The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives - Mark Twain. The false linkage between autism and vaccinations continues.
Some members of the Old Order of Amish carry a gene mutation that helps them live longer and avoid some of the health problems of aging. Having one copy of the mutation is associated with longer telomeres and less risk of developing diabetes.
We need more information about depression, both to have a better understanding of the causes and exploration of new therapeutics.
Like most scientific endeavors, depression is hard to study in humans or non-human primates. So, like many researchers, neuroscientists study depression in mice. But, how can you tell if a mouse is depressed or not?
Believe it or not, there is a way to do it and its called the forced swim test. Here is how it works.
A new app, using heart rate and counting steps correctly identified patients with hypertension. Could wearable monitors in our smartphones be used as health early warning systems?
We're entering the danger season — first Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally New Year's, all in the space of less than six weeks. Three chances to play havoc with all our good dietary intentions. How bad can it get? Pretty bad — that one holiday dinner can provide more calories than most of us should consume in a day.
1. In Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dr. Josh Bloom wrote about a worthwhile effort to combat deaths due to illegal opioids which has transformed into government interfering in the doctor-patient relationship. Though bad doctors have been arrested, and "pill mills" shut down, the overwhelming majority of harm has come from illegal purchases, not cancer patients in real pain.
Of the four "reclones" that were born, three are alive and well. They will be monitored (hopefully) for years to come in order to provide more data on the health of clones and their reclones. Stay tuned for a follow-up in 2027!
What's the secret to a 7-year-old wowing the internet with her knowledge of neurotransmitters and synapses? How she communicates the message. Learn more here.
For the most part, algae, that green ooze found floating on various bodies of water, has long been considered a temporary issue. It blooms into an annoyance and eventually dissipates, and disappears.
How did a frog that doesn't live in Louisiana get a habitat there? It was part of a sue-and-settle agreement arrangement between the government an environmental group, and it could cause the Supreme Court to dismantle the Endangered Species Act.
'Switzerland' brings to mind money, delicious dark chocolate, Alps, and watches. Now we can add homeopathy to the list, because some Swiss doctors (regular MDs, not naturopaths) are prescribing homeopathic 'remedies' to their patients. Some are doing so for the placebo effect, but others actually appear to believe the hype!
The traffic on Thanksgiving is killer. If you happen to be driving to Aunt Wilma's in Connecticut you will find this out for yourself. But what about when you arrive? Which is riskier? The trip or the meal (1)?
Newly released guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest illegitimate, unproven stem cell uses might become a thing of the past.
In an effort to combat patient non-compliance with medications, the FDA just approved the first pill with an ingestible tracking sensor. But, will it be used for good or evil? The old proverb the road to hell is paved with good intentions comes to mind.
Researchers studying brain trauma are calling it a breakthrough. And it's creating significant hope that doctors will soon be able to reliably identify this severe degenerative brain disease, long before it plunges its sufferers into the throes of depression, rage, memory loss, and in some cases, suicide.
The rise of the industrial turkey is a story large enough to contain many narratives -- from the salvation of agriculture to the rise of TV dinners. Indeed, it is a tale of American exceptionalism. Happy Thanksgiving!
Lost in the noise of the "opioid crisis" is a pernicious shift in power from doctors and their patients to government. In a futile attempt to fight the unwinnable war on drugs, many states are now restricting what doctors can prescribe for their patients. In his opinion piece in the Las Vegas Tribune-Review Dr. Josh Bloom discusses this frightening trend.