Michael Pollan: “It isn’t every day that the definition of a common English word that is ubiquitous in common parlance is challenged in federal court, but that is precisely what has happened with the word ‘natural.'”

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Protests on a Hawaiian volcano show that we should take a few days a year to reflect on the dark parts of scientific history

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Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

May 1, 2015

There are more than six hundred thousand frozen pre-embryos in the United States. They aren’t children, but they aren’t exactly property, either. Who decides what happens to them?

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Why black men can expect to live 5 years less than white men

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America is aging, and most seniors want to stay in the places where they’ve lived for decades. Can they? What will it take?

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At a hospital in Kenya, Dr. David Barash remembers watching an obstetrician perform a cesarean section while at the same time instructing a nurse on how to deliver anesthesia. Then at another hospital in Nigeria, Barash saw women left unattended, lying on beds in the hallway, to recover on their own after C-sections.

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Münchausen By Internet

April 30, 2015

The sickness bloggers who fake it online. Australian blogger Belle Gibson has been exposed for fabricating her tragic cancer story. But her strange behaviour is more common that you’d think – faking disease in return for online fame is now a recognised medical condition

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The move follows a ProPublica investigation showing that Medicare did little to find dangerous prescribing by doctors to seniors and the disabled. It is also part of the government’s new push to bring transparency to taxpayer-supported medical care

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