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.
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.
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?
The history of protecting patient’s medical records and confidentiality
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The "abstinence-only" nicotine religion is perfectly happy to withhold potentially life-saving e-cigarettes from smokers in service of their ideological agenda. If a few million smokers have to die along the way, those are casualties they are willing to accept in pursuit of their nicotine-free utopia.
You know you want it. The first GMO beer has been developed at UC Berkley.
A recent JAMA paper which concluded that opioid drugs are ineffective for long-term pain relief is flawed, perhaps intentionally so. American Council advisor Richard "Red" Lawhern explains.
From the irreproducible world of psychology, comes an article trumpeting the increasing power of placebos. How can that be? Not to worry, a practitioner of Chinese Medicine is on the case.
Let's start by making a very obvious statement. Perhaps the most obvious statement ever.
Car seats are safe to use.
They are so safe, it is illegal not to use them. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child safety seat laws. These laws require children to be placed in approved child seats or booster seats when traveling in a car. The states' rules differ at what age children can switch to using the seat belts in the car versus the booster seats. But, the overall message is clear. Car seats are safe and they must be used.