Fake Drugs, Fake Food, Fake Everything

Why are there so many fakes? And how can we fix the mess?

This New Age of Anxiety

The truth about times like these is that there have always been times like these.

So Who's Using All Those Sleeping Pills?

Sleeping pill use is burgeoning — particularly among those never prescribed them. And many don't know what they're getting into.

Are You The Figment of Someone's Imagination?

What if "The Matrix" was correct?

Simple Ways to Live Longer

Want to add four years of life at age 85? And much more than that if you're younger?

Energy Drinks: What Do They Really Do?

Do energy drinks provide energy — or ultimately its opposite?

Rebuilding American Greatness: One Dollar = One Vote

Power Week might just become the greatest media event ever.

Where's the Guilt?

Heads I win—tails you lose.

Hear Me Now—It's Time to Protect Your Ears

Health enhances with a sound sound environment.

Can Body Clocks Make You Fat?

Time of day changes performance, mood, interpersonal skill—and whether or not you get fat.

Hospital Costs and You—Making the Surreal Real

Even comedians can't keep up with the realities of American health care.

Is Chocolate Healthy?

Is chocolate the health food of the future—or is that another mirage?

Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Antibiotic resistance is growing, and represents a threat to the health of the entire population. Yet the U.S. gives 80% of its antibiotics to animals, while much of the rest of world has banned such use. What's happening to our chickens could happen to us.

Chemical Chicken?

Thousands of chemicals routinely appear in our food and water supply. What is unusual is how many are put there intentionally.

Does Aspirin Prevent Cancer?

The Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical publications, has just published a series of articles on aspirin and the prevention of cancer. The one getting the most international attention is a "meta-analysis" by Professor Martin Rothwell of Oxford and his team, looking at many studies pooled and analyzed as a unit.

Why More Kids Are Undergoing Adult Dental Procedures

Building new operating suites is again a growth item—for little kids' dental problems. Parents who don't brush and kids who snack on sugar are causing 2-year-olds to get crowns—even root canals. It's just another example of turning to expensive treatment rather than inexpensive prevention. And teeth are really important for health—all through your life.

Walk, Don't Stroll

The Book of Common Prayer speaks of "the quick and the dead." But just how fast do you need to be to stay among the former?

Why We Won't See "The End of Illness"

Real health is much more than the absence of disease—it's physical, mental, social, and spiritual well being. That should be the real goal of public health—and medical care.

Waking Up to "Awake"

In dreams begin realities.

Salted to Death? Here's How to Control It

The CDC has just put out a report that Americans take in perhaps 50 times the amount of salt we need—and from some unexpected sources. Yet salt's deleterious effects on the population are very controllable.

Why Americans Didn't Notice How the British Cut Heart Attack Deaths in Half

Heart attacks are still the most common single form of death. Heart attack deaths decreased by more than 50% from 2002-2010—in Britain. Did you hear about it? And how well are we doing here?

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease, Regenerating Your Body

New research understanding how Alzheimer's spreads in the brain are a long way from clinical utility. The costs of Alzheimer's are exploding—and we have to do something now.

New Ways Exercise Works

Moving transforms you—from the inside out.

Changing the Color of Your Fat

Want to control weight? Avoid diabetes? Appear more youthful? You might want to change your white fat to brown. Fortunately the color shift—and the function of fat—is under your control.

Who Can I Sleep With?

From deaths of infants to a litany of zoological diseases, who knew that co-sleeping could be so perilous? Is there anyone you can sleep with safely?

The Kids Can't Stop: Is Internet Addiction Real?

Yes, internet use changes the brain. But for some kids who can't stop, the changes are not good ones.

MicroRNAs and You: How Food Changes Your Genes

Food contains thousands of different substances. Most are not characterized, and we have little idea of what they do to brain, immunity, gut, and systemically. Recently microRNAs—which directly change protein production—have been found in human blood, directly obtained from food. Food changes us a lot more than we know.

Is Sleep Apnea Epidemic Among Police?

Sleep apnea is a major health problem - helping cause cardiovascular disease, depression, and many cognitive difficulties. And if a recent study can be believed, it appears to be endemic in North American police. And that's dangerous - for them and us.

"Don't Talk to the Patient"

As American health care fall apart, nurses are being told not to "waste time" talking to patients. Are we treating charts or people?