Christopher Oberg

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Digital addiction is the world’s next great health crisis

A recent Atlantic piece introduces us to Griffin, a teenage addict from California. Poor Griffin. He was woken up in the middle of the night, thrown on a plane and driven out to the Utah desert to start a rehab program.<p>His addiction? The internet.<p>Yes, addiction is a word we throw around a lot …

Rogue Star Wars fans threaten to ruin The Force Awakens via 'spoiler jihad'

Devotees of ‘expanded universe’ books say they will publish spoilers of latest film online unless Disney studio agrees to film their favourite stories<p>A group of Star Wars fans are threatening to spoil The Force Awakens, the latest episode in the franchise, on social media unless studio Disney …

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Why preparing for the ‘zombie apocalypse’ could help stop deadly diseases

Is the world prepared for a zombie apocalypse? A new study uses zombies to highlight how countries tackle the outbreak of deadly diseases<p>Preparing for a zombie apocalypse has been explored in TV series The Walking Dead and films like 28 Days Later but are there lessons to be learned from these …


Bile acid pill fights obesity in mice - Futurity

Researchers were able to reverse fatty liver disease in obese and diabetic mice after feeding them bile acid that can turn off a receptor in the gut.

How stress sets off a herpes cold sore - Futurity

Researchers have finally figured out how herpes reactivates when we—and our neurons—are stressed out, causing those dreaded cold sores.