The science is in: Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight

The science is in: Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight

We have this idea that if we want to lose weight, we join a gym on January 1st, we start working out regularly, and eventually we’ll slim down. Well, here’s some bad news. I read more than sixty studies on this, and it turns out exercise is actually pretty useless when it comes to weight […]

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How Brexit could create a crisis at the Irish border

How Brexit could create a crisis at the Irish border

As part of the European Union, the United Kingdom’s borders have been relatively open for years. Trade’s carried out freely with other member countries and people coming through only need to show their EU passport. But in June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU so that it could reassert control on its own […]

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Why your healthcare is so expensive (or free) | Did You Know?

Why your healthcare is so expensive (or free) | Did You Know?

Imagine you needed an MRI. Now, depending on where you live, it could be free, or cost hundreds of dollars. And it’d be the same whether you needed your appendix removed. Or a CT scan. We can all agree that our health is important. But unfortunately, where you live can be the difference between not […]

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How single-payer health care works, in 2 minutes

How single-payer health care works, in 2 minutes

People have really strong opinions on single-payer healthcare. It could be the silver bullet that fixes our healthcare system, or it could be…. But most people don’t even know what single-payer means. So let’s start with what we have. You can think of the American healthcare system as a series of tubes. We do not […]

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Weed Is Everywhere, So Why Is It Still a Medical Mystery?

Weed Is Everywhere, So Why Is It Still a Medical Mystery?

A couple hours outside London, thousands of cannabis plants are growing in this enormous glasshouse. Scientists here are testing different strains, processing raw plant matter, and converting it into potent medicinal extracts. But this isn’t your typical grow house, it’s a pharmaceutical research operation in the U.K. — which as it turns out, is the […]

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