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Procrsmed00338-0007.pdf. How scientists rank drugs from most to least dangerous — and why the rankings are flawed. There's a very common drug-policy talking point that's meant to convey the absurdity of the war on drugs: alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, even though alcohol is legal and marijuana is not.

How scientists rank drugs from most to least dangerous — and why the rankings are flawed

Perhaps the biggest supporting evidence for this point is a 2010 study published in The Lancet that ranked alcohol as the most dangerous drug in the United Kingdom, surpassing heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana. That study has drawn widespread media attention, appearing in outlets like the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New Republic, and here at Vox. Although drug policy experts generally don't dispute the assertion that alcohol is more dangerous than pot, the study, led by British researcher David Nutt, is quite controversial. 5 Myths About Suicide, Debunked. By Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer | March 27, 2014 12:55pm ET Credit: Oleg Golovnev | shutterstock Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

5 Myths About Suicide, Debunked

A man invented vibrators because doctors were tired of giving orgasms. It was not uncommon for Victorian doctors to encounter female patients with hysteria.

A man invented vibrators because doctors were tired of giving orgasms

Symptoms included ongoing anxiety, irritability, and a bloated stomach. Blame for this condition, which is no longer recognized by medical professionals, was attributed to the woman's womb. The prescribed treatment was a "pelvic massage" to induce "hysterical paroxysm" -- basically, an orgasm, which would supposedly restore the woman to full health. Here's How Many Americans Have Contracted The Measles In The Disneyland Outbreak - BuzzFeed News. Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis. Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 2:00 AM (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers.

Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis

The low-cost device can spot markers of the infectious diseases from a finger prick of blood in 15 minutes. It's the first smartphone accessory that replicates all the functions of a laboratory-based blood test, according to the researchers. The device was tested by health care workers in Rwanda who used it to analyze blood samples from 96 patients. The health care workers were given 30 minutes of training on the device, and 97 percent of the patients had a positive response to the device. Masturbation May Be Key to a Flatter Tummy. My client Misha was a successful lawyer with a blossoming career.

Masturbation May Be Key to a Flatter Tummy

While her brilliant mind had propelled her work life, she was totally disconnected from her body and was beginning to feel exhausted and heavy. Addicted to caffeine and not comfortable in her form-fitting designer suits anymore, Misha and I began to work on the physical root causes of her cravings for Starbucks mochas and late-night popcorn binges. With constant bloating and less mental focus than she used to have, Misha wanted to make food and her body friends again. Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles. Photo HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Their children have been sent home from school.

Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles

Their families are barred from birthday parties and neighborhood play dates. Online, people call them negligent and criminal. And as officials in 14 states grapple to contain a spreading outbreak that began near here at Disneyland, the parents at the heart of America’s anti-vaccine movement are being blamed for incubating an otherwise preventable public-health crisis. Measles anxiety rippled thousands of miles beyond its center on Friday as officials scrambled to try to contain a wider spread of the highly contagious disease — which America declared vanquished 15 years ago, before a statistically significant number of parents started refusing to vaccinate their children. Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD. In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications.

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD

In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD—which has become firmly established in the United States—has almost completely passed over children in France? Drug researchers hide thousands of negative studies. A new campaign is trying to change that. Imagine making a decision about whether or not to buy a new home based on seeing only half the property.

Drug researchers hide thousands of negative studies. A new campaign is trying to change that.

The real estate agent invites you in to look around — the bedrooms, the kitchen. But you’re not allowed to visit the dining area, and the basement is off limits. Yale Scientific Magazine – Baby Got… Birth Control? The Impact of Hormonal Contraception on Attraction. How many times have you heard this and rolled your eyes?

Yale Scientific Magazine – Baby Got… Birth Control? The Impact of Hormonal Contraception on Attraction

“We just have so much chemistry.” “There just wasn’t any spark.” “It’s like we were made for each other.” All clichés aside, chemistry has indeed been shown to play a crucial role in romantic attraction. However, these natural mechanisms underlying attraction may be in peril. Scientists tallied up all the advice on Dr. Oz's show. Half of it was baseless or wrong. For years, I've been looking at some of the dubious and harmful health claims TV doctors make on their talk shows.

Scientists tallied up all the advice on Dr. Oz's show. Half of it was baseless or wrong.

In carefully examining Dr. Oz, unpicking the evidence behind the ideas he peddles, I came to the conclusion that, on balance, the bulk of what he has to say is misleading at best, and total nonsense at worst. He is, after all, in the business of entertainment. The 8 most bogus health claims of 2014. Every day seems to turn up opportunities to abuse science in new and perverse ways, especially when it comes to health. You open a newspaper or news site, and you read about a health claim making the rounds: a diet that will give you the energy of a teenager, an exercise routine that will elongate your legs, a policy that will protect Americans from scary viruses. Many of these claims — even the ones that come from the lips of the most esteemed doctors and public officials — aren't backed by any good evidence.

