Doctors Determine The Enormous Body Count Of Sugary Drinks
We know in the abstract that sugary drinks are bad for us, but exactly how bad? When researchers crunch the numbers, they find that 184,000 people a year are dying from diseases directly related to consuming soda and other heavily sugared beverages.
Here’s a new health risk to worry about as you get older: A lack of human contact. According to researchers from Brigham Young University, low social interaction has the equivalent lifespan impact as smoking 15 cigarettes daily, or being a raging alcoholic. Cutting yourself off from others is worse, even, than inactivity. And twice as bad as obesity. So, you better start making friends.
Red meat is a large portion of the American diet (the proliferation of awesome burger joints in New York City isn’t helping much). A new study suggests some terrifying risks that come with eating even just a little read meat.
It’s got many of the same qualities as heavily controlled substances, but we freely add it to everything (it’s even on the FDA’s list of things that you can safely add to any food, at any amount). Is it time to put the sugary snacks behind the counter at the corner store?
A new medical sensor can be powered by remote vibrations—especially those found in hip-hop. Grab your insurance card and head immediately to the nearest car stereo installation center. Dr. Dre will see you now.
Booming System Monitors Your Health With Sick Beats
There’s a perverse system of incentives behind the spiraling cost of drug prices.
Amid all the debate about our rising healthcare costs, one thing you almost never hear about is rising drug costs. Think about it: You hear plenty about emergency rooms and chronic care, but nothing about drug prices, which are the main interaction most of us have with the medical industry.
We have no idea what happens when you start messing with mosquito genes. What happens to the ecosystems they live in? What happens to the mutated mosquitoes? We’ve seen Jurassic Park enough times to know that nature finds a way—especially the bad parts of nature. But believe it or not, the latest mosquito research is far from the only wacky malaria-fighting scheme to cross our inbox.
Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Washington have discovered that they can disrupt the malaria parasite’s development by inserting a special gene into mosquitoes, which pass the malaria-fighting capability onto their offspring. This is just the beginning—in the future, scientists could splice in genes that allow mosquitoes to target animals instead of humans or even produce all-male offspring (only females spread malaria), according to the BBC. Continued…