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Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight. Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com

Why Bill Maher is wrong about fat-shaming

Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person's control.
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Could a toilet seat help prevent hospital readmissions?

Nearly half of patients with congestive heart failure who are hospitalized and then discharged end up back in the hospital within 90 days. Could a toilet seat help prevent this from occurring?
Currently, stem cell based treatments are still mostly experimental, and while some results are encouraging, several clinical trials have failed. (Shutterstock)

Stem cell treatments: Miracle cures or dangerous experiments?

Stem cells show much promise, both for testing drugs and for treating disease. But the hype around them has been dangerous, as most treatments are in very experimental stages and can cause harm.
Inhaling mist contaminated with Legionella pneumophila can lead to Legionnaires’ disease. Denis Klimov 3000/Shutterstock.com

Why are people still dying from Legionnaires’ disease?

A woman recently died from Legionnaires' disease at an Atlanta hotel. Why? The cause is known and the disease is largely preventable. Yet the number of cases in the US continue to rise.
These bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. Melissa Brower/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP

An ambitious plan to stop the rise of superbugs

Many articles describe the rise of superbugs - bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic drugs - as inevitable. But society has the knowledge to stop the spread of these microbes.
Every child born in the U.S. has a blood sample taken to screen for genetic diseases. Helen Sushitskaya/Shutterstock.com

Sequencing the genome of newborns in the US: Are we ready?

What happens when babies are born critically ill and the doctors have no idea what is wrong? Some argue that a controversial tool called whole genome sequencing may help find the cause.
Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease. ktsdesign/Shutterstock.com

Rapid DNA analysis helps diagnose mystery diseases

Superfast DNA analysis is now being used to crack medical mysteries when physicians can't figure out whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.

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