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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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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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
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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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Best US States for Child Kidney Transplants Revealed
Illustration of the kidneys and circulatory system.
January 16th, 2014
For children who need a donated kidney, wait times vary greatly depending on which state they live in, a new study finds.
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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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Devastating Plague Strains Arose Twice, Could Return
Bacterium that causes plague
January 27th, 2014
Scientists say that the two great bubonic plagues — the Black Death (14th century) and the Plague of Justinian (6th century) — aren't connected after all, and were caused by different bacterial strains.
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