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Food For Thought- Literally

2 Mar 2022

What exactly should we eat? You would think that after literally thousands and thousands of studies that have been published on every aspect of nutrition, we would have an answer to that question....

Leprosy and Its Stigma Are Both Curable

6 Nov 2021

How is an infectious agent transmitted? How does it jump from person to person and sometimes from animal to person? We can breathe it in or swallow it. We can get bitten or scratched, or rub...

Zeroing in on the Cause of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

25 Sep 2021

Sometimes, science doesn’t give you the answer you wanted. You may be certain you know what is causing a mysterious phenomenon, but a well-done scientific experiment denies you that satisfaction...

The Funhouse Mirror of Risk Perception

9 Jul 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many preexisting problems. One of them is how to vet the avalanche of information flowing down at us on a daily basis. Another is how to properly assess the risks...

Halitosis: How It Happens and How to Help

30 Apr 2021

Halitosis or chronic bad breath is very common, affecting up to 50% of the general population. Unlike onion or morning breath, halitosis is a condition that persists and is not remedied by breath...

The “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Gamble of Private Cord Blood Banks

29 Apr 2021

I remember when the idea of having your body frozen and preserved after death, a procedure called “cryonics,” was trending. Now, there is a new low-temperature preservation technique that gambles...

Will The Virus Have The Last Word?

29 May 2020

“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.” Those words spoken by Louis Pasteur a century and a half ago are unnervingly meaningful today as we confront the SARS-CoV-2 virus that...

No, COVID-19 Isn't Like Altitude Sickness

22 Apr 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

The Word "Quarantine" Comes from the Italian Word "Forty Days"

6 Feb 2020

The term derives from “quaranta giorni,” meaning 40 days, and traces back to the 14th century when the city of Dubrovnik, now in Croatia, was under Venetian rule. The Great Pestilence, or the Great...

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