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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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Acupuncture: Is It Ethical to Give a Combat Soldier a Placebo for Pain?

ACSH - Apr 16 2018 - 18:04

From a security standpoint, the only thing that matters is that our soldiers are effective at killing people and breaking things. Does acupuncture help accomplish that?

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NHL's Top Exec Strongly Rebuked for False Claims on Concussions

ACSH - Apr 16 2018 - 15:04

It's one thing for Gary Bettman to be on the wrong side of a health issue as important as concussion-caused brain damage. It's quite another for the National Hockey League Commissioner to go on America's largest sports-talk radio station and be incorrect about the underlying science. But the medical experts swiftly straightened him out.

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Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Autoimmunity Strengthens

ACSH - Apr 16 2018 - 11:04

The cause of autoimmune diseases remains a black box. Sure, there is a genetic component, and certain environmental conditions that likely kick start them. But, as far as the complete cause of diseases such as lupus, celiac disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and the rest of the group - there are still a lot of unanswered questions. 

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Opioid Crisis’ Grim Silver Lining: More Organs for Transplant

ACSH - Apr 16 2018 - 04:04

It is hard to find anything but sadness in the continued epidemic of deaths from drug overdoses. But many of these individuals become organ donors and despite concerns about infection, organs retrieved and transplanted from these deaths do very well in their new hosts. 

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Ailing First Lady Barbara Bush Shifting Focus To 'Comfort Care'

ACSH - Apr 15 2018 - 16:04

After a series of recent hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush is not seeking additional medical treatment.

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Giant Genitals: Bigger Isn’t Always Better If You Don’t Want To Become Extinct

ACSH - Apr 15 2018 - 13:04

A case for male sex organ size's influence on a species survival.

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A Possible Chink In The Armor Of Satan's Bioweapon: Norovirus

ACSH - Apr 15 2018 - 09:04

A case of the "stomach flu" is bad enough, so the very last thing we need is our own immune system making it worse. But that's just what happens courtesy of an obscure component in the intestinal lining called tuft cells. The little devils help us fight off parasites but they also give norovirus a place to replicate, a reservoir to reside and also makes its symptoms worse. Charming.

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New Alcohol Study Is Mostly Hype. Journal, Authors, Media to Blame

ACSH - Apr 13 2018 - 21:04

Alcohol is bad again. Sometimes, epidemiologists tell us it's good, but today, they're telling us it's bad. What else is bad? The study that arrived at that conclusion.

Published in The Lancet -- a journal that has shown a worrisome trend in sensationalizing unremarkable research -- a new paper concludes (and advertises prominently in its abstract) that consuming 100 grams of alcohol per week (roughly one drink per day) increases a person's risk of stroke, coronary disease, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and fatal aortic aneurysm.

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Night Owls Beware: Late To Rise Could Lead To Early Death

ACSH - Apr 13 2018 - 14:04

Being a night owl could literally kill you; that's according to the latest study from nearly half a million participants in the U.K. Experts say night owls are living in a world structured for early risers, or larks, and are at a higher risk for obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and early death. 

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