"Speed Trap" Has A New Meaning: Instant Detection Of Amphetamines in Urine

ACSH - Oct 02 2017 - 11:10

OK, this article is going to start off sounding boring, perhaps painfully so. If not for the three Dexies (1) I just popped I doubt I'd even be able to finish the wretched thing. Please bear with me. There is some very cool stuff coming up, but I not gonna share the Dexies. You're on your own.

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A Cuban Mystery, NPR's Marijuana and More Media Outreach Last Week

ACSH - Oct 02 2017 - 06:10

1. I forgot to link to our article in The Telegraph last month. We are the American Council on Science and Health, but since America leads the world in science output, Nobel prizes and adult science literacy, our scope is truly international.

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The Surprising History of Peer Review

ACSH - Oct 02 2017 - 04:10

Peer review has been around since I can remember, but that doesn’t shed light on its history that features interactions with the technology and forms of sharing information, with censorship, the rise and fall of generalists and polymaths and concerns about marketing. To ignore peer review’s past is to miss both an exciting tale of connections and a understanding of the conflicted views we have about peer review today.

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The Optimal Length for an Opioid Prescription - The Crowd Speaks

ACSH - Sep 30 2017 - 05:09

At last, a bit of science in the form of observational data, that can more meaningly inform guidelines for prescribing opioids (at least by surgeons) than the unsupported advice of the CDC. 

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Why the Flu Shot Won't (and Can't) Give you the Flu

ACSH - Sep 29 2017 - 22:09

It's that time of year again. Yup - time to get the flu shot. In case you are wondering when is the best time to get your flu shot, please read here

Every year, the medical community emphasizes the importance of getting the flu vaccine. And, every year the same excuses pop up as to why people are not going to do it. But, the one excuse that I simply cannot hear anymore is that the flu shot will give someone the flu. 

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Sonochemical Synthesis: Did Life Originate Inside Collapsing Bubbles?

ACSH - Sep 29 2017 - 19:09

The origin of life is a profound mystery. Once life arose, natural selection and evolution took over, but the question of how a mixture of various gases created life-giving molecules that arranged into structures capable of reproducing themselves remains unanswered.

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How Zika Evolved into a Raging Psycho

ACSH - Sep 29 2017 - 17:09

Zika virus has been around since at least 1947 causing mild symptoms.  All of a sudden it went full beast mode and started causing shrinking heads in babies and other terrible neurological outcomes.  Scientists may have figured out one little amino acid could responsible for flipping the script.

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Frequent Sauna Trips Produce Blood Pressure Benefits for Men, Study Finds

ACSH - Sep 29 2017 - 16:09

Want to lower high blood pressure? Get yourself into a wooden box with high temperatures, and do it nearly every day for the best results. 

That's the primary finding of a recent Scandinavian, follow-up, male-based study, which found that frequent – even daily – sauna bathing cuts the risk of elevated blood pressure nearly 50 percent, as compared to those who went just once a week.

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Monitoring Blood Sugar Made Less Prickly

ACSH - Sep 29 2017 - 08:09

Great news for diabetics who are required to check their blood glucose levels frequently - the FDA just approved a non-invasive blood glucose monitor.  It is a major milestone on the road to facilitating optimal management of a very high maintenance disease.

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Why The Last Month Is The Hardest

ACSH - Sep 29 2017 - 07:09

As the final weeks of her pregnancy approach, ACSH's Ana Dolaskie shares why the last month is the hardest, and perhaps the most rewarding.

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Rabies Information You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 16:09

Most of us know a bit about rabies infections. But, do you know what animals are most likely to carry rabies?  Or, that you may not know that you have been bitten by a bat? On world rabies day, we tackle a few of the lesser-known aspects of rabies. 

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Alerts Public She Has Breast Cancer

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 15:09

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her comedic work on VEEP and Seinfeld, announced Thursday on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Here's what the Emmy-Award winning actress may be facing.

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Chemical Terrorism: Blackmailer Poisons Baby Food in Germany

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 13:09

This story should remind us how easy it is to pull off acts of terrorism. With drugs like fentanyl and carfentanyl pouring into our country, officials should treat synthetic opioids as a terrorism threat in addition to a public health threat.

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Agent Orange and Hormone Imbalances in Today's Vietnamese Infants

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 13:09

Agent Orange (AO) was used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. A recent paper indicates that the chemicals that make up AO persist in high concentrations in some pockets of South Vietnam and it could be causing hormonal imbalances in babies born in those regions.

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After Review, Caffeine's Benefit for Parkinson's Nullified

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 12:09

In 2012, we learned that something as basic as drinking coffee might help control movement symptoms for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. But after closer inspection and expanded study, that conclusion has been withdrawn.

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FDA Closing Loopholes That Game Orphan Drug Act

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 12:09

It is game on for Trump appointee Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)! Things are definitely changing there and, at this point, it is a pretty good start.

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CVS's Transparent Opioid PR Stunt

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 10:09

CVS just instituted a set of regulations that will give pharmacists the ability to overrule doctors who write opioid prescriptions, and it looks like nothing more than a PR stunt. What the company just did is wrong in so many ways. Who will pay? Pain patients and their doctors.

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Iconic Playboy Founder, Hugh Hefner, Dies at 91

ACSH - Sep 28 2017 - 00:09

The iconic founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, is dead at the age of 91. He passed away from "natural causes" at home. 

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No, World Won't Run Out of Food in 10 Years

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 16:09

Exaggerating the extent of the challenges we face might help someone sell a product, but it provides little confidence in its reliability.

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Solar Eclipse's Viewership Eclipses Even the Super Bowl

ACSH - Sep 27 2017 - 13:09

In today's hyper-polarized society, there are few things or events that nearly everyone can get behind. But we're now learning that last month some rarely-seen American unification was delivered from the heavens.

Results of a national survey just released found that a remarkable 88 percent of adults watched or personally witnessed the solar eclipse that passed over the continental United States. In absolute terms, that figure represents 215 million American adults, or roughly twice as many of the 111.3 million viewers who watched Super Bowl Ll in February.

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