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Health Nov 10Risky stimulants turn up, once again, in weight loss and workout supplements
New findings highlight just how hard it has been for the FDA to keep potentially unsafe supplement ingredients off the market.
Health Nov 04‘What the 21st century demands’: designing homes to improve patients’ health
New interior design programs train students to use lighting, acoustics, and fabric to make day-to-day living easier for people with medical conditions.
Health Apr 15‘It will help us with our product’: Emails show how a billionaire’s philanthropy boosted his business
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and his diagnostics company, NantHealth, have denied reports that they reaped benefits from a $12 million gift he made to support the University of Utah.
Health Mar 14This insurance company wants to analyze your saliva to predict when you’ll die
A life insurance company is turning to the hot, but still unproven, field of epigenetics to try to bet on how long you’re likely to live.
Politics Jan 19EPA pick is unclear about toxic lead levels. So are scientists
Democrats slammed Scott Pruitt for saying he didn't know the science on toxic lead levels for kids, but in fact there's a robust scientific debate on that.
Health Jan 11What Trump, Kennedy can and can’t do to change U.S. vaccine policy
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a vaccine critic, told reporters Tuesday that he will chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. But what's possible for Trump to change — and what’s not?…
Health Dec 10Trump win could boost movement to confer ‘personhood’ on fertilized eggs
The push to confer full “personhood” on every fertilized human egg has been rejected in state after state, but activists are cautiously hopeful that their cause could soon get a boost.
Health Dec 04Birth control emerges as rallying cry against Trump’s pick for health secretary
Reproductive rights activists opposed to Donald Trump’s nominee for health secretary have hit upon a potent rallying cry: the cost of birth control.
Health Nov 18This Trump-in-law may lose millions if Obamacare is repealed
Jared Kushner’s younger brother, Josh Kushner, cofounded a startup created to capitalize on the Affordable Care Act — which Trump has vowed to quickly dismantle.
Health Nov 03Genetic tests, with little proven merit, sprint into the world of sports
Genetic analysis companies are forging alliances with personal trainers, chiropractors, and sports coaches, yet there is little science to back up their claims.