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49 'facts' about health we often believe that are misleading, inaccurate, or totally false

These are just a few of the incorrect notions that we've all been told at one point or another.<p>But it's time to put an end to these alluring myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies.<p>To help the cause we've rounded up and corrected dozens of the most popular health "facts" that we've heard over the …

Wellness

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Found to Help Teeth Repair Themselves in Just 6 Weeks

We're so down for that!<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

Nobel Prize

A growing threat could kill 10 million people by 2050, but one company thinks it can stop it

After years of abuse in people and animals — with doctors practically doling them out like candy and farmers stirring them into animal feed — antibiotics have virtually stopped working. In January, a woman died after a raging infection that failed to respond to 26 different kinds of antibiotics. …

Medicine

Dubai just tested its flying drone taxi for the first time

Autonomous air taxi service Volocopter just had its first test flight in Dubai.<p>The giant drone-like vehicle has two seats, 18 propellers, and is powered by nine batteries. This allows it to have a flight time of around 30 minutes.<p>The flight was unmanned as it is still in its testing phase, which …

Drones

The Concept of Schizophrenia Is Coming to an End – Here's Why

"The syndrome is already beginning to breakdown..."<p>The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have …

Schizophrenia

Scientists just found another worrying link between sugar and depression

Lately, the science has really been stacking up evidence against consuming sugars in excess.<p>In addition to being linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, eating high levels of sugar has been associated with mental illnesses like depression. In a study published July 27 in …

Diabetes

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on.<p>Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at …

Steve Bannon

An Exciting New Cancer Treatment Has Just Been Endorsed by FDA

We can reprogram immune cells!<p>Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that …

Immunotherapy

Sick Building: Fungi Release Toxin Directly Into Air, Study Finds

Toxins from mold can aerosolize directly into the air, which may help explain one cause of sick building syndrome, French researchers said Friday.<p>Mold growing in buildings can make people sick, especially people who are allergic to various fungi. It’s also known that various molds and fungi produce …

Northern Europe

IBM Predicts Demand For Data Scientists Will Soar 28% By 2020

• Jobs requiring machine learning skills are paying an average of $114,000. Advertised data scientist jobs pay an average of $105,000 and advertised data engineering jobs pay an average of $117,000.<br>• 59% of all Data Science and Analytics (DSA) job demand is in Finance and Insurance, Professional …

Big Data

Eating bogies is good for teeth and overall health, scientists conclude

It might be wise to look away now if you are eating or have a weak stomach, but scientists have discovered that ingesting bogies is good for teeth, and overall health.<p>Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and the University of Saskatchewan and say parents should not discourage …

7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2016

There’s no shortage of misinformation in the world — particularly around health and science topics.<p>Sometimes that’s just because the research can be a little contradictory (nutrition, for instance, is famously hard to study). Sometimes that’s because there are quacks or vested interests trying to …

Self Control

New studies just found psychedelics help terminal cancer patients and could be the new wonder drugs for psychiatry – they shouldn't be ignored

Today, in a ground-breaking development in the field of psychiatry, two new studies were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology showing that …

Consciousness

We now know exactly how many DNA mutations smoking causes

Every 50 cigarettes you smoke gives you one extra DNA mutation per lung cell<p>A common tactic for people trying to give up smoking is to quantify exactly how much damage — financial or physical — each cigarette or pack of cigarette does. How much does smoking cost you per month, for example, or how …

Cancer

Scientists Now Say Alcohol Is a Direct Cause of Seven Forms of Cancer

Analysis of reviews from several international cancer research bodies has found alcohol to be a direct cause of oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast cancer.<p>We're all aware of the risks associated with certain day-to-day activities. Walking and attempting to compose …

Cancer

Two U.S. Funds Sue Dozens of Banks for Singapore Rate Rigging

Two U.S.-based investment funds have filed a lawsuit in New York against dozens of banks accusing them of conspiring to rig derivative prices …

Investing

The ozone layer is bouncing back. And our hairstyles will be OK too.

Donald Trump wants his old hairspray back.<p>The presumptive republican presidential nominee thinks his hairspray just hasn’t been the same since manufacturers had to phase out the use of CFC-based propellants a generation ago to help restore the Earth’s protective ozone layer.<p>He also thinks using …

Space Travel

China is due for a recession — unless it starts acting like Japan

A credit-based economy, built around what has effectively been the dollar standard, made it all possible. There's no limit to the amount of credit that can be created under a fiat money system. And the dollar standard created a very large global boom, as U.S. dollars flooded into countries like …

Economics

Scientists Use Lasers To Regrow Teeth From Stem Cells

Imagine if a trip to the dentist to treat a cavity didn’t involve a filling, root canal, or crown. What if a simple light treatment could actually …

OPEC is Driving Oil Prices, Blindfolded

Image source: Seadrill.<p>Two years ago, when Saudi Arabia and its fellow OPEC members started to balk at reducing crude production to keep oil prices elevated, they were playing the one card they could to keep long-term market share. The OPEC nations could either accept further losses of market share …

These 6 charts explain the world's looming demographic crisis

Those changes will broaden the scope of our study of economics and investing; they will alter our understanding of sociology; and they will radically affect politics and governments.<p>Precisely what these changes will be is difficult to discern and predicting them requires some guesswork, but the one …

Demographics

The Negative Effects Of Positive Thinking — Thanks, Science

Bad news for dreamers ahead. New research has found that positive thinking and fantasizing about the future may actually lead to longer lasting …

The cost of Switzerland abandoning its euro peg

For most of last year the franc-euro exchange rate stabilised to a band of around CHF1.05 to CHF1.08, but that still made Swiss goods at least 10% more expensive to euro buyers than they were before January 15 - not to mention the cost of visiting Switzerland for eurozone tourists.<p>A year on, …

Economics

Ex-Barclays CEO: Banks are about to have an 'Uber moment' — and it's going to be painful

In a speech in London this week he said: "The incumbents risk becoming merely capital-providing utilities that operate in a highly regulated, less profitable environment, a situation unlikely to be tolerated by shareholders."<p>Jenkins says a series of Uber-style disruptions in the industry could …

Profit

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.<p>Sickle-cell anemia, HIV, schizophrenia and autism -- essentially, anything involving bad DNA is now fair game. …

Genetics

Banks' approach to bitcoin is 'cynical', says an ex-Barclays tech chief

The technology has the potential to make money transfers faster and cheaper, as well as having potential revolutionary applications for everything from stock issuing to the diamond trade.<p>22 of the world's leading investment banks have formed a partnership to look at how the blockchain can be used …

Wells Fargo

Seeing a jet’s shock wave

If you could see the shock wave from a jet moving faster than sound, this is what it would look like.<p>The image above shows a supersonic jet passing …

Astronomy

Google employees confess all the worst things about working at Google

A job at Google.<p>It's career heaven, right? How could a gig at the biggest, most ambitious tech company on the planet possibly be bad?<p>Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for the search giant.<p>Turns out that …

Top 10

The CEO who jacked up the price of a drug by 5,000% has done this before

Almost exactly a year ago, Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli pulled virtually the same stunt he recently tried with Daraprim, a critical parasitic-infection-fighting drug whose price he attempted to raise overnight from $13.50 per pill to $750.<p>Only last year, hardly anyone noticed.<p>In 2014, …

Biotechnology