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Should Patients Be Forced To Fail A Drug First?

ACSH - Oct 09 2017 - 09:10

It is hardly news that doctors and patients are battling insurance companies over money. In particular, patients may be forced to try and fail an older cheaper drug before being allowed access to a newer one. American Council friend and Pfizer's Vice President of US Government Relations Robert Popovian discussed this in his latest editorial in Morning Consult. 

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FDA Says Do Not Use Sleep Positioners For Baby

ACSH - Oct 09 2017 - 06:10

The number of products that a new parent can buy for their baby can be overwhelming. Now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on one of them - the sleep positioner. They consider it dangerous to use - in large part due to 12 infant deaths it is associated with. 

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One kabob short of drug addiction

ACSH - Oct 08 2017 - 22:10

Can it be that what your mother ate when she was pregnant with you is the cause of your binge drinking? According to this study, yes, but she had to be a vegetarian or at least eat "healthy." All right, I am officially confused.

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Dogs Synchronize Body Movements with Humans

ACSH - Oct 06 2017 - 15:10

Spend enough time with another person, and you begin to pick up their mannerisms. Such behavioral "synchronization" is a mechanism by which we build social cohesion. It operates as a positive feedback loop: the more you know somebody, the more synchronized you will be and vice versa.

Synchronization occurs to be a general phenomenon among all social creatures. People tend to walk in step and sway together in separate rocking chairs. Even dolphins have been observed to breathe in sync.

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Most New Cancer Drugs Lack Evidence of Improved Survival or Quality of Life

ACSH - Oct 06 2017 - 13:10

A new study in BMJ suggests that the majority of new cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) lacked evidence that they improved survival or quality of life.

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Chemistry Color Magic Tricks- Whee!

ACSH - Oct 06 2017 - 06:10

It's Friday before a three-day weekend. No one's in the mood for anything serious, right? So let's do something completely not serious. A very cool YouTube video about "magic" color changes isn't really magic ... it's chemistry. Enjoy! 

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Cirrhosis and the New Axis of Evil: Oral-Gut-Liver

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 20:10

Cirrhosis is the #12 leading cause of death in the U.S. Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth and gut appear to play a role.

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Love is not an Ingredient, Says FDA

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 16:10

Warning letters by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be interesting to read. A recent one, from the end of September, is more interesting than most.

The facilities of Nashoba Brook Bakery, located in Concord, MA, were inspected by the FDA and a number of violations were found and documented. Actually, to be clear, Nashoba Brook Bakery was found to be - in one phrase - a hot mess. 

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Jessica Chastain, Please Don't Use Doctors In Your Political War

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 16:10

I get it. Actress Jessica Chastain hates guns. But, Ms. Chastain, please don’t use your platform to spread untruths about the medical profession to make a political point. When you have nearly 600,000 twitter followers, the damage is done even if you inevitably delete your tweet. Which you did.

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Fingerprinting's Accuracy is Suspect, And Not Science Based

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 12:10

A working group with the American Association for the Advancement of Science released a new report stating that any claim of precision in identifying a specific person from a fingerprint is "indefensible" and has no scientific foundation.

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Mom Jailed for Disregarding Court Order to Vaccinate Son

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 12:10

A Detroit mother was sentenced to seven days in jail for failing to comply with a judge's orders to vaccinate her son, as she had agreed to do in her divorce agreement. Falsely claiming a religious exemption, this woman is now a martyr for anti-vaccine propagandists.

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Detroit Mom Goes to Jail For Failing to Obey a Court Order

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 12:10

A Detroit woman was sentenced to seven days in jail for failing to comply with a judge's orders to vaccinate her son as she had agreed to do in a previous divorce agreement.  Falsely claiming religious exemption, this woman is now a martyr for anti-vaccine propagandists.

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Soy's Contradictory Impact on Breast Cancer - A Tentative Finding and Important Lesson

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 08:10

We often write about how one study says a diet or food is helpful followed in short turn by another review saying it has no effect or is even detrimental. What is a person to believe? And don’t these apparent contradictions tear at the value of science in helping make decisions? The recommendation to take or avoid soybean-based foods for women is one of those seemingly contradictory areas. Soybean-based foods contain isoflavones, specifically genistein, which is felt to mimic estrogen and accelerate breast cancer in susceptible women.

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Hepatitis C "Me-Too" Drugs: Innovation And Lower Cost

ACSH - Oct 05 2017 - 06:10

When Sovaldi, the first in a family of drugs that cured hepatitis C, came out its maker Gilead came under fire for the price of the drug: $1,000 per pill X 84 pills. Now we have eight more direct-acting antivirals for hep C. They are not only getting better but also cheaper. Competition in the pharmaceutical industry benefits all of us. 

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Case For E-Cigs Continues to Strengthen

ACSH - Oct 04 2017 - 16:10

Researchers from Georgetown University recently published a study in the journal Tobacco Control demonstrating the potential to save millions of people from premature smoking-related deaths by switching to e-cigarette use.

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Once Again, Americans Dominate the 2017 Nobel Prizes

ACSH - Oct 04 2017 - 15:10

When I was in high school, I was part of a community service organization (Key Club) that literally was one of the best in the world. We won international awards, and at the state level, it wasn't uncommon for us to sweep nearly all the awards.

Maybe I was the only one who felt this way, but after a while, it started to get a little uncomfortable. Everybody already knows you're the best, and winning every award year after year feels a little like rubbing it in. Public accolades paradoxically make me feel proud but also a little embarrassed.

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Old Fashioned but Profound Science Won the Nobel this Year

ACSH - Oct 04 2017 - 14:10

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced yesterday and, suffice it to say - it was a surprise.

There have been many scientific advances that have made a big splash recently. It would have been no surprise to see the discoverers of the gene editing technique CRISPR practicing their acceptance speeches. The same could be said for the team that has brought immunotherapy to the forefront of cancer treatment - predicted by some to be the recipients this year. 

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Weight Loss is Aided by Black Tea, Study Suggests

ACSH - Oct 04 2017 - 13:10

There are many who are devoted to black tea, not only for its strong, distinct flavor but also for its health benefits, both known and even perceived. A couple years ago the beverage was linked to added bone protection for the elderly, and possibly other benefits as well. Now, "for the first time," a new study has found that black tea may promote some form of weight loss. 

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King Stannis Baratheon: The Personification Of Redox Chemistry

ACSH - Oct 03 2017 - 21:10

As great as is it, who would have expected Game of Thrones to be fodder for a chemistry lesson about electrons, oxidation, reduction, and tin. But it is, thanks to (former) King Stannis Baratheon. Whoever said that chemistry wasn't magic?

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The Good News About Breast Cancer

ACSH - Oct 03 2017 - 18:10

According to a new report from the American Cancer Society, deaths attributable to breast cancer have decreased by 39 percent, which means that 322,600 fewer deaths have been claimed by this terrible disease. Improvements in mortality rates were observed in all races and ethnicities.

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