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Endorphins Alone Can't Be Blamed For Over-Eating

Aug 29 2017 - 11:08

Endorphins, those opiate-type neurotransmitters are involved in sensations such as runners' high — as well as other situations in which pleasurable feelings are thought to increase the likliehood that a person will repeat an activity. Since eating also increases endorphins, it's been suggested that they might also be responsible for repeated eating sessions — e.g. overeating, which leads to obesity. But a recent study fails to uphold that hypothesis.

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If Seattle Smokers Follow King County's Health Advice, They Will Die

Aug 28 2017 - 20:08

The King County Health Department, which serves mostly the city of Seattle and its suburbs, has recently earned a reputation for being driven by politics rather than by evidence-based medicine or common sense.

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Canadian Health System, Like UK, 'Stretched To Max Capacity'

Aug 28 2017 - 17:08

As highest quality of care continues not to be the emphasis in the health care debate— let alone be on par with discussions around access, Canadian health systems remain in the spotlight. This time, multiple hospitals in southern Ontario shut their doors to the sickest of babies. 

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STEM Programs Get a Well Deserved Boost

Aug 28 2017 - 13:08

A lot of people talk about increasing STEM programming for young people, especially in underrepresented populations. But, few of us actually walk the walk. Well, the same cannot be said for The Society for Science & the Public. Recently, they lent their support to five organizations through their STEM Action Grants Program.

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Lipid Hypothesis for Cardiovascular Disease is Challenged, Exposing Weakness

Aug 28 2017 - 07:08

The hypothesis that lipids, those nasty cholesterols, are responsible for cardiovascular disease has been the king of the theoretical mountain, but a new study suggests that lipids do not tell the entire tale.  

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The Lipid Hypothesis for Cardiovascular Disease Is Challenged and Weakness Exposed

Aug 28 2017 - 07:08

The reigning theory underlying cardiovascular disease, the lipid hypothesis, suffered a defeat this week at the hands of the inflammatory hypothesis when canakinumab, a human monoclonal antibody that targets interleukin-1β [1] was shown to reduce cardiovascular events in the absence of lipid lowering.

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WSJ, National Review, USA Today And A Film Crew Visit As We Extend Our Outreach

Aug 28 2017 - 06:08

1. A Herpes vaccine is a lot more tricky than it may seem, given the number of people who have it, and have had it for thousands of years. A film crew for a documentary tentatively titled "Patient Zero" visited the office to interview medicinal chemistry expert Dr. Josh Bloom, due to his series of articles on three competing vaccines jockeying to solve this problem.

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An Advance in the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Aug 28 2017 - 02:08

The FDA has just approved a reformulation of amantadine for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, and it is a significant step forward.

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The Incredible Shrinking Cattle of Amsterdam Island

Aug 25 2017 - 20:08

Researchers describe wild cattle on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean that lost about 25% of their body size in just over 100 years.

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You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing — Even HDL Cholesterol

Aug 25 2017 - 15:08

So we all know that there's good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL respectively). And if we want to avoid certain types of heart and circulatory problems, we want to lower the bad and raise the good. But how high is high enough? And is it possible to get the good type too high? If the results of a recent study are confirmed, yes, having too high a level of HDL cholesterol won't help your heart.

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FDA To Change How Prescription Drugs And Biologics Are Advertised

Aug 25 2017 - 13:08

Who among us hasn’t chuckled at a television prescription drug ad when it ventures into a litany of wide-ranging potential side effects like anal leakage to erections lasting more than four hours? With direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing today, product overstatements of health benefits with simultaneous minimization of possible harms has become the norm. The FDA wants to change that.

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Savoring Coffee Without Sugar Works Best to Cut Calories, Study Says

Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

It's not a new idea that one relatively easy way to eliminate calories is to refrain from adding sugar, whenever possible, to foods and drinks we consume. And trimming it from coffee consumption is an obvious place to start. 

But once that choice is made, the next issue is: What's the best way to adapt to a reduced-sugar or sugar-free cup, to ensure that the change will become permanent? Eliminating the sweetener over time, or cutting it out "cold turkey" in one fell swoop?

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Not Even Paltrow's GOOP Is Above The Law

Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company, Goop, may think that the products they sell are helpful but others disagree. The controversy has evolved into a formal complaint filed against Goop - a move that starts the legal ball rolling down Goop's vaginal egg lined path.

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Nitro-Coffee: Good Science Or Nitrogenous Waste?

Aug 25 2017 - 07:08

America's love affair with coffee bubbled to the surface in 2013 when nitrogen-infused coffee made its appearance in Oregon. Nitro-coffee? Is this a silly fad, or is there some science behind it? Let this article percolate for a while and you'll see. 

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Activity Inequality - What does that mean?

Aug 25 2017 - 03:08

A recent issue of Nature featured an article entitled Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality. I admit two things drew me to the article, the data, and the term inequality. First, let’s consider how and what they found. Rather than relying on self-reported estimates or wearable sensors, the data, on walking, was derived from the pedometers (actually accelerometers) found in smartphones. Your iPhone can indeed be used for research.

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Diagnosing Cancer with a Blood Test

Aug 24 2017 - 17:08

Imagine a world where a blood test, as easy as checking for high cholesterol, could give you an answer regarding whether or not you have cancer. 

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Dog Gives Woman Fatal Tularemia, A Potential Bioterrorism Agent

Aug 24 2017 - 17:08

In its latest weekly report, the CDC details the case of a woman from Arizona who died from tularemia, a rare disease that she acquired from her dog.

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Avogadro's Avocados - A Huge Number Of Conflicting Folate Stories

Aug 24 2017 - 11:08

Enough already! Please stop with the avocado stories I'm begging you. Fine, the damn things contain a lot of folic acid, which may or may not cause or prevent cancer, keep your hair from turning gray, and may be contributing to the demise of the English language. And it's all about the biochemistry of endogenous formaldehyde. Prepare to be confused. 

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Harvard's Continued Embrace of Integrative Medicine Finds a Partner and a New Conflict of Interest

Aug 24 2017 - 02:08

The literature is filled to overflowing with 'publish or perish" articles, how do we know what to read? Well, the same people that brought you so, so many articles have a curated solution to your current awareness overload.

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