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New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

The Ruder The Sales Associate, The More You Buy?

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 04.30.2014 | Style

If you encounter a rude sales associate, are you more likely to buy something? Well, according to new research from the University of British Colum...

What I Would Do If My Foot Caught Fire

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If my foot caught fire, I would just go ahead and fetch a pail of water. Soldiering past the want of randomized clinical trials on the topic, and weirdly wonderful fad approaches would test me sorely, but I think I could deal with it.

Why There Are No Winners in the Battle of Breast vs. Bottle

Suzanne Barston | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Barston

What the Golen/Ramsey study shows should not be controversial. It's proof that whether a woman chooses, or is capable of, feeding a baby from her breast is not what defines her as a mother.

Fine Young Philanthropists

Varda Epstein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Varda Epstein

Kids are being taught at home and in their schools about the meaning of giving. Apparently, doing nice things for others makes kids smarter, happier and more successful, too.

These Cringeworthy Restaurant Truths Will Make You Think Twice About Dinner

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.29.2014 | Healthy Living

For peace of mind, we may prefer to imagine restaurants as sanitized bastions of total cleanliness. Their spotless surfaces have to exemplify the loft...

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although further investigations may be useful in further legitimizing this innovative method in controlling blood pressure, this study demonstrates that there may be more effective ways in managing hypertension than the current standard of care.

Having A Bad Hair Day? Check Your Water Pipes

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 06.18.2013 | Style

Before we roll out of bed each morning, we can pretty much tell whether we're going to have a bad hair day. We've blamed the humidity, bad dye jobs or...

Why Most Diet Research Sucks

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

What happens is that these observational studies become the basis of health policy. They don't generate hypothesis that can be tested and either proven or disproven, they generate the assumption of cause and effect, which is reinforced by the media, and becomes the basis of public health policy.

How Trustworthy Is Scientific Research? Palo Alto Company Says Not Very

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2012 | Science

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - So many scientific studies are making incorrect claims that a new service has sprung up to fact-c...

Infertility Causes Could Be Explained By Sperm Sequencing

| Posted 07.20.2012 | Women

By Katherine Harmon  | July 19, 2012 | Less than a decade after the first full human genome was mapped, technology has arrived to decode the f...

Meetings Make You Dumber

Newser.com | Posted 03.24.2012 | Weird News

A new study finds that group interactions can actually lower your intelligence. Scientists in Virginia matched groups according to IQ, ranked memb...

Gossip: Evolutionary Necessity?

Posted 12.19.2011 | Women

A new study found that gossip makes up 80 percent of our conversations, and CBS claims gossip is a $3 billion a year business. But who’s doing all t...

Joy Resmovits

Charter School Scaling Experiment Takes Shape In Houston

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

An ambitious experiment created by Harvard economist Roland Fryer to export and scale the practices of high-performing charter school chains to public...

Enough With the Stupid Studies

Vicky Ward | Posted 12.11.2011 | Media
Vicky Ward

Over the weekend I read how one study told us that women prefer dating thin, hot, rich men to fat, ugly, poor ones. Wow. I really hope that wasn't a costly enterprise by whatever group of social scientists decided to investigate that one.

"Career" Versus "Job": How Working Mothers Really Feel About Their Work

Forbes Women | Posted 11.07.2011 | Women

“Career oriented women feel more respected at home and say their spouses are more helpful” – so state the results of a national survey of more t...

Watch: Report Linking IQ To Browser Choice Likely A Hoax

Posted 10.03.2011 | Technology

A recent study that claimed that people who used the Internet Explorer web browser had lower IQs has been exposed as a hoax. ...

Four Weird Recent Economic Studies

TIME.com | BRAD TUTTLE | Posted 09.23.2011 | Business

Studies show that flexing one’s muscles may help fight off—or possibly cause—wasteful impulse purchases, and other weird money findings. ...

Joy Resmovits

Few Students 'Proficient' In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

If you can identify one advantage American troops held over the British in the American Revolution, chances are you know more U.S. history than most e...

16 And Pregnant Viewers More Likely To Support Abortion

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment

Turns out, spending whole Saturdays watching marathons of baby Bentley on MTV might do more than just distract you from work deadlines and errands. ...

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: Focus On Accountability In Schools Deemed Too Narrow

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Education policies pushing more tests haven't necessarily led to more learning, according to a new National Research Council report. "W...

Dave Jamieson

Call-Center Workers Take Heaps Of Abuse, Show Great Restraint: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business

The next time you find calling technical support to be a brutally frustrating experience, just be glad you're not on the other end of the line. A n...

Jason Linkins

Study: Lawmakers Now Spend Most Of Their Time Just Taunting One Another

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

So, what do your beloved Congresscritters spend the bulk of their time in Washington, DC doing? Mostly they have cuddle parties with lobbyists, or, if you've got the exquisite sense of timing of Rep. Corrine Brown, you're taking a "boutique shopping trip" to the brutalist wonderland of Crystal City, Virginia. But outside of that, they basically spend their days and nights straight up "doin' the dozens" on one another, in press releases. This is according to new research from Harvard, an important university.

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A No-Brainer

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In May, the long-awaited results of international, decade-long study showed no increased risk for the two most common forms of brain cancer -- glioma and meningioma -- among cellphone users.

Heat Waves Could Be Common By 2039 In U.S., Finds Stanford Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Devastating heat waves that result in fatalities and crop losses may increasingly become a common occurrence in the United States over the next three ...