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Tag: Health


Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE


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Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE


L.A. Considers Banning GMOs

The City of Angels may prohibit the sale and distribution of genetically modified organisms to become the biggest GMO-free zone in America. But it’s not just about ridding Los Angeles of them. As one of the councilmen who proposed the measure puts it, “so goes the West, so goes the rest of the country.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Americans Need More Downtime—Seriously

Napping, meditating, anything that gives your mind a bit of respite from the ever-quickening rat race of modern day life are essential to allow your brain to recover. And here’s the kicker (which we all pretty much already know but haven’t quite put into practice): Downtime increases productivity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE

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Taco Bell’s Disgusting Tacos Created 15,000 Disgusting Jobs

Taco Bell’s CEO is bragging that his company’s wildly popular Doritos Locos Tacos have created thousands of (low-paying) jobs, an example of what he calls, “having a social conscience.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE

Why Are So Many American Women Dying?

An alarming study reveals that female mortality rates have increased drastically in the past few decades, and no explanation has been discovered as to why. Clues can be found in access to education and, unsurprisingly, health care.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE

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Can Stress Lead to Dementia?

A new study discovered a link between everyday stressors and brain diseases, such as dementia, that manifest themselves in later years. But try not to let that stress you out.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE

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Anti-Depressants May Increase Diabetes Risk

Scientists in the U.K. have found evidence to link type 2 diabetes with anti-depressants, but there’s still no proof of causality. With one in 10 Americans estimated to be on these medications, and nearly a tenth of the nation suffering from diabetes, the possible correlation should prompt concern.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE


Obamacare Wonks Cash In on Health Care Law

The New York Times had an important story Tuesday on the ways in which former congressional and White House staffers are profiting from the Affordable Care Act they helped write and pass.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Quit Whining About Obamacare

One of the most important components of the health program is about to kick in, with the potential to transform American society.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE

Football Violence

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 ENLARGE

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Poverty Damages the Mind

There is a strong connection between scarce resources and cognition: The more a person struggles financially, the less he or she can channel brain processes to completing other tasks. When you can’t make ends meet, the weight of worry occupies a large portion of the mind.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE

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Boomer Generation Facing Caregiving Gap

A new study finds that the ratio of caregivers to the aging boomer generation will drop precipitously over the next several decades, portending a likely shortage of qualified helpers.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Are Cigarettes Cigarettes If They’re Electronic?

E-cigarettes, those small vaporizers that deliver nicotine to the lungs without fire and smoke, are the apparent future of tobacco, and the FDA is about to respond to the industry with a pack of regulations.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (but Not for Public Office)

To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Fetuses Cannot Feel Pain

There’s been a recent uptick in the use of phrases such as “fetal pain” or “pain-capable unborn child” in anti-abortion rhetoric. Such discomfort, make no mistake, is scientifically impossible.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Might Actually Be Working

For the first time in decades, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers is, to quote the head of the CDC, “moving in the right direction.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Would You Pay the Price of a Longer Life?

Two studies suggest living longer may come with a number of troublesome symptoms and a high risk of disability that increase caregiving needs in the twilight years of life.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 11, 2013 ENLARGE


British Military Bends the Rules for Out of Shape Computer Warriors

If you’re good with technology, Her Majesty’s military no longer cares how many push-ups you can do.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Congressman: Abortions Should Be Banned Because Male Fetuses Masturbate

During debate Monday on a House bill that would ban virtually all abortions starting 20 weeks after conception, Rep. Michael Burgess, a Republican from Texas, made what likely amounts to be the most absurd argument ever for why the country should outlaw the medical procedure.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Michael Douglas’ Cancer Caused by an STD That Can Easily Be Prevented

The movie star rejected embarrassment to say this week that his throat cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that only 1 percent of boys are vaccinated against.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Eat Your Vegetables. Really.

