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Why Cholera Outbreaks are So Catastrophic

Sep 08 2017 - 10:09

Yemen is in the middle of an unprecedented cholera outbreak. But, what makes Vibrio cholerae so efficient that it can set up infection in hundreds of thousands of people in one area? 

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Chicken Tartare: Eat At Your Own Peril

Sep 08 2017 - 08:09

Tired of the same ole boring ways to contract food-borne illness? Look no further than chicken tartare: raw, seasoned chicken, now served at restaurants near you. 

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Flu 2017 - The Good News And The Bad News

Sep 08 2017 - 06:09

New reports out of Australia contain some sobering news. The number of influenza cases this year is 2.5-times that of the same time period last year. Does this mean that the US is looking at a bad flu season? Probably yes, but there are many factors involved. Several experts explain. 

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High School Grades Linked to Healthy, Unhealthy Behaviors

Sep 07 2017 - 22:09

A high school student who makes bad grades is not only setting himself up for professional failure; he is also likely making lifestyle choices that will put him on a course to bad health.

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Survey Says: Many Americans Still Ignorant About Foods — Especially Young Folks

Sep 07 2017 - 10:09

A new survey from Michigan State University provides a somewhat depressing glimpse of the current understanding of food by the American public. And this is particularly disturbing because younger folks are less well informed than their elders.

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Plastic Fibers - The End Of Life As We Know It

Sep 07 2017 - 07:09

Worried about North Korea tossing nukes around? Ebola? Killer hurricanes? Did you buy Knicks season tickets? While all of these are dreadful in different ways, you might as well forget about them and every other threat around. They are irrelevant. We are already doomed. Because someone put a fleece jacket in the dryer. 

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Symptoms That Can Either Be Completely Normal Or Really Serious

Sep 07 2017 - 07:09

Pregnancy comes with so many symptoms. Some are completely normal. Others can be alarming. And some can be both. How can you tell when to call the doc? 

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No, Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald Didn't Predict Hurricane Irma with Math

Sep 06 2017 - 22:09

Kurt Eichenwald is an interesting guy -- in the same way that a 47-car pileup on the freeway is interesting. He is, according to his Twitter bio, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a New York Times bestselling author. He also has written for Newsweek, where he penned one of the best essays I have ever read about conspiracy theories.

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Redheads' Melanoma Risk Can Be Reduced by Altering Specific Protein

Sep 06 2017 - 15:09

People with red hair tend to have a greater health risk from sun exposure, and for developing skin cancer. But now researchers at Boston University report that they've found a way to potentially reduce that risk by altering a protein involved with pigmentation in humans.

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Heparin Can Make Stuart Not So Little

Sep 06 2017 - 13:09

Heparin is one of the oldest medications that is still in use.  It has primarily been used for the treatment of blood clots.  New research indicates that heparin has a more diverse physiological role one of which stimulates food intake and decreases metabolism.  This could have profound clinical implications both in its current clinical use and for the future of developing weight loss drugs.

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FDA Approves Remote For Mammography: Patient Control Might Make Procedure Less Aversive

Sep 06 2017 - 10:09

The utility of mammography screening for breast cancer has been a bone of contention, but for some women it has been a life-saver. Indeed, the US Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends that women ages 50-74 should get a mammogram every 2 years.

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Combining Pain, Cold, Cough, And Sleep Meds - Great For Drug Companies, But Unethical

Sep 06 2017 - 10:09

If you've spent any amount of time in the cough and cold section of your pharmacy, you may soon end up in the headache aisle. This is because the over-the-counter cough, cold, and allergy aisle is a daunting place, even for those of us who are familiar with all of the common medicines that are used in these products. There are so many combinations of products for so many different sets of symptoms that if you don't need reading glasses when you enter the pharmacy, you probably will by the time you leave.

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Teething Bracelet Full of Lead, CDC Reports

Sep 06 2017 - 10:09

A story involving a toxic teething product is being reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, this time it's not a part of the ongoing investigation by FDA into homeopathic teething tablets that contain high levels of belladonna.

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Connection Between Sleep And Obesity Is Enigmatic

Sep 06 2017 - 07:09

Sleep deprivation has been associated with an increased risk of obesity in several studies. A new one, based on a large British survey, assessed whether that link could be due to over-eating by bleary-eyed people. But the data didn't support that hypothesis, so researchers will have to look harder to explain that link.

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Eagle Creek Fire & the Banality of Evil

Sep 05 2017 - 23:09

I have traveled all across America and to 18 countries in Europe. My wife, who was born and raised in Poland, agrees with me: The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful part of the world*.

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Your Adrenals Are Not Fatigued, You Are

Sep 05 2017 - 16:09

The "wellness" platform is the sexy new term added to our lexicon.  Wellness clinics and gurus have hijacked medicine and have gone so far as creating fake medical problems to manipulate the public.  It's time to out them for the hacks that they are.

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Your Adrenals Are Not Fatigued – You Are

Sep 05 2017 - 16:09

The "wellness" platform is the sexy new term added to our lexicon.  Wellness clinics and gurus have hijacked medicine and have gone so far as creating fake medical problems to manipulate the public.  It's time to out them for hacks that they are.

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Cooking Up Some 'Toxic' Chemicals; The Maillard Reaction

Sep 05 2017 - 07:09

Very few have heard about this. It's over 100 years old and explains why bread smells so good and turns brown. But baking also produces a few chemicals of concern – or are they? Here you get a chemistry lesson! Whether you want one or not.

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New SIDS Report Gives Old News

Sep 04 2017 - 23:09

Putting babies to sleep on their backs is an important safety measure that can decrease the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, a new report in the journal Pediatrics states that parents are still not doing this crucial step well enough. 

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Let's Not Forget The War Against Bacterial Resistance

Sep 04 2017 - 09:09

Lost in the noise of all the medical stories is the issue of bacterial resistance. Although it's not a sexy topic, it's almost certainly more important than anything in the news, as PBS showed by broadcasting its sobering series "Stopping Superbugs."

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