UPDATED: Holy Shit, This Weight Loss Supplement Has Prozac In It

The FDA just issued a warning not to use the weight-loss supplement Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic — because it contains fluoxetine, also known as Prozac. Not a drug humans should be taking unaware, and one that can cause serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts and seizures. » 2/28/15 9:20pm Yesterday 9:20pm

Are We Doomed to Get Rashes from Our Fitness Trackers?

Constant 24/7 fitness tracking can have itchy, scratchy consequences. Those would be wrist rashes, as Fitbit users have been learning. But rashes aren't just a Fitbit problem—any wristband can leave you red, thanks to some basic biology. There may be no miracle cure for this malady of the quantified self. » 2/20/15 10:30am 2/20/15 10:30am

The Medical Miracle Headlines of the Future (from 1951)

On January 2, 1951, the Rex Morgan, M.D. comic strip featured a New Year's greeting insisting to readers that time is measured by progress instead of simply by years. And it's not a bad thought! But looking at the "headlines of the future" from 1951, one can't help but be a little bummed out. » 2/19/15 4:41pm 2/19/15 4:41pm

This Video Is the Best Explanation Yet of How Genomes Really Work


There are 20,000 genes in the human genome, but only a small fraction of them are active in any given cell. This video from Nature explains with beautiful clarity the system that activity, turning genes on and off. It's called the epigenome, and it's incredibly important. Now you can understand how it works, too. » 2/19/15 4:00pm 2/19/15 4:00pm

Researcher Announces a Tattoo Removal Cream Is In the Works

The thing about tattoos is they're inked on your skin for life, unless you want to undergo an expensive, time-consuming, and potentially scarring laser-removal process. But now, a tattoo-removal cream could be the destroyer of a thousand unwanted lower-back butterflies and a saving grace for their owners. » 2/16/15 6:10pm 2/16/15 6:10pm

'Nothing Short of Attempted Murder': A Brief History of Anti-Vaxxers

There are virtually no photographs of twenty-first century American children covered with measles. The disease, as well as the sight of it, is something we have banished to the past: the stuff of medical archives and undeveloped foreign countries. Consequently, the photos and stock images that illustrate the news… » 2/10/15 1:40pm 2/10/15 1:40pm

The Site Where Doctors Share X-Rays of Weird Things in People's Butts

You and me, we have Wikipedia. Radiologists, they have Radiopaedia. If you can get past the clinical language, you can see it for what it really is: An amazing cache of images that show the human body at its extreme limits. And a place to find (and share!) x-rays of weird stuff people have put up their butts. » 2/04/15 7:40pm 2/04/15 7:40pm