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FDA And USDA Clash Over Definition Of Genetically Modified Food

ACSH - Apr 23 2018 - 06:04

Does deleting a gene make an organism genetically modified? Not if the organism in question is a plant, only if it is an animal. The contradictions of that definition are now a subject of Congressional concern.

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What Do Perm Chemicals and Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Have In Common?

ACSH - Apr 21 2018 - 10:04

 

If you ask a chemist "What element with a one-letter symbol should really have a five-letter symbol instead?" many would say sulfur.

 

Its atomic symbol is S, but one could argue that "tink" should be tacked on to the "S" because many sulfur-containing chemicals are all kinds of nasty. Take a sniff at these...

 

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Celebrate 420 Day by Pondering the Harmful Effects of Cannabis

ACSH - Apr 20 2018 - 14:04

It's time for marijuana advocates to admit what is plainly obvious: Pot is a recreational drug. But let's stop pretending that cannabis is a miraculous painkiller or wonder drug. Most people who use it simply like getting high. And let's stop denying that legalizing marijuana will come with some serious public health consequences.

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Keeping Livers Warm, Not Ice-Packed, May Improve Transplant Success

ACSH - Apr 20 2018 - 14:04

Instead of livers being transported to transplant recipients packed in ice, researchers sent them hooked to a machine at normal 98.6o F body temperature, in a warm bath of nutrient-infused liquid. And in this small European study, that difference produced encouraging results.

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Killer Kemicals In Kitchen Kabinets

ACSH - Apr 20 2018 - 10:04

PCBs have been detected in the air from kitchen cabinets. Does it matter? Or is what inside the cabinets more dangerous. Answer: Neither.

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Alex Azar's Hospital Readmission Is Costly Not Just Embarrassing

ACSH - Apr 20 2018 - 09:04

The Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was readmitted for diverticulitis two days after he was discharged. It was most likely due to his disease getting worse, but it does highlight the concern about readmission which is both common and costly. 

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Suicides Outnumber Murders 6 to 1 for Whites; Murders Outnumber Suicides 3.5 to 1 for Blacks

ACSH - Apr 19 2018 - 19:04

When we discuss our "gun violence" and "suicide" epidemics in this country, these statistics should help clarify where public health and safety resources are best spent. Suicide disproportionately affects whites, while homicide disproportionately affects blacks.

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H.R. McMaster’s Father’s Death From Head Trauma ‘Accidental’ And ‘Suspicious’

ACSH - Apr 19 2018 - 17:04

Investigation underway into the death of former National Security Advisor's father.

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Taking the 'Strep' Out of Strep Throat

ACSH - Apr 19 2018 - 07:04

You have most likely had the test. When the super dry tongue depressor presses your tongue down so that the Q tip can reach the back of your throat - so far in the back so that you gag a little. 

The Q tip will either reveal the presence of Streptococus pyogenes, the main cause of strep throat, or not. Sometimes, in about 5% of cases, the cause is another type of strep (Streptococcus C or G.) 

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Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar: The Psychology of Pure Hate

ACSH - Apr 18 2018 - 22:04

Randa Jarrar, an English professor at Fresno State, is rightfully in hot water. In a Twitter tirade, she called the recently deceased Barbara Bush an "amazing racist" and said she was "happy the witch is dead." For good measure, she wished death upon the rest of the Bush Family.

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Nuts May Not be as Amazing as Previously Thought

ACSH - Apr 18 2018 - 13:04

Nuts have increasingly been viewed over the years as very beneficial, delivering a range of health benefits by the handful.

However, according to the findings of a new study, that reputation may be fairly misleading because a nut-eater has to be inclined towards a healthy lifestyle in order to enjoy their benefits.  

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No - Wounded Soldiers Should NOT Be Given Acupuncture

ACSH - Apr 18 2018 - 10:04

Is using acupuncture to treat pain in soldiers, even in combat, a good idea? No, it's not, for reasons that I will explain below. But first, in case you're in the mood for some propaganda that is worthy of Pravda then take a look at an article in Health.mil, which recommends that acupuncture should be used to "help" injured soldiers, even during combat. 

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Organic Activists' New Conspiracy: Pesticides Cause School Shootings

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 23:04

The Organic Consumers Association, which promotes conspiracy theories about 9/11, chemtrails, and FEMA, is pushing another one: Pesticides cause school shootings.

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The Bee Apocalypse Was Never Real: Here's Why

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 11:04

If you were concerned after reading a sentence like “Populations of honeybees have crashed in recent years, and many researchers have pointed the blame at a class of widely used insecticides called neonicotinoids”, you are not alone. That’s how an otherwise excellent article in The Scientist summarizing a recent USDA study on honeybees’ molecular responses to neonicotinoids began.

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Healthy Eating Wastes More Food and Farming Resources, Study Shows

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 11:04

Consider the paradox, the more nutritious our diet, the more food we throw away and the more it takes from our environmental resources. Does virtuous eating have an environmental cost?

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Check Your Eggs! 207 Million Recalled Due to Salmonella Outbreak

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 11:04

Twenty-three Salmonella infections reported across 9 states have prompted a recall of eggs by the dozens (millions, actually.) Worried about the eggs in your fridge? Read on to find out if you might want to check your eggs before making that omelet this morning.

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Check Your Eggs! 207 Million Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella Outbreak

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 11:04

On any given day, about 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 10,000 eggs are contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella. However, for Rose Acre Farms, the second-largest egg producer in the United States, this is not your average day.

In fact, the company just voluntarily recalled over 2 million eggs because of potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup bacteria. 

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Genetically Engineered Enzyme Recycles Plastic 1,000X Faster Than Nature

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 11:04

A genetically engineered enzyme could provide a more elegant solution for plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are nearly 70 percent of the market and can persist for hundreds of years.

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Vitamin D Does Not Prevent Falls, Calcium Does Not Prevent Fractures - a $2 Billion Waste Of Money

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 11:04

There is simply no benefit to supplemental Calcium or Vitamin D in the well patient. Why do we continue to waste our money on these supplements? The US Preventative Services Task Forces again weigh in to recommend against their use. 

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Are Electronic Medical Records Ethical?

ACSH - Apr 17 2018 - 05:04

Under the guise of improving care, electronic medical records diminished it.

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