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Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

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Science Says It May Finally Be Time to Kick Your Milk Habit

The claim that milk “does the body good” may have more to do with politics than science.

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How a New Pill Could Help You Learn Like a Child Does

Ever long to absorb information with the facility that children display while learning? A new “smart pill” may help adults do just that.

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Climate Change Will Send Pollen Count Soaring

Bad news for hay fever and asthma sufferers as U.S. researchers demonstrate that man-made rises in CO2 emissions could lead to a 200 percent increase in levels of pollen from grasses.

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Paralyzed Man Can Now Walk Thanks to the Cells in His Nose

A knife attack put Darek Fidyka on his back for two years, but an amazing medical procedure appears to have partially mended his spinal cord.

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Kevin Spacey Played Obama’s Ebola Czar on TV

What an interesting career Ron Klain has had for a political operative.

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Brittany Maynard: Choosing the Way a Life Ends

There is no way to hear Brittany Maynard’s voice without being deeply touched.

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On Ebola, Candor Needed

Let’s make a deal: We’ll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts—especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—agree to get their stories straight.

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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and Islamic State. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes—but not in the Middle East.

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Nurse Union Accuses Texas Hospital of Sloppy, Dangerous Handling of Ebola Threat

The biggest union of registered nurses in the country says it has spoken with workers at the hospital in Dallas where a man died of Ebola and two nurses have been infected, and it reports a level of carelessness that boggles the mind.

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Give Us Your Fertile Years: Apple and Facebook Will Pay to Freeze Your Eggs

At the intersection of good intentions and just-plain-weird, two of the biggest tech companies are offering their female employees an unusual benefits package.

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We Are All Liberians Now

Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out.

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What Ebola Can Teach Us

The lessons are quite obvious at this point—and contain implications that are political in the most urgent sense.

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CDC Director Compares Ebola Epidemic to AIDS

On Thursday, a day after the Ebola virus claimed the first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked another recent and ongoing health crisis while fundraising in Washington, D.C.

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Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers

The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.

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Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

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Ebola: CDC Director Sees Progress From Dallas to Africa

While Spain attends to the first case of Ebola transmission outside of Africa since the crisis began, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expresses cautious optimism.

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You Can’t Stop Ebola With Borders

The panicked, isolationist rush to seal off America from the rest of the world shows how little pundits and politicians understand infectious disease.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



Big Pharma Is Robbing Us Blind and We’re Letting It Happen

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the people of other advanced nations.

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CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

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Fact: Coffee Is Good for You

People “give up” coffee the way they do cigarettes and red meat, but numerous studies tell us that unlike those other vices, America’s liquid breakfast of choice has many health benefits.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



The Italian Army’s Growing Weed. Here’s Why

The reasons behind the Italian armed forces growing marijuana in a military lab are more noble than you might expect.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Don’t Worry About Salt, Sugar’s the Real Culprit in Our Health Epidemic

After years of telling us salt is bad for us, some health workers have changed their tune; CNN’s Fareed Zakaria doesn’t seem to have stopped plagiarizing even after he was discovered doing so; meanwhile, Israel’s nuclear weapon stock needs to be talked about. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



L.A.’s Elite ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ Bringing Whooping Cough, Measles Back

Spurred by their shared concern that vaccinating their children will do more harm than good, parents in Los Angeles who have taken an anti-vaccination stance—“anti-vaxxers,” as those among their ranks are called—could be putting more than their own kids’ health at risk.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The World Is Losing the Battle to Contain’ Ebola

The world’s leading medical organizations are sounding the alarm over an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has now spread to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the 3,500 confirmed cases, 1,500 people have died.

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B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Innovator, Dead After Long, Influential Life

The man credited with bringing yoga to the West died of heart failure Wednesday in the southern Indian city of Pune. He was 95.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Yawning: Puzzler of the Ages

Hippocrates took a crack at it, postulating that this mysterious activity was designed to flush harmful air from the body. Cut to the 19th century, when that notion lost traction.

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Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Concern Spreads With Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Nigeria is looking like the next frontier for the Ebola outbreak that has Liberia on lockdown, after a man infected with the virulent virus flew to Lagos from Liberia before succumbing to the disease late last month.

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Suspicious Prescriptions for HIV Drugs Abound in Medicare

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicare spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 for HIV drugs there’s little evidence patients needed. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.

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Ebola vs. Idiocy: A Message From the CDC

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The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.

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Blind Ideological Justice

By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from impartiality.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal Health Insurance Exchange

New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Why Are Obstetricians Among the Top Billers for Group Psychotherapy in Illinois?

Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Digital Cheese

Some bloggers claim to be outraged by Facebook social experiments, but anybody not expecting to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered is probably a big fan of the tooth fairy and still drinking juice out of a sippy cup, wearing footy pajamas.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Fracking Firm Offers Locals $50,000 Hush Money

Responding to complaints, a gas company in Pennsylvania offered all the residents of a particular neighborhood $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Drink Your Broccoli, Kids! It May Save You From Air Pollution’s Effects

Really, everyone, not just kids, should be eating those little green trees that have been found to help bodies eliminate toxins related to environmental contamination. But for those of you who can’t stomach it, scientists have developed a beverage chock full of the vegetable.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE


Dr. Oz and Weight Loss

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Abuse of Temp Workers Is Bad for the Economy and Bad for Our Health

If you’re not going to eat anytime soon, read this horrifying little anecdote from Capital & Main.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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New Condoms That Feel Like Human Skin Could Save Lives

Thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the gold rush happening in the field of condom research.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster

The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


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