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Organic Produce Has Pesticides, Too

ACSH - Apr 11 2018 - 14:04

The Environmental Working Group has once again released their Dirty Dozen list — the fruits and veggies they say are covered in pesticides. One minor detail: organic produce contains pesticides, too, but that doesn't quite fit their narrative.

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'March for Science' 2018: Still Going Nowhere

ACSH - Apr 10 2018 - 22:04

The Occupy movement fizzled out because it stood for nothing. The March for Science is flirting with the same fate.

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New Research Could Make the Flu Vaccine More Effective

ACSH - Apr 10 2018 - 22:04

During flu season, I write a lot of articles promoting the flu vaccine. Why? Because it is the best way to avoid getting the flu. 

I also talk to a lot of people about the flu vaccine and why they are (or are not) getting one. Inevitably, I hear that the flu vaccine is "terrible this year" or "doesn't even work." And, although that is not true, the flu vaccine certainly could be better. 

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Why Is CRISPR Is OK For Plants, But Not For Animals?

ACSH - Apr 10 2018 - 11:04

The FDA recently decided that simple CRISPR induced changes in plants did not represent genetic modification. Why do they feel differently about the same CRISPR induced changes in animals? 

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Paul Ehrlich: A New Rant from an Unrepentant Secular Doomsday Prophet

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 20:04

The reason The Population Bomb was so terrible is not because its predictions were wrong; most scientists make incorrect predictions. No, the book is terrible because of how it made people in the developed world feel about people in the developing world, namely, that they are little more than hungry cockroaches who shouldn't be fed.

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Will Humans Be Able To Procreate In Space? NASA Studying Prospect

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 16:04

Will a moon landing be taking on a different meaning in the future? NASA studies human reproduction in space.

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Multiple, Smaller Head Blows Can Be Worse than Concussions

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 14:04

While it's now commonly felt that we need to minimize exposure to concussions as a way of preventing the onset of greater brain trauma in the future, what often goes overlooked is the impact of lesser impacts, known as microconcussions.

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Gluten Free May Not be Gluten Free, Study Finds

ACSH - Apr 09 2018 - 13:04

For the 1% of the population who have celiac disease, eating gluten-free (GF) foods is much more than the latest food fad. It is imperative for good health and can be a matter of life and death. 

People who have celiac disease spend a lot of time and energy making sure that there is no gluten in the food they eat, however, maintaining this diet can be difficult. 

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'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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