articles tagged: public health
world of weird things podcast: turning tbt into tuberculosis thursdays
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: turning tbt into tuberculosis thursdays

We're on the verge of driving many childhood illnesses into extinction but a group of obsessed conspiracy theorists is trying to stop us, with thousands of kids as collateral damage.

why polluters want the epa to ignore over 1,400 deaths per year
# science

why polluters want the epa to ignore over 1,400 deaths per year

Polluters have two ways of cleaning up their act. They can pollute less and diversify into renewables, or pretend they're not actually causing illness and deaths. Guess which they prefer.

should we stop worrying and learn to irradiate public spaces?
# health

should we stop worrying and learn to irradiate public spaces?

An 80 year old method of sterilizing surfaces with radiation without harming humans or animals might be the key to controlling flu pandemics. But it using it could come with a catch...

the skeptic’s guide to porn
# sex

the skeptic’s guide to porn

Moral crusaders insist that porn is the mother of all modern social ills, but every scrap of data we have suggests they couldn't be more wrong.

that depends on your definition of informed…
# health

that depends on your definition of informed…

Anti-vaxers are vehemently opposed to a bill that would require doctors to explain how vaccines work on the basis that it would require them to leave their echo chambers and might sway parents on the fence to vaccinate.

why you can’t tax your way to better health
# health

why you can’t tax your way to better health

Soda taxes can curb consumption of sugary drinks, but their benefits are vastly oversold and the problems we're facing need a more holistic approach.

how about some paranoia with your new phone?
# tech

how about some paranoia with your new phone?

The city of San Francisco wants cell phone makers to display information showing that their phones are harmless in the most menacing and confusing way possible.

separating health facts from health hysteria
# health

separating health facts from health hysteria

Despite the gloom and doom you see on the news, we're actually making huge strides in improving medicine and have a pretty good handle on what the media insists are crises.

helping those who won’t help themselves
# health

helping those who won’t help themselves

How far should we go to help people who refuse to help themselves? Or worse yet, whose parents refuse treatment we know will keep them alive?

the pope needs a fact check
# sex

the pope needs a fact check

A pair of studies shows that not only does abstinence not work, it makes things a lot worse.