Much has been made in recent years about the beverage and food industries borrowing from the tobacco industry's playbook as they fend off increasing scrutiny about their role in preventable chronic health problems, like type II diabetes and heart disease.
It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.
Lawmakers spar over FDA Regulations
On a quest to make his brain work better, a writer delves into the evidence for why the world’s most notorious alkaloid may be the best bet for a true cognitive enhancer
Imagine being an astronomer in a world where the telescope was banned. This effectively happened in the 1600s when, for over 100 years, the Catholic Church prohibited access to knowledge of the heavens in a vain attempt to stop scientists proving that the earth was not the center of the universe. ‘Surely similar censorship could [...]
A New Scientific American eBook, Understanding Addiction, Examines the Multifaceted Issue of Substance Abuse
Many former substance abusers or addicts will likely tell you that beating their addiction was the hardest thing they’ve ever done. With more research pointing to the genetic underpinnings of diseases such as alcoholism, and with more treatments aimed at the physiology—rather than psychology—of addiction, the road to sobriety could someday be less frustrating.
Trails of acrid grey mist hang in the air. I use the front of my shirt as an impromptu gas mask as I cough out my drink order to the bartender.