A solution for childhood obesity? Universal basic income

Sure, the extra money is helpful. But the most intriguing benefit from a universal basic income — a regular cash transfer to all individuals regardless of their employment status or income level — could be that it may help reduce childhood obesity. A new study of Alaska’s own universal basic income program, the Permanent Fund Dividend, which […]

How Helpful Would A Genetic Test For Obesity Risk Be?

Even if a genetic test could reliably predict obesity risk, would people make effective use of the information? eyecrave/Vetta/Getty Images Scientists who recently announced an experimental genetic test that can help predict obesity got immediate pushback from other researchers, who wonder whether it is really useful. The story behind this back-and-forth is, at its core, […]

Calling on a cancer coach

In a room no larger than an ATM booth, with crutches stacked against the walls, 10 women shuffle about listlessly, waiting for a class to begin. Most have come from different parts of Maharashtra, some from states like Kerala and West Bengal. While there are some differences in their socioeconomic backgrounds, they are all united […]

A soft spot for stem cells helps cornea healing

Comparison between collagenase-treated and burned rabbit corneas. Credit: Newcastle University New research led by scientists at Newcastle University, UK reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness—by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair wounds, inside the body. The team discovered that the simple application of a […]

That Glow, Tho: How To Revive Your Skin After A Brick A** Winter

Because we can’t have you ‘round here looking thirsty. Whew, chile! Freshly fallen snow may be nice to look at, but the dry skin that accompanies the winter months ain’t it. And by the time the first tulip blooms come springtime, best believe your skin—which just endured months of humidity-deprived conditions—is super parched. Pass the moisturizer, […]

Can a ‘fertility diet’ really help you conceive? In some cases, yes

When it comes to diets, there are many varieties from which to choose: weight loss, plans to lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, and foods to fuel endurance athletes. Now, there’s a diet that claims it can boost a woman’s chances of having a baby. The diet was developed by Drs. Jorge Chavarro and Walter Willett, […]

Are Stem Cell Transplants A Cure For HIV? Not So Fast

A second patient appears to have been “cured” of HIV following a stem cell transplant procedure, which replaces unhealthy, infected cells, with healthy blood cell precursors. The first successful stem cell transplant occurred in the “Berlin patient,” Timothy Ray Brown, in 2008 and, ten years later, he is still free of HIV. The current unidentified […]

At a health conference, attendees got some unusual swag: Glucometers to monitor their blood sugar

BSIP | UIG | Getty Images Diabetic teen equipped with glucose sensor and Freestyle Libre scanner which can just be flashed at the sensor on the back of arm to instantly measure blood sugar levels. Livongo, a San Francisco start-up that sells tools to employers to help them manage the health of their workers with […]