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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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
A woman places her hands in the shape of a heart over her chest.
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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Cost-of-Smoking Estimates Were Grossly Exaggerated
A pack of cigarettes filled with rolled dollar bills
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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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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Psychopaths' Brains Don't Grasp Punishment, Scans Reveal
Psychopath Man Face
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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3,000-Mile Run Across US Has Scientists Following Marathoners
The Route for the Race Across the USA
January 15th, 2015
Scientists will closely study runners' health and well-being as they run more than 3,000 miles across America in four months, about a marathon a day.
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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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