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Review: NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

I love this $80 device and use it daily. The problem it solved for me: get produce in my mouth.Read the rest

Texas doctor's consent form for women seeking abortions


Redditor Mystharia terminated a pregnancy for medical reasons last week; her doctor gave her this consent form, mandated by -- and scathingly attacking -- the Texas legislature, which requires the doctor to enumerate an eye-wateringly detailed account of the foetal development before termination. (Icon: Kevin Dooley/CC-BY)

Health's unkillable urban legend: "You must drink 8 glasses of water/day"


In 1945, the Food and Nutrition board advised that most people needed 2.5l of water/day, noting that most of this would come from your prepared foods.

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This video will show you how to live so long, you'll be the oldest person alive on the planet.

Strangely, the advice becomes more and more strange as this video unfolds.

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Furiosa's tampon ad

This is a million times better than oblique references to bloating and neat test-tubes of thin blue liquid. (via That Book Smell)

Scientists: Music makes surgery patients feel better

For more than a century, physicians have used music to make patients feel better before, during, and after surgery. A new scientific meta-study looks at the evidence and confirms that yes, listening to music has measurable pain-killing properties and reduces anxiety around surgery.

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Transgenic mouse company pays academics who cite them in papers

Cyagen also makes stem cells and other bio-research materials: they'll pay academics $100 in vouchers per citation, multiplied by the impact factor of the journal in which the paper is published. -

US lobbying for TPP to lock up clinical trial data


Copyright only extends to creative works, not facts, meaning that clinical trial data (and other data sources) are in the public domain as soon as they're published -- unless governments create special "sui generis" rights to scientific research data.

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The best person who ever lived is an unknown Ukrainian man

Out of everyone who ever existed, who has done the most good for humanity? It's a difficult question. Read the rest

Brown fat therapy reverses Type I diabetes in mouse trial

A Vanderbilt University School of Medicine study published in Endocrinology and Metabolism found that mice with Type I diabetes that received brown fat transplants had their diabetes reversed 53% of the time.

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Wil Wheaton on depression

In a heartfelt and frank interview (conducted by our own Caroline Siede!), Wil Wheaton discusses the moment he realized he needed help with his clinical depression, and the moment he realized that the help was helping.

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Iodine bindis may help healthcare in India

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Most people in the United States and the rest of the west have easy access to iodine, an essential chemical for our health. In many parts of rural India, this isn't the case. Thanks to Grey for Good and "The Life Saving Dot"—an iodine patch that women in India can easily add to their daily routine—this is changing. [via]

FDA & FTC mull homeopathy's future


Both the UK and Australian governments have issued reports describing homeopathy as bunk, and now the US Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission are holding hearings on the regulation of high-priced sugar-pills.

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3D printing your organs before surgery

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This is a 3D printed heart made from CT scan data. Smithsonian talks to Brigham and Women’s Hospital radiologists Beth Ripley and Tatiana Kelil whose 3D Print For Health effort to spur conversation and exploration around 3D printing in medicine.

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Quantified Self Expo in San Francisco on Saturday (6/20)

Our pals at Quantified Self are hosting a big expo in San Francisco on Saturday and they're offering BB readers a $10 discount off the $20 ticket price! Get hip to the self-tracking scene and see your life through the lens of data! Event details here.

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Shoe that wraps like a scarf: Vibram Furoshiki

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Vibram leveraged its reputation for killer army-boot soles into a second life as manufacturer of shoes with individual toes for "barefoot" runners -- now they've made Furoshiki, a shoe that wraps around your foot like a scarf, whose promise is a better-than-ever fit.

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