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Inside the Secret World of Global Food Spies

A bowl of ice cream on a hot day in Shanghai gave American Mitchell Weinberg the worst bout of food poisoning he can recall. It also inspired the …

Adenocarcinoma: Types, diagnosis, and treatment

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that forms in the glands, the cells that secrete substances within or out of the body.<p>Outlook, treatment, and …

Cancer

A Search for the Flavor of a Beloved Childhood Medicine

My quest to identify where amoxicillin’s taste came from—and why it inspires such nostalgia<p>Until about middle school, I got an annual ear infection, as well as a bout of strep throat about once every two years. For these ailments, I would inevitably be prescribed what was referred to in my home as …

Antibiotics

Drug-free treatments backed by science

Every week, when Ian Hanley sits down with his therapist, he goes through a list of depression treatments he's been researching online. The …

Depression

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 …

Sugar

Statins: What happens to patients who stop taking them after side effects?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jonathan McDonagh, a 57-year-old computer consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave up on statins years ago.<p>He was having trouble remembering people's names. His productivity at work was dropping. But he didn't think that a medicine for his heart health could be fogging up his brain.<p>"I …

Medicine

Big Data Shows Big Promise in Medicine

Computers are already outperforming doctors in some ways (though their bedside manner leaves something to be desired).<p>In handling some kinds of life-or-death medical judgments, computers have already have surpassed the abilities of doctors. We’re looking at something like promise of self-driving …

Medicine

Blood test for Alzheimer's 'close to being developed', say scientists

The blood test could detect Alzheimer’s at a much earlier stage than is currently possible<p>Scientists say they are close to developing a blood test that can be used to detect Alzheimer’s at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.<p>This could then be used in clinical trials to develop drugs to …

Medicine

Immune system may play crucial role in mental health

Considering inflammation has helped neuroscientists cast a broader net when searching for causes of and possible treatments for mental illness, mood disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions.<p>Last time you had a bad cold, you likely had less energy than usual. You lay around and didn't have any …

Mental Disorders

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

NHS to ban homeopathy and herbal medicine, as 'misuse of resources'

The NHS has announced a ban on homeopathy and herbal medicine as they say it is "misuse of scarce funds".<p>Officials today ruled that the treatments are among dozens of medicines which should not be funded by the health service.<p>In the last five years, the NHS has spent almost £600,000 on homeopathic …

Health Care

Tick Towns: Researchers Fight Lyme in Tick-Plagued Neighborhoods

Maybe it will take a village to fight Lyme disease. Or a bunch of them.<p>With a bumper crop of blacklegged ticks possible this season, researchers in a Lyme disease-plagued part of New York's Hudson Valley are tackling tick problems across entire neighborhoods with fungal sprays and bait boxes. The …

Disease

Why Big Pharma Is Targeting China's Deadliest Diseases

SHANGHAI—Big Pharma is investing billions of dollars to tackle deadly diseases prevalent in China, developing new drugs to combat a lineup of top killers that differ from those in the West.<p>Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG is testing a molecule to combat a rare head and neck cancer widespread in southern …

Pharma

What is data?

This is a class in data visualization. But before we leap into making charts and maps, we’ll consider the nature of data, and some basic principles …

Data Science

Problems with the jargon “statistically significant” and “clinically significant”

Someone writes:After listening to your EconTalk episode a few weeks ago, I have a question about interpreting treatment effect magnitudes, effect …

Statistics

OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. This is due, in part, to the causes behind the disorder …

Data visualisation isn't just for communication, it's also a research tool

At the heart of the scientific method lies the ability to make sense from data.<p>However, this is a challenge in the fast-moving field of …

More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

The first problem with the airplane bathroom was its location.<p>It was March. Greg O'Brien and his wife, Mary Catherine, were flying back to Boston from Los Angeles, sitting in economy seats in the middle of the plane. "We're halfway, probably over Chicago," Greg remembers, "and Mary Catherine said, …

Dementia

Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

How can organizations leverage data as a strategic asset? Data comes at a high price. Businesses must pay for data collection and cleansing, hosting and maintenance, salaries of data engineers, data scientists and analysts, risk of breach and so on.<p>The line items add up. However, if done well, a …

Big Data

Doctors warn cities that LED street lights can cause serious health issues

Many cities have shifted to LED lights in a bid to be more energy and cost efficient, but LED lights have another price – and it comes at our health. …

Protect Yourself From Tick-Borne Illness

Ticks may be tiny, but their bite can have a huge impact on your health. During the summer, up to 25 percent of these critters nationwide—and much …

Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places

“Compost bin. Pig trough. Dog-food bowl. Laptop keyboard.”<p>Ona chilly autumn morning in northwest London, just outside the Euston train station, Adam Roberts stops at the top of an outdoor staircase, looks around for police, and tries to appear inconspicuous. This is harder than it sounds, and not …

Microbiology

The skinny on high-fat diets

You’ve been trained from a young age to avoid fat. To this day, you probably drink 2 percent milk, jelly your toast instead of buttering it, and buy packaged food with reduced fat as much as possible. Even though doctors usually recommend low fat, is it really that bad for you? Some doctors are now …

Weight Loss

New Surveys Suggest Teen Vaping Rates Falling

Teen vaping declined drastically last year in the United States after years of sharp increases.<p>The number of high school and middle school students using electronic cigarettes fell to 2.2 million in 2016 from 3 million in 2015, according to a survey released last week by the Centers for Disease …

Public Health

How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?

The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance.<p>Both parties have stumbled to enact comprehensive health care reform because they insist on patching up a rickety, malfunctioning model. The insurance company model drives up prices and fragments care. Rather than rejecting …

Health Care

Dashboards: Making Charts and Graphs Easier to Understand

<b>Summary:</b> Visualizations should leverage human cognition and use length and 2D position to communicate quantitative information quickly.<br>Data …

Business Intelligence

One protein could cause quick spread of Ebola - Futurity

Researchers may have found the reason that Ebola spreads so quickly, potentially making way for the creation of countermeasures against the deadly …

Ebola

1 in 7 People Don't Fill Their Prescriptions Because They Cost Too Much

Drug prices are a huge burden on Americans’ wallets—and, you know, their health.<p>One in four Americans say they now pay more out of pocket for at least one of their prescription medications than they did a year ago—and it's a trend that researchers don't see stopping any time soon.<p>The findings come …

Consumer Reports