Cancer and Obesity: A Raising Tide

A newly released report by the British cancer charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has finally put a number on what epidemiologists and cancer scientists have known for a long time: obesity is one of the biggest causes of cancer, and is set to become the most common cause of cancer in women by 2043. Obesity … Read more

Food and Cancer: Where Does Our Collective Fascination Come From?

As you may know if you are a regular reader of this blog, phony connections between food and various types of cancer (or cures for cancer). Over the past few months, we have been looking at turmeric, tomatoes, coffee and a bunch of other exciting ingredients that do not, in fact, cause or cure cancer … Read more

Coffee And Cancer: A Disaster

Does Coffee Coffee Cause Cancer? While this is not a dumb question, we as a society have made a real mess of the answer. Let’s start with the facts. Coffee does not cause cancer.¬†How do we know? Scientists have been doing research on this very subject for a long time. Meta-studies looking at all the … Read more

The Science You Should Have Heard About This Week: Wine Fixes Everything

In “The Science You Should Have Heard About This Week” we look at exciting, novel pieces of research that have not been majorly featured by the media – and compare and contrast the with some of the silliest bad science reporting out there. We had quite a few candidates for bad science reporting this week, … Read more

How to recognize and stop your need for magic: the cautionary tale of vaccines and autism

The recent KatVonD scandal has the online beauty and life-style community all worked up about a subject it usually stirs clear of: vaccination and its supposed link to autism. A quick recap for those who have no interest in make up blogs and gossip magazines: Kat Von D is a very famous make up artist … Read more

The Science You Should Have Heard of This Week: Let’s Talk About Asparagine

In an apparent attempt to taint the remaining vegetables that haven’t been Daily Mail-ized, some of the popular media has turned against asparagus over the last few days. It turns out, asparagus gives you breast cancer! For once, some of the media also started fighting back, in an attempt to explain why the winter vegetable … Read more