Lincoln and the politics of medicine

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Let me guess. Three things you are growing extraordinarily tired of seeing or reading about are politicians, advertisements for erectile dysfunction... Read more

Why is Zika ‘exploding’ across the Americas? The Aedes aegypti mosquito

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The rapid spread of the Zika virus through the Americas, infecting hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil alone since May 2015, is the latest... Read more

'Extra, Extra, Get Your (Healthy) Bananas!'

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Gluten-free diets (excluding gluten protein found in grains) are used to treat celiac, an immune system disease affecting about 1 percent of... Read more

Bacon! (And health!)

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The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer got bacon lovers upset with its recent report linking cancer to... Read more

Global Handwashing Day & other interesting stuff (really!)

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Did you know that Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day? Hand-washing is a vital public and personal health activity and one that grew up alongside... Read more

Remember what 'Aunt Sammy' said . . . about babies and drafts?

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National Public Radio recently aired a segment headlined “South Korea’s Quirky Notions About Electric Fans.” It looked at... Read more

50 years ago: Building the case against lead

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The world is a lot less polluted with lead than it was a half-century ago, thanks in part to geochemist Clair Patterson. Fed up with lead contamination... Read more

Autism’s history and future

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The history of autism, as you’ll learn from Steve Silberman’s excellent and important new book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism... Read more