Bad Medicine

Christopher Wanjek is the author of the health books "Bad Medicine" and "Food At Work" and the novel "Hey, Einstein!" ( a comical nature-versus-nurture tale about raising clones of Albert Einstein in less-than-ideal settings. His column, Bad Medicine, appears regularly on LiveScience.
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How the Brain Picks Punishments
A person rests their hands on the bars of a jail cell.
August 6th, 2014
When someone does wrong, whether we want to punish them severely or let them off easy is reflected in activity in certain regions of the brain, a new study shows.
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The Poop on Pooping: 5 Misconceptions Explained
A bathroom toilet
April 22nd, 2014
You may think you know your stuff when it comes to pooping and your health, but misconceptions are common. Here's the truth about poop and your health.
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Vegetarian Diets Lower Blood Pressure Best
February 24th, 2014
People who eat a vegetarian diet tend to have healthier blood pressure levels than those who don't, according to new research.
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Too Much Iron from Meat May Raise Heart Risks
A steak sits on a dinner plate
May 2nd, 2014
The iron in red meat may raise your risk for heart disease, but iron in vegetables seems to have no ill effect, a new study says.
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'Anti-Aging' Hormone May Actually Shorten Life
A person holds a pill marked "anti-aging" in their hand.
March 27th, 2014
Injections of growth hormone — a staple of anti-aging, hormone-replacement therapy — may have the opposite effect as intended, thwarting a person's quest to live to an advanced age, a new study suggests.
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Stress Causes Headaches, Scientists Confirm
A woman holds her aching head
February 19th, 2014
Stress is linked with headaches, according to a new study that finds that people with more stress in their lives tend to suffer more frequent and more intense headaches.
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Genome of the Blood-Sucking Hookworm Decoded
A hookworm, viewed through a microscope.
January 19th, 2014
Hookworms are parasitic worms, and they currently infect about 700 million people in the world. Now, researchers say they've decoded this blood-sucker's genome, which could lead to better ways to prevent or treat the condition.
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Improve the Food, Not Just the Food Label (Op-Ed)
April 24th, 2014
A recent proposal aims to change the information we see on food labels. But what's really needed is an improvement to the quality of the food, not just the food labels.
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Vicious Cycle of Weight Gain, Inactivity Causes Obesity
An overweight woman sitting outdoors on a rock.
February 26th, 2014
People who are obese spend less than 1 minute per day doing vigorous physical activity, a new study finds.
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Chronic Infections Linked with Memory Problems Later in Life
artist rendering of bacteria
February 13th, 2014
People with chronic viral or bacterial infections may face an increased risk of thinking and memory problems later in life, according to a new study.
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