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Investigation: take home genetic tests inconsistent

An undercover investigation conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that take-home genetic test kits yield inconsistent results and provide little useful guidance for health decisions. This past May Walgreens pharmacy halted plans to sell over-the-counter genetic test kits after the U.S. Food and Drug …

Do “toning” sneakers actually build firmer muscles?

In the quest for a fitness regime that can just fold into your regular routine, “toning” sneakers may seem like an excellent fit — just don a pair of the curved-sole shoes and while “you go about your busy day” you can “burn more calories, tone muscles and more.” In fact, some of the manufacturers of such fitness footwear even point …

When measuring medicine, stay away from the spoon

A new study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice adds to research suggesting that, when it comes to measuring children’s medicine, a “spoonful” is seldom the right dose. The findings highlighted by the BBC are based on an analysis of teaspoons taken from 25 households in Greece, as well as an experiment in which …

FTC: Nestlé to drop deceptive health claims

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that Nestlé will withdraw unsubstantiated advertising claims about the health benefits of a boxed drink for children. In the first case to challenge marketing claims made about probiotics — also known as “friendly bacteria” — the FTC questioned the validity of Nestlé ads which …

FDA: obesity drug works, but safety concerns remain

A potential new obesity drug appears effective at helping patients lose weight, according to a report released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but concerns remain about side effects — which could include depression, anxiety, impact on heart rate and risks for pregnant women. The document was released in advance of a …

What does head size have to do with Alzheimer’s?

According to a new study published in the July 13 issue of the journal Neurology, Alzheimer’s patients with larger heads may experience a slower progression of cognitive decline symptoms, possibly because they have more of what researchers call “brain reserve” — or the ability to adjust to changes within the brain. The theory is based …

Study on genetics of longevity comes under scrutiny

A study published in the prestigious journal Science earlier this month suggesting that genes may hold a key for living to be 100 or older has since come under criticism from experts in the field of genetics. The study, led by Paola Sebastiani and Dr. Thomas Perls at the Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine, …

Using word association games to predict break-ups?

For psychologists conducting relationship studies, it can sometimes be tricky getting a straight answer. If you ask a participant how happy he is in a relationship, sometimes he may be in denial, just not want to open up to you (ostensibly a complete stranger holding a clipboard), or may simply not truly know himself. So, to circumvent …

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