We’re So Confused

August 11, 2016

The problems with food and exercise studies. Nearly everything you have been told about the food you eat and the exercise you do and their effects on your health should be met with a raised eyebrow

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One aspect of the downfall of Theranos is the blood-testing company’s leveraging of the Do-It-Yourself ethos to promote its product. Theranos provides consumers with a menu of more than 200 low-cost diagnostic blood tests for an array of drugs, ailments, deficiencies and diseases. It’s legal to order blood tests without consulting a doctor in about two dozen states. But should you?

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It Bears Repeating

April 25, 2016

How scientists are addressing the ‘reproducibility problem’. Recently a friend of mine on Facebook posted a link whose headline quoted a scientist saying “Most cancer research is largely a fraud.” The quote is both out of context and many decades old. But its appearance still makes a strong point: the general public has a growing distrust of science and research

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The last few months have witnessed the unraveling of the remarkable life sciences company Theranos, culminating in the latest news that federal regulators may ban founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing industry for at least two years… How has this widely acclaimed biomedical innovator fallen so far, so fast?

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Little Kate Summersgill certainly didn’t look like a child with Down syndrome — no telltale flat facial features. Devon and Mike Summersgill had believed baby Kate was certain to be born with the disorder because of a blood test recommended during her pregnancy. Even after the birth, when their baby looked fine, their genetic counselor, Laura Limone, insisted that the result of the test was not a mistake

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A new study of 42 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in French Polynesia offers the strongest evidence to date that the Zika virus can trigger temporary paralysis, researchers reported on Monday. But experts cautioned that more evidence from other locations was needed to be conclusive

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Rhona S. Applebaum, Coke’s chief science and health officer, helped orchestrate the establishment of a nonprofit group known as the Global Energy Balance Network. The group’s members were university scientists who encouraged the public to focus on exercise and worry less about how calories from food and beverages contribute to obesity

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How much would you pay to know your genetic code? Some companies are willing to lose money to find out

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