How to Detox Bad Science from Your Holidays

ACSH - Nov 15 2017 - 12:11

Before you pay for the juice cleanse, learn how your body actually rids itself of harmful toxins for absolutely free.  The American Chemical Society's video series explains how our very own bodies are equipped to help keep us clear of toxins.

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FDA: Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Rightly Warns Public About Kratom

ACSH - Nov 15 2017 - 11:11

With a government creating misguided policies using false media narratives about pain doctors and patients(1), the opportunity is open for groups selling "natural" analgesic alternatives, but the public should beware. If it is an alternative to medicine, usually it either does not work at all or, if it does, its effects are unknown.

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What Netflix Might Learn From Fruit Flies

ACSH - Nov 15 2017 - 09:11

I want to share how the fruit fly has solved a problem that continues to vex Amazon and Netflix, making the recommendations we encounter every day we use e-commerce. And they do it better!

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Here's Why Testicular Cancer Responds Better to Chemo than Other Cancers

ACSH - Nov 14 2017 - 13:11

It's because of the stem cells.

Cornell University researchers determined that for testicular cancer, those cells are more capable of responding to chemotherapy, and they do so better than stem cells in other forms of cancer. And this effectiveness takes place with testicular cancer even after it metastasizes.

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On Heart Association's New Guidelines, Media Misses the Real Point

ACSH - Nov 14 2017 - 12:11

The American Heart Association's new hypertension guidelines are about treating patients at risk for cardiovascular disease. It is not about the 50% of patients now declared hypertensive, even though that is what the mainstream media reports.  

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Slower Yields and Other Benefits of Organic Agriculture

ACSH - Nov 14 2017 - 10:11

A review paper (1) recently found that organic crop yields are 19-25% lower than conventional systems.

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Knee Dislocations More Common And More Expensive In The Obese

ACSH - Nov 14 2017 - 10:11

Obesity is hard on knees. It's well-known that excess weight can lead to arthritis in the weight-bearing joints — knees and hips. Less understood is the risk of knee dislocations and subsequent vascular damage, which is also increased in the obese and morbidly obese populations.

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During Sex, In Public - Why Are We So Afraid Of CPR?

ACSH - Nov 13 2017 - 14:11

New research is showing compromising circumstances in the bedroom and being a female in public play a role in who we choose to give CPR.

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Reason, WaPo, Men's Health And More Media Outreach

ACSH - Nov 13 2017 - 13:11

1. Medicare Part D was controversial during its passage yet now is regarded as a success - and it may be the future of Obamacare. Making that case was no less than a Senator who was against Medicare Part D at the time, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, whom I met at the American Action Forum meeting.

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What Kills the Most Young Children Around the World?

ACSH - Nov 13 2017 - 12:11

The answer to the question is not an obvious one. You might think malaria or malnutrition? But, no - the answer is pneumonia. Pneumonia kills ~ 1 million children under the age of five around the world - more than HIV/AIDS, diarrhea and malaria combined. However, it does not get the same attention as other infections that are a challenge for global health. As November 12 was World Pneumonia Day, some attention on this relatively unrecognized killer is in order. 

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Move Over, Golden Rice — Golden Potatoes Are On The Way!

ACSH - Nov 13 2017 - 10:11

If the fear mongers about GMO foods don't get their way, new strains of potatoes genetically engineered to contain beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol (vitamins A and E) could potentially assuage vitamin A and E deficiencies in areas of the developing world (such as some parts of Africa) where potatoes are staple foods.

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What Is The Flu, Who Should Get The Flu Shot, And Why

ACSH - Nov 13 2017 - 06:11

It’s that time of year again. People around you are getting the sniffles and experts are beginning to speculate on this year’s prevalent strains of flu.

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Volunteer Tourism: How Doing Good Is Doing Harm

ACSH - Nov 12 2017 - 06:11

Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to “doing good”. Yet these efforts to help people and the environment have come under heavy criticism – I believe for good reason.

Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They simply don’t have the skills. And they can inadvertently perpetuate patronizing and unhelpful ideas about the places they visit.

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Breast Cancer Recurrence After Hormonal Treatment Linked To Initial Status

ACSH - Nov 11 2017 - 07:11

Women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancers are commonly treated post-surgery for five years with drugs that interfere with the hormone-tumor interaction. But sometimes the cancer reoccurs, and the initial tumor and lymph node status seems to be important in determining who would be at the greatest risk of recurrence.

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Do Any Sports Supplements Actually Work?

ACSH - Nov 11 2017 - 06:11

Whether your goal is to increase strength, decrease body fat or improve overall performance, adding supplements to your daily regimen can give you that extra edge. But with thousands of products on the market, choosing the ones that are right for you can be overwhelming.

That said, here are some of the more popular supplements on the market today, separated into three categories:

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Malpractice or Murder? How Law Enforcement Chooses to Prosecute Doctors

ACSH - Nov 10 2017 - 14:11

More and more doctors are being prosecuted for murder for inappropriately prescribing opioids to patients that have resulted in patient deaths.  How is it determined that a physician's actions have gone beyond malpractice to murder?

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Have a 'fentanyl on a shopping cart' question? Call ACSH

ACSH - Nov 10 2017 - 11:11

A story out of Miami about children being poisoned by fentanyl on supermarket shopping carts is all over the place. So are the answers. We give you the correct ones.

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Vegetarian Men are More Depressed - Are Steaks a Treatment?

ACSH - Nov 10 2017 - 11:11

From the data that told you vegetarian mothers create drug-addled children we now learn that vegetarian fathers are depressed. Is it the kids or the diet?

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How Science Repaired a Boy's Skin and Saved his Life

ACSH - Nov 10 2017 - 08:11

It is not every day when the most exciting scientific story of the year comes across your desk. But, this week that is exactly what happened. A team of researchers from Germany, Austria, and Italy gave a young boy with the genetic disease junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) new skin cells that saved his life.

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How Chemistry Can Create 10-Year Whisky In Weeks - Or Days

ACSH - Nov 10 2017 - 06:11

Over the past few years the whisky-drinking world has been introduced to several new products that claim to produce high-quality liquor in just a fraction of the time usually required to age single malt spirits. Instead of maturing the whisky for a decade or more in oak barrels, some distillers say they can replicate the quality and taste in a matter of weeks.

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