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In 2012, we learned that something as basic as drinking coffee might help control movement symptoms for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. But after closer inspection and expanded study, that conclusion has been withdrawn.
His family said Hefner died at home from "natural causes." This concept is routinely conflated, making people believe death was a simply a result of “old age.” These concepts often perpetuate a false perception of what actually took place.
Exaggerating the extent of the challenges we face might help someone sell a product, but it provides little confidence in its reliability.
Results of a new survey found that a remarkable 88 percent of adults followed or personally witnessed the solar eclipse that passed over the continental U.S. on August 21. That's roughly 215 million American adults, or almost twice as many as the 111.3 million TV viewers who watched Super Bowl Ll in February.
Training for my first marathon has produced a few questions, like these: What's in those little gel packs that serious runners swear by? And do we need them? Here we look into the beloved "goo" packs, and seek to understand how they're going to keep us going through five hours of running. 
Tom Brady lecturing us on science is like ACSH's Ana Dolaskie trying to play football, nine months pregnant. Kinda cute, kinda dangerous.
Just a year and a half after removing artificial colors from Trix cereal, consumers are asking they be put back in. Food labeling remains more legal than educational, and more marketing than health-related.
It’s been an enlightening time in the realm of public defecation. Video of two serial poop-and-run culprits in Colorado and Kentucky – respectively named  “The Mad Pooper” and “Poopman” – have baffled and united many onlookers. But the larger question is: Why is this happening?
The increasing concern about the role of p values in science has gone from a murmur to a loudly expressed concern. Is this just an insider's argument or is it a matter we should take seriously?
An attorney for the family of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez says that brain damage, diagnosed as CTE stage 3, is likely responsible for his aggressive, self-destructive behaviors and most notably his suicide in April. As a result, he's blaming the NFL. But remember, that's a lawyer looking for a huge settlement. It's definitely not a doctor's medical diagnosis.
Sadly, a woman’s tragic story plays out in the real world more often than people may realize. When treating cancer can, at the same time, harm her baby, the choices can be horrendous.
The University of California Irvine has accepted a $200 million donation to fund a center studying integrative medicine, which would firmly root the field of pseudoscience in academia. This not only legitimizes practices not backed by science, but it crosses a line where academia becomes a place where money influences what's true or false.