Colorectal cancer, which is on the rise in all developed countries and many developing ones, may turn out to be caused by a bacterium.
It's not so well known that being overweight (not merely obese) brings with it a cancer risk.
Many neuropsychiatric ailments that are assumed to have a major genetic component don't seem to have one.
There is a cheap, safe, chemopreventive agent for prostate cancer. It's called selenium. But virtually nothing has been done to get the word out.
If you can't make it in The Land of the Free, you're defective—that's the default assumption, the core belief that allows Americans who aren't hurting, who aren't unhappy with their lot, to cling to quaint mid-twentieth-century Walt Disney notions about the inherent wonderfulness of American life.
Even as the U.S. government continues to spend huge sums of money underwriting cancer research, public health agencies are failing to make people aware of a proven, well-tolerated, low-cost anti-cancer drug: aspirin.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as part of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, released a report saying that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes. The only problem with the report is that it ignores data (including FDA's own research ...
If you read popular articles about antidepressants, it's easy to get the impression that drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Cymbalta, Luvox, etc. are primarily psychoactive drugs that specifically alter brain chemistry. Indeed, this is what the drug companies want you to think. Depressed ...
If degree-of-blindness is measurable (which it is), then researchers should, in fact, measure it and disclose it as part of any study that's purported to be "blinded."
Modern technology has done nothing to make humans more humble. Quite the contrary. So secure are we in our confidence of our superiority to ancient cultures that discoveries like the Baghdad battery or the Antikythera mechanism routinely bring reactions of disbelief. The ancients couldn't have ...
Long-term antidepressant use may be an invitation to diabetes.
The vastness of our scientific ignorance is especially evident when it comes to explaining how life arose on earth.
After almost a century, cancer is still the No. 2 cause of death in the U.S. Why?
Very early in my writing career I was fortunate to be able to spend three hours interviewing Linus Pauling (above), the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. One of many things I learned during that interview process that has stayed with me ever since has to do with ...
Can the scientific literature be trusted?