The Opioid Crisis Deemed a National Emergency: So What Happens Now?

The Trump administration has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. What does that mean, and is there any reason for concern?


Living in the Country Reduces Risk of Dying from Cancer by 29%

A recent study shows that people with bowel cancer who live in the country have a 29% lower chance of dying from the disease.


Whoa! Study Finds Energy Drinks to be a Gateway Drug?

Shocking new research suggests that energy drinks may be a gateway drug to harder substances, including cocaine and non-prescription stimulants.


CPSC Issues Fidget Spinner Safety Guidance for Buyers, Businesses

Fidget spinners have become a huge trend in toys, but they can be dangerous to children of all ages, prompting the CPSC to issue a fidget spinner guidance.


Sad: Humans Have Created 9 Billion Tons of Plastic in 67 Years

Humans have produced 9 billion tons of plastic since 1950, and our inability to cope with the waste on land and in the ocean puts the environment in peril.


Toddlers who Drink Non-Cow’s Milk may be Shorter than Their Peers

A study finds that young children who drink non-cow’s milk may be shorter than their peers, and researchers don’t know if it carries over into adulthood.


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.


Professor: Here is Why Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs are Causing Headaches

LED lights have exploded in popularity over last decade, but the bulbs constantly flicker, causing some people to suffer headaches and other side effects.


Yummy! Weekly Chocolate Snack Protects Against Atrial Fibrillation

Eating milk chocolate significantly reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation, a serious heart condition, in people who ate it a few times a week for a study.


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.


This Is Why You Should Always Find Out Where Your Tuna Was Caught

In a recent study, where tuna was caught was nearly as important as its species, in terms of contamination from PCBs, flame retardants, and pesticides.


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.


Study: Sustainably-Sourced Goods are KEY for Protecting Endangered Species’

Nearly everything you buy has a negative impact on endangered species and the environment, unless it is sustainably-sourced.


Artificial Sweetener Use Among Kids Rose 200% in Less than 15 Years

Low-calorie sweetener use among children rose 200% from 1999-2012, leaving health experts concerned about the potential long-term health effects.


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.