Miranda Spitzer

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Most Parents of Obese Children Think Their Kids Are 'Just Right'

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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Chronic Disease

Even W was smarter than these clowns: The surprising issue Bush got right, but today’s wingnuts can’t comprehend

Bush and the GOP business wing got the politics of a minimum wage hike right in 2007. It’s not 2007 anymore<p>Too bad George W. Bush is persona non grata among congressional Republicans. If he were less unpopular, they might find in the waning years of his presidency an example of what to do about a …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Lincoln Chafee: 'I'm running' and here's why

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president, just a week after announcing he formed an exploratory committee, his most definitive statement he's made toward formalizing a 2016 campaign.<p>"Yes, that's why I'm …

Government

Will Elizabeth Warren Replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential Candidate?

Since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s less than spectacular announcement in which she stated that she wanted to be America’s “champion” and oh yes, “president” fell flat, could it be that Democrats are beginning to feel the need to rev up their political machine in order to provide …

Government

Hillary’s Response to a Question About Common Core Sparked a Terse Response From John Stossel

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s first official campaign stop in Iowa featured a “round table” discussion with six locals (three men and three women) — a combination of students and educators at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello. That’s where Clinton praised Common Core and its …

Common Core

Glenn Beck Tears Into Marco Rubio’s Proposed Tax Plan: ‘Let’s Just Vote for Barack Obama Again’

Glenn Beck on Tuesday said the tax reform plan proposed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is “bizarre” and an “absolute jobs killer.” Rubio announced he will be running for president in 2016, and Beck said his tax plan is so bad, Americans may as well “just vote for Barack Obama again.”<p>According to …

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Ebola risk unheeded as Guinea's villagers keep on eating fruit bats

Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in west Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices.<p>While meat from wild animals such as …