Vegetarians were found to have a lower risk of death from any cause and males saw benefits for cardiovascular health.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE


Costco Product Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Health officials have linked at least 30 cases of hepatitis A across five states to a food product that’s sold at Costco. And they are bracing for that number to increase.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Texas Blast Exposes the New Normal

If I told you that government officials possessed ironclad proof that an imminent threat to this nation had the capacity to create a 9/11’s worth of injuries and deaths every year at an annual economic cost of a quarter trillion dollars, ask yourself: Would you say we should do something about it?

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Actress Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Empowering’ Decision to Have Her Breasts Removed

Angelina Jolie made her fortune as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and after having a double mastectomy to prevent against breast cancer, she writes, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Health Secretary Goes Begging to Insurance Companies

This is incredibly sad, outrageous or corrupt, depending on where you sit, but it is being reported that Kathleen Sebelius has been asking health insurers to help fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


Antibiotics Could Cure 40 Percent of Chronic Back Pain Patients

Danish scientists have discovered that many cases of chronic back pain are caused by bacterial infections, which means they could be cured cheaply with antibiotics rather than surgery.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE


Farmworkers Fired After Fleeing Blaze

Fifteen agricultural workers in Oxnard, Calif., lost their jobs after they sought shelter to escape the ash and smoke-filled air from a raging wildfire last week. The strawberry pickers said they left because the smoke interfered with their ability to breathe.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE

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Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE

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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE

Health Care

Posted on May 6, 2013 ENLARGE

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You Are a Guinea Pig

A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. The culprit behind this silent killer is lead, vinyl, formaldehyde and thousands more innovations brought to us by the industries that once promised “better living through chemistry.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Popular Monsanto Product Linked to Major Health Problems, Study Says

Cancer, Parkinson’s and infertility—these are just some of the diseases and health problems that a new study says may be linked to heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, Dr. James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during his long and distinguished career.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

A Butt Man

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 ENLARGE    

Targeting Obesity

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 ENLARGE


Posted on Apr 7, 2013 ENLARGE

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Bill Gates Will Pay You as Much as $1 Million for a Better Condom

Condoms are cheap and effective, but they also diminish sexual pleasure, and that gets in the way of lifesaving.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Ryan’s Budget Is Good for the Rich, Bad for Everyone Else

Rep. Paul Ryan has figured out a way to balance the budget: Give corporations and wealthy people tax breaks they don’t need while aggressively cutting health and social programs that middle and lower-income Americans do.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE

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How the Junk-Food Industry Is Getting You Addicted to Its Products

A New York Times report takes an in-depth look at the ways the junk-food industry ensures that you will get hooked on its “convenient” and “inexpensive” products.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Obama’s Brain Plans

The same administration that brought you the “Disposition Matrix”—a blueprint for tracking, capturing or killing alleged terrorism suspects—is investing in a decade-long effort to build a comprehensive map of the human brain.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Adventures in Flossing

I grew up never knowing that candy was bad and floss was good. Even as an adult, I’m embarrassed to admit, I used a dollar bill to clean between my teeth. Instead, though, I was actually adding bacteria to my mouth, thereby giving a new, literal meaning to the concept of “dirty money.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE

The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Lab-Grown Meat Is Real, but Will People Eat It?

Right now the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the world population at 7 billion and growing. Feeding all those people is going to be a challenge and, like it or not, it may involve really disgusting meat jelly.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Is Your Alarm Clock Making You Fat?

Setting an alarm clock before you go to bed could be hazardous to your health, according to research that looks at the body’s internal clock.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized

The secretary of state was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after doctors discovered she had a blood clot related to a concussion she sustained this month.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE

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The Sky’s the Limit

The gifts you’ve already been given in 2012 include a struggle over the fate of the earth. This is probably not what you asked for, and I wish it were otherwise—but to do good work, to be necessary, to have something to give: These are the true gifts.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE

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A Simple, Excellent and Surprising Film

I think the message of “Amour,” if it may be said to have one, is that love is sometimes—probably rarely—eternal.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

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TSA Commissions Study of X-Ray Body Scanners

After months of congressional pressure, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to explore the health effects of the agency’s X-ray body scanners.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE

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