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Hippie Porridge: How Organic Foodies Killed the Magical Quinoa

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 20:03

As every educated foodie knows, one of the world's best superfoods is quinoa. The only problem is that there's no such thing as a superfood, and there's nothing particularly unique about quinoa.

"Superfoods" are supposedly extremely healthy foods, and everyone from Dr. Oz to "Crazy Joe" Mercola has written articles about which ones you should be eating. That's a gigantic red flag. If snake oil salesmen are trying to make money by telling you which vegetables are especially magical, then the odds are that they are pushing hype rather than science.

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Top 5 Lessons I Learned As A Grant Reviewer for Komen

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 17:03

I had the distinct pleasure of being a reviewer for the 2018-2019 Community Grants program for Komen this Fall. This is what I learned.

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How to Avoid Getting Sick on your Next Flight

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 12:03

Just how easy is it to get sick on a plane? One research team from Emory University decided to look at that question, and what the factors are that could make the difference between walking off of the flight infected or not. Their findings are surprising, with a big factor being your assigned seat.

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New Technology For Food Borne Illness Has Pros And Cons

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 12:03

Newer tests can substantially speed up the determination of the causative pathogens in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. However, because they don't provide all the detail of older culturing methods, they could make it more difficult for clear epidemiological results. A combination of methods is likely the best way to go.

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The Uber Crash, Failing To Learn From History

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 08:03

Reporting on the Uber fatality in Arizona continues to mislead us about our autonomous future. Aircraft's history of automation shows us the likely path forward. Why are we not listening?

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JAMA: OCD On BPA

ACSH - Mar 26 2018 - 08:03

It is impossible to disprove a negative, which also means that it is impossible to prove that something is safe. The best you can do is perform the best possible studies using the best possible protocols. Then you compile and publish the results and hope that sanity will prevail. You'd think that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the premier medical journals in the world, would come down on the side of sanity.

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The Press Gets It Wrong - The Iowa Family In Mexico Died From A NON-TOXIC Gas

ACSH - Mar 25 2018 - 16:03

Recently I wrote about the state of Oklahoma's decision to switch from lethal injection to nitrogen asphyxiation. Although death penalty opponents (1) objected on grounds that this method was untested and could be a cruel method of execution, I noted that asphyxiation itself may not be cruel depending on the gas that was chosen.

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Are We Really At A Point Where A Child Walking To School Requires Legislation?

ACSH - Mar 24 2018 - 16:03

Apparently, we are at a point where encouraging children to be independent requires legislation - a new Utah law modifies the definition of child neglect. Considered a win for free-range parenting, what does it mean that such an action was taken in the first place?

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The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act: What’s the Story ?

ACSH - Mar 24 2018 - 03:03

The history of protecting patient’s medical records and confidentiality

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More than 9,000 People in the U.S. Got Tuberculosis Last Year. Who Were They?

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 16:03

The ratio of tuberculosis cases comparing immigrants to native-born Americans is more than 2:1. Standardizing these numbers paints an even starker picture. The incidence of tuberculosis is almost 15 per 100,000 immigrants, while it is only 1 per 100,000 native-born Americans. The good news is that tuberculosis is curable, and the disease is in decline all over the world.

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Dad Booted From Flight With Newborn Deemed Not Old Enough To Fly. Reasonable Or Not?

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 16:03

A father was not permitted to board a Frontier flight with his 4-day-old infant because the airline’s policy insists on a newborn being at least 7 days old. Is such a policy sensible or not?

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New Sun Protection Recommendations Extended to Young Children Under 10

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 14:03

Six years after the last update, a national panel of health experts focusing on disease prevention just determined that revised skin cancer guidelines were warranted.

The most significant change extends its recommendations on sun protection to young children for two reasons: (1) Because being badly sunburned at an early age increases the chances of developing skin cancer later, and (2) kids are more likely to incorporate sun-safe precautions into their lives the earlier they are exposed to them.

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No, Grilling Your Burger Won't Give You High Blood Pressure, Despite New Study

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 12:03

Just ahead of barbecue season, here's something to stress about: grilling and charring red meat, chicken, and fish at high temps could lead to high blood pressure, according to a recent study from the American Heart Association. But don't cancel your upcoming BBQ invites just yet — it's all in the way you cook your burger, and how often.

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Latest Obesity Stats Provide Mixed Message

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 11:03

The latest data on obesity trends from the CDC are mixed. Adults, especially women, continued to gain, but the same wasn't true for younger folks. Maybe, just maybe, there's hope on the horizon for diminishing the obesity epidemic

 

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Toothpaste's Triclosan Could be Effective New Anti-Malarial

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 09:03

A new study shows that a compound found in our tubes of toothpaste may be an effective drug against malaria. This work, done by a group at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and published in Scientific Reports, shows that the commonly found antimicrobial Triclosan targets a key pathway in Plasmodium and could prove an effective therapeutic. 

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Rethink 'Service Animals,' Since Some Are Remarkable

ACSH - Mar 23 2018 - 07:03

An eye-opening TV report that aired this week featured a service dog that guards its owner from a severe drop in blood pressure, and the falls that can result in a concussion or other serious injury. After learning about this wonderfully-skilled dog, it's hard not to reconsider your views on the entire subject of animals helping humans.

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Parasitic Worms Block High Fat Diet-Induced Obesity in Mice

ACSH - Mar 22 2018 - 17:03

Some parasites "turn down" the host's immune response, and evidence suggests that helminth infection can help patients suffering from allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. Now, there is evidence that helminths could help treat obesity.

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How Sweet It Isn't: The War On Sugar

ACSH - Mar 22 2018 - 12:03

Added sugars are the focus of the latest nutrition culture wars, with articles helping us find "hidden" sugars. You know, the ones listed on the ingredients labels. The problem isn't really added sugar — it's over-consumption.

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‘Brain Stethoscope’ Has Music Meet The Mind To Detect Silent Seizures

ACSH - Mar 21 2018 - 19:03

Hollywood tends to depict all seizures with great drama as generalized convulsions. In the real world of an intensive care unit, they can go unnoticed without overt signs - and, if protracted, can cause damage. New technology marries music and the mind to prompt early detection by the untrained.

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