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On the brain: Binge drinking and intelligence
December 8th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

On the brain: Binge drinking and intelligence

A lot of fascinating discussions about what's going on in your brain - such as the implications of binge drinking, the rise of depression, and the symptoms of concussions - are bubbling this week.

Do intelligent people drink more?

A blog post in Psychology Today claiming that more intelligent people are more likely to binge drink has met with some heated reaction. The author Satoshi Kanazawa wrote in October that "more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children." The basis of this argument: Data showing correlations between intelligence and drinking.

His explanation is that alcohol consumption is relatively recent in human history, and intelligent creatures seek evolutionarily novel stimuli. In fact, that was also the rationale behind a highly controversial study from earlier this year suggesting that higher IQ is linked to liberalism, atheism, and male sexual exclusivity. FULL POST


FDA advisory committee supports weight-loss pill
December 8th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

FDA advisory committee supports weight-loss pill

An FDA advisory committee late Tuesday recommended approval of Contrave,  the first anti-obesity drug to get such an OK this year.  Two other weight-loss pills, Qnexa and lorcaserin, have been rejected.

Contrave would be used by overweight and obese patients whose initial body mass index is greater than 30 or 27 and greater with one or more health risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension.

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Study finds bisphenol A on money
December 8th, 2010
12:01 AM ET

Study finds bisphenol A on money

A new report says Bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial hormone disrupting chemical widely used in plastics, is turning up in an unlikely place–the money in your wallet.

Researchers suggest that BPA is rubbing off cashier receipts and onto bills, according to a report titled "On The Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts," published by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, and the Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC).

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