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No Fungus Amongus

Published: February 8, 2011

We mammals tend to run hot. A new theory suggests an evolutionary reason: the age-old battle of animal (or plant) vs. fungus. Scientists report (and it is news to this correspondent) that a “fungal bloom” swept the earth about the time the age of the reptiles came crashing down, i.e. the extinction of the dinosaurs. Combined with the fact that that read more »

Stem Cells: More Potential Miracles

Published: January 30, 2011

There is new hope for the bald. It had long been thought that hair thins and recedes when follicle stem cells disappeared in parts of the scalp. New evidence shows that this is not the case. Those follicle stem cells actually remain in place, but progenitor cells – the next step in the cellular mechanics of hair growth – are non-existent. It seems read more »

Andrew Wakefield and Fraud in the Anti-vaccine Movement

Published: January 24, 2011

Last February, Lancet, the distinguished British medical journal, formally retracted a 1998 article by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. In the article, Dr. Wakefield suggested a possible link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines and autism. The journal noted that several elements of the study were incorrect. The retraction came in the wake of read more »

Have You Heard of Fluoridation, Mandrake?

Published: January 19, 2011

Putting fluoride in America’s drinking water is considered one of the greatest health successes of the 20th century, but it has had its detractors. Most, however, have been less vehement than General Jack D. Ripper, who’s suspected pollution of our “precious bodily fluids” led to a nuclear attack on the USSR in Stanley Kubrick’s classic black read more »

Circumcision Can Help Stop Cervical Cancer

Published: January 13, 2011

Although the removal of the penile foreskin has been a religious practice for millennia (it is not only a Jewish ritual but a Muslim one as well) it has come under attack in recent decades as being both unnecessary from a heath standpoint and somewhat detrimental to sexual pleasure. The pendulum began swinging back in favor of circumcision in recent read more »

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