A study published in the scientific journal Addiction today (May 17, 2021) provides the most comprehensive evidence to date of the association between recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) in US states and responses in the illegal markets for cannabis, heroin, and other drugs in those states. As of 2021, 17 US states and […]

Consumer education is needed to increase understanding of food date labels according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Misunderstanding food date labeling is common and educational communications are needed to improve consumer understanding, according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by […]

Stanford researcher Ryan Searcy collects water samples from a tide pool at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, in Moss Beach, California. Credit: Meghan Shea Using water samples and environmental data gathered over 48 hours or less, Stanford engineers develop a new predictive technique for forecasting coastal water quality, a critical step […]

Researchers found that COVID-19 misinformation spread exponentially across the countries, much like the coronavirus itself. Credit: Frederik Lipfert People’s fear of 5G technology is rational. Such technology does emit radiation, even if it’s at low levels. But 5G isn’t all that different from 4G, and it certainly doesn’t cause COVID-19 despite such […]

Industrially produced foods, such as snacks, chips, convenience foods, carbonated drinks, increase the risk of death, especially from cardiovascular causes. Supermarket shelves are increasingly flooded with foods produced by extensive industrial processing, generally low in essential nutrients, high in sugar, oil and salt and liable to be overconsumed. And they […]

Odds of exceeding maximum contaminant levels were significantly greater for water systems in the Southwest and serving Hispanic communities. A new national study of public water systems found that arsenic levels were not uniform across the U.S., even after implementation of the latest national regulatory standard. In the first study […]

Laboratory tests of talc-based cosmetics products, commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, found asbestos — a deadly human carcinogen for which there is no safe level of exposure — in almost 15 percent of samples. The analysis, published today in the journal Environmental Health Insights, calls attention to the outdated methods used […]

A systematic review of published research found that financial payments from the drug industry to U.S. physicians was associated with increased prescribing of the paying drug company’s drug. The association was consistent across all studies and several studies presented evidence that the association was not correlation, but causation, meaning the […]

Patrice Cani (UCLouvain) and Claude Knauf (INSERM) have discovered a ‘jammer’ that blocks communication between the gut and the brain, thus preventing proper regulation of sugar and causing insulin resistance in people with diabetes. They also discovered that a lipid produced by our body helps prevent this dysfunction and regulate […]

Avoidable consequences cost NHS upwards of £98 million and 1700+ lives every year. More than 237 million medication errors are made every year in England, the avoidable consequences of which cost the NHS upwards of £98 million and more than 1700 lives every year, indicate national estimates, published online in […]