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Bourdain, the bad boy chef turned journalist, is far more effective than any of the marches, or journalist headlines or thought pieces. It's hard not to come away from watching his CNN program without a new found respect for the work of scientists.
Why are healthcare studies plagued by causal contradictions? Could it be the ancient battle between the beliefs in determinism and free will?
Given that cycling-related trips to hospitals and emergency departments across the country have increased dramatically, is it a fair question to ask: Are the steep rise in accidents, and the billions of dollars in annual medical expenses and costs associated with this push towards expanded two-wheeled transportation, worth it?
Surgery causes pain and discomfort. And surgeons, unlike other specialists or primary care providers, have a continuous experience with managing acute pain. New lessons in the management of surgical pain may be useful during our current opioid crisis.
Many foods in the grocery store have gluten-free labels. But are they really lacking gluten, or not? The FDA sought to find out, testing a many various types of these foods. Providing good news to celiac disease patients, they found that most foods labeled gluten free are, in fact, true to their label. 
Small donations from average people make up a considerable proportion of total donations. But then there are the large donors, individuals and groups who can donate $1 million or more. Scientists, colleges and universities, artists, nonprofits, and many others are obviously interested in knowing more about these types of donors.
The common belief that hot water must be used to wash hands effectively just received a chilly reception from researchers from Rutgers University. Their study concluded that the temperature of the water doesn't matter, and that it's not linked to cleanliness. What does matter is using soap, and washing thoroughly for 10 seconds.
Citing prescription drugs as a contributing factor to his recent DUI arrest, Tiger Woods' experience sheds light on the need to educate about impaired driving as a public health concern.  The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports "prescription drugs are the most prevalent of all drugs found in drugged drivers involved in fatal crashes." Whether legally or illegally obtained, substances can impair a driver.
Announcing an unprecedented voyage, NASA said Wednesday that it will send a spacecraft to the Sun, where it will explore its fiery outer reaches as well as a phenomenon known as "solar wind." The unmanned U.S. craft will embark on "humanity’s first mission to a star."
If you're interested in some nutty news, we've got you covered. It includes: a speeding DeLorean, the belief that trees interact with humans (and each other), and a fire-starting woodchuck.
Drug shortages are being reported more frequently; physicians are asked to postpone elective care. Rather than continue to blame greed or hidden agendas perhaps we might consider the findings of the Government Accountability Office.
The recently published meta-analysis by the American Institute for Cancer Research is a summary of summaries. As you might expect, something is always lost in summation. In this instance, the loss is useful, credible information.