Julie Fidler

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Julie Fidler is a freelance writer, legal blogger, and the author of Adventures in Holy Matrimony: For Better or the Absolute Worst. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two ridiculously spoiled cats. She occasionally pontificates on her blog.

Recent articles by Julie Fidler


CDC: The Smoking Rate Dropped to 15% in 2015

New numbers released this week by the CDC show that people are quitting smoking at the fastest rate in 20 years.


This 1980 Letter from Researchers Helped Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic was sparked by a 1980 letter stating that there was no risk of addiction in patients treated with narcotics in hospitals.


Scientists Cross Hurdle in Growing Pig Organs for Human Transplant

Through cloning and CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, scientists have made the possibility of transplanting pig organs into humans closer to a reality.


Is Marijuana Good for Mental Health? It Just Might be, Review Says

Marijuana may be an effective treatment for depression, PTSD, anxiety, and serious drug addiction, but not psychotic disorders like bipolar disorder.


A Sad 1st in America: Heroin Overdoses Outpace Gun Homicides

A year-end repor shows that heroin overdoses outpace gun homicides for the first time in the U.S. Heroin deaths outpaced deaths from traditional opioids.


This Chemotherapy Drug May Help Breast Cancer SPREAD

Paclitaxel, a chemotherapy drug used to treat ovarian, breast, and lung cancer, may actually spread breast cancer cells to the lungs.


Study Links Diets High in Saturated Fat to Lung Cancer

A recent study found that a diet high in saturated fat increases the risk of 2 types of lung cancer, but makes no mention of sugar or trans fats.


Investigation Brews over Insecticide-Tainted Eggs Distributed Throughout U.K.

Eggs contaminated with an insecticide were shipped to the UK and the EU from Belgium, and regulators sat on the information for nearly a month.


FDA to Fertility Doctor: Stop Marketing 3-Parent Baby Technique

A fertility doctor who helped a Jordanian couple conceive a 3-parent baby has been warned by the FDA that he must stop marketing the banned procedure.


Doctors: Maybe You Shouldn’t Finish that Course of Antibiotics After All

Over 70 years ago, the doctor who discovered penicillin, said it was necessary to finish a course of antibiotics. A group of doctors now questions that.


Commission to Trump: Declare National Emergency over Opioid Epidemic

President Trump’s opioid commission is recommending that Trump issue a national state of emergency over the opioid epidemic.


“Seductively” Labeling Vegetables Makes People Eat More of Them

If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat vegetables, researchers have a suggestion for you: make them sound more “seductive.”


Monsanto Emails Raise More Questions About Collusion and Roundup Safety

A fresh batch of Monsanto documents raise more questions about whether or not the company suppressed information showing Roundup causes cancer.


Survey: 42% of People Replaced Pharmaceuticals with Marijuana Compounds

The largest survey to date on cannabidiol (CBD) use shows nearly half of respondents were able to replace traditional treatments with the cannabis product.


Researchers in U.S. Revive Cryogenically Frozen Life

Researchers in the U.S. have figured out how to revive cryogenically frozen zebra fish by replacing their body fluid with an antifreeze molecule.


Scientists Use CRISPR to Edit Human Embryos in U.S. for First Time

A team of scientists in Oregon have genetically modified human embryos for the first time in the United States using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool.


NFL Extends Offer to Work With Union to Study Medical Marijuana

In an letter to the NFL players union, the NFL offered to team up to study medical marijuana as a treatment for both acute and chronic pain in players.