Single Gene Linked to Severe Obesity in Humans

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 19:01

Weight stigma is real. Overweight and obese people are the targets of bias at work, school, at the doctor's office, with personal relationships and in the media.

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ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells On BBC Debunking Myths About President Trump's Physical Exam

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 15:01

Today is the day President Donald Trump will be experiencing his first medical evaluation in the White House. ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells discussed with BBC TV's anchor Matthew Amroliwala the many misperceptions and falsehoods that have abounded in the media surrounding such an event. 

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Your Pet And The Flu: Things To Know

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 12:01

While the nasty flu is circling among humans this season — having claimed 27 lives already — your pets aren't immune to a certain type of flu among their kind. Here are some facts about the dog flu hitting some areas this winter, and how you can protect your furballs.


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Federal "Junk Food" Tax is Feasible, Not Probable

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 10:01

A federal tax on so-called junk foods is feasible, says a new review of the topic. Theoretically, such a tax could help fight the obesity epidemic, but it's more likely to help fund the government without making a dent in health risks.

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Frailty is a Better Gauge of Surgical Risk than Age

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 08:01

Frailty helps us identify patients at risk for complications from surgery. But how to "undo" frailty remains a puzzle.

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The ABCs Of Hepatitis: What Do The Letters Mean?

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 07:01

Illnesses and deaths from hepatitis A are making headlines daily. Last year it was hepatitis C. And what about hepatitis B? We decipher hepatitis alphabet soup.

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Good Eye: Video Testing May Help Find More 'Disciplined' Baseball Players

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 07:01

Since its inception roughly 130 years ago, professional baseball has changed in countless ways. But perhaps one aspect of the game that's remained virtually the same is the relative unreliability of scouting, the process of identifying those top few prospects, from hundreds of thousands of global candidates each year, who will develop into bonafide stars.

Many forms of technology – computers, video, slow-motion cameras, to name a few – have helped narrow this field and minimize the frustrating and costly occurrence of that supposed "cant-miss" player becoming a "bust." 

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Is There a Wave of Republicans Retiring from Congress? Statistics Say No

ACSH - Jan 12 2018 - 05:01

Midterm elections are often tough for the party in power. 1994 and 2010 were disastrous years for Democrats, and some political pundits think the Republicans may be facing a similar punishment in 2018.

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Activism Imperils Potential of Golden Rice

ACSH - Jan 11 2018 - 15:01

“Their eyes tell their sad stories as ghostly white irises give way to vacant stares. We can look at them but they can’t look back at us. They’ve gone blind because of malnutrition.,” V. Ravichandran, a farmer in Tamil Nadu, India, describing children suffering from vitamin A deficiency.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Wants You To Try A DIY Coffee Enema

ACSH - Jan 11 2018 - 14:01

PSA: Despite what Goop advises, please don't shoot coffee up your rectum. 


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Fitbit Answers the Question, How Do We Sleep?

ACSH - Jan 11 2018 - 11:01

New Year's lists abound on how to have a better, more productive, happier 2018. Almost without fail, "get more sleep" is somewhere on the list. 

But, how much sleep are we getting? And, how different is sleep across the country?

Anyone who wears a fitbit at night can tell you their own set of sleep data. Each morning, fitbit wearers wake up to a profile that looks something like this. 

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A Spoonful of Baking Soda Helps the Antibiotics Go Down?

ACSH - Jan 11 2018 - 07:01

Sepsis is an overwhelming infection that can lead to organ failure and death. It is a big problem.

In the U.S., 1.6 million patients are affected annually, with about 250,000 dying – far greater than the deaths from breast cancer, which garner much more publicity. Moreover, sepsis requires rapid diagnosis and treatment making it a priority in our Emergency Departments. For the economically minded, it is the most expensive care we provide. [1]

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CWD: Is 'Mad Cow Disease' in Deer a Threat to Humans?

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 23:01

Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a condition nearly identical to mad cow disease, has been detected in deer all across the United States.

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It's The Flu Season From Hell. Should We Take Tamiflu?

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 11:01

This flu season is turning out to be very bad, something that my colleague Dr. Julianna LeMieux has been keeping us informed about. (See: here and here). Unfortunately, influenza is difficult to avoid or treat. This year's vaccine is (at best) moderately effective, and the alternative - flu drugs - is not great.

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Vegans Save Animals, Hurt People?

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 10:01

Vegans avoid eating animal products for many reasons — including supposed nutritional and environmental benefits. But while animals might be grateful, some people who are getting priced out of the market for high protein grains and some vegetable products most likely are not.

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Things I Didn't Know Happen Before Baby

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 10:01

Ana Dolaskie had nine months to read everything there is to know about having a baby. But she missed a couple things; and she's learning about them now. 

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CTE Research on Combat Vets, 'Invisibly' Injured by Bomb Blasts

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 07:01

The important topic of traumatic brain injuries has recently focused on football players and other concussion-prone athletes. But in a welcomed shift of the spotlight, CBS News redirected the discussion to include many military veterans, who researchers learned post-mortem, had CTE, likely acquired from bomb blasts.

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Study Suggests Most Clinical Trials Are Scientifically Unjustified, Unethical

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 22:01

"Clinical trial" is a nice way of saying "human medical experiment." Experimenting on humans is ethical, so long as the people who volunteer give informed consent and receive a treatment that is thought to be medically beneficial.

That latter criterion makes some clinical trials ethically impossible. We could, for instance, prove definitively that vaccines do not cause autism by randomizing a group of children to receive vaccines and another group not to receive vaccines. But not vaccinating children is unethical, so this experiment could never be done.

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Early Surge in Severe Flu Cases Swamps California's ERs

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 16:01

We may sound like a broken record when it comes to flu season, but, the number and severity of the tragic stories emerging about the flu this season are reason for concern. 

The case seems especially bad in California where 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu since October (seven of them were in the week before Christmas). At this time last year, that number was three.

The difference between last year and this year can also be seen on the graph below, where the number of positive flu tests in California is currently much higher than at this same time last year. 

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Sauna Therapy as Cardiovascular Protectant

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 10:01

The Finnish people live a bit longer than those of us in the United States. While the reasons are multifactorial, a study in the Journal of Human Hypertension [1] wants to give some credit to the cardiovascular benefits of – the sauna. No pills to remember or special dietary injunctions, just a 30-minute time-out in the sauna.

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