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FDA Is Going After Kratom, Warning Companies to Stop Selling It for Opioid Addiction and Cancer FDA Is Going After Kratom, Warning Companies to Stop Selling It for Opioid Addiction and Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration is still pressing down hard on kratom—the plant treatment that adherents say has helped them manage their opioid addiction or chronic pain. This week, the agency announced it was sending warning letters to two online marketers and distributors, accusing them of illegally selling kratom…

TV Watching Is Worse for Your Heart Than Sitting at Work, Study Finds TV Watching Is Worse for Your Heart Than Sitting at Work, Study Finds

Some kinds of sitting around are worse for your heart than others, at least according to a new study out today. The findings suggest that watching more hours of TV a day can raise your risk of eventual heart disease and early death. At the same time, more sitting at work might not have any apparent negative effect on…

Crohn's Disease Patient Seemingly Cured by Vegetarian Diet Crohn's Disease Patient Seemingly Cured by Vegetarian Diet

For people with the debilitating gut condition Crohn’s disease, there’s often little that can be done to completely prevent their recurring episodes of painful gastrointestinal symptoms. But a new case study out this month suggests that one patient has been able to achieve a full remission of his symptoms for two years…

Ocean Bacteria Colonize Your Skin After Just 10 Minutes of Swimming Ocean Bacteria Colonize Your Skin After Just 10 Minutes of Swimming

If sharks and sunburns don’t scare you at the beach, perhaps this will: According to preliminary research out this week, it only takes a 10-minute swim in the ocean to get your skin covered in a fresh coat of bacteria. While that’s not necessarily bad, some of these bacteria could be disease-causing or raise your risk…

Researchers 'Lost' 17,000 Wallets in Hundreds of Cities to See What People Would Actually Return Researchers 'Lost' 17,000 Wallets in Hundreds of Cities to See What People Would Actually Return

Plenty of people around the world, it turns out, are willing to return a stranger’s lost wallet—especially if it’s filled with cash, according to a counterintuitive study.

Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to the ER Every Year Shampoos, Perfumes, and Other Cosmetics Send Thousands of Kids to the ER Every Year

Nail polish removers and other personal care products are sending a shocking number of young kids in the U.S. to the emergency room, according to a new study out Monday. Nearly 65,000 children under the age of five have been treated for “cosmetic-related injuries” in ERs in the 15 years leading up to 2016, the study…

Harvard Scientists Make 'Landmark' Discovery in Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges Harvard Scientists Make 'Landmark' Discovery in Synthesizing Anti-Cancer Molecules Found in Sea Sponges

Harvard and Japanese scientists say they’ve made a “landmark” discovery in cancer drug development. In a new study published Monday, they say they have finally found a way to synthesize in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed…

Oh No, a Bad Salmonella Has Reached the U.S. Oh No, a Bad Salmonella Has Reached the U.S.

Here’s a little morsel of horror to carry you through the weekend. Scientists at North Carolina State University say they’ve discovered disease-causing Salmonella bacteria in the U.S. that can resist one of the few remaining antibiotics available for certain infections. What’s worse, the mutation responsible for this…

Fecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool Fecal Transplant Patient Killed by Superbug Traced to Donor Stool

An aesthetically unpleasant but genuinely promising medical treatment—a fecal transplant—may come with more serious risks than previously thought. This week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the treatment, after receiving reports of two people coming down with serious drug-resistant infections…

We're Only Catching Half of All Ebola Outbreaks, Study Suggests We're Only Catching Half of All Ebola Outbreaks, Study Suggests

The past five years have seen a surge in documented cases of the deadly and gruesome viral disease Ebola, thanks to widespread (and ongoing) outbreaks that have ripped through Africa and even made it to other areas of the world. But a new study out Thursday suggests the waves of misery and death we record whenever…

Blood Feasts and Roach Vacuums: The Life of an Urban Pest Scientist Blood Feasts and Roach Vacuums: The Life of an Urban Pest Scientist

It’s not often you get to witness one of the most brutal acts of the natural world up close: bed bug sex.

