Newsweek Plays The Fear Card With Pesticides

ACSH - Oct 28 2017 - 08:10

A recent article in Newsweek would have you believe that you're being poisoned by pesticides on apples. But you're not. It's just another example of "scare by omission of dose." Nothing new here. Nothing to worry about either. 

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Working Adults Use Fewer Cigarettes, But Still Use Tobacco Products

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 13:10

A recent report from the CDC provides targets for smoking cessation education. Overall, only about 15 percent of working adults are smoking cigarettes. But the prevalence varies by occupation, with over 20 percent of those in the construction and repair industries reporting cigarette use.

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Narcan in Pharmacies Will not Save Lives. Here's Why

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 12:10

In NYC, drug stores are both ubiquitous and the main source for buying anything and almost everything.

Diapers? check. Milk? I'll pick it up on my way home. Advil? A midnight run and I'll be back home with it in five minutes. Whatever we need, the 24-hour pharmacy on the corner is the place to go. 

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ACSH Explains: What's the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 10:10

The media often uses the words "opioid" and "opiate" interchangeably. However, there are subtle but important differences between them.


The term opioid refers to any drug that acts on opioid receptors in the brain1, resulting in a wide range of pharmacological effects, especially analgesia (stopping pain). Other common uses for these drugs are suppressing a cough and stopping diarrhea. The term opioid encompasses all drugs -- synthetic, semi-synthetic, or naturally occurring -- which act on opioid receptors.


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Furans: Europe Identifies Another Health Concern For Rats

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 10:10

Furans may or may not be in your food, but it gave some rats cancer when it was injected into them. Does that make it a health concern for humans? Science says no but EFSA says yes.

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Soda Taxes Raise Prices in Philly Airport: Even In Untaxed Stores

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 09:10

Philadelphia has opted to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, which, one might expect, will raise the price that consumers pay. But in the Philly airport, at least, stores that aren't in the taxation area also raised their prices.


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Why I Hate Labels

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 06:10

During a panel discussion I was once asked, if I could change one thing about agriculture in Canada what would it be? My answer, I would remove labels. I would get rid of the arbitrary distinction that separates “organic” from “conventional” so we can instead focus on the bottom line: sustainability. 

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NYT's Eric Lipton Is a Science Birther

ACSH - Oct 26 2017 - 18:10

Like an Obama birther, the NYT's Eric Lipton will continue spouting conspiracy theories about the biotech and chemical industries despite the evidence, ensuring that his boss's wife who serves on the board of Whole Foods remains wealthy.

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China Has 'Alarming' High Blood Pressure Crisis, Study Reveals

ACSH - Oct 26 2017 - 13:10

China may have a gigantic, looming health crisis on its hands. According to a new and startling study conducted by Yale University and Chinese researchers, more than 1 in 3 adults have high pressure – with 95 percent not receiving the proper treatment or medication for the condition, placing hundreds of millions at significant risk.

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Impossible Choices: Do Nothing, Twins Die. Help, One Lives (Maybe).

ACSH - Oct 26 2017 - 10:10

A case report of 22-month-old conjoined twins evaluated and operated on last year at Massachusetts General Hospital was published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The staff and family faced impossible choices requiring a bioethics committee's input.

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Nudging University Research Frameworks into the 21st Century

ACSH - Oct 26 2017 - 06:10

Leverage. Leveraging. While these might seem like terms associated with Hollywood movies like Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps or The Wolf of Wall Street, the reality is that leveraging is an integral part of academic science and policy research in the 21st century. With fiscal demands upon governments at the state/provincial and federal levels having increased dramatically over the past 20-30 years, innovative strategies were needed to ensure that the public sector’s high level of research (not to mention quality and importance) were not sacrificed.

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Infant Mortality 25% Higher in Rural Areas

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 21:10

Few economic opportunities, poor health outcomes, and higher death rates (both natural and self-inflicted). It is difficult to overstate the severity of the crisis facing rural America.

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'Will & Grace' Star's Recent Medical Crisis

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 19:10

Actor Sean Hayes of television’s Will & Grace fame disclosed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show his recent health scare. His "small intestine burst open." Learn more about gastrointestinal perforations here.

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At First They Came For My White Coat - America’s War on Doctors

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 16:10

A recent report on a pilot program to increase the availability of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) underscores a current anti-doctor climate in healthcare.  Undervaluing physicians and replacing them with substandard care ultimately places the patient at risk.  That is unethical.

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Third Type Of Diabetes Often Mis-Diagnosed

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 15:10

People with or recovering from pancreatic diseases may develop a third type of diabetes — formerly called diabetes 3c. But a recent English study suggests that clinicians often mis-diagnose this condition, and thus might not treat it appropriately.

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Are Massages Beneficial? What We Know, and What We Don't

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 12:10

If you've never had a massage, chances are that due to the activity's immense popularity someone you know has. And those who swear by massages, and how good they make them feel, often create the impression that it's an integral, indispensable component to better health.

However, when you get past the obvious – that someone kneading all of your muscles for upwards of an hour makes you feel good – specific evidence supporting beneficial health claims is hard to come by.

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Can We Help Our Patients Who May Develop Alzheimer's Dementia?

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 10:10

50% of patients with mild cognitive impairments develop Alzheimer's dementia. A new study sheds some light on what physicians can tell their patients.

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TIME Has A Science Article Based On A Yogic Flying Instructor: Here Are More Ideas They Can Use

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 09:10

The anti-science army in the war on common pesticides like glyphosate (and adjacently GMOs, those groups don't know enough science to know they are different) is having a Gettysburg moment.(1) They are out of options so they are making a desperate charge but they are in an open field a long way off and opposing them on the other side is every legitimate science and regulatory body.

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Governor Cuomo is a Public Health Enemy

ACSH - Oct 25 2017 - 06:10

The governor of New York City, Andrew Cuomo, has signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes indoors - a move that ensures his position as pro-cancer and anti-science.

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Glyphosate-gate: IARC's Scientific Fraud

ACSH - Oct 24 2017 - 15:10

IARC's glyphosate scandal has severely and perhaps irreparably damaged the reputation of the World Health Organization. IARC ought to be defunded and disbanded.

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