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Tobacco Industry Refused To Reduce Radioactivity In Cigarettes In Order To Maintain Addictive Potential

Tobacco Industry Refused To Reduce Radioactivity In Cigarettes In Order To Maintain Addictive Potential

Reducing radioactivity in tobacco would have also lowered the strength of nicotine, so the tobacco industry ignored it.

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Michael Pollan Says Health Insurance Interests May Be Our Best Chance In Political Food Fight

Michael Pollan Says Health Insurance Interests May Be Our Best Chance In Political Food Fight

With the passing of Obama’s Patient Protection Act and Affordable Care Act, insurance and government agencies can no longer neglect individuals with preventable, diet-related chronic diseases.

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Sidelined: Sports Concussions

Sidelined: Sports Concussions

Studying the effects of a concussion at its source, inside the brain, is no easy feat. Says Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, "What we’re dealing with is one of the most complicated injuries in the most complicated organ in the body."

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Sexual Satisfaction Linked To Successful Aging

Sexual Satisfaction Linked To Successful Aging

Though aging was associated with an expected decline in physical health and sexual frequency, overall sexual satisfaction did not decline with age.

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Medical Meditation

Medical Meditation

One book that caught my attention recently is, "Transcendence" by Norman E. Rosenthal. M.D., which highlights Transcendental Meditation from a medical viewpoint.

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Unhealthy Lifestyle Linked To Increased Dementia Risk

Unhealthy Lifestyle Linked To Increased Dementia Risk

High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking are linked to more rapid cognitive decline.

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Attached: Uncovering the Differing Styles of Intimacy

Attached: Uncovering the Differing Styles of Intimacy

In May, I went to a "Down to a Science" Café. The topic was "Attached: The Science of Romantic Relationships." I was greatly intrigued after seeing Heller talk and I set out to buy the book.

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Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space

Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space

As the space shuttle program comes to an end, QUEST profiles Marin County former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford.

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New Study Suggests Autism More Tightly Linked To Environment Than Genetics

New Study Suggests Autism More Tightly Linked To Environment Than Genetics

The scientists estimate that environmental factors common to twins explains 55% of susceptibility to autism, whereas genetics accounts for only 37%.

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Meditation May Enhance the Strength of Neural Networks

Meditation May Enhance the Strength of Neural Networks

Meditation is associated with stronger connections between brain regions.

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Science on the SPOT: Journey of the San Francisco Bay Trail

Science on the SPOT: Journey of the San Francisco Bay Trail

A dedicated group of outdoor lovers and trail planners is working to build a 500-mile trail around San Francisco Bay. Come along as QUEST hikes and bikes the newest section.

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Diet Sodas May Not Be As Harmless As You Think

Diet Sodas May Not Be As Harmless As You Think

People who regularly drank diet soda showed an increase in waist circumference of 70% compared to those who did not drink diet soda.

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Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, postdoctoral researcher from the California Academy of Sciences, tells why nudibranchs evolved to have such beautiful and brilliant color patterns to aid in their defense.

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More Pesticides = More Parkinson's Disease

More Pesticides = More Parkinson's Disease

The case is getting stronger that working with or around pesticides directly increases risk of Parkinson's disease.

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The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

At one hospital in San Francisco, more than half of the patients in an alcohol abuse program refuse medications that could help them stop drinking. So Bay Area scientists find themselves waging two campaigns: to develop drugs that work, and to convince alcoholics to take them.

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The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

Alcoholism is a very treatable disease, but still, there are some challenges.

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The Science of Pain

The Science of Pain

Pain is the most common reason for trips to the doctor's office. So it makes sense that pain treatment is a huge part of our health care system, costing more than $100 billion dollars a year. But how exactly pain works is still a mystery in many ways. As Lauren Sommer reports, some researchers are trying to understand it better by looking at a very unusual creature.

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The Science of Pain

The Science of Pain

Pain is the most common reason for trips to the doctor's office. But how exactly pain works is still a mystery in many ways.

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Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

But the question remains, how do we make healthy eating cool?

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Eating Green

Eating Green

Journalists from around the country learn about sustainable foods at a Monterey Bay Aquarium event.

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