Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:13 pm
We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven't you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle to buy, and then opting for the one with the higher price tag, the prettier label or the more tempting descriptors?
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:44 pm
Snake venom, vitamin C, Nano Silver and herbs have all been pitched online as a treatment or cure for Ebola. None has the backing of the FDA.
"Unfortunately during public health threats such as Ebola, fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat, cure disease often appear on the market almost overnight," says Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator. In particular, the FDA wants consumers to beware Ebola "cures" peddled online.
On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled the Check and Report Ebola Kit, which it will be handing out starting Monday to travelers from West Africa who arrive at U.S. airports. Think of it as a swag bag for epidemic time.
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:51 pm
Fake classes, inflated grades and one academic department that facilitated it all. Those are all detailed in a newly released report on grade-fixing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The scandal came to light in 2011, but the report out Wednesday offers the most wide-sweeping look yet at how some school staff members boosted the grades of more than 3,000 students — nearly half of them athletes — over nearly 20 years.
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:23 pm
U.S.-led strikes in Syria have killed 553 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday.
The Observatory, which relies on reports from activists on the ground, has been providing death-toll estimates since the protests in the country spiraled into civil war beginning in the spring of 2011.
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:28 pm
Until Wednesday, the front door of Canada's main Parliament building, Centre Block, was often left unlocked. Taken as a metaphor for the nation as a whole, many think the attack in Ottawa will change that approach to security.
In the assault, a soldier was killed as he guarded the National War Memorial and a shootout left the gunman dead inside Canada's parliamentary complex.
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:01 pm
California's severe drought is putting stress on everyone these days: the residents whose wells are running dry; the farmers forced to experiment with growing their produce with much less water; and of course, the thirsty fruits and vegetables themselves.