Professor's Perspective

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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Health And Fitness

The Rise and Fall of Hormone Replacement Therapy

March 4, 2019

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) burst onto the market as a miracle cure for all the unpleasant systems associated with menopause: depression, anxiety, and night sweats. Discover how HRT monopolized the pharmaceutical industry and then abruptly crashed in popularity. […]

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Professor's Perspective

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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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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The Quackery of “Food Sensitivity” Tests

September 24, 2018

IgG antibodies are a measure of exposure, not a measure of something that makes you sick or makes you feel ill. That’s it. Nothing more. So why are companies trying to sell “food sensitivity” tests, claiming to pinpoint which foods contribute to skin issues, food intolerance, joint pain, fatigue, and more? […]

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Professor's Perspective

Healthy Eating and a Love of Fruit

August 2, 2018

What’s the value of a fruit? Some are easy to eat, but have low nutrition, some hard and are super fruits. Dr. Roy Benaroch digs into the deep, juicy questions. […]

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Professor's Perspective

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! […]

Photograph of casino, a model for the "sometimes" rewards that can encourage whining kids
Health And Fitness

Vending Machines vs. Casinos: How to Deal with Whining Kids

November 7, 2017

But at a casino, you don’t know what your reward will be, or even if you’ll get one. In fact, most of the time, you get nothing at all. But that kind of reinforcement, the “sometimes-surprise” schedule, reinforces the behavior even more effectively. Think about people pumping money into slot machines, only to get occasional, unpredictable rewards. […]

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Health And Fitness

Trick or Treat? Halloween Myths and Safety Tips

October 31, 2017

Now this is a real problem. Halloween is the #1 day of the year for pedestrian accidents among children, averaging 5.5 deaths per year in the US (that’s double the average for a typical day.) […]

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