We're Eating a Whole Lot of Plastic... Uh, Is That Bad? We're Eating a Whole Lot of Plastic... Uh, Is That Bad?

If you’re the type to get squeamish about the things you accidentally eat, you’re not going to like the new report released by the WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) this Tuesday. According to the report, we might be eating a credit card’s worth of microplastic every week, thanks to widespread…

People Inhaled Cannabis to Get High at Funerals 2,500 Years Ago, New Evidence Suggests People Inhaled Cannabis to Get High at Funerals 2,500 Years Ago, New Evidence Suggests

Humans have been smoking, eating, and wearing cannabis for millennia, and a new study out Wednesday presents some pretty strong evidence of people using it explicitly to get high back during the first century BCE in Central Asia. The paper suggests that the plant could have been cultivated to be more mind-altering and…

Legal Cannabis May Not Lower Opioid Overdose Deaths After All Legal Cannabis May Not Lower Opioid Overdose Deaths After All

A new study seems to deal a serious blow to one of the pro-cannabis movement’s talking points: the idea that the more medical cannabis is legalized, the fewer people will die from opioid overdoses. The findings suggest that there’s no real connection between the rate of opioid overdose deaths and a state’s medical…

How to Quickly Trick Yourself Out of Being a Night Owl How to Quickly Trick Yourself Out of Being a Night Owl

If you envy people who wake up with the Sun, but you can’t seem to get to bed until well after midnight, some new research might help change your habits. An intriguing (but small) study suggests that it’s possible to retrain yourself to go to sleep earlier in just three weeks, without any drugs or other drastic…

Woman Relieved After Suspected Brain Tumor Turns Out to Be Tapeworm Egg Woman Relieved After Suspected Brain Tumor Turns Out to Be Tapeworm Egg

You wouldn’t expect that finding a tapeworm egg in your brain would be seen as good news, but such was the case for New York resident Rachel Palma this past fall. That’s because the larva found inside was the true cause of Palma’s worsening symptoms of insomnia and hallucinations, rather than a brain tumor that her…

Scientists Sequenced the Genes of Ancient Plague Bacteria That Spread the 'First Pandemic' Scientists Sequenced the Genes of Ancient Plague Bacteria That Spread the 'First Pandemic'

Scientists have gained some insight into one of the first known calamities to visit mankind: a two century-long pandemic caused by the bacterial disease plague. Studying the remains of plague victims, the researchers say they were able to sequence the genomes of plague strains that devastated the Roman Empire starting…

The Deep-Sea Dragonfish Has One of the Most Terrifying Smiles on Earth The Deep-Sea Dragonfish Has One of the Most Terrifying Smiles on Earth

Scientists have shined a light on one of the creepier denizens of the deep sea, a pitch-black creature that can turn itself into a living lamp called the dragonfish. New research helps explain one of the dragonfish’s more disturbing qualities: its relatively gigantic and translucent teeth.

White Meat May Be as Bad as Red Meat for Cholesterol White Meat May Be as Bad as Red Meat for Cholesterol

Switching from red meat to chicken to keep your cholesterol down may not be a great strategy, according to a new study this Tuesday. It found that people’s blood cholesterol levels rose similarly when they ate a diet filled with either red or white meat, compared to a diet without meat. This effect on cholesterol,…

Your Caffeine or Nicotine Addiction Could Make Your Hospital Stay a Whole Lot Worse Your Caffeine or Nicotine Addiction Could Make Your Hospital Stay a Whole Lot Worse

A coffee or smoking habit can cause a person some serious trouble if they end up in the hospital, preliminary research suggests. Patients in the intensive care unit often suffer withdrawal symptoms from caffeine and nicotine, it found. Worse still, doctors might mistake the cause of those symptoms for something else,…

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