Monthly Archives: February 2013

Is coffee good for you?

The evidence suggesting coffee is good for you is of the most unreliable sort.  While reports from cohort studies suggest coffee (caffeinated coffee, unless otherwise specified) may have health benefits, especially in terms of diabetes risk, cohort studies are a weak and unreliable … Continue reading

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Colombian Narco-Beauty

The story goes like this: Pablo Escobar, and other drug lords of Colombia’s recent past, liked their women to look a certain way – large fake breasts, skinny waists, and enhanced butts – and they set the tone for popular … Continue reading

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Cancer Alley, Louisiana

“Cancer Alley” is the popular name for a cluster of Louisiana parishes along the Mississippi River where many chemical refineries are located. The residents of these parishes have high cancer rates. A 2010 segment on the public radio program “Living … Continue reading

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Soccer in the United States and the World, Part I

The conventional belief holds that soccer is the most popular sport everywhere in the world except the United States, yet: Most people live in a country where soccer is not the most popular sport. As with any discussion concerning world population, we start … Continue reading

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