda Triggers Aging Process

    Soda Triggers Aging Process

    Tabitha Farrar
    High-sugar soda has previously been linked to an increase in health-related issues such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Now more recently, consumption of such beverages has been correlated with an acceleration in the aging process. According to a study …
  • Mitochondria Were Parasites

    Mitochondria Were Parasites

    Tabitha Farrar
    A study from the University of Virginia suggests that the energy powerhouses we know as mitochondria were actually once parasitic in nature. The researchers reconstructed both pre-mitochondria and proto-mitochondria and concluded that a parasitic-like behavior was present, which directly
  • Warning On  Energy Drinks

    Warning On Energy Drinks

    Tabitha Farrar
    The report concluded that, a review of the relevant literature indicates that high-levels of caffeinated beverages are associated with a number of health risks. The researchers wrote that these risks have been unaddressed, and that a cautionary standpoint should be …
  • Ebola’s Mysterious Origins

    Ebola’s Mysterious Origins

    Tabitha Farrar
    In 1976, a 27-year-old microbiologist in training was part of a team that received a blood sample from Zaire for analysis. The sample was labelled as Yellow Fever, but on further investigation, the scientists suspected it was something else entirely. Doctor Peter Piot …
  • Tyranny of the Home Cooked Meal

    Tyranny of the Home Cooked Meal

    Alan M. Milner
    On September 3, the online journal Slate published a story about the tyranny of the home cooked family dinner. In this commentary piece, writer Amanda Marcotte discussed how the expectation of cooking at home was placing an undue burden on …






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