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Alex Trebek pictured in Pasadena, California on May 5, 2019. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

The Trebek effect: The benefits of well wishes

Alex Trebek raised an interesting question when he thanked well-wishers for supporting him in his fight against pancreatic cancer: Do prayers and good thoughts really have a medical effect?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, signs a bill that creates a new voucher program for thousands of students to attend private schools using taxpayer dollars. Lynne Sladky/AP

School vouchers expand despite evidence of negative effects

Research over the past few years has shown vouchers for private schools set back student learning. So why are advocates still pushing so hard to expand them?
They’re not perfect, but flu shots are still good to get. AP Photo/David Goldman

This year the flu came in two waves – here’s why

The 2018-2019 flu season was less deadly than the last. But the pattern of infection was unusual, thanks to the various strains circulating and the way flu shots work over time.
Yoga classes are becoming more prevalent in America’s schools. Africa Studio / www.shutterstock.com

Are yoga and mindfulness in schools religious?

Yoga and mindfulness are becoming more prevalent in America's public schools. But are they subtly promoting religion? A scholar who has served as an expert witness in several yoga cases weighs in.
Reversing lactose intolerance might make it possible for adults to enjoy a milkshake again. YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV / Shutterstock.com

Can changing the microbiome reverse lactose intolerance?

You may think that your milk-drinking, ice cream-licking days are behind you as you battle the discomfort of lactose intolerance. But there maybe be a way to reverse the situation.

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