Does Sugar Really Suppress the Immune System?

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Eating sugar may put your white blood cells into a temporary coma. But there’s a lot more to the story of how sugar affects our immune response Credit: Brooke Lark Unsplash  Advertisement As you may be aware, we are celebrating a Decade of Diva this year as the Nutrition Diva podcast approaches its tenth anniversary. You might
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Study Ties Autism to Maternal High Blood Pressure, Diabetes

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Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant are at an increased risk of autism, two new studies suggest. Autism has previously been linked to type 2 diabetes and to gestational diabetes—a temporary condition in which a woman develops diabetes during the course of her pregnancy. One of the new studies confirms these
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FDA Chief Slams Drugmakers for Stalling Release of Biosimilars

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday accused drug makers who manufacture pricey biologic medicines of using “unacceptable” anti-competitive tactics to keep competitors off the market, costing Americans billions. The tactics—some of which Gottlieb will refer to as a “toxin”—have prevented other drug makers from launching biosimilar medicines, highly similar versions of the same
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Druggists Shouldn’t Act as Morality Police

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In June, an Arizona woman was told by her doctor that her nine-week-old fetus had no heartbeat and that she was miscarrying. She was given a prescription for misoprostol, a drug that would help induce her body to clear the dead fetus. She went to a local Walgreens to get that medication but the pharmacist
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Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details about You–and It Could Raise Your Rates

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This story was co-published with NPR. To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies pitching “lifestyle” data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like “social determinants of health.” But dig deeper and the implications of what they’re selling might give many
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California Clinic Screens Asylum Seekers for Honesty

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Dr. Nick Nelson walks through busy Highland Hospital to a sixth-floor exam room, where he sees patients from around the world who say they have fled torture and violence. Nelson, who practices internal medicine, is the medical director of the Highland Human Rights Clinic, part of the Alameda Health System. A few times each week, he
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Light Beam Lets the Deaf (Gerbil) Hear

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Some half a million people worldwide with severe hearing loss use an electronic implant in the ears to be able to let them understand speech. Cochlear implants, as they are known, are one of the most successful technologies to have come out of neuroscience, but only provide partial correction for any hearing deficit. They are
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Do Microwaves Cause Cancer? – Scientific American

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Let’s take a look at 4 microwave myths that science has proven false Credit: Getty Images Advertisement In 1946, an engineer was working near a piece of equipment known as a magnetron which is part of a radar system when he noticed that the radar emission at microwave frequencies melted the snack bar he had
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