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Fall of Dr. Oz: Tour of the world of a celebrity medical quack

Dr. Oz is arguably the most influential health professional in America. The Dr. Oz Show, which started in 2009, has an average ...

FDA uses genome sequencing to combat food-borne illnesses

Last week, two companies issued national recalls of their products due to listeria contamination. For Sabra Dipping Company, which is recalling ...

What’s the ideal amount of exercise for a healthy life?

Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just ...

How is genetic risk for breast cancer evaluated?

A letter in the current People magazine referring to Jolie’s recent announcement of the removal of her ovaries, following a double ...

Racial health differences caused by society, not genetics

It is no secret that a longer life is a white privilege in the U.S. In 2011, the Centers for ...
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Arsenic in your food? Scared? Shouldn’t be, but if so there’s a GMO fix

Arsenic levels are high in rice and rice products, since the rice plants take it up from groundwater. New research ...
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What’s behind knee jerk concerns about glyphosate, GMOs?

The world’s most commonly sprayed herbicide—glyphosate—is currently trapped in a familiar media cycle. The cycle goes something like this: 1) ...

Chinese citizens sue government over its Roundup approval process 27 years ago

Three Chinese citizens are taking China's Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report ...

Toxicology studies could impede advances in nanotechnology

Nanomaterials have been on the scene for over 15 years and they are being applied in a variety of sectors ...

Genetic tests in clinic fall short for prescribing best cancer therapy

Many cancer patients in clinics across the United States might be getting inaccurate information from DNA analyses that are intended ...

New Alzheimer’s research illuminates origins of disease

The hope that Alzheimer’s will one day be curable has in recent years faded to a flicker as successive clinical ...

Genetic changes in father’s sperm might explain autism risk

"DNA changes could explain why autism runs in families, according to study," The Independent reports. Research suggests a set of changes ...
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Weighing risks of glyphosate should lead to mindful use not elimination

Late last month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, issued a report ...

Exposing ‘charlatans’: Why Vani Hari’s days of popularity are waning

I am a friend of Yvette d’Entremont, A.K.A. Science Babe, and I am proud of her. She’s done a great ...

Can a placebo pill actually serve as drug therapy?

Placebos have helped to ease symptoms of illness for centuries and have been a fundamental component of clinical research to ...

Six decades ago, US celebrated first successful polio vaccine

Sixty years ago, at about the time you’re reading this, church bells began to ring across the United States. Cars honked ...
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Game of Life and Death: Can you dare the odds and make it past 100?

Washington Post releases a new interactive feature online that delves into 7 ways medical technology has evolved over the past ...
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GENeS launches: New project provides journalists, NGOs, policy analysts scientific expertise on breaking stories

Journalists and policymakers take note: GENeS--Genetic Expert News Service--is now live! Turn to GENeS for independent expert analysis and commentary ...
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Are humans genetically unique?

A new paper in Science reports high (20-40 percent) derived frequencies for an allele which seems correlated with higher rates of ...

For modern parents, how to weigh pros and cons of sequencing baby’s genome

At 31 years old, not a day goes by without overhearing one of my friends discuss the pros and cons ...

No, a single hormone cannot turn mice gay

In 2011, a group of scientists “turned mice gay.” The only issue is, of course, they didn’t. Rather, Yi Rao ...

How can we best consider the consequences of altering a human genome?

The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 again sees a biomedical technology challenging norms and raising concerns. CRISPR/Cas9 makes it comparatively easy to ...

What’s more natural: Paleo diets or GMOs?

The see-food diet was the first so-called Paleo diet, not today's popular fad, premised on the false idea that there ...

Modified broccoli reduces LDL-cholesterol

A broccoli variety modified to have two to three times more of the naturally occurring compound glucoraphanin, which is linked ...

Chemophobia: Testing foods for glyphosate rises with fears over health risk

U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of ...

Interview with Science Babe who took down Food Babe

Earlier this month, you probably would't have heard of Yvette d'Entremont, aka Science Babe. But after posting a Gawker article ...
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