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Opioid Makers Are Looking Especially Evil This Week Opioid Makers Are Looking Especially Evil This Week

Two pieces of news this week reveal even more about how pharmaceutical companies have contributed to the opioid epidemic that’s killing tens of thousands of Americans a year.

Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You

Last Saturday, police in Chico, California reported that 13 people in the same house were involved in a mass drug overdose, possibly involving the powerful opioid fentanyl, with at least one person dying as a result. The case is undeniably tragic. But some of the details reported by the Chico police and uncritically…

Thousands of Recalled Frozen Chicken Nuggets May Contain Wood, No Gluten Though Thousands of Recalled Frozen Chicken Nuggets May Contain Wood, No Gluten Though

Some people’s precious chicken nugs could have more ingredients than they bargained for. On Thursday, Perdue Foods announced a voluntary recall of nearly 70,000 pounds of its frozen, gluten-free nuggets, over concerns they might have been contaminated with wood. The recall will affect nuggets sold across the country.

Ebola, HIV, Antivaxxers: The World Health Organization Names 2019's Global Health Threats Ebola, HIV, Antivaxxers: The World Health Organization Names 2019's Global Health Threats

The World Health Organization has firmly set its sights on the anti-vaccination movement. In a post this week, WHO listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the world’s top health threats to combat in 2019, right alongside other major problems like HIV, Ebola, and climate change.

Lab-Grown 'Perfect' Human Blood Vessels Are a Thing Now Lab-Grown 'Perfect' Human Blood Vessels Are a Thing Now

An international team of scientists claim to have pulled off a first: Three-dimensional replicas of human blood vessels that are grown in a petri dish. The trippy accomplishment, detailed in a new paper out Wednesday in Nature, will hopefully let us better understand and study crippling diseases like diabetes.

Swiss Scientists Have Trained Their Dog-Like Robot to Better Fend Off Its Human Oppressors

Engineers in Switzerland say they’ve found a way to make a four-legged robot even harder to fight off during the eventual robopocalypse. In a new paper, published Wednesday in Science Robotics, they describe a system that trains the bot to move faster than ever, while still being able to resist attempts to knock it…

Getting Up and Doing Even the Tiniest Bit of Exercise Will Keep You Alive Longer, Study Finds Getting Up and Doing Even the Tiniest Bit of Exercise Will Keep You Alive Longer, Study Finds

Yet another study highlights the importance of getting up and doing something—anything!—to be physically active. It suggests that sedentary people who replace some of their sitting time with even light physical activity are less likely to die early than people who remain in their chairs all day.

Food Sensitivities Are Real and You Should Take Them Seriously Food Sensitivities Are Real and You Should Take Them Seriously

Earlier this week, we reported on a recent food allergy study that, perhaps not surprisingly, stirred up a lot of strong feelings among readers. The research suggested that roughly 10 percent of adult Americans are allergic to foods like shellfish, tree nuts, and dairy. But it also found that nearly as many people…

Report: Coca-Cola Is Quietly Influencing China's Obesity Policy—and Shifting Blame From Itself Report: Coca-Cola Is Quietly Influencing China's Obesity Policy—and Shifting Blame From Itself

Soft drink companies have fought tooth and nail to hold onto their customers, even as public health experts and governments have tried to get people to cut down on the sugary products they make. But a new investigative report in the BMJ highlights just how far Coca-Cola in particular has gone to protect its profits…

A Lifelong Biodome Experiment Could Reveal How the Immune System Shapes Personality A Lifelong Biodome Experiment Could Reveal How the Immune System Shapes Personality

It’s the sort of realization that ought to make you existentially terrified: All of your thoughts and actions are influenced by countless interconnected factors, most of which you are never conscious of.

