The Great Depression was popcorn's big break. When cash-strapped movie theaters brought concessions inside the theater, a star was born. But long gone are the days of plain and buttered popcorn. Trendy gourmet flavors now abound.
Is that veggie pizza at the local pizza chain 1,680 calories, or 2,960? Fast-food menus with calorie counts that are supposed to help eaters make healthier choices often aren't much help, a new study reports.
Bathtub refinishing has become a popular remodeling project. But a chemical used in the process produces highly toxic fumes. And it's not just sold just to the pros; it's also in dozens of products sold in home-improvement stores. Researchers say people should be very careful using solvents in the home.
Flu season usually peaks around February. But this year it's missing in action, with the CDC reporting the slowest start to the flu season on record. Peter Palese, a microbiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses whether unseasonably warm winter weather may be to thank.
When doctors autopsied tuberculosis patients, they described finding round, white swellings, especially in and around the lungs. Medical historian Howard Markel describes how those potato-like growths led to the disease being called tuberculosis, from the Latin tuber.
Bloomberg News reporter John Lauerman volunteered to have his DNA sequenced by Harvard researchers to demystify the process for the public. What he didn't expect to uncover was that he possessed two gene variants--one linked to rare blood disorders and the other to a higher risk of Alzheimer's.
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