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Dying to grow?

By Henry Miller STANFORD: We are constantly bombarded with information about the purported risks or protective effects of one or another food, dietary supplement, chemical, drug, or activity. In July, for example, an article in The Annals of Internal Medicine reported that people who work at least 11 hours a day have a 67 percent higher …


Tropics of Cancer?

By Henry Miller STANFORD: Cancer is sometimes thought of as a disease of wealthier countries, but it is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in poorer ones as well. Indeed, by the end of this decade, about 150 million people worldwide will have cancer, with approximately 60 percent of them residing in developing countries. Although …


Can radiation be good for you?

By Henry Miller STANFORD: The earthquake and tsunami-related problems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant have inspired endless commentary and speculation. Unfortunately, much of the debate about the disaster and its implications has been uninformed and problematic. Radiation levels have increased by as much as 400 times the normal level 12 miles from the Fukushima plant; …


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