A Federal Judge Has Struck Down An Anti-GMO Law In Hawaii

Last year, Hawaii's fourth-largest island, Kauai, passed a local ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. But,a federal judge has ruled the county overstepped its legal authority — which has potentially huge implications for whether local communities across the U.S. can ban GMO crops. » 9/02/14 9:00am 9/02/14 9:00am

States That Legalize Medical Marijuana See Fewer Painkiller Overdoses

As the number of patients who receive opioid prescriptions to treat non-cancer pain has increased in the past decade, so too have the number of overdoses. A new study, however, finds that states that legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 had 25% fewer annual overdose deaths than the rest of the U.S. » 8/28/14 9:00am 8/28/14 9:00am

The Herd Mentality Of The Anti-Vaxxer Movement

It's not just the myth about autism that's driving down vaccination rates. Many parents believe that as long as most other children are vaccinated, their kids won't get sick. It's a faulty interpretation of "herd immunity" — and it's prompting families to prioritize exaggerated, imagined risks over actual benefits. » 8/26/14 8:50am 8/26/14 8:50am

Did the Superstorm force diseased rats out of the subway?

Humans weren't alone in being displaced earlier this week by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Video images of flooded subway stations in Lower Manhattan revealed the extent of damage inflicted by the storm surge - flooding that would have surely forced thousands of rats out of the subways and into more populated areas.… » 10/31/12 7:20am 10/31/12 7:20am

Everything you need to know about crapping at the opera before 1830

In case you were wondering how people evacuated their bowels at the London theater in the 19th century, Dr. Michael Burden of the University of Oxford has you covered with his new paper, "Pots, privies and WCs; crapping at the opera in London before 1830." In this edifying study of sanitation in a more fragrant era,… » 5/09/12 7:15am 5/09/12 7:15am

Breakthrough: Gene Therapy Provides Full Protection from HIV…

For hundreds of years, immunization has been one of society's most elegant and dependable methods of disease prevention. Vaccines have been developed for infections ranging from measles to HPV. Many of us get vaccinated to protect ourselves against seasonal illness, or before traveling internationally. Vaccination is… » 12/01/11 8:11am 12/01/11 8:11am

The EU has banned X-ray body scanners in airports — for medical reasons

What price will the United States pay in the name of security? A PBS NewsHour investigation published earlier this month reported that as many as 100 Americans could develop cancer each year due to radiation emitted by full-body X-ray scanners, which continue to pop up en masse at airports across the US. » 11/16/11 3:50pm 11/16/11 3:50pm