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The Pregnancy Diaries: Measuring Big or Small For Gestational Age

ACSH - Sep 21 2017 - 08:09

At her last appointment, ACSH's Ana Dolaskie was told she is measuring small for gestational age? What does this mean? It could mean many different things — let's clarify. 

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You Too Can Be A Kale Massager!

ACSH - Sep 21 2017 - 07:09

At a country club somewhere in Greenwich, Connecticut...

Father: "Junior, I'm so proud of you. Between your 3.95 GPA from Princeton and clerking for two different Supreme Court Justices, the world of law is yours for the taking. I've been thinking about schools. It simply has to be either Yale or Harvard.

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Blame Media? Only 17% of Public Actively Consumes Science News

ACSH - Sep 20 2017 - 14:09

Only about 17% of Americans are "active science news consumers." At least most Americans seem to understand that the mainstream media is a terrible place to get science news.

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Tiny Fraction of Americans Who Read Science News Thinks the Media Is Bad

ACSH - Sep 20 2017 - 14:09

Only about 17% of Americans are "active science news consumers." At least most Americans seem to understand that the mainstream media is a terrible place to get science news.

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Ambulance for Gunshot, Stabbing Victims Greatly Raises Death Risk

ACSH - Sep 20 2017 - 13:09

A new paper published online in JAMA Surgery concluded that when those with penetrating injuries were transported by Emergency Medical Services to trauma centers, the chance of death was more than five times greater than when a private vehicle was used.

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The Word 'Doctor' May Not Mean What You Think It Means

ACSH - Sep 20 2017 - 13:09

With the ever-changing health care landscape, it is important for patients to know not every member of their care team has interchangeable training when it comes to invoking the term "doctor."

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Marathon Lessons From a Novice: Does Epsom Salt Work For Sore Muscles?

ACSH - Sep 20 2017 - 12:09

There are not a lot of people that I would run 26.2 miles for.

However, the team of scientists and physicians at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center are some of them. They are world leaders in the research and treatment of celiac disease and also happen to be my son's physicians. They have helped him become the healthy boy that he is today and there is no end to my gratitude for them. 

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Today's Teens Far Cry from Fast Times at Ridgemont High

ACSH - Sep 20 2017 - 08:09

Today's teens are delaying their transition into adulthood as revealed by a recent study published in Child Development.

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Teens And Tattoos: Know The Risks

ACSH - Sep 19 2017 - 13:09

The American Academy of Pediatrics released its first-ever guidelines on tattoos and body piercings among teens.

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Older, Male Triathletes More Likely to Die, Usually While Swimming

ACSH - Sep 19 2017 - 12:09

While the number of triathlon-related deaths occurring each year in the United States is relatively low, the large majority of those who do die during these races fall into a few distinct categories.

So race enthusiasts take note: They are male; they are middle-aged or older; and these fatal heart attacks, or cardiac-arrest events, take place while swimming.

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'Purple Spots' on Ancient Documents Indicate Deterioration by Microbes

ACSH - Sep 19 2017 - 12:09

Ancient parchments decay over time, showing purple spots. The cause appears to be a succession of microbial communities: First, purple, salt-loving microbes grow; then, other environmental microbes invade.

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Doesn't Increase Mortality In Long-term Followup

ACSH - Sep 19 2017 - 11:09

Women who suffer some of the more extreme menopausal symptom can take heart from a new analysis of the Women's Health Initiative data. Long-term follow up found no link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and all-cause mortality, total cancer mortality or cardiovascular mortality.

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No- Antidepressants Won't Kill You. But This Crap Study Could

ACSH - Sep 19 2017 - 10:09

News outlets really hit gold with this one. Except, it was fool's gold. 

"Antidepressants linked to premature death risk"

"Warning for those on antidepressants: The commonly prescribed drugs raise the risk of an early death by 33%, controversial study finds"

"Antidepressants associated with significantly elevated risk of death, researchers find"

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Gatorade Ad Features Molecule Containing Lithium, Organic Solvent

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 13:09

Gatorade needs a better marketing team. A very curious advertisement contained a diagram of an organic molecule that, if it actually existed, would probably be dangerous. You certainly wouldn't be drinking it.

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For HIV Patients, Smoking is 10 Times More Life Threatening than Virus Itself

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 13:09

A new study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine states that for this population lung-cancer prevention – specifically, trying to quit – should actually take priority over the treatment of HIV and AIDS. Chalk up another horrific distinction for the ills of cigarette smoking.

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More Illnesses Linked To Raw Milk — In Texas, This Time

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 10:09

Here we go again — as if hurricane Harvey wasn't enough, now Texans who drank raw milk from a dairy near Fort Worth could be at risk of developing brucellosis — a bacterial infection that can have multiple deleterious effect. Raw milk is not better than pasteurized milk in terms of nutrition, and certainly not in terms of safety!

 

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More Ilnesses Linked To Raw Milk — In Texas, This Time

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 10:09

Here we go again — as if hurricane Harvey wasn't enough, now Texans who drank raw milk from a dairy near Fort Worth could be at risk of developing brucellosis — a bacterial infection that can have multiple deleterious effect. Raw milk is not better than pasteurized milk in terms of nutrition, and certainly not in terms of safety!

 

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The Misperceptions of Getting ‘Tested For Everything’ In Medicine

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 09:09

Can doctors or current diagnostics test for everything? 

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Tylenol Isn't So Safe, But At Least It Works, Right?

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 07:09

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is very widely used for various types of pain and to reduce fevers. The drug is widely perceived as safe and effective. I have already written that it's not all that safe. But does it work well? Not even close. Multiple Cochrane reviews make this clear.

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Switzerland, Hollywood, And The Rest Of Our Media Efforts Last Week

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 06:09

1. Miami Herald, Asheville Courier-Tribune and Australia's News Observer covered our work on this year's flu vaccine. We may be the American Council on Science and Health, but our reach has always been intern

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