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A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019

An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

Does pizza prevent cancer? The results of this year's Ig Nobel awards.

September 16, 2019

The Annals of Improbable Research on Thursday awarded the Ig Nobel Prizes to 10 "improbable" research projects, including studies into how dirty money really is, whether clickers can help train budding surgeons, and more.

Are diet sodas dangerous? New research deepens the debate.

September 9, 2019

Drinking soft drinks every day—including sugar-free diet sodas—is associated with a greater risk of premature death, according to a study of over 450,000 people published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine, though some experts warn that observational studies like this fail to answer the question of whether drinking diet sodas causes harm or is simply associated with unhealthy behavior.

Can junk food really make you go blind? It's complicated.

September 6, 2019

A new case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights a severe case of avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder that doctors believe led to blindness in a 17-year-old boy who ate only French fries, chips, white bread, and processed pork—but one expert is questioning whether the boy's diet was the only factor at play.

This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019

North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019

Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

A Weight Watchers app for kids? That's a terrible idea, this dietitian argues.

August 21, 2019

WW, formally named Weight Watchers, has launched a new diet app for children, but Christy Harrison, a registered dietitian nutritionist, in a New York Times opinion piece argues that parents should keep their children away from the app—and diets in general.

The health benefits of a single vacation day

August 19, 2019

People who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to a study published in Psychology & Health.

Is morning exercise really better for weight loss? Here's why you should be skeptical.

August 15, 2019

While recent headlines proclaimed that exercising in the morning could lead to greater weight loss than exercise at other times in the day, Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and health care economist, warns that one may want to think twice before overhauling one's workout routine.

What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving)

August 13, 2019

Numerous studies show that the regular consumption of free sugars, particularly in sweetened drinks, can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and premature death—and Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biology researcher at the University of California, says the peculiar way the body handles fructose might be a driving factor behind people's "sweet tooth."

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