59 ways to live a longer life. Back in the 13th century, English philosopher and scientist Roger Bacon proposed that aging was caused by the waning of vital spirit, or "innate moisture. " To increase one’s longevity, he advised, old men should spend time in the company of young women to take in their sweet, moist breath. Well alrighty then! To our contemporary sentiments, this comes off as completely creepy, but it goes to show that when it comes to the quest for immortality, we’ve been grasping at straws for a long time. And who doesn’t want to live forever? For healthier hearts, focus on sugar, not salt, say researchers. Added sugar likely plays a bigger role than salt in raising blood pressure and, thus, in causing heart disease. Public health initiatives aimed at reducing heart disease should focus less on getting people to cut back on salt and more on getting them to reduce their intake of added sugars, particularly fructose, say the authors of a provocative paper published this week in the online journal Open Heart.

The reason? Added sugar likely plays a bigger role than salt in raising blood pressure and, thus, in causing heart disease, claim James DiNicolantonio from the Department of Preive Cardiology at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. Sean Lucan, from the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Addiction to Cheese is Real Thanks to Casomorphins. If you talk to anyone who has recently switched, or is considering a switch, to a plant-based diet, more often than not, they claim that cheese is their weakness.

So why is this? After all, doesn’t cheese smell like dirty socks? Gut Bacteria and Probiotics. Study Points to Tool Against Obesity? Ok, so it doesn’t roll off the tongue like ‘it’s my genes,’ but a new study is linking gut bacteria and how heavy a person is. This essentially builds on the premise that it’s your genes that affect how much you weigh. Genetic markers are what determine what type and how much bacteria resides in your gut. Still doesn’t answer if I’m genetically predisposed to Krispy Kreme, but I’ll take it. The study, published in journal Cell, is a bit gross in how they studied the bacteria. How to Live Longer. No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola? Infographic Shows The Differences Between The Diseases We Donate To, And The Diseases That Kill Us. The mystery of the falling teen birth rate.

Senses and Non-Sense: 7 Odd Hallucinations. 16 Reasons To Have Daily Sex. Five Mind-Blowing Facts About Psilocybin Mushrooms. Measles cases in US soar to 20-year high as travelers infect unvaccinated locals. Lonely people post personal details on Facebook. Monitor for sunburn risk goes on sale. How often do you really need to shower? Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers. News - 30,000-year-old giant virus 'comes back to life' 10 Vestigial Traits You Didn't Know You Had. Bionic hand allows amputee to feel again. Woman Dies, Nurse Refuses to Give CPR, Independent Living Community. Chill Out: Frozen Foods Are Just Fine. 8-Year Old Doesn't Age Due to Rare Condition. State of U.S. health 'mediocre': report. Regular sunscreen use slows skin aging, study shows. Colorado marijuana regulations signed into law. Family Medical Costs Still Rising. Australian Man Dead for 40 Minutes Brought Back to Life By New Resuscitation Technique. HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum R... : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.

UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger. Medicare Provider Charge Data. Cut salt, add potassium, live longer, researchers say. Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. FDA Requires Lower Doses for Sleep Drugs. US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google. New technology can print 3D blood vessels in mere seconds. m3rat2WcOE1qeqr1mo1_1280.png (643×1920) Testicles Of Yogurt-Eating Mice Shown Bigger, And Researchers Credit Probiotics. Chocolate Can Make You Thinner. Music training has biological impact on aging process. Susan G. Komen Pink Slips Planned Parenthood. Migration in America: The Great Human Capital Swap-Meet. Mystery skin disease Morgellons has no clear cause, CDC study says. Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure.

High Fructose Corn Syrup By Any Other Name. Controversial BPA found in canned kids' foods - Health - Children's health. Radiation Overdose at the Airport. Edmonton - Study finds no cancer link with kids, cellphones - CTV News. South Korean scientists create glowing dog - report. Study Finds Benefits in Health Insurance for the Poor. Food Freezing Technology Preserves Human Teeth. Organs Next? Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System. Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System. Cancer death rate gap widens based on education. Watching 'Jersey Shore' might make you dumber, study suggests. Why 'diet' food is so unsatisfying. Study: New discovery on how infertility occurs - and why caffeine plays a role - National Health News. Research holds promise of harnessing life-extending benefits of spartan diet.

Praise the lard? Study links church to obesity - Health - Diet and nutrition. England 'healthier than the US' A cure for the common cold may finally be achieved as a result of a remarkable discovery in a Cambridge laboratory - Science, News. Common weed petty spurge 'could treat' skin cancer. Life Expectancy Gains in U.S. Fail to Keep Pace With Peers. Vaccine study's author held related patent, medical journal reports. What the U.S. Can Learn from the Dutch About Teen Sex. Ecuadorean Villagers May Hold Secret to Longevity. Most Pesticide Laden Produce of 2010. Masturbation 'cuts cancer risk' Insurance commissioners to vote on medial loss ratio rule - Oct. 18, 2010.