'Study links rising heroin deaths to 2010 OxyContin reformulation.' DUH!

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 13:04

I really hate to say "I told you so." It's really obnoxious.  But in this case, I'll make an exception.

"I told you so."

Dedicated to the Kolodnys and Juurlinks of the world who can't see past their own biases

It took one study, three authors, 17,701 words, 50 pages, and 70 references to conclude something that has been blatantly obvious for quite some time: 

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Hey Millennials: For The Love Of Science, Please Use A Top Sheet

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 10:04

Rumor has it, millennials don't bother with the flat sheet, and we just can't even. 

The flat sheet isn't the only thing millennials have shunned, though. Here's a full list of all things killed off by the avocado toast eaters.

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When You Are Ill, Who You Gonna Call?

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 09:04

Increasingly, Americans are choosing alternate sites of care, specifically retail clinics, urgent care centers and telemedicine. Their choices reflect a balancing of care, convenience, and cost

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Reuters, U.S. News, Newsweek And More Places We Appeared Last Week

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 06:04

1. NPR used us to fact check the claims of a California judge who declared that coffee must come with a cancer warning - because the beans are roasted and IARC has declared everything a carcinogen. Various regional NPR sites also carried us. The links are at the bottom.

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On April 20, Marijuana 'Holiday,' Fatal Traffic Crashes Up 12%

ACSH - Apr 07 2018 - 07:04

The results from a new study about marijuana use on the drug's so-called "High Holiday" might convince some drivers to steer clear of the roads that night.

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No M.D.? No Problem! The Many Ways To Impact Healthcare Without Practicing Medicine

ACSH - Apr 06 2018 - 18:04

A guide to those in college considering a career in medicine or others contemplating a shift into or within healthcare and its related professions.

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The Scariest Superbug Is Here - How Scientists Find It

ACSH - Apr 06 2018 - 11:04

 I have been writing for years (1) about the emergence and spread of bacteria that are resistant to virtually all antibiotics, and that it was only a matter of time until they reached the US. Time's up. They are here. 

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Prescribing Opioids - Let Physicians Be Physicians

ACSH - Apr 06 2018 - 07:04

Physicians are beginning to modify their prescribing habits. The new consensus is practical, can be started today and doesn't involve Congressional hearings, lawsuits or new regulations.

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White Overdose Deaths 50% Higher than Blacks, 167% Higher than Hispanics

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 21:04

There's no sign that the ongoing drug overdose epidemic is getting better. In fact, though it has been receiving widespread national attention for about two years, it seems to be getting worse.

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15% Fewer Calories Keeps You Younger, Study Says

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 15:04

What would you be willing to sacrifice in order to extend your life? Taking a daily pill every day? Going for a 3 mile walk every day? What about eating less at every meal, every day? Not a lot less, but, enough to make a difference. 

This concept, known as caloric restriction, is the only method that has been shown to extend lifespan. Up until now, it has been widely studied in many organisms from the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans to mammals such as mice and rats.

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Urine, Glyphosate and JAMA: Conflicts Of Interest Bordering On Fraud Should Be Retracted

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 14:04

In October 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) added to the weight of evidence they care more about media attention than science by publishing a "Letter" claiming that glyphosate was detected in urine. Their media bait worked.

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Neat Science – Celebrating Frankenstein’s Monster’s Birth Year

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 10:04

Mary Shelley popularized the work of Luigi Galvani, work that continues today. And while electricity does not reanimate the dead, bioelectricity, Galvani's legacy, may have a role in our embryologic development.

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Red Bull #### Goes Organic! In Name Only

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 08:04

Just when you thought you've seen it all now we have "healthy" organic soda from Red Bull, which is appropriate because the company's claims are all kinds of different shades of bull. It's almost funny. 

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Studying Car Crashes Involving Those Sleep-Deprived, & Unaware of It

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 07:04

It's well known that sleep deprivation contributes to car crashes. We know this – and those at risk, who don't get enough sleep, know precisely how to correct it. 

But what if someone exists in a perpetual sleepy state and doesn't realize it? Which might mean going through their work week in that fashion, day after day, and frequently getting behind the wheel. This scenario would be one in which there's increased risk, while nothing's being done to address it.

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Autism Awareness Month: All the Things that Don't Cause Autism

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 00:04

One of the biggest goals of autism research is to determine its cause. And one of the best ways to achieve that is to rule out the things that don't cause it. So let's acknowledge this month by doing just that.

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Autism Awareness Month: All the Things that Don't Cause Autism

ACSH - Apr 05 2018 - 00:04

April is National Autism Awareness Month. One of the biggest goals of autism research is to determine its cause, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to rule out the things that do not cause it. So, let's acknowledge this month by listing all the things that do not cause autism.

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Modern Forensics Solved Mystery Of 4,000-Year-Old Decapitated Mummy Head

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 17:04

Damaged by the environment, tomb robbers and time, a severed mummified head from early Middle Kingdom was finally identified - thanks to science!

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#KuriousKiddos: Does Gum Really Take 7 Years To Digest?

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 12:04

In our latest #KuriousKiddos segment, Elliot and Sullivan want to know whether or not the legend of swallowing gum is true.. Will you become part Wrigley if you swallow the rubbery goodness?

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Sudden Wealth Loss Raises Mortality Risk 50%, JAMA Study Reports

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 12:04

Does having money help extend your life? Does not having money shorten it?

Trying to determine whether personal finances affect life expectancy, researchers from the University of Michigan and Northwestern Medicine – calling their study "the first to look at the long-term effects of a large financial loss" – say they found this correlation: 

Middle-aged adults, who went on to lose 75 percent or more of their total wealth during a two-year period, had a 50 percent greater chance of dying within the next 20 years than those whose wealth remained stable, or had increased.

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The Trajectory Of Hypertension - Disease Is Not A Static Process

ACSH - Apr 04 2018 - 07:04

High blood pressure is not a static event, it is the result of multiple causes, changing at different rates - it is dynamic. Treating high blood pressure or any disease as a static process makes our models more inaccurate.

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