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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Dystextia: Garbled Phone Text May Be Sign of a Stroke
A woman looks confused as she reads a text message on her phone.
December 15th, 2014
A woman's garbled text message to her son turned out to be a sign that she was having a stroke. This is the fourth incident now reported of someone with a stroke having "dystextia," researchers say.
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Feeling Bummed? How Disappointment Works in the Brain
A child drops his ice cream cone on the ground.
September 25th, 2014
Feelings of disappointment are caused by a rare type of brain signaling, new research shows. Two neurotransmitters are released by the same neurons, and their ratio is what determines whether you feel a bit discouraged or totally downhearted.
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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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Vaccines Do Not Increase Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
A woman receives a vaccinations
October 20th, 2014
Getting a vaccination does not increase people's risk of developing multiple sclerosis, as some anti-vaccination groups have suggested, a new study finds.
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Could Taxing Packaged Foods Reduce Obesity?
Woman checking labels on foods at a grocery store.
September 3rd, 2014
Taxing all packaged foods and using the revenue to subsidize healthy, fresh food could save lives and reduce health care costs, experts say.
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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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HPV Vaccination Rates Still Low for Boys
A boy talks with his doctor.
October 1st, 2014
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., but most doctors still are not recommending the HPV vaccine to their male patients, according to a new study.
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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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