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No Such Thing as Too Much Exercise, Study Finds No Such Thing as Too Much Exercise, Study Finds

Too much of a good thing can be definitely bad for us. But a new study published Friday in JAMA Network Open suggests that exercise is a clear exception. It found that any level of cardiovascular fitness—including the kind you’d see from elite athletes—is linked to staying alive longer.

A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds

Emergency room visits can be a costly ordeal, with the average bill running close to $2,000 by some estimates. In response, some insurers have implemented or are considering policies that would let them later deny coverage to people whose ER visits were judged to be “non-essential,” in hopes of discouraging…

Vape Flavors Are Sketchy AF, Yet Another Study Finds Vape Flavors Are Sketchy AF, Yet Another Study Finds

The growing appeal of e-cigarettes, particularly among teens, has often been attributed to the assortment of sweet and fruity flavored vaping fluids—flavors that traditional tobacco cigarettes have long been barred from including. But in addition to making vaping more appealing, these flavoring chemicals may be…

American Lifespans Won't Get Much Longer by 2040, Report Finds American Lifespans Won't Get Much Longer by 2040, Report Finds

In case you were, for some inexplicable reason, feeling optimistic for future generations, an extensive new report is here to bring you down a notch. It predicts that, despite all our medical advances, the average person born in the U.S. in 2040 will only barely live longer than an American born in 2016. Meanwhile,…

A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

A Rochester, New York, resident might have caught one of the most frightening brain diseases around in one of the strangest ways possible—eating squirrel meat contaminated with zombie-like proteins.

People Still Weird About the Flu Shot People Still Weird About the Flu Shot

While the flu is no picnic for anyone, it can be especially risky and sometimes deadly for young children. But a new survey suggests many people still avoid the flu shot because of misconceptions about how it works, including that the vaccine actually can give you the flu.

U.S. Experts Are Being Kept Away From the Front Lines of the Latest Ebola Outbreak U.S. Experts Are Being Kept Away From the Front Lines of the Latest Ebola Outbreak

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo is only getting worse. But the U.S. government has pulled its experts from the affected areas of the African country in recent weeks, citing safety concerns.

Don't Sell Vaping Fluid With Viagra, FDA Fumes Don't Sell Vaping Fluid With Viagra, FDA Fumes

The Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing war on vaping has taken perhaps its strangest twist yet. On Thursday, the agency sent off a warning letter to a company for illegally juicing its vaping fluids with erectile dysfunction drugs.

This Is a Brain Taken Over by Alzheimer's This Is a Brain Taken Over by Alzheimer's

The effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain often go unnoticed for years, even decades. But researchers at Stanford University and the University of Oxford believe they’ve found a way to visualize how the disease slowly spreads and erodes the brain—a tool they hope can help other scientists better study the…

The FDA Is Failing to Keep Us Safe From Tainted Supplements, Report Finds The FDA Is Failing to Keep Us Safe From Tainted Supplements, Report Finds

The Food and Drug Administration is not doing enough to ensure that supplements don’t contain unlabelled, potentially dangerous drugs, according new research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. More than half the time, the study found, the FDA doesn’t enforce recalls of supplements that knowingly include unapproved…

Ancestry Sites Could Soon Expose Nearly Anyone's Identity, Researchers Say Ancestry Sites Could Soon Expose Nearly Anyone's Identity, Researchers Say

Genetic testing has helped plenty of people gain insight into their ancestry, and some services even help users find their long-lost relatives. But a new study published this week in Science suggests that the information uploaded to these services can be used to figure out your identity, regardless of whether you…

A Major Scientific Project Aims to Find Out Exactly How the Internet Is Screwing With Your Brain A Major Scientific Project Aims to Find Out Exactly How the Internet Is Screwing With Your Brain

As anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter can tell you, the internet can bring out the worst in us. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that scientists in Europe are now hoping to catalogue exactly how the online hellscape affects mental health and well-being.

Scientists May Have Found a Genetic Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction Scientists May Have Found a Genetic Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction

A group of scientists believe they’ve uncovered at least some of the genetic risk factors that can contribute to a common health concern among men: erectile dysfunction. Their findings, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, have possibly identified a specific place in our genome linked…

Los Angeles Is Dealing With an Outbreak of Flea-Borne Typhus Los Angeles Is Dealing With an Outbreak of Flea-Borne Typhus

The city of angels is dealing with a nasty outbreak of a disease spread by fleas. Last Friday, California health officials reported that there has been an epidemic of flea-borne typhus within the Los Angeles area this year.

Why Small Towns Have More Intense Surges of Flu Why Small Towns Have More Intense Surges of Flu

Whether you live in a huge metropolis or quiet small town, you’re not safe from the flu and you need to get your damn flu shot. But different U.S. cities do experience the flu differently. In the wake of the most devastating flu season seen in decades this past winter, a new study seems to show how and why the…

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs

A trio of scientists from the U.S. and the UK have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year for using evolution to their advantage, developing new methods of creating molecules that have already helped us produce safer, greener chemicals and new drugs.

Man Chugs Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Ends Up With Permanently Red-Tinted Vision Man Chugs Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Ends Up With Permanently Red-Tinted Vision

One man’s experience with a common erectile dysfunction drug turned out to be a lot more eye-opening than he expected. According to his doctors, he developed a seemingly permanent red tint to his color vision after taking a massive dose of sildenafil citrate.

Male Physicist Claims Women Are Worse at Physics at CERN Gender Bias Talk Male Physicist Claims Women Are Worse at Physics at CERN Gender Bias Talk

This weekend, a prominent Italian physicist, Alessandro Strumia, lectured fledging women scientists at CERN about the dangers of gender equality and “cultural Marxism” within science, argued that women can’t be as good at physics as men, and complained that the actual victims of gender discrimination are male…

Children Who Get Less Screen Time Think Better, Study Finds Children Who Get Less Screen Time Think Better, Study Finds

Keeping your kid’s mind sharp might involve making sure they don’t spend all day on their smartphone or other screen devices, suggests yet more research published this week.

Report Offers Disturbing New Details on Deadly Bleeding Outbreak Linked to Synthetic Cannabis Report Offers Disturbing New Details on Deadly Bleeding Outbreak Linked to Synthetic Cannabis

Since March, hundreds of people in the U.S. have come down with horrific, Ebola-like symptoms of bleeding. The initially mysterious cases are now thought to have been caused by synthetic cannabinoid products that were laced with rat poison. And a new report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine…

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