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The best shot at overcoming vaccination standoffs? Having doctors listen to – not shun – reluctant parents

The best shot at overcoming vaccination standoffs? Having doctors listen to – not shun – reluctant parents

Vaccines save between two and three million lives per year by protecting individuals from diseases such as measles, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and others. Clean ...

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How loud noise may change hearing

How loud noise may change hearing

Our modern world is loud. Just sitting in a car, or an airplane, or watching movie previews, we are bombarded with sound. Even when those noises aren’t damaging to the ...

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Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Toxicology’s founding father, Paracelsus, is famous for proclaiming that “the dose makes the poison.” This phrase represents a pillar of traditional toxicology: ...

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Why lowering nicotine in cigarettes could change the course of health

Why lowering nicotine in cigarettes could change the course of health

The new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made a surprising and bold announcement that could potentially save more lives than if we ended the ...

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Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night

Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night

A new study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighborhoods that have higher levels of outdoor light during the night. The ...

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Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed

Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed

With members of Congress spending the month of August in their home districts, Republican efforts to do away with President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the ...

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Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort

Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort

August 16 is known to many Elvis Presley fans as the anniversary of his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1977. It is also the perfect occasion, for many, to honor him by ...

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The hidden stories of medical experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations

The hidden stories of medical experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations

In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. Patients hope for miraculous remedies to restore their health. We all want our medicines to work for us in ...

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Children are watching this racism, violence and our reactions

Children are watching this racism, violence and our reactions

I find myself in this place again. I am numb. I feel empty. I almost have no words. The saddest part about this? I wrote these exact words little more than a year ago. ...

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Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking

Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking

“Everything in moderation.” It’s a common justification made for behaviors that may fall outside the realm of healthy. Whether it’s a drink or two or indulging in a ...

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