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Stat Science is Poised for MLB's Next Frontier: The Dugout

ACSH - Apr 13 2018 - 14:04

Since the publication of Moneyball, the revolutionary book on statistical analysis entering the ranks of pro baseball, the strategy powering in-game decisions each year has become ever more scientific and data-driven. And even with the gradual, begrudging acceptance of "analytics" by baseball purists, the science and its number-crunchers existed mostly upstairs in the back-office somewhere, with data reports and specific recommendations making their way to the manager's office near the field.

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Who Will Lead IARC? Here Are The Most Likely Choices And My Prediction

ACSH - Apr 13 2018 - 06:04

Christopher Wild, Ph.D., has been the director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) since 2009 and during his tenure, the organization has been controversial. With recent rulings on bacon, coffee, and a mildly toxic pesticide, all of which have come down in defiance of every legitimate science body, there have been calls for Wild to resign or be fired from the once-respected body.

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An Aspirin A Day May Not Keep The Doctor Away

ACSH - Apr 13 2018 - 06:04

Baby aspirin is prescribed for many people who will experience no benefit. It results from the difficulty in reconciling population studies with the patient in front of you; doctors broaden the groups -  call it indication creep.  

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Which Professions Smoke the Most Pot?

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 20:04

The legalization of marijuana across the U.S. is beginning to reveal a treasure trove of information. Before, it was difficult to do research on the usage of pot because it was illegal, and people tend not to admit to doing things that are illegal.

However, with both the law and the public's attitude relaxing toward marijuana, people are opening up about their wacky tobaccy habits. The CDC took advantage of this and surveyed people aged 18 and over in Colorado, which legalized recreational pot in 2014.

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Winnie The Pooh, Hold The Meth Jar

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 12:04

Maybe, don't trust drug dealers.

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Soda Tax Continues to Decrease Sales, But There's No Evidence of Health Benefit

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 11:04

Sugary beverage taxes are designed to improve population health. Despite their increasing popularity with city government, there is no actual evidence of a health benefit unless you call increased tax revenue a measure of health. 

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Soda Tax Continue To Decrease Sales But There Is No Evidence Of A Health Benefit

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 11:04

Sugary beverage taxes are designed to improve population health. Despite their increasing popularity with city government, there is no actual evidence of a health benefit unless you call increased tax revenue a measure of health. 

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Hey Mainstream Media, Please Stop Promoting EWG's Dirty Dozen

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 10:04

Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published their annual "Dirty Dozen."

The concept of the list is to help consumers decide, as they are choosing their produce, which types of produce should be given priority when buying the organic version.

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It's Homeopathy Awareness Week - So Let's Raise Awareness of its Dangers

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 08:04

It's that time of year again. World Homeopathy Awareness week is this week (oddly, from Tuesday to Monday.) Although we can only assume that the intended goal is for homeopaths to raise awareness of their homeopathic remedies and promote their practices, we would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of how homeopathy is the poster child of pseudoscience. How it does not work. And how it can harm people, as well. 

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Fake Pot: Synthetic Marijuana Is Dangerous. Change Its Name.

ACSH - Apr 12 2018 - 00:04

When the potheads who publish the magazine High Times -- which is dedicated to promoting the use of marijuana -- is warning against the dangers of fake weed, you know it's serious.

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Why National Health Policy Often Fails To Make A Dent In Disease Burden

ACSH - Apr 11 2018 - 17:04

Supporting prior studies, investigative work just published in JAMA underscores the disparities of disease burden within states. When will our policies reflect that?

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Alzheimer's Disease Research Comes Of Age

ACSH - Apr 11 2018 - 16:04

Science and medicine often move in small incremental steps. A framework for researchers studying Alzheimer's Disease won't make the evening news but is a victory in a much longer battle. We should pause to acknowledge the quiet work of our scientists and clinicians. 

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Organic Produce Has Pesticides, Too

ACSH - Apr 11 2018 - 14:04

The Environmental Working Group has once again released their Dirty Dozen list — the fruits and veggies they say are covered in pesticides. One minor detail: organic produce contains pesticides, too, but that doesn't quite fit their narrative.

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'March for Science' 2018: Still Going Nowhere

ACSH - Apr 10 2018 - 22:04

The Occupy movement fizzled out because it stood for nothing. The March for Science is flirting with the same fate.

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New Research Could Make the Flu Vaccine More Effective

ACSH - Apr 10 2018 - 22:04

During flu season, I write a lot of articles promoting the flu vaccine. Why? Because it is the best way to avoid getting the flu. 

I also talk to a lot of people about the flu vaccine and why they are (or are not) getting one. Inevitably, I hear that the flu vaccine is "terrible this year" or "doesn't even work." And, although that is not true, the flu vaccine certainly could be better. 

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Why Is CRISPR Is OK For Plants, But Not For Animals?

ACSH - Apr 10 2018 - 11:04

The FDA recently decided that simple CRISPR induced changes in plants did not represent genetic modification. Why do they feel differently about the same CRISPR induced changes in animals? 

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Paul Ehrlich: A New Rant from an Unrepentant Secular Doomsday Prophet

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 20:04

The reason The Population Bomb was so terrible is not because its predictions were wrong; most scientists make incorrect predictions. No, the book is terrible because of how it made people in the developed world feel about people in the developing world, namely, that they are little more than hungry cockroaches who shouldn't be fed.

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Will Humans Be Able To Procreate In Space? NASA Studying Prospect

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 16:04

Will a moon landing be taking on a different meaning in the future? NASA studies human reproduction in space.

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Multiple, Smaller Head Blows Can Be Worse than Concussions

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 14:04

While it's now commonly felt that we need to minimize exposure to concussions as a way of preventing the onset of greater brain trauma in the future, what often goes overlooked is the impact of lesser impacts, known as microconcussions.

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Gluten Free May Not be Gluten Free, Study Finds

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 13:04

For the 1% of the population who have celiac disease, eating gluten-free (GF) foods is much more than the latest food fad. It is imperative for good health and can be a matter of life and death. 

People who have celiac disease spend a lot of time and energy making sure that there is no gluten in the food they eat, however, maintaining this diet can be difficult. 

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