There have been a few attempts to establish zero-tolerance DUI limits for weed smokers who get behind the wheel. The latest proposal by state Sen. Lou Correa would give you a DUI even if you had a trace of pot in your system.
The problem with that is virtually all regular medical marijuana patients ... More >>
A groundbreaking clinical trial to prevent paralysis and death right after a stroke by cooling the brain is underway, led by Cedars Sinai, that researchers say could change everything.The trial has been boosted from 50 to 400 patients with FDA approval, and used both "controlled hypothermia" and a " ... More >>
Eating three or more servings of red and blue berries a week may help reduce a woman's risk of heart attack, a new study suggests.
The study included nearly 94,000 young and middle-aged women who took part in the Nurses' Health Study II, according to U.S. News & World Report. The women completed qu ... More >>
New research claims that sweetened beverages increase the risk of depression in older adults -- and those drinks containing artificial sweeteners have an even worse effect on mood. Coffee, on the other hand, slightly lowers the chances of experiencing depression, CBS News reports.
"Sweetened bevera ... More >>
Teen marijuana use continues to rise, according to the latest annual Monitoring the Future survey. Some, including the Associated Press, are noting that the popularity of pot on high school campuses correlates with the increasing legality of cannabis across America.
The survey found that nearly 1 i ... More >>
Why are Americans so damn fat, and what can be done about it? A newly launched nonprofit organization, the Nutrition Science Initiative, is trying to find the answer to that mind-boggler. NuSI's goal is to "create a Manhattan Project-like effort" to solve the problem of obesity in the U.S. by focusi ... More >>
We're reminded that booze and artificially sweetened mixers sometimes can be a problematic combo. The study that figured this out has been around for a while, but it's being given fresh attention thanks to the June edition of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, which offers news ... More >>
Anyone who habitually reads The New Yorker along with their equally habitual morning cup of joe will remember with great fondness Malcolm Gladwell's 2001 story "Java Man," in which Gladwell considered "how caffeine created the modern world." Now comes yet more evidence that Sweden's King Gustav III ... More >>
Katharine Hepburn once attributed her slim figure to "a lifetime of chocolate." Now a new study from UC San Diego has found that people who eat chocolate on a regular basis are indeed thinner than those who don't. The findings from the study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, were publish ... More >>
The circle of life, or something like it, has come to the field of severe depression medicine.
You see, while ravers often complain of depression because they use up all their happy coupons every Saturday night (often in the form of serotonin-greedy ecstasy), physicians who treat hardcore cases of ... More >>
Flickr/Rafe SaltmanWhy you salty broad. You old salt. A new "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health says 88% of the U.S. population consumes more than the recommended amount of salt per day, increasing their ... More >>
Campbell'sDisney princesses may contain toxic chemicals
Disney princesses may be toxic, and not just for sociological reasons. New testing by the Breast Cancer Fund has found BPA (bisphenol-A) in six brands of canned foods marketed to children, with the highest level in Campbell's Disney Prin ... More >>
This may come as a shock, but a new study has found that Americans are eating more than they used to, Reuters reports.
Average daily meal consumption has risen from 3.8 in 1977 to 4.8 in 2006, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers. In the pi ... More >>
UCLA MagazineWhatcha got for me today, DocUCLA neuroscientist David Jentsch, who performs drug tests on vervet monkeys at the university, was the target of a particularly gnarly animal-rights protest this week.
He received a package at his home containing alleged AIDS-infested razor blades a ... More >>
A coming battle over corn?
As Americans' consumption of high-fructose corn syrup -- a corn-based sweetener found in sodas and other processed foods -- has skyrocketed, so has our propensity to become obese and develop diabetes.
Not surprisingly, corn growers and the food industry have foug ... More >>
Mike Johnson, TheBusyBrain.comThe chemicals that make hot dogs red may be a contributing factor in certain cancers.
Cigarettes might not be the only "cancer sticks." Nitrites and nitrates -- chemicals added to processed meats such as hot dogs and bologna for preservation, color and flavor -- ... More >>