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Baby Boomers Shocked They’re Getting Old


Michele Willens wonders, “When Did We Get So Old?”

Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Hits 1,200

Ebola Virus

The Ebola epidemic in western Africa continues to spread: LONDON — As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall hunger in areas isolated by quarantine measures. The figure offered a […]

Doctor’s Office Baby Pictures Barred By HIPAA

Doctor Baby Photos

A good law has one rather silly unintended consequence.

Africa’s Ebola Crisis Hits 1,300 Cases

Ebola Virus

With one of the Americans infected with the Ebola virus headed for Emory University’s hospital as we speak, we have reached the first time that a disease that has ravaged Africa in the past is being knowingly brought to North America. By all accounts, the steps that medical professionals are taking to ensure that the […]

Scientists: AIDS Could Be Brought Under Control By 2030


Health experts are saying we could basically eliminate AIDS, or at least bring it under control, in fifteen years if we do the right things.

Paying Attention To Politics? You’re Probably Really Stressed Out

Stressed Out

In a new survey, Americans cite politics and the news as the biggest sources of stress in their lives.

Fewer Americans Are Without Health Insurance


The number of uninsured Americans has declined since the Obamacare mandate went into effect.

Misplaced Vials Of Smallpox Found Abandoned In Storage Room

Smallpox Virus

The Federal Government  recently found vials containing the smallpox virus abandoned in an unsecured closet: Six vials of potentially deadly smallpox virus have been discovered in a place they shouldn’t have been — an unused corner of a storage room at a Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Maryland, federal health officials said Tuesday. It’s the […]

Did Gingrich Correctly Predict Medicare’s Demise?

Don't Steal From Medicare to Support Socialized Medicine

In 1995, the Speaker predicted Medicare is “going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it.”

Mosquitoes Kill More People All Other Animals Combined


Bill Gates is working to raise awareness of the world’s deadliest animal: the mosquito.

3D Printed Organs Coming Soon


The burgeoning science of additive manufacturing is on the verge of being able to print functioning human organs.

New York’s Highest Court Kills Mike Bloomberg’s Soda Ban

Bloomberg Soda

Mike Bloomberg’s absurd soda ban is, thankfully, dead.

Federal Court Rules Unvaccinated Children Can Be Barred From Public Schools

Childhood Vaccine

A New York Federal Judge has ruled that unvaccinated children can be forced to stay home during outbreaks.

Vast Majority Of Americans Support ‘Right To Die’


A new Gallup poll finds widespread support for individual choice when it comes to end of life decisions.

Who Are These ‘Average Americans,’ And How Are They Getting Nine Hours Of Sleep A Night?


According to some surveys, Americans are getting a lot more sleep than they think they are. Really?

Why We Don’t Get Enough Sleep


Too regularly engage in “bedtime procrastination,” creating a vicious cycle.

Texas GOP Endorses Discredited ‘Reparative Therapy’ For Gays And Lesbians

Texas Flag

The Texas GOP wants to “pray away the gay.”

The Secret To A Perfect Body



Dan Marino Withdraws From NFL Concussion Lawsuit


Earlier today, I noted that former Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino had joined a lawsuit against the NFL related to its treatment of concussion injuries. This afternoon, Marino announced that he was withdrawing from the suit: The football world was stunned Monday when a concussion lawsuit with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino as star plaintiff was […]

Dan Marino Sues NFL Over Concussions


NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the latest former NFL player to sue the league over what many retired players are contending has been the leagues cavailier attitude toward concussions and their long term impact: Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame member and former Miami Dolphins quarterback, last week sued the NFL over concussions, according […]

No, It’s Not Time For A New War On Booze

Alcohol Bar

A supposed conservative calls for massive increases in taxes on alcohol.

The Anti-Vaccination Crowd Gives Us A 20 Year High In Measles Cases

Vaccine Vial And Needle

Pseudoscience and hysteria have damaged public health.

NYC School Labels 66-Pound Girl ‘Fat’

Gwendolyn Williams

According to the New York City Public Schools, this girl is fat.

More On Smallpox

Smallpox Virus

Earlier this month, I noted that the decades long debate about what to do with the remaining samples of smallpox virus has been been back in the news lately thanks in part to what many be an imminent decision on the matter.  Since then, Susannah Locke at Vox is out with a post listing the […]

Should We Destroy The Smallpox Virus, Or Save It?

Smallpox Virus

The last known case of smallpox happened in 1977. Is it time to destroy the virus?

