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    • Doctors Finally Admit Drugs Can’t Fix Most Cases of Back Pain

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The American College of Physicians now recommends heat therapy and yoga ahead of pain meds for low back pain.

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    • Trump Understands What Many Miss: People Don’t Make Decisions Based on Facts

    • By: Julia Belluz, Brian Resnick
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 10 mins
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    How can we make facts matter? Research in psychology and political science offers a little hope.

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    • How Psychologists Explain the Unique Pain of Election Heartbreak

    • By: Julia Belluz, Javier Zarracina
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Searching for ways to understand this profound election heartbreak — which seems more acute and gut-wrenching than any political event I’ve observed in my years here — I turned to the literature on psychology, human behavior, and politics. And I found some comfort.

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    • The Truth About High-Intensity Interval Training

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Some of the media coverage of late might lead you to believe that tiny bursts of exercise for as little as one minute are a quick route to better fitness. But there are some important nuances about high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, that have gotten lost in all the excitement. The proven benefits of these workouts relate to very particular health measures.

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    • Most of Us Misunderstand Metabolism. Here Are 9 Facts to Clear That Up

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 17 mins
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    We talk about metabolism like it's something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster. You've seen the articles headlined "Boost your metabolism" or "Try this high-metabolism diet to lose weight." But this obscures many truths about this essential, yet still somewhat mysterious, biological process.

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    • Researchers Have Ditched the Autism-Vaccine Hypothesis. Here's What They Think Actually Causes It.

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Of all the issues doctors have explored in children’s health, none has been more exhaustively researched than the question of whether vaccines are linked to autism. After hundreds and hundreds of studies in thousands of children, “We can say with almost as much certainty than anybody could ever say that vaccines don’t cause autism,” Mayo Clinic autism researcher Dr. Sunil Mehta told me.

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    • The Global Crackdown on Parents Who Refuse Vaccines for Their Kids Has Begun

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 7 mins
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    There’s a school of thought that refusing vaccines on behalf of your children amounts to child abuse, and that parents should be punished for their decision. We know vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and effective at preventing the spread of disease. And yet failing to immunize children can put them (and vulnerable people around them) at tremendous risk of illness or even death when outbreaks get rolling.

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    • This New Study May Explain Why Peer Review in Science Often Fails

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Academics vet the work of their peers — for free, in their spare time — in a process that is supposed to weed out junk science before it’s published. But researchers say the task is thankless, that it slows down the publication process. To make matters worse, this cornerstone of the scientific method has surprisingly little evidence for its effectiveness, and many mysteries about how it works.

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    • Replication Is a Cornerstone of Science. Turns Out It’s Really, Really Hard to Get Right.

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Researchers take an experiment that’s already been done, and test whether its conclusions hold up by reproducing it. The general principle is that if the results repeat, then the original results were correct and reliable. If they don’t, then the first study must be flawed, or its findings false. But there’s a big wrinkle with replication studies: They don’t work like that.

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    • Caffeine Overdose Is Extremely Rare — but Here's How It Can Happen

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Davis Allen Cripe, a healthy South Carolina teenager, downed a Mountain Dew, a café latte, and an energy drink — and then died suddenly last month.

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    • When to Cook With Fancy Salt — and When Cheap Salt Will Do

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Let's be clear: Chemically speaking, all salt is exactly the same.

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    • Does Sunscreen Really Protect My Skin? Your Paranoid Sunscreen Questions, Answered.

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Paige McKinney
    • Length: 15 mins
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    Summer is here, and with more hours under the hot sun come anxieties about burning, peeling, wrinkles, and, worst of all, skin cancer. There's good reason for this: Over the past 30 years, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined."

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    • We've Long Blamed Carbs for Making Us Fat. What If That's Wrong?

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 9 mins
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    It’s one of the most hotly contested areas of dieting: How much do carbohydrates matter when it comes to weight loss?

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    • The Science of Why You Might Want to Kick Your Diet Soda Habit

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Matt Josdal
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Diet sodas have long been marketed as weight loss tools. The idea is that they allow people to enjoy the sweetness of regular soda, but without all the calories and weight gain. Some scientists, however, are highly skeptical that diet soft drinks, which contain artificial sweeteners, actually deliver on those marketing claims. And evidence seems is mounting that diet sodas and artificial sweeteners may actually promote weight gain.

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    • Beyoncé's Gorgeous Pregnancy Has a Powerful Subtext for Health

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Beyoncé is on a quest to change how the world sees pregnancy. Along the way, she’s nudging us to consider the biases pregnant black women face, and the startling gap between black and white women when it comes to maternal health.

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    • How Exercise Can Shut Down Women's Periods - With Dire Health Consequences

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 8 mins
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    We don’t usually hear much about women’s periods during the Olympics. That is, until Chinese swimming phenomenon Fu Yuanhui broke the silence last week in Rio and brought up her menstrual flow following a fourth-place finish. But it’s not just Fu who’s opening up. The medical community and even the International Olympic Committee are becoming more comfortable talking about a number of issues around training, competing, and periods - some of which can put women’s health at grave risk.

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    • This Researcher May Have Discovered the Antidote to Health Bullshit

    • By: Julia Belluz, Alvin Chang
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 12 mins
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    For decades, he’s been trying to find ways to get adults to think critically about the latest diet fads, vaccine rumors, or “miracle cures.” But he realized these efforts are often in vain: Adults can be stubborn old dogs — resistant to learning new things and changing their minds.

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    • How Climate Change Helped Lyme Disease Invade America

    • By: Julia Belluz
    • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
    • Length: 9 mins
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    When President Donald Trump announced last week that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, Yale epidemiology researcher Katharine Walter felt gutted. “[Global warming] is already happening,” she said, “and the effects are already here.”

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