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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Should Placebos Be Used to 'Treat' Patients?
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July 1st, 2015
Placebos can make people feel better, so why not use them?
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Energy Drinks Raise Blood Pressure, Study Finds
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March 18th, 2015
Energy drinks might prime you for heart problems, a new study finds.
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Psychopaths' Brains Don't Grasp Punishment, Scans Reveal
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January 28th, 2015
The brains of violent criminals who are psychopathic are different from even those of violent criminals who are not psychopathic, new research finds.
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Family Income Could Affect Kids' Brain Structures, Study Finds
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March 30th, 2015
Children and teens from poorer families show differences in their brains compared with wealthier children, a new analysis of MRI scans reveals.
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Obesity Is Complicated and Needs New Approach, Scientists Say
An obese man has his waistline measured.
February 19th, 2015
We still aren't winning the fight against obesity. In a new series of articles, experts explain what society has done wrong in the battle of the bulge, and what needs to happen now.
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Gen X and Y: Why You Need to Watch Your Cholesterol Now
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January 26th, 2015
People whose cholesterol levels are even slightly high while they are in their 30s are at an increased risk of heart disease later on, researchers say.
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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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'MIND' Your Diet, and Protect Against Alzheimer's
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March 24th, 2015
Researchers have created a new diet they call the "MIND" diet, which may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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Cost-of-Smoking Estimates Were Grossly Exaggerated
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February 3rd, 2015
Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day will cost a person upwards of $2 million over his or her lifetime, a new study claims. But is that claim true?
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How Genes and Environment Conspire to Trigger Diabetes
Fruits and vegetables, and a blood sugar monitor.
January 20th, 2015
Environmental factors such as diet may alter the expression of genes to cause, and reverse diabetes, new research finds.
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