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Joe Satran
Joe reports on doctors, diseases and the culture of modern medicine as a staff writer for The Huffington Post. He previously covered food and entertainment for HuffPost. He was an English major at Yale and has worked at DETAILS magazine, for the Huffington Post Blog Team and at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. In college, he started Yale's biggest campus blog, The Bullblog. He lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Joe Satran

Scientists Take Huge Step Toward Universal Flu Vaccine

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:44 PM

A universal flu vaccine -- one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years -- is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives...

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Your Cell Phone Could Soon Predict Whether You'll Get The Flu

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Cell phones track our every move. A privacy advocate might see this as a problem. But an epidemiologist like Dr. Allison Aiello of the University of North Carolina sees it as an opportunity.

Aiello, along with researchers from across the country, recently published a paper showing...

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Anonymous Essay Recounts Shocking Treatment Of Anesthetized Patients

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Going under general anesthesia is always a leap of faith. When you're knocked out for an operation, you have no choice but to trust your doctors completely.

Yet a disturbing essay published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine shows that doctors sometime betray...

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FDA Approval Of Medical Devices Involves Shockingly Little Research

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Are federal regulators playing fast and loose with the health of the tens of millions of Americans who rely on medical devices to see, walk and survive? 

That's the suggestion of a new study that finds most medical devices go to market with little evidence...

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IBM Is Teaching Watson To Interpret Medical Images

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 6:47 PM

In the latest sign that the singularity is nigh, IBM announced last week that it would start teaching its ultra-fast computer system "Watson" to be something like a robotic radiologist. 

The goal is for Watson -- most famous for beating human opponents on "Jeopardy!" -- to...

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Testosterone Therapy Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be, Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 6:20 PM

Millions of men, mostly over the age of 50, are now using testosterone therapy to treat a broad array of symptoms -- erectile dysfunction, weight gain, listlessness -- thought to be caused by low testosterone levels, which the pharmaceutical industry in copious advertising calls "Low-T." 


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How Google Glass Could Save Lives In The Hospital ER

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:38 PM


Google suspended commercial production of Google Glass in January, despite copious media attention, largely because few normal consumers saw a compelling reason to buy the $1,500 computerized eyewear.

But not everyone thinks Google Glass is useless. Major hospitals have been

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New Study Links Chronic Jet Lag To Weight Gain, Early Breast Cancer Onset

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Anyone who's flown across the country knows jet lag can be unpleasant. But a growing body of research suggests that subjecting yourself to jet lag on a regular basis can also have major consequences for your health: weight gain, impaired memory -- and, according to one new study,...

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Diet Pepsi With Aspartame Isn't Going Away Completely

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Aspartame lovers can stop hoarding Diet Pepsi now. 

In April, PepsiCo announced that it was removing aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to growing consumer concern about the artificial sweetener's possible adverse health effects, and replacing it with sucralose. On Thursday,the Wall Street Journal reported the drink company's...

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Whole Foods Sued For Misleading Sugar Claims

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Whole Foods is in trouble again. 

The supermarket chain, still reeling from the revelation that it had systematically overcharged customers for packaged foods for years, is now facing...

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McDonald's 'Sustainable' Filet-O-Fish Threatens Alaska Fishermen's Livelihood

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:02 PM

In January 2013, McDonald's made waves in the media by committing to use only wild Alaskan pollock, certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), to make its popular Filet-O-Fish sandwiches in the U.S.. With awareness of an overfishing problem on the rise, this move was hailed...

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The 14 Major Restaurant Chains With The Fastest-Growing Sales

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Domino's Pizza was the fastest-growing major restaurant chain in America in the first quarter of this year, according to a Forbes analysis of publicly-traded food service companies.

Same-store sales growth -- a crucial measure of the annual growth in sales at stores open at...

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Arby's Launches Support Line For Vegetarians Tempted By Its New Bacon

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 5:05 PM



On June 28, Arby's restaurants across the country began selling three sandwiches featuring bacon baked with brown sugar. 

The brown sugar bacon will only be available until the end of July, but in the months leading up to its launch, Arby's executives became concerned...

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Gluten-Free Foods Are Not More Nutritious For Most People, Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:34 PM

A large study of gluten-free foods confirms what health experts have long been saying, but many consumers refuse to believe: Foods without the compound are no healthier for most people than gluten-containing counterparts. 

The study's authors, led by Jason Wu, a research fellow at the University of...

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Bourbon Production Climbs To Historic High

(12) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 8:33 PM

At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today.

"We are in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance," Lisa Hawkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, said. "There is a fascination with bourbon in the U.S. and abroad, with...

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The Fast Food Chains Americans Love And Hate The Most

(152) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Perhaps the key narrative in the world of fast food today is the rise of Chick fil-A and Chipotle and the fall of McDonald's. Industry analysts could build an entire career on an explanation of this phenomenon, but it's really not so complicated: American consumers love Chick fil-A and Chipotle,...

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17 Foods That Aren't Worth Making At Home

(100) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Once upon a time, if there were a food you wanted to eat, you had to make it yourself. In some parts of America, this wasn't so long ago -- if you lived in the Texas Hill Country in the 1920s, for example, you probably baked all your own bread...

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Whole Foods Co-CEOs Admit To Overcharging Customers

(187) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Consumer trust in Whole Foods Market was shattered last week when a New York City government investigation revealed that the supermarket had been systematically overcharging customers for packaged foods since at least 2010. At first, Whole Foods representatives stridently denied the claims -- but today, company executives admitted...

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Dunkin' Donuts Is Phasing Out Styrofoam Cups

(8) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Millions of Americans rely on Dunkin' Donuts for their morning coffee -- and part of what they love about the chain is that they know they can get the exact same cup of coffee every time. But customers at Dunkin' Donuts locations in New York City will now find that...

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What India Taught Burger King About Vegetarian Fast Food

(17) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:46 PM

India is a puzzle for America's fast food chains. Nearly 1.3 billion people live in the country, almost as many as live in China. Yet the market for U.S. chain restaurants in India, though growing rapidly, is still dwarfed by the market in China. Part of that disparity...

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