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US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let’s stop the trend now

US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let’s stop the trend now

U.S. gross domestic product is at an all-time high. U.S. life expectancy is not. Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years – from a high of 78.9 years ...

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What Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand about medical marijuana

What Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand about medical marijuana

On Jan. 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, a 2013 document that limits federal enforcement of marijuana laws. This opens the door for a crackdown ...

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When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them

When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them

A 27-year-old medical resident in general surgery is sexually harassed by two men – the chief resident and a staff physician at the hospital. She feels trapped. When one ...

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The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 ...

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Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows

Artificial intelligence and robotics spell massive changes to the world of work. These technologies can automate new tasks, and we are making more of them, faster, better ...

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Abortion freedom of speech battle heading to the Supreme Court

Abortion freedom of speech battle heading to the Supreme Court

Whether you’re for abortion or against – can the state force you to say anything about it? What about posting a notice with information for the other side? This year, the ...

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Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight

Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight

Obesity was designated a disease in 2013 by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association. Obesity, defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher, had ...

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New medical advances marking the end of a long reign for ‘diet wizards’

New medical advances marking the end of a long reign for ‘diet wizards’

For many years, the long-term success rates for those who attempt to lose excess body weight have hovered around 5-10 percent. In what other disease condition would we ...

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Why are so many of our pets overweight?

Why are so many of our pets overweight?

When I looked at my appointment book for the day, I thought something must be wrong. Someone who worked in the fitness industry was bringing his cat in to the Tufts ...

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Why is obesity getting worse?

Why is obesity getting worse?

Gyms across the country will be packed in the new year with people sticking, however briefly, to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Most of them do not know that ...

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