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Shaving for a Cause

March 13, 2019

Pediatric cancer is more common than you might think: More than 16,000 kids in the United States will be diagnosed this year. […]

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Is Chocolate Actually Good at Relieving Coughs? Take a Look at the Science

February 27, 2019

Everyone loves chocolate, and nobody likes to cough, and some reputable sources are saying chocolate is better than cough medicine. But if you want to know what The Science really says, you have to read past the headlines. The best way to do that is to look at the actual study – where the information, originally came from. […]

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Food “Columbusing” and the Debate Over Cultural Appropriation

February 15, 2019

In the past few years there has been a great deal of popular and academic buzz over the notion of authenticity in cooking and who has the right to cook a particular cuisine. This is part of a larger debate over what is called cultural appropriation. […]

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Using Genetic Tests to Predict Medicine Responses—Don’t Do It

January 16, 2019

“Personalized” medicine sounds appealing. Rather than just guessing at what medication to try, a genetic test can figure out, in advance, which medications will be effective and which medications are more likely to make you sicker. Except it doesn’t work. […]

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New Fad Medicine: Release Active Drug

December 19, 2018

New alternative medicines called “release active drugs” (RAD) are hitting Russian markets. Dr. Steven Novella discusses what RADs are and why medical regulation is important. […]

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Draw to Remember Better

December 4, 2018

What’s the most effective memory trick? New studies now point to drawing as a mnemonic strategy, boosting memory performance.  […]

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Cursed Movies? No. Confirmation Bias? Probably.

November 6, 2018

Why the singular of “data” is not “anecdote.” Many have heard of the “cursed” movies: Poltergeist I, II, and III, The Exorcist and others that brought misfortune and even death to those who worked on them. But is this the work of the supernatural, or confirmation bias? […]

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Air Dryers vs Paper Towels

October 24, 2018

Which hand drying method is the best, air or paper towel? The answer is more complicated than you might think – but do wash your hands. […]

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The Effect of Competition on Creativity

October 17, 2018

Can creative work be hindered or blossomed by a competitive working environment? A new study shows that there is a Goldilocks zone for ideal creative output. […]

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