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The Science of Coffee: A New Journal Covers Caffeine Research

The Science of Coffee: A New Journal Covers Caffeine Research

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Vaccine Injuries:

Vaccine makers win big as the Supreme Court decides parents cannot sue for vaccine-related injuries to children, the Washington Post's Robert Barnes reports. They must rely instead on a special tribunal set up by Congress.

Research Buzz: Really? A new scientific journal dedicated to research on caffeine? Probably best read with latte in hand.

BPA Blooper: Did Maine Gov. Paul LePage really say that the only danger of the chemical bisphenol A is that it could "give women little beards?" Yes, yes, he did. (For more tips on reporting on BPA and other environmental health issues, check out Douglas Fischer's helpful advice.)

E-Health: Jay Parkinson of the Future Well blog says health apps, including those that monitor your calories and exercise, are about as overrated as public health ads. Are those fighting words? (Hat tip: 33 Charts)

Uninsured: Heart Sisters blogger Carolyn Thomas details the sad story of an uninsured journalist who didn't seek medical attention for chest pain (despite emailing her friends about it) and soon died of a heart attack. RIP. (Hat Tip: Grand Rounds)

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Hello Barbara and thanks so much for the mention (in Heart Sisters) - of the tragic heart attack death of Melissa Mia Hall in Texas last month. I didn't even know Melissa. And she is just one of over 45,000 people whose deaths each year, according to a 2009 Harvard University study, are directly attributable to being uninsured. But for some reason her story has galvanized many of us heart attack survivors in ways that few heart stories can.

Thanks for helping to spread the word about Melissa.

Cheers,

C.

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You're welcome, Carolyn. It was a heartbreaking post.

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