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.


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.


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.


Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants Linked With Lower IQ in Children

Prenatal exposure to a group of chemicals formerly used as flame retardants called PBDEs lowers children’s IQ test scores, a meta-analysis shows.


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.


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.


These Shoes are Made of Algae, and They Help Clean This Lake in China

Two companies are helping to clean China’s Lake Taihu by pulling algae from the water, transforming it into pellets, and using those pellets to make shoes.


EWG: Most ‘Safe’ U.S. Tap Water Contaminated, Anything But Risk-Free

An analysis of drinking water systems across the U.S. shows that every single zip code looked at contained some type of contaminant.


“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.”


Study: Nearly 40% of Canned Goods Still Contain Gender-Bending BPA Chemical

Supermarkets and dollar stores are still selling canned foods containing the endocrine-disrupting chemical, BPA, including Kroger’s and Albertson’s.


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.


Fewer Dying from 3 of the 5 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S.

Between 2010-2014, fewer people died from 3 of the 5 leading causes of death in the U.S. – cancer, stroke, and heart disease.


WHO Ranks Antibiotics to Fight Life-Threatening Antibiotic Resistance

The World Health Organization has made the biggest changes in 40 years to its Essential Medicines List in an effort to tackle drug resistance.