Tag: Health

The Influence of Physical Causes Upon the Moral Faculty: How Founding Father Benjamin Rush Revolutionized Our Understanding of Mental Health

“It is now the most vitally important thing for all of us, however we may be concerned with our society, to try to arrive at a clear, cogent statement of our ills, so that we may begin to correct them,” the theologian Thomas Merton wrote to Rachel Carson in his letter of appreciation, commending her […]

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Apple and Johnson & Jonson Will Host an Apple Watch Study to Diagnose Stroke Risk

The Apple Watch is a powerful machine, capable of helping people identify a AFib heart condition, but now Apple is trying to discover yet another feature. Apple is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to try and discover if the Apple Watch can be used as a tool to identify […]

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46th Annual March For Life Has New Momentum: Science Is on Our Side 

Thousands of people have gathered in Washington, DC, since the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that abortion on demand is the law of the land. And the March for Life mission is unchanged: Overturn Roe v. Wade so that every unborn child has a future. Forty-six years later and some 60 million deaths […]

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Apple Health Records survey shows mixed but positive early results

Over the last five years, Apple’s move into health-related products and services has been cautious but unmistakable, starting with the debut of the Apple Watch and continuing with everything from HealthKit medical studies to an iPhone Health Records feature. Now a small survey by the University of California at San Diego is quantifying how early […]

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Massive Fentanyl Overdose in California Kills 1, Hospitalizes Dozen

A massive fentanyl overdose incident in California on Saturday left one person dead and sent a dozen others to the hospital, police said. NBC News reported that the overdoses were caused after the individuals had been exposed to fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid. One person connected to the people in the house where the fentanyl overdose […]

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Data: White American Births Below Replacement Level in Every State

The United States birth rate remains well below the replacement level needed as white American births plummet in all 50 states and the District of Colombia. New federal data released by the Center for Disease Control reveals that American women are having less and less children needed to sustain the current population. In 2017, all […]

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‘Everybody’s wanting seed’: Hempseed market heats up after Farm Bill passage

CBD-rich hempseed is legal now, but it’s also rare, giving plant breeders a huge new market as barriers to national hempseed distribution are removed. The 2018 Farm Bill guarantees interstate commerce for all hemp products, removing requirements that viable hempseeds require approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. But the law leaves […]

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SCOTUS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Requires ‘No Further Treatment’ After Cancer Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from cancer surgery is “on track,” a spokesperson for the court said Friday. “Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required,” said court spokesperson Kathy Arberg. Ginsburg, the liberal face of the court, is recovering from a December 21 […]

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Microbes found aboard the International Space Station aren’t as scary as they seem

Over the past few months there’s been a lot of talk about the conditions inside the International Space Station and its potential to spawn new, potentially dangerous kinds of microscopic organisms. Close study of the microbes found inside the space station suggested that they may be mutating, and fears of “superbugs” that were resistant to […]

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This TARDIS Grows Weed With Artificial Intelligence

Editor’s Note: Richard Metzger is a connoisseur of cannabis, and recently started growing his own. He’s test-driving high-end rig good for small-scale grows from Cloudponics. This is not a sponsored post, Boing Boing is not getting anything from Cloudponics. Metzger’s just really *that* enthusiastic about weed, and spoiler alert, so far he likes the Cloudponics […]

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Gofundme jumpstarts a golden era of snake oil as desperate people raise millions for quack homeopathy cancer “remedies”

In Patients’ crowdfunding campaigns for alternative cancer treatments, published by researchers from Simon Fraser University in The Lancet Oncology (Sci-Hub mirror) we learn that thanks to Gofundme, 13,000 people have raised $1.4 million to help 200 desperate cancer patients pay for ineffective homeopathic “treatments.” A third of these fundraisers were launched by people […]

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Pelosi: We Have ‘to Replace’ Individual Mandate, ‘Very Important’ to Require Medicaid Expansion

During a town hall with MSNBC on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that “we would have to replace” the individual mandate, and it is crucial to raise the income level at which people can receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act and strengthen the law so that states have to expand Medicaid. Pelosi […]

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Scientists taught AI to spot Alzheimer’s years before traditional diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain disorder that has no known cure. Studies have shown that you can improve your chances of keeping it at bay by, say, drinking a lot of coffee, but that’s not going to eradicate the disease or make a positive Alzheimer’s diagnosis any less troubling. As with any disease, early […]

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