CNBC – One-fifth of American adults experience chronic pain, CDC estimates

Living in poverty or rural areas increases the odds of suffering from chronic pain, and one-fifth of adults in the U.S. live with the condition, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Associated Press – Cancer expected to kill more than 9 million people globally this year, report finds

The World Health Organization’s cancer research arm estimated in a report released Wednesday that there will be about 18 million new cases of cancer globally this year and 9.6 million deaths.

STAT – Health researcher calls on NIH to retract statement about alcohol and cancer risk

“This is in direct contradiction with the scientific evidence which shows that even light to moderate drinking increases women’s risk of breast cancer,” Siegel told STAT.

Science Magazine – BPA substitutes may be just as bad as the popular consumer plastic

Researchers report that some of these substitutes may cause the same ill effects in mice, particularly in reproductive cells.

NPR – A deadly virus threatens millions of pigs in China

That’s because hundreds of pigs at farms nearby are dying from a mysterious virus, and Gao and his staff are now vigilantly checking his herd for symptoms of African swine fever.

The Guardian – Voodoo doll and cannibalism studies triumph at Ig Nobels

Not to be confused with the rather more prestigious – and lucrative – Nobel prizes, which will be handed out in Stockholm early next month, the Ig Nobel awards celebrate work that “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”.