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If You Smell Things That Aren't Really There, You're Not Alone If You Smell Things That Aren't Really There, You're Not Alone

A small but very real percentage of people often smell odors that aren’t actually there. About one in 15 Americans over the age of 40 regularly experience so-called phantom odors. But we have no idea why, according to a new study published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.

Likely Cause of Chipotle Outbreak That Sickened 645 People Finally Identified Likely Cause of Chipotle Outbreak That Sickened 645 People Finally Identified

A mysterious outbreak that seemingly sickened hundreds of Chipotle customers in Ohio might finally have a known culprit. On Thursday, health officials reported that traces of a common foodborne bug called Clostridium perfringens had been found in some of the victims’ stool samples. It’s likely the outbreak was spread…

FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen

A life-saving but increasingly expensive treatment for severe allergic attacks is poised to become cheaper.

More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Weed in Connecticut This Week More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Weed in Connecticut This Week

Synthetic cannabinoids are behind yet another mass overdose in the U.S. More than 70 people in New Haven, Connecticut suffered overdoses thought to be caused by the lab-made drug known as K2 within the span of a day, NBC Connecticut reported Wednesday. As a result, 72 people were sent to a hospital to be checked out,…

Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever

More people are dying from drug overdoses in the U.S. than ever before, according to a new preliminary report released Wednesday by the federal government. There were an estimated 72,287 drug overdose deaths last year, the report found, with the majority caused by opioids. The toll is yet another record high.

Doctors Aren't Being Candid About the Money They Get From Big Pharma  Doctors Aren't Being Candid About the Money They Get From Big Pharma 

Physicians who get paid extra by pharmaceutical and medical device companies often aren’t forthcoming about the money in their research papers, according to a study out Wednesday in JAMA Surgery. It found that many of the doctors who receive the most in industry payments only occasionally disclose their potential…

New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing  New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing 

The State of New York is suing Purdue Pharma, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, for what it says is the company’s role in driving the opioid crisis. On Tuesday morning, the attorney general’s office announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company for…

Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness

Not getting enough or the right kind of sleep is notoriously bad for physical health. But a new study out of the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleep can be a nightmare for our social lives too. It just might turn us into lonely outcasts, capable of spreading our misery to others.

The FDA Has Cleared Its First Digital Birth Control App The FDA Has Cleared Its First Digital Birth Control App

Couples in the U.S. looking to either conceive or avoid pregnancy will now have a new tool available to them. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it has permitted a digital birth control app to be marketed as such in the U.S. The app, called Natural Cycles, is the first medical device of its kind to…

Veterinarians Say Pet Owners Are Hurting Animals to Get Opioids Veterinarians Say Pet Owners Are Hurting Animals to Get Opioids

A recent survey suggests that some people struggling with opioid addiction might be turning to a tragically desperate method to get more prescription painkillers: Hurting their own pets. And veterinarians themselves may be abusing opioids or helping to illegally sell them.

Want to Keep Your Sperm Healthy? Stick to Boxers, Says Harvard Study Want to Keep Your Sperm Healthy? Stick to Boxers, Says Harvard Study

It’s long been thought that tighty-whiteys and other kinds of snug underwear can be bad for men’s semen quality, thanks to the warmer temperatures they can cause down below. And a new study out of Harvard University seems to confirm that suspicion. It found that men attending a fertility center who regularly wore…

Keto Diets Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk—at Least in Mice Keto Diets Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk—at Least in Mice

Ketogenic diets (keto for short) have become the fad health trend of the moment, with adherents claiming that they can help you lose and keep off weight faster than anything else, as well as provide a bevy of health benefits. But a new mouse study out of Switzerland suggests that keto diets might have an unintended…

Lyme Disease Has Spread to Every Part of the U.S. Lyme Disease Has Spread to Every Part of the U.S.

As worrying as new invasive species of parasitic ticks might be, a recent report released by the lab testing company Quest Diagnostics should remind us of the more pressing dangers these eight-legged bugs can cause. It suggests that not only have cases of the tick-borne Lyme disease substantially risen in the past few…

Oh Great, Americans Have a New Tick to Worry About Oh Great, Americans Have a New Tick to Worry About

Ticks and insects in general are steadily spreading across the United States and causing more disease, aided by an ever-cozier climate. If that’s not bad enough, though, it’s almost certain that an invasive species of tick, newly discovered last year, has firmly established America as its home. And this tick is…

Probiotic Supplements Might Be Giving Some People 'Brain Fog' Probiotic Supplements Might Be Giving Some People 'Brain Fog'

Given their current popularity, you might assume that probiotics—capsules containing a mix of “good” bacteria that are said to rebalance our gut’s bacterial content—would be perfectly harmless. But a team of gastroenterologists from Augusta University in Georgia is challenging that assumption. Their recent study is…

Women Are More Likely to Die From a Heart Attack If Their Doctor Is Male Women Are More Likely to Die From a Heart Attack If Their Doctor Is Male

There’s a strange gender paradox at the heart of cardiovascular disease. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with a heart condition in their lifetime than women, but diagnosed women are less likely to survive. A study out today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers a new theory for this…

March of Dimes Pulls Millions in Funding From Unsuspecting Scientists, Blames Budget Problems March of Dimes Pulls Millions in Funding From Unsuspecting Scientists, Blames Budget Problems

One of the most famous charity organizations in the world—the March of Dimes—has suddenly become much less charitable to the scientific causes it funded. The organization has canceled research grants totaling $3 million that it had already awarded to dozens of scientists, Nature reported Friday.

People Are Getting Sick From an Opioid-Like 'Dietary Supplement': Report People Are Getting Sick From an Opioid-Like 'Dietary Supplement': Report

People are increasingly turning to an unconventional drug to supplement their opioid addiction, suggests a new report published this week. And some are getting sick as a result. Since 2014, hundreds of people have apparently rung up their local poison control center in connection to tianeptine, an antidepressant not …

We May Finally Know How Notorious Pregnancy Drug Thalidomide Hurt Thousands of Babies We May Finally Know How Notorious Pregnancy Drug Thalidomide Hurt Thousands of Babies

The devastating story of thalidomide—a once-popular morning sickness drug later found to cause terrible birth defects—might have a few more chapters left to it. A new study published this week in the journal eLife claims to have discovered how the drug was able to so brutally harm developing fetuses in the 1950s and…

People May Be Getting Sick From Chipotle Again People May Be Getting Sick From Chipotle Again

Chipotle’s years-long redemption tour might have hit a snag. Throughout this week, health officials in Ohio have reported hearing from hundreds of people in connection to an outbreak of sickness that appears to be linked to one of the chain’s locations in Delaware county.

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