• Are Sleep Apps Junk Science? Here’s What Doctors Think

    very night before going to bed, I brush my teeth, crawl under my blankets, and turn on five different sleep apps. My alarm’s set to 8:30 a.m., with each smart app promising to wake me up at the lightest sleep stage. But in the morning, five alarms go off at different times. The earliest one […]

  • Hedgehogs Hold the Secret to Preventing Concussions

    If you ever find yourself watching hedgehog go about its day, you’ll notice that they tend to fall out of trees — a lot. Wild hedgehogs climb trees as high as 30 feet, looking for insects and food to eat. Sometimes they fall by accident, other times they fall on purpose to evade a predator […]

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  • Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian — And They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors

    A new study of the dental plaques of three Neanderthals reveals surprising facts about their lives, including what they ate, the diseases that ailed them and how they self-medicated (and smooched). (Above) An illustration of Neanderthals in Spain shows them preparing to eat plants and mushrooms. Now, it’s no surprise that Neanderthals didn’t brush their […]

  • Beware Of E-Cigarette Counterfeits!

    According to numerous law enforcement agencies and manufacturers of e-cigarette products, illicit trade of electronic cigarettes is on the rise across many developed countries, creating more uncertainty for the e-cigarette consumer and industry worldwide. The e-cigarette market has grown faster than anyone could have imagined. With sales this year looking to top 8 billion dollars […]

  • Mutant Daisies + 5 Other Things That Tell Of The Global Disaster That Fukushima Reactor Really Is

    Images of mutated daisies which are growing in the region near the doomed Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan are taking the Twitterverse by storm. The images which were posted online by Japanese user @San_Kaido have brought the  spotlight back on the abandoned nuclear facility which continues to be a major threat to the biosphere. マーガレットの帯化(那須塩原市5/26)② […]

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    Did Chiropractors Kill Model Katie May?

    Just before Katie May died of a stroke she had received chiropractic manipulation to her neck. We do not know if this caused her death or contributed to her death, but we do know that the chiropractic manipulation is unnecessary and dangerous. There is no chiropractic neck manipulation that has ever been shown to relieve […]

  • A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans

    Today Dr. Kaw Bing Chua is a scientist at Temasek Life Sciences in Singapore. When he discovered the Nipah virus, he was a graduate student at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sanjit Das for NPR It was a balmy Sunday evening in early 1999, and Dr. Kaw Bing Chua hadn’t had lunch […]

  • Scientifically designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

    A randomized trial shows cycles of a five-day fasting diet designed by a USC researcher safely reduces the risk factors for age-related diseases. What if you could lose weight and reduce your risk of life-threatening disease without any changes in what you eat — other than a five-day special diet once every few months? That’s […]

  • Germ History: From Measles To Syphilis, How We Created The Golden Age Of Germs

    Ten thousand years ago, at the dawn of the agricultural revolution, many of our worst infectious diseases didn’t exist. Here’s what changed. With the rise of agriculture, for the first time in history humans were living in close contact with domesticated animals — milking them, taking care of them and, of course, eating them. All […]