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My career as an international blood smuggler

October 23, 2018

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the worlds largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice I started my decade-long turn as an international blood smuggler in 2004 with a mundane task: packing. I gently stacked a dozen half-liter glass vials into two soft-sided picnic […]

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Mental illness swam in my genes: why I was born to be a psychiatrist

October 22, 2018

Edward Hallowell was conceived only because his father tried to kill his mother. His work helps make sense of his crazy family Edward Hallowell was conceived thanks to an administrative error and his fathers plan to kill his mother. On the day in question, Hallowells father, Ben, hospitalised with schizophrenia (later identified correctly as bipolar […]

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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless

October 21, 2018

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitters Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are hoarding money and dont want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian […]

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Vitamin D supplements don’t help bone health, major study concludes

October 13, 2018

Biggest ever review of evidence recommends the government ditch its advice to take them throughout winter Vitamin D supplements do nothing for bone health and the government should ditch its advice that everyone should take them throughout the winter months, according to the authors of the biggest review of the evidence ever carried out. The […]

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WHO voices alarm as academics denied visas to visit UK conference

October 10, 2018

Fears over immigration policys impact as at least 10 delegates experience problems The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm about the impact of the UK governments immigration policy on international academic cooperation after several foreign scholars were denied visas to attend a conference. The organisers of the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in […]

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My carnivore diet: what I learned from eating only beef, salt and water

October 7, 2018

Jordan Peterson insists his fad diet helps you lose weight and feel better. I tried it for a week, and let me tell you: it was truly, punishingly awful When I started my carnivore diet, I had no idea what it would involve. I thought it could be fun. I wasnt to know Id started […]

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Dairy food in moderation ‘may protect the heart’

September 30, 2018

Three small portions of dairy a day may actually protect against heart disease and stroke Dairy products such as cheese and milk have got a bad name because of the saturated fat they contain, but a large new study suggests that in moderation, they may actually protect against heart disease and stroke. The study was […]

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Forget the headlines – the best diet is the one that works for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

September 20, 2018

Do whole grains prevent diabetes? Is moderate drinking good or bad for you? Nutritional studies are more complex than you are told Theres a news cycle that we have all become attuned to. Its what has led various publications to conclude that broccoli is both causing and preventing cancer, that chocolate is a weight-loss food […]

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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

September 16, 2018

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote city of stersund. But its legacy is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12-year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside stersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry: Two who died of Spanish flu buried today. A few […]

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Why is San Francisco … covered in human feces? | Nathan Robinson

September 10, 2018

People arent pooping on the streets because they unlearned basic hygiene. Rather, the incidents reflect shameful levels of inequality in the city Its an empirical fact: San Francisco is a crappier place to live these days. Sightings of human feces on the sidewalks are now a regular occurrence; over the past 10 years, complaints about […]

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