Health & Fitness

Essential Oils in the Ambulance

May 24, 2018

Dr. Steven Novella discusses the rise of essential oils. He states, “Aromatherapy with essential oils is pseudoscience, backed only with low-quality studies guaranteed to show a placebo effect. Their growing popularity warns that better science education is needed.” […]

Economics

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy

May 17, 2018

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy. Could vaping and e-cigarettes reduce the toll of death and illness due to smoking conventional cigarettes? The most recent issue of the Annual Review of Public Health has a nice pro-and-con. Professor Timothy Taylor discusses both sides of artificial cigarettes. Read more on The Great Courses Daily. […]

Health & Fitness

Food Science and Nutrition Myths: Is Organic Food Better for Us?

April 20, 2018

One question that comes up is whether organic produce is more nutritious than conventionally farmed produce? An organic label does not say anything directly about the final product, only about the production method. So, does that mean it is inherently healthier for us? […]

Health & Fitness

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

April 6, 2018

America’s most well-known cyclist of the recent past is, no doubt, Lance Armstrong. Born in Texas, Armstrong turned pro in 1992 at age 21, and within the next few years, won major competitions, including stages within the Tour de France. Few foresaw the disgraceful path his career would soon take, tainted by the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. […]

Illustration of the Influenza Virus
Health & Fitness

Elderberry Extract for Influenza?

March 6, 2018

Elderberry Extract for Influenza? Dr. Roy Benaroch discusses this interesting, tasty, and possible “magic fix” for influenza. Read more on The Great Courses Daily! […]

Bottle of oxycodone pain medicine for article on the opioid cris
Medicine and Disease

Fentanyl and The Dangers of Synthetic Opioids

January 22, 2018

Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the United States over the last few decades, creating what we now know as the opioid crisis. For example, in 1968, a little over 5,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. In 1990, that number had grown to about 8400. But why are opioids, like fentanyl, so dangerous? […]

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Health & Fitness

Obesity or Malnutrition: Which Kills More People?

December 1, 2017

In a landscape of poor dieting practices, most of the world’s population now lives in countries where obesity kills more people than malnutrition. Professor Alyssa Crittenden discusses the science behind this trend. […]

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