What "Probably Causes Cancer" Really Means

One of the most commonly-used pesticides in the world was recently declared a probable cause of cancer—but that doesn't mean what you think, and here are some stick figures to explain it to you. » 4/01/15 6:27pm Today 6:27pm

The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone.

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought. » 3/30/15 1:20pm Monday 1:20pm

Wondering What To Expect After A Medical Abortion? Read This.

Nootropics and the Human Lab Rats of Reddit

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn't had a cold in years. More importantly, the regimen is supposed to optimize the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of aging, sleep deprivation, and hangovers. » 3/24/15 11:30am 3/24/15 11:30am

Timing your meals can have all sorts of effects — good and bad. NPR talked to scientists about how eating late at night can be detrimental and eating early in the morning can be healthy. » 3/23/15 3:00am 3/23/15 3:00am

This Video Clears Up 10 Popular Misconceptions About Psychology

The world of psychology can be pretty extensive, and because of that, a lot of things can be unclear. This video will help clear your mind of all the myths and old wives' tales. » 3/21/15 7:37pm 3/21/15 7:37pm

Why You Need To Avoid Those All-Too-Frequent "Sad Desk Lunches"

You know by now that sitting prunes lifespans, negates workouts, and outright kills people. Ugh, sitting. The worst, right? Well, not technically. Standing too much is also bad for you, and apparently plain old sitting can't hold a candle (in terms of sheer terribleness) to eating lunch while sitting at your desk. » 3/18/15 1:20pm 3/18/15 1:20pm

What Disabled People Can Teach Us About Sex – And Why We Should Listen

The sexuality of disabled people has long been suppressed and exploited. But in recent years, people with physical and cognitive impairments have been pushing back, fighting for sexual citizenship, and upending standard notions of gender, pleasure, and sexuality. » 3/17/15 9:00am 3/17/15 9:00am

Yes, Dangerously Low Vaccination Rates Are Fueling The Measles Outbreak

A new research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to positively link low vaccination rates to the Disneyland measles outbreak that emerged in California late last year. The new research also shows how frighteningly fast measles can spread in a population that's insufficiently immunized against the highly… » 3/16/15 9:40am 3/16/15 9:40am

South African Surgeons Claim "First Successful" Penis Transplant. Is It?

After losing all but one centimeter of his penis to a botched circumcision, an anonymous 21-year-old man from South Africa has found himself on the receiving end of the world's first successful penis transplant, according to the surgical team that performed the procedure. But was it actually the first? » 3/13/15 1:52pm 3/13/15 1:52pm

Most Popular Lip Balm: Burt's Bees

After a record number of comments, nominations, recommendations, and votes, Burt's Bees is your choice for best lip balm by a wide margin. » 3/13/15 3:21pm 3/13/15 3:21pm

Measles Could Cause More Deaths Than Ebola In West Africa

West Africa's Ebola outbreak could be stanched by mid-year – but in the epidemic's wake, another public health crisis looms. Disruption of the region's already feeble health care systems has derailed health campaigns targeting childhood diseases, leaving the door wide open for measles and other preventable illnesses. » 3/12/15 12:50pm 3/12/15 12:50pm

How The Sugar Industry Continues To Subvert Public Health Policies

A recent analysis of nearly 320 internal sugar industry documents from 1959 to 1971 shows how the industry sought to influence the setting of U.S. research priorities during that time. Disturbingly, it's a strategy that continues to this very day. » 3/11/15 1:20pm 3/11/15 1:20pm

New Vaccine Proven Effective Against Genital And Oral Herpes Viruses

An unconventional take on vaccine design has been shown to protect mice against HSV-1 and HSV-2, the two most common forms of herpes that cause cold sores and genital ulcers, respectively. » 3/11/15 12:20pm 3/11/15 12:20pm

Seven Best Lip Balms

Our lip balm nominations round was poppin', breaking records for number of comments on one of our posts, number of product nominations, number of recommendations for nominees, and more. Here are the top seven, apply and vote. » 3/11/15 3:18pm 3/11/15 3:18pm

Study: Booze Consumption Changes Dramatically Over A Person's Lifetime

A recently published analysis combined data from nine studies to create the "life course trajectories of alcohol consumption" for folks in the UK. The study marks the first attempt at estimating, from longitudinal data, how our drinking habits change with age. » 3/10/15 3:59pm 3/10/15 3:59pm

More Americans Get Food Poisoning From Fruits And Veggies Than From Meat

Are you doing the environmentally responsible thing and trying to eat more produce and less meat? Hey, good on you! Pat yourself on the back. Now brace yourself for some bad news. » 3/10/15 1:20pm 3/10/15 1:20pm

Why ResearchKit Is the Most Exciting Thing Apple Announced Yesterday

Apple announced several things yesterday, but ResearchKit, the company's new medical research and health platform, is clearly the technology with the most potential to actually improve people's lives. Services like it are already at work around the globe, helping doctors and patients manage symptoms and improve… » 3/10/15 1:08pm 3/10/15 1:08pm