Health and science

  How to get people to believe facts
As far back as the 1950s, tobacco companies knew full well that research had linked their products to diseases that sickened and killed their customers. The industry’s response: deny and discredit the real science, and peddle alternative facts….

  When big drug companies buy little drug companies
Large companies often have a taste for smaller firms….But when one company gobbles up another for the purpose of terminating the smaller firm’s projects and destroying its potential as a competitor, we are looking at a “killer acquisition.”

  Connecticut’s hospitals look beyond their doors to improve health
Having an asthma treatment plan for your child goes only so far if your apartment building is infested with mold. A healthful diet is essential to diabetes management, but eating right is hard if the only food readily available….

findings_lsd_645x628_0_0_315 Your brain on LSD research
Long associated with “turning on, tuning in, and dropping out,” LSD has the potential to provide insights into the workings of the brain and the mechanisms that underlie certain mental illnesses.

   His and hers fat cells
The difference found between male and female patterns of fat cell gain may affect the ability of women to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Continuing research into… gender differences in fat cell behavior could lead to more effective interventions to help the obese.

  Bookworms live longer
The next time you talk to a clinician about how you’re taking care of your health, you might want to include a discussion of your reading habits.

 Desire for family, not career goals, drives egg freezing
She is a media trope: the hard-driving career woman who realizes that her biological clock is…winding down. Panicking, she freezes her eggs so she can postpone child-bearing a little longer….But, according to a recent study…the primary impetus behind the decision to freeze one’s eggs is quite different.

Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 3.03.10 PM   When microbes go to school
Students working at the desks in their classrooms have a lot of company besides their classmates and teachers: the countless microbes on the desks’ surfaces.

warm dogs  Stressed? Hug a dog and call in the morning
Charlie Brown assured the world that happiness is a warm puppy. (P)rograms using animals for mental health intervention are proliferating. But researchers want to understand whether it’s the dogs themselves, or other factors…that provide benefits.

  Ticks could be…life savers?
The same tick that can transmit serious infections to humans may become the source of a substance that could save lives.

Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.43.23 PM    A different angle on asthma
Hospital emergency departments are a vital part of our health care systems. But they are not the best places for providing the ongoing care needed by those living with asthma.

animal warnings      When animals sound a warning
Ecologists and epidemiologists try to understand the not-always-felicitous interactions among humans, their environment and disease.

Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.57.02 PM  Putting a price on carbon
Climate change resulting from the human-caused release of carbon dioxide increases the severity of a host of problems that affect humans directly — from hurricanes, floods, and wildfires to increases in insect-borne disease.

  Kids caught in the opioid crisis
“Enough opioids are prescribed every year to put a bottle of painkillers in every household,” Julie Gaither says, “and kids are getting into them.”

  Is gun violence catching?
The U.S. has the highest rates of gun violence among high-income countries — violence that appears to be both pervasive and random. But, according to a recent study…gun violence is not random. Rather, it is concentrated within relatively small social networks, and replicated through a process of social contagion.

 The lure of food ads
Although the reasons for Americans’ increased weight are complex, there is mounting evidence that advertising of unhealthy foods is a key factor.