A Bottle Of Wine A Day Is Good For You, Abstaining Is Not

Wine Glass and Bottle

This is the kind of science I can get behind: The recommended daily allowance for alcohol consumption in Britain may well be around the size of a medium to large glass of wine depending on your gender, but a leading scientist in the field has claimed drinking just over a bottle a day would do […]

Measles Reports Hit Highest Level In Nearly 20 Years Thanks To Anti-Vaccine Movement

Childhood Vaccine

The anti-vaccination movement has earned a dubious achievement, the return of a disease that was effectively eradicated 15 years ago.

Don’t Blame Chipotle for Useless Calorie Information


Vox is mad at Chipotle for doing what the law requires.

Hollywood’s Changing Male Ideal


On screen body objectification is now equal opportunity.

There Are A Lot More Twins Out There


Alexis Madrigal notes that there are more twins being born today than there used to be: From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent.  Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed […]

Portland Dumps 38 Million Gallons of Water Over 16 Ounces of Urine

Woman Drinking Glass of Water

Portland, Oregon government officials and USA Today headline writers are innumerate.

Your Brain Starts To Deteriorate At Age 24

Brain Image

Apparently, youth is even more fleeting than we thought: That’s according to researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, who have foundthat measurable declines in cognitive performance begin to occur at age 24. In terms of brainpower, you’re over the hill by your mid-20s. The researchers measured this by studying the performance of thousands of players of […]

Affordable Care Act Making Health Insurance Less Affordable


The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Because Of ObamaCare, Uninsured People Won’t Be Able To Buy Health Insurance Until November


Once again the Affordable Care Act meets the Law Of Unintended Consequences

ObamaCare Passes 7 Million Served


After many ballyhooed glitches, 7 million Americans have signed up for ObamaCare. Now what?

Air Force Studying Using Electricity To Keep Troops Awake


The Air Force is apparently looking at ways to keep troops awake that don’t involve caffeine: WASHINGTON — For some modern soldiers, caffeine is just not enough to stay vigilant, especially for the growing ranks of digital warriors who must spend hours monitoring spy drone footage and other streams of surveillance data. So the Pentagon […]

ObamaCare Will Push 2 Million Out of Work! And That’s a Good Thing!


A CBO report on the Affordable Care Act is getting a polarized reading.

Horrible Headline of the Day


Via the BBC:  Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO.

Dispute Involving Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Finally Comes To A Proper End

Medicine Law

Marlise Munoz is finally at peace, but the law that kept her hooked up to machines for two months remains on the books.

Texas Law Keeping Brain Dead Woman “Alive” Because She’s Pregnant

Medicine Law

A brain dead woman in Texas is being kept alive while a fetus that is still not viable grows inside of her.

Justice Sotomayor Temporarily Blocks PPACA Birth Control Mandate

Birth Control Mandate

Developments overnight in a small but controversial issue raised by the PPACA.

Abstaining From Alcohol Can Shorten Your Life


Apparently, abstaining from alcohol may not be so good for you after all: A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking. Surprised? The tightly […]

Science Says Alcohol Can Help Fight The Common Cold


New research says that alcohol, at least in moderation, can help fight the common cold: With the onslaught of holiday parties upon us, a bad case of the sniffles could threaten your merrymaking. Luckily science has swooped in with the jolliest solution of all: You can boost your immune system, a new study claims, by drinking that […]

By Wide Margin, Americans Oppose The Nanny State

Bloomberg Soda

When it comes to thinks like Mike Bloomberg’s large-sized soda ban, most Americans prefer to just say no.

On Veterans, Crime, Timing, and “Other Than Honorable” Discharges


For veterans who get in trouble with the law, *when* they commit a crime can have profound implications on their future. Does this make sense?

WWII Vets Lobotomy Story: Tragic But Not Scandalous


Some 2000 veterans of World War II were lobotomized by the VA. That’s awful but not outrageous.

Choosing A $2,000 Drug Over A $50 Alternative That Works Just As Well


Thanks to current patent and drug regulation laws, we’re paying up to $2,000 for a drug when there’s a drug that does the same thing for orders of magnitude less.

One of These Is Not Like the Others


Yesterday in the comments of this post of Steven Taylor’s, “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, I mentioned a bar chart comparing healthcare costs in a number of developed economies over at my place. Above, courtesy of a frequent commenter there and here, is an alternative representation of the information, sampled from an article at Forbes. […]

Calorie Counts On Menus Don’t Seem To Influence Food Choices


Another government mandate that doesn’t address a real problem.

Obama Apologizes to People Who Lost Lousy Insurance Because of ObamaCare


President Obama has apologized for breaking his “If you like your plan, you can keep it” pledge. Does he have anything to be sorry about?

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