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It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be

Almost half of all early abortions are done with the simple action of taking a few pills. The pills are safe to take at home, with very low rates of complications. So why can’t you get them through an online doctor’s service, like we can with birth control pills and other medication?

Puerto Rico Is on the Brink of a Terrifying Public Health Crisis Puerto Rico Is on the Brink of a Terrifying Public Health Crisis

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as a Category 4 storm this past month, it immediately brought devastation from winds, flooding, and storm surge to many Americans. The entire island lost electricity. While there’s been some recovery to the power grid and shorter gas lines, the next…

Do Please Enjoy This Clip of a Boy Who Inhaled a Whistle Whistling When He Inhales Do Please Enjoy This Clip of a Boy Who Inhaled a Whistle Whistling When He Inhales

Take it from a wise 20-something: you will, at some point, require medical attention for something entirely avoidable and at least somewhat embarrassing. Just how embarrassing it is may vary, but it’s OK. It happens to the best of us.

Here's How The Body Keeps Time, Thanks to This Year's Nobel Winning Science Here's How The Body Keeps Time, Thanks to This Year's Nobel Winning Science

The human body is like a computer in a whole lot of ways. It’s got a processor, it’s got memory, it needs energy to run, it can solve problems, and, uh, it sees its fair share of porn. But it also has a clock—one whose mechanics have only been delved into fairly recently.

New ‘Chemical Surgery’ Technique Repairs Mutations in Human Embryos New ‘Chemical Surgery’ Technique Repairs Mutations in Human Embryos

For the first time, a research team from China used a new technique to fix a blood disorder in human embryos. The scientists performed “chemical surgery”—a procedure that rewrites errors in genetic code instead of snapping and replacing strands of faulty DNA, which is the central strategy employed by the CRISPR gene…

A Mutated Strain of ‘Super Malaria’ Is Spreading at an Alarming Rate A Mutated Strain of ‘Super Malaria’ Is Spreading at an Alarming Rate

In a disturbing development, a newly-mutated strain of drug-resistant malaria has spread into Vietnam, complicating efforts to contain the the mosquito-borne virus in Southeast Asia, and potentially posing a global threat.

Opioids Are Shaving Months Off U.S. Life Expectancy Opioids Are Shaving Months Off U.S. Life Expectancy

The United States has an opioid problem. Heroin overdose deaths rates have tripped since 2010 according to one report—and overall opioid overdose death rates have tripled since 2000. It’s not going away.

Horrible Flesh Eating Parasite Could Get a Vaccine One Day Horrible Flesh Eating Parasite Could Get a Vaccine One Day

Being healthy is good. That is what we should all aspire to be: Not dead, but with all of our flesh on our bodies intact. Unfortunately for us humans, having our flesh eaten is one of the possible side effects of being alive.

Particles in Tattoos Can Travel to Lymph Nodes, Study Finds Particles in Tattoos Can Travel to Lymph Nodes, Study Finds

Tattoos are very cool and I do not want to say bad things about them. Evidence of tattooing dates back thousands of years, and the art form has a long history across the world in various cultures. Tattooing has associations with wealth, crime, or seafaring depending on where in history you look. Today, there’s no…

Sitting All Day Is Definitely Bad, But Does Getting Up Once in a While Help? Sitting All Day Is Definitely Bad, But Does Getting Up Once in a While Help?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that sitting for long periods of time is bad for us. But new research suggests it’s not just the total amount of time we spend sitting each day that we need to worry about, it’s also the length of time between bouts of physical activity. While still incomplete, these results suggest a…

How to Binge-Watch Without Hurting Your Health How to Binge-Watch Without Hurting Your Health

There’s no doubt that settling down into a marathon TV viewing session is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an evening (or morning or afternoon), but it’s also true that you can have too much of a good thing. If you want to know the ground rules for binge-watching without harming your health, we’ll outline them…

What It Feels Like to Die What It Feels Like to Die

Death comes for us all here on Earth at a rate of nearly 7,000 people every hour. Yet, despite its inevitability, most of us know very little about the experience. This is what happens to your body and mind as you slip away—and it’s not as frightening as you might think.

Bulletproof Coffee Announces Bottled Bullshit Launch at Whole Foods Bulletproof Coffee Announces Bottled Bullshit Launch at Whole Foods

If you agitate cream enough, you will make whipped cream. Continue agitating it and skim off the liquid, and you will make butter. Put that in your coffee, and you have now wasted a lot of energy to put cream into your coffee.

A Fascinating Potential Link Between Gut Bacteria and Health A Fascinating Potential Link Between Gut Bacteria and Health

These days, you can’t throw a rock without hitting some start-up trying to boost our microbiomes. For the health-obsessed, microbiome has become the buzzword of the day. That’s because it’s becoming ever-clearer that all the trillions of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies, and particularly our gut, play an…

Harvey's Floodwaters Could Pose Serious Health Hazards Harvey's Floodwaters Could Pose Serious Health Hazards

Extreme rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey has left thousands in Houston and surrounding communities stranded. Some parts of the city have experienced over 40 inches of rain, and forecasters say that number is expected to rise over the coming days. Currently, the storm has repositioned itself in the Gulf of…

Another Government Agency Has Purged References to Climate Change From Its Site  Another Government Agency Has Purged References to Climate Change From Its Site 

Data-tracking watchdog group, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), has reported dozens of instances where the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has deleted references to climate change from its site.

What Present-Day Hunter-Gatherers Can Tell Us About the Bacteria in Our Gut What Present-Day Hunter-Gatherers Can Tell Us About the Bacteria in Our Gut

The Hazda is a small group of hunter-gatherers living in the central Rift Valley of Tanzania, one of the few remaining groups of people left in the world who still collect the majority of their diet through foraged foods. Modernity has still managed to touch their lives, of course, but far less than it has for those…

Report: Donald Trump Will Order Military to Begin Discriminating Against Trans Troops Within Six Months Report: Donald Trump Will Order Military to Begin Discriminating Against Trans Troops Within Six Months

President Donald J. Trump has decided to advance his bogus ban on trans individuals openly serving in the US military beyond tweeting vague dictates on the matter.

Why the FDA Can't Fix the Opioid Crisis Why the FDA Can't Fix the Opioid Crisis

Opana was a painkiller twice as strong as Oxycontin. Like most opioids sold in the US it was easy to snort, until one day it wasn’t: Its manufacturers, Endo Pharmaceuticals, rigged it with crush-resistant technology in 2012. Within months the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana’s history was underway—addicts had taken to…

Energy Drinks Won’t Make You a Coke Addict: Cocaine Will Make You A Coke Addict

Science doesn’t give answers. Instead, it’s a tool that humans have created to make meaningful conclusions from data. So, if someone tells you that science says energy drinks will turn you into a cocaine user, well, science won’t ever do that.

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