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Big Science is Broken

April 19, 2016

That’s the thesis of a must-read article in First Things magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of published research is false. But that’s not even the worst part.
Advocates of the existing scientific research paradigm usually smugly declare that while some published conclusions are surely false, …

Zika Seeks, Destroys Developing Neurons

April 12, 2016

A growing number of studies have linked Zika virus infections to microcephaly, but the mechanism by which the virus exerts its potentially lethal effects remains unknown. Neuroscientist Patricia Garcez and colleagues at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, infected neural stem cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells …

We’ve Been Doing it Wrong on Allergies

April 08, 2016

Decades of advice to avoid allergens in early life appear to have inadvertently increased allergy rates, and now a growing body of evidence supports the safety and benefit of their introduction early in life.
The change in understanding has prompted Australian allergy guidelines to strengthen the recommendation to introduce solids and …

Common Painkillers are More Dangerous than we Think

Many patients are prescribed NSAIDs for the treatment of painful conditions, fever and inflammation. But the treatment also comes with side effects, including the risk of ulcers and increased blood pressure. A major new study now gathers all research in the area. This shows that arthritis medicine is particularly dangerous …

Unicef Report Finds Female Genital Cutting to Be Common in Indonesia

Female genital cutting has always been seen as an ancient ritual practiced in Africa and to a lesser extent in the Middle East, but a new global assessment documents for the first time that it is widespread in one of the most populous countries in Asia: Indonesia, where almost half …

Women with Endometriosis at Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Women with endometriosis—especially those 40 or younger—may have a higher risk of heart disease, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
The study may be the first prospective investigation to examine the link between coronary heart disease and endometriosis—the growth of the …

Frozen Section Analysis for Breast Cancer Could Save Time, Anxiety

April 01, 2016

When diagnosed with breast cancer, women may have thousands of questions running through their minds, but one they may not have immediately is: Will my choice of provider save me time and money?
Mayo Clinic researchers have answered this question with what they believe are compelling statistics that may encourage women …

Deadly Persuasion: 7 Myths Alcohol Advertisers Want You to Believe

“Absolut Magic” proclaims a print ad for a popular vodka. “Paradise found,” headlines another. “Fairy tales can come true” says a third.
All these ads illustrate the major premise of alcohol advertising’s mythology: Alcohol is magic, a magic carpet that can take you away. It can make you successful, sophisticated, sexy. …

New Study Finds our Desire for ‘Like-Minded Others’ is Hard-Wired

March 23, 2016

A path-breaking new study on how we seek similarity in relationships, co-authored by researchers at Wellesley College and the University of Kansas, upends the idea that “opposites attract,” instead suggesting we’re drawn to people who are like-minded. The study could lead to a fundamental change in understanding relationship formation—and it …

The Psychology of a Hug

March 17, 2016

Common sense tells us that a hug is good for us. Now a new study confirms just how and why hugs are so beneficial.
A study of 404 healthy adults by experimenters at Carnegie Mellon University examined the effects of hugs on the health of participants, particularly their susceptibility to developing …

Harvard Researchers Discovered the One Thing Everyone Needs for Happier, Healthier Lives

Robert Waldinger, a Harvard psychiatrist, took over the more than 75-year-long Grant Study in 2003, becoming the fourth person to run it. He recently gave a TedTalk on it that has been viewed more than 6.5 million times since November 2015.
Waldinger felt it was important to do it. The federal …

Increased demand for ‘vaginal seeding’ from new parents despite lack of evidence

Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of parents requesting so-called ‘vaginal seeding’ for babies born by caesarean section, according to an editorial in the BMJ.

The practice, which is also known as microbirthing, involves taking a swab from the mother’s vagina and wiping this over the baby’s mouth, eyes, …