Tylenol No More Effective Than Placebo in Treatment of Back Pain

A 3.5-year, double-dummy, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, conducted across 235 primary care centers in Sydney Australia has found that paracetamol (trade name: Tylenol, aka acetaminophen), one of the most widely used analgesics in the world, is no more effective in the treatment of back pain than placebo. » 7/24/14 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

The Worst Educational Comic Book Superheroes Ever Created

Comic books have time and again proven their worth as a way to educate and raise awareness about social issues such as AIDS and sexual abuse. While some publishers have used famous superheroes, others have opted to create their own defenders of truth, justice and bicycle safety... often with regrettable results. » 7/22/14 9:20am Tuesday 9:20am

Blood Of 2 Million Babies Found In Indiana Warehouse

For over 20 years, the state of Indiana hoarded the blood of newborns without their parents' consent. If your child was born in Indiana after 1991, chances are his or her blood sample is one of an estimated 2.5-million specimens currently stored in a warehouse, the location of which state officials have not disclosed. » 7/19/14 2:00pm Saturday 2:00pm

Climate-Denying Physicist Compares Carbon Dioxide to Jews

During an appearance on CNBC, Physicist William Happer was asked about his view that human beings are not causing climate change. His response: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." » 7/18/14 1:20pm 7/18/14 1:20pm

Journey To 1898, When Analgesics Were Advertised With Images of Death

Via the Wash U. School of Medicine's Bernard Becker Medical Library comes a series of whimsically macabre calendar illustrations, created by physician and artist Louis Crusius at the turn of the 20th Century to advertise "Antikamnia," a patent painkiller once used to treat everything from "nervousness" to "sightseers'… » 7/17/14 2:20pm 7/17/14 2:20pm