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The FDA and America's Frightening Food System

The FDA is supposed to ensure the foods we eat are safe. But do you know what's in the foods you're eating?

Enough With the Term 'Healthy Obesity,' Says Researcher

It turns out that people who are both healthy and obese are rarer than you might think.

Popular Chinese 'Healing Potion' Is Mostly Cockroaches

The world's largest cockroach farm turns out 6 billion bugs a year.

Why Are People Eating Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is making its way into smoothies, pills and food of all kinds these days. What's the truth behind the health claims?

Synthetic Marijuana: There’s Nothing Nice About Spice

Synthetic marijuana use is spiking all over the country, sending people to emergency rooms with some ugly side effects.

Bananas Might Be the World's Perfect Workout Food

Compared to sports drinks, bananas might be tops at helping us power through workouts and heal faster on the other end.

Stand by Me: Having Childhood Friends Reaps Health Benefits for Men

From tire swings to marbles to video games, childhood friends aren't just the stuff of lifelong memories; they may actually benefit a man's physical health in years to come.

Do Too-tight Jog Bras Impair Breathing?

Could they be getting in the way of success? They might. If they're too tight.

FDA Takes Step Toward Non-addictive Cigarettes

Cutting nicotine out of cigarettes altogether may be the only way to end smoking addiction for good.

The Case for and Against Taking Fish Oil Pills

Is something fishy with all those fish oil supplements?

Do Nutrition Labels on Restaurant Menus Trim Down Calorie Consumption?

Researchers looked at several studies before finding inconclusive results.

Salt: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

The sodium in salt causes most of the damage to our organs, so how much is necessary for survival?

Sound Bathing Is Today's Meditation

The meditative practice dates back to ancient times but is growing in popularity in the U.S. What are the benefits and are they real?

Who Brushes Their Teeth in the Shower?

A surprising number of people do, but why? And are there any downsides to doing it?

After Weight Loss, Hunger Is a Life Sentence

Why is it so hard to keep weight off after losing it? One study suggests it's because your body wants you to put it back on.

​Room-temp Pizza: A Gamble or Good-to-go?

Leftover pizza is practically a staple in college dorms and bachelor pads, but is it safe to eat at room temperature?

A Former Naturopath Blows the Whistle on the Industry

Britt Marie Hermes started out at a naturopath. Now, she writes a blog criticizing their practices, which has landed her in a lawsuit. At a time when naturopaths are fighting for more state licensing and insurance coverage, she shares her story.

Kratom: The Answer to Opioid Abuse or Part of the Problem?

Many opioid addicts swear kratom helped them get off heroin or other drugs. But the FDA disagrees and just announced it is looking into whether it will put the herbal supplement onto its Schedule I drug list.

When It Comes to Air Pollution, the Tiniest Particles Might Be the Worst

Increasing scientific evidence shows that ultrafine particles are especially hazardous to health.

'Raw Water' Is Having a Moment

Some alternative health practitioners advocate drinking untreated water because it's 'healthier' for you. But scientists do not agree.

Used Books May Be Germy, But They Won't Make You Sick

From libraries to used book stores, books get passed from hand to dirty hand. How safe are they to handle?

Hold the Gluten? Here’s Why That May Not Be a Good Idea

New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.

A Workout Before Takeoff: Will Airport Gyms Become a Thing?

A quick workout before or between flights would be a nice way to get energized, especially if there was a gym conveniently located at your terminal. So why aren't there more gyms inside U.S. airports?

Hot Yoga Works, But Doesn't Have to Be So Hot

Hot yoga may not be as beneficial as once thought, a new study suggests.

Big Sugar and Its Not-so-sweet Cover-Up

The average American eats 66 pounds of sugar every year, but the sugar industry doesn't want us to how much damage its doing to our bodies.


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