Faked chocolate diet study points out flaws of weight-loss research

Faked chocolate diet study points out flaws of weight-loss research

Remember that recent study, in which a team of German researchers claimed that people who were on a low-carb diet could lose weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar each day? Remember thinking that it sounded too good to be true? Always trust your instincts. The study, which was conducted by scientists from the Institute of Diet and Health and published online by the journal International Archives of Medicine in late March,...

Doctors warn certain tattoo ink colors are extremely harmful

Doctors warn certain tattoo ink colors are extremely harmful

Many “inked up” Americans experience tattoo regret as their skin begins to age, but some experience that regret immediately after getting their new body art. A recent study conducted at NYU Langone Medical Center has revealed that six percent of New Yorkers with a tattoo have experienced long-term medical complications related to their ink, including tattoo-related… (more…)

Smokers need more anesthesia and painkillers during surgery

Smokers need more anesthesia and painkillers during surgery

As if the adverse effects of smoking weren’t terrible enough, new research proves that smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke require more anesthesia and painkillers when undergoing operations in order to reach the same level of anesthesia as healthy non-smokers. Researchers have known that smoking increases the requirements for an anesthetic, but this is the… (more…)

Robotic butt helps medical students not make asses of themselves

Robotic butt helps medical students not make asses of themselves

Whether you used to be a student or are currently one now, odds are at one time or another you felt that your instructor was a giant butt. Medical students who work with a new robotic device created by experts at Drexel Universities and the Universities of Florida and Wisconsin certainly do, but in their case, it turns out that they’re right. As Mashable reported, researchers from the three US universities have developed a robotic...

Problems with Paleo – An advocate responds

Problems with Paleo – An advocate responds

The Paleo diet at its most extreme advocates a return to the dietary habits of our ancient ancestors, an ideal which critics say is not only unrealistic but unadvisable. However, at the core of the diet’s ethos is the huge advantage of “real” food over processed food, something which science now finds undeniable. Although we neither endorse nor reject the Paleo diet, we thought it would be a good idea to ask someone with knowledge...

Psychedelic drugs may have medical benefits: Should they be legally reclassified?

Psychedelic drugs may have medical benefits: Should they be legally reclassified?

When you think of psychedelic drugs, you might imagine a colorful 1960s scene, when LSD and mushrooms were wildly popular among musicians and artists. But scientists have found ways to extract certain compounds from shrooms, acid, and other psychedelics to the benefit of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. A stigma around psychedelic drugs… (more…)

Why you should add more fiber to your diet

Why you should add more fiber to your diet

Good news to people who love cereal: Getting most of your fiber from healthy cereals or oatmeals might be your best bet in managing weight and lowering your risk for diabetes, according to a new study published in Diabetologia. This isn’t the first study that has linked fiber intake with a reduced risk of diabetes; plenty… (more…)

What to eat for a longer life

What to eat for a longer life

Low and behold, there is a diet proven to increase longevity and improve quality of life. Researchers from Vanderbilt University published a study in the journal PLOS Medicine revealing the life-saving potential in following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). After following the diets of thousands of low-income African-Americans, it became clear the closer they stuck… (more…)

Herpes virus cell therapy may halt skin cancer

Herpes virus cell therapy may halt skin cancer

A melanoma skin cancer immunotherapy treatment made from genetically-engineered cells of the herpes simplex virus-1 may be effective for patients both in early and advanced stages of the disease. Results of a phase three clinical trial, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, of the experimental drug found cancer didn’t progress in 16.3 percent of the… (more…)

Earn your college degree before you say 'I Do' to avoid obesity

Earn your college degree before you say ‘I do’ to avoid obesity

Wait until you’ve got a diploma in hand before you tie the knot with the other, or else you may wind up with a lifetime of obesity-related health issues. A study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior reveals marital timing is a key predictor for obesity. Researchers weighed and watched couples for 13… (more…)