New York Is Dealing With an Old Enemy—Measles New York Is Dealing With an Old Enemy—Measles

New York is in the midst of an outbreak of measles, a childhood disease that shouldn’t really exist in the U.S. any longer. On Tuesday, NBC News reported, New York health officials said the state has seen more than 100 cases of the vaccine-preventable disease since last September—a tally not seen in decades. The…

Alzheimer's Disease Might Develop Differently in Some African Americans, Study Suggests Alzheimer's Disease Might Develop Differently in Some African Americans, Study Suggests

It’s often true that broad groups of people can experience a disease differently. African Americans, for instance, seem to be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than their white counterparts in the U.S. A new study published Monday in JAMA Neurology offers clues to why that’s the case. It found that African…

Bristol Myers-Squibb and Others Can't Dodge $1 Billion Lawsuit Over 1940s Syphilis Study, Judge Rules Bristol Myers-Squibb and Others Can't Dodge $1 Billion Lawsuit Over 1940s Syphilis Study, Judge Rules

For the time being, pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers-Squibb and others will not be allowed to avoid a billion-dollar civil lawsuit over their alleged roles in a U.S. government-led study in the 1940s that deliberately and secretly infected Guatemalan people with syphilis. Last week, Reuters reported, a federal…

Millions of Americans Are Wrong About Having a Food Allergy, Study Suggests Millions of Americans Are Wrong About Having a Food Allergy, Study Suggests

Millions of Americans might be mistaken about their self-professed food allergy, suggests a new survey. It found that while nearly 20 percent of people said they had a food allergy, only half as many people reported the sort of symptoms you’d expect from eating something you’re allergic to.

A Bulldog's Screw Tail Might Help Us Understand a Rare Genetic Disease in People A Bulldog's Screw Tail Might Help Us Understand a Rare Genetic Disease in People

One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might be caused by a specific genetic mutation, suggests recent research. And more importantly for us humans, that same genetic quirk might help scientists better understand a rare disorder…

GoFundMe Is Still Enabling 'Garbage' Cancer Treatment Scams, Study Finds GoFundMe Is Still Enabling 'Garbage' Cancer Treatment Scams, Study Finds

Medical crowdfunding has become a billion-dollar industry practically overnight, led by sites like GoFundMe. But yet another new study shows a dark side of the trend: Millions of dollars funneled to ludicrous, unscientific treatments for life-threatening diseases like cancer. Tragically, the study also found that many…

Sequencing the DNA of Newborns Uncovered Hidden Disease Risks and a Whole Lot of Tricky Issues Sequencing the DNA of Newborns Uncovered Hidden Disease Risks and a Whole Lot of Tricky Issues

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to get a complete readout of a person’s genetics with ease, even right after they’re born. A new study published Thursday offers a glimpse of what that future could look, suggesting many children are born with genetic conditions that can’t be found with current…

'Dry January' Helps People Lay Off Alcohol Even Months Later, Study Finds 'Dry January' Helps People Lay Off Alcohol Even Months Later, Study Finds

There’s at least one healthy New Year’s resolution that you may actually maintain through the year, suggests a new study: cutting down on your drinking. The study found that UK residents who tried to abstain from alcohol for the month of January in 2018—as part of a public health campaign called “Dry…

Louisiana Cops Forced to Explain That Zika-Tainted Meth Doesn't Exist After Dumb Prank Backfires Louisiana Cops Forced to Explain That Zika-Tainted Meth Doesn't Exist After Dumb Prank Backfires

A social media prank concocted by a Louisiana police department over the weekend went unexpectedly viral and began being taken seriously by some, forcing the officers to clarify that—actually—local stockpiles of methamphetamine weren’t tainted with the Zika virus.

An American Aid Worker Is Being Monitored for Signs of Ebola at a Nebraska Hospital An American Aid Worker Is Being Monitored for Signs of Ebola at a Nebraska Hospital

An American medical worker in Africa may have had too close a brush with the deadly Ebola virus that is currently devastating the Democratic Republic of Congo. He returned to the U.S. and is now at a hospital in Nebraska, where doctors are keeping a close eye on him.

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