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John Oliver on the evils of sugar (video)

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Sugar activates our brains in a similar manner to cocaine, apparently.
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Science is not the enemy

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When I wrote about the risks of e-cigarettes & benefits of circumcision, you’d have thought I spat on the flag.
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Circumcision may be the kindest cut of all

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Recent research confirms that from a health standpoint the benefits of circumcision outweigh the costs.
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What everyone should know about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and anal cancer

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Actress Farrah Fawcett was the most famous woman to die of anal cancer. Learn the risks, symptoms and prevention.
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Is margarine really healthier than butter? It depends

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A look at the relative health merits of butter versus margarine, and at how all margarine is not the same.
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Good medical news about chocolate, coffee and tea

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Reductions in the incidences of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease in chocolate-eaters.
Trophozoite of N. fowleri in CSF, from the CDC.

Weird science: Brain-eating amoeba

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There’s a new medical mystery that reminds medical researchers of the early days of AIDS: brain-eating amoeba.
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HIV’s cousin being used to treat brain cancer

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Dr. Thoma walks us through how a modified form of a virus called Toca 511 is being used to treat brain cancer.
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2 cups of cocoa a day might keep the Alzheimer’s away

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85 grams of chocolate a day shows significant health benefits in older people with poor circulation.
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It’s time to start thinking about getting a flu shot

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In the elderly, immunocompromised and children, influenza may cause a bronchitis or pneumonia that can be fatal.
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