Phthalates: They’re difficult to pronounce, widely used in plastics, rubber, cosmetics, and fragrances, and yes, they’re in your macaroni and cheese. But should you really be worried about the report which inspired The New York Times to editorialize about “potentially harmful chemicals…present in high concentrations in your child’s favorite meal?” Although phthalates may migrate from plastics to...

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One day it seems that coffee will kill you, while the next it's hailed as the key to a long life. So what gives? In an article published in RealClearScience, our chief science officer, Dr. Joseph Perrone, explains why poor scientific methodology accepted by groups like the International Agency for Research on...

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As Catholics head to mass this morning, they have something new to celebrate. Last week, the Vatican stood on the side of science when it clarified that bread made from genetically modified products would be acceptable for communion. Although genetically modified wheat (in the sense that individual genes are inserted, removed, or...

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“Meal prepping,” or preparing a week’s worth of food in advance to focus on portion control and nutritional content, has taken the health world by storm. With studies consistently indicating that people who prepare their own food eat more fruits and vegetables, adhere more closely to nutritional guidelines, and exhibit better portion control, meal prepping is certainly...

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A “landmark” study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine discovered the fountain of youth tastes a lot like freshly brewed coffee. After examining the diets of more than 500,000 Europeans over roughly 16 years, researchers found that increased coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes. (Cue...

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Though we celebrated America’s birthday earlier this week, today, another anniversary deserves recognition. 132 years ago, French scientist Louis Pasteur first administered his experimental rabies vaccine to a young boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog. TIME reported: "One hot July morning in 1885, feverish little Joseph Meister was dragged by...

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Tomorrow, millions of Americans will stand in awe of the grand displays of chemistry—that is, fireworks—bursting over their hometown on the Fourth of July. It’s easy to appreciate science in that moment, when explosives are launched to just the right height to ensure safety and explode in an array of color. But it’s...

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Last week, a Los Angeles Times article posed the question: “Adding Roundup to Prop. 65 list is a victory, but will Californians heed the warning?” Adding Roundup, the popular weed killer powered by glyphosate, may have been a win for internet activists, but it was by no means a win for...

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This week, our Chief Science Officer, Dr. Joseph Perrone, authored an opinion piece in the Orange County Register. He argues that when personal biases underscore public health policy decisions, everyone loses. Read an excerpt of Dr. Perrone’s argument below, or the entire op-ed on the Orange County Register website: According to Reuters,...

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The animal activist group, PETA, recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging our country to stop funding medically important animal research. PETA attempted to pin one of the biggest issues in modern research – the fact that many experiments can’t be replicated – solely on the fact...

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