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Your Adrenals Are Not Fatigued, You Are

ACSH - Sep 05 2017 - 16:09

The "wellness" platform is the sexy new term added to our lexicon.  Wellness clinics and gurus have hijacked medicine and have gone so far as creating fake medical problems to manipulate the public.  It's time to out them for the hacks that they are.

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Your Adrenals Are Not Fatigued – You Are

ACSH - Sep 05 2017 - 16:09

The "wellness" platform is the sexy new term added to our lexicon.  Wellness clinics and gurus have hijacked medicine and have gone so far as creating fake medical problems to manipulate the public.  It's time to out them for hacks that they are.

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Cooking Up Some 'Toxic' Chemicals; The Maillard Reaction

ACSH - Sep 05 2017 - 07:09

Very few have heard about this. It's over 100 years old and explains why bread smells so good and turns brown. But baking also produces a few chemicals of concern – or are they? Here you get a chemistry lesson! Whether you want one or not.

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New SIDS Report Gives Old News

ACSH - Sep 04 2017 - 23:09

Putting babies to sleep on their backs is an important safety measure that can decrease the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, a new report in the journal Pediatrics states that parents are still not doing this crucial step well enough. 

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Let's Not Forget The War Against Bacterial Resistance

ACSH - Sep 04 2017 - 09:09

Lost in the noise of all the medical stories is the issue of bacterial resistance. Although it's not a sexy topic, it's almost certainly more important than anything in the news, as PBS showed by broadcasting its sobering series "Stopping Superbugs."

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Ethanol: A Lethal Injection for Tumors

ACSH - Sep 03 2017 - 01:09

Injecting an ethanol-based gel directly into a specific type of tumor, called squamous cell carcinoma, resulted in a 100% cure rate in a hamster model.

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Ethanol: A Lethal Injection for Tumors

ACSH - Sep 03 2017 - 01:09

Injecting an ethanol-based gel directly into a specific type of tumor, called squamous cell carcinoma, resulted in a 100% cure rate in a hamster model.

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Pancreatic Cancer: The New Selfie Filter

ACSH - Sep 02 2017 - 08:09

A small study showed promising results for a new app that can detect increased bilirubin levels in one's eyes — an early indicator of pancreatic cancer.

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Viral-Video Arrest of Nurse Refusing to Draw Blood From Unconscious Patient; Conflict of Interest at Core

ACSH - Sep 01 2017 - 15:09

Utah nurse Alex Wubbels was handcuffed while screaming, as she tried to do her job. At issue: whether a police officer could obtain a blood sample from her patient, who was hurt from a July 26 collision that involved a fatality. 

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Conflict of Interest At Core of Viral Video Arrest of Nurse Refusing Blood Draw On Unconscious Patient

ACSH - Sep 01 2017 - 15:09

A disturbing video (start at minute 4:55) went viral of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels being handcuffed, while screaming as she tried to do her job. The images obtained from University Hospital and Detective Jeff Payne's body cameras reveal the standoff. At issue: if the police officer could obtain a blood sample from her patient who was hurt from a July 26 collision that involved a fatality. 

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Fruit And Veggies Beneficial For Heart Health, But Carbs Aren't. What?

ACSH - Sep 01 2017 - 12:09

Results of a recent prospective study of food intake in 18 countries —including North and South America, Europe, and Asia — reports that an increased intake of fruits, vegetables and legumes is associated with a lower risk of death. But the same study was analyzed to see what effect different dietary nutrients might have and found that it's carbs, not fat that seem to be dietary villains.

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A Historic Moment For Cancer Research

ACSH - Aug 31 2017 - 23:08

When it comes to cancer breakthroughs, there have not been many announcements as big as the one made this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - the approval of the first gene therapy for cancer available in the United States. 

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Nevada Is About to Learn that Fentanyl Is an Effective Way to Kill People

ACSH - Aug 31 2017 - 21:08

Whether one supports or opposes the death penalty, the debate should be based upon ethics and morality informed by evidence-based biomedical science, not distortions and half-truths.

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La Leche League Message for Harvey Victims A Bit Disconnected

ACSH - Aug 31 2017 - 14:08

"Perfect" infant feeding should not be the enemy of the good in messaging during disasters like hurricane Harvey.

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Phonies' Photo Finish: Rampant Track Doping vs. Buried Study Revealing It

ACSH - Aug 31 2017 - 13:08

What's more disturbing: The revelation that roughly a third of the athletes at the 2011 track world championships were doping – undetected – or that it took six years for the news of such a remarkable breakdown to become public? If this was a race, using the sport's parlance, you might say they'd break the tape simultaneously. 

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Houston Doesn't Have Enough Problems? Now Explosive Organic Peroxides

ACSH - Aug 31 2017 - 11:08

The old saw, "when it rains it pours," doesn't even begin to do justice to the catastrophic flooding that has devastated much of Houston. The very last thing the city needs is an additional problem, especially a chemical explosion due to the impact of the flood. But the city may be facing just that, and it's all because of a known chemical reaction—the spontaneous decomposition of a class of compounds called organic peroxides. 

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Will Facebook Decide Which News Is Fake?

ACSH - Aug 30 2017 - 20:08

Like North Korea, everybody agrees that fake news is a big problem. But also like the Hermit Kingdom, nobody really knows what to do about it.

Facebook, a site from which a substantial number of people acquire their daily news, has decided that pages that post fake stories will be banned from advertising. That's a perfectly fine decision, but it raises a bigger and more profound question: Who decides which news is fake? Mark Zuckerberg?

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FDA Gives Homeopathic Teething Company Something to Suck On

ACSH - Aug 30 2017 - 13:08

Homeopathic products look just like the medicines they are placed next to on the shelves. However, when it comes to how these products are made - they are vastly different.

This is being brought to center stage through an investigation by FDA into Raritan Pharmaceuticals. If that name sounds familiar, it's because they are one of the companies involved in the homeopathic teething products scandal that allegedly resulted in the illnesses and deaths of infants.

The inspections resulted in two warning letters sent to the company. 

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Kids Get Asthma From An Organic Farm Chemical Pesticide- Huh???

ACSH - Aug 30 2017 - 07:08

Hands, please. How many of you think that organic produce is grown without pesticides or other chemicals? OK, you're all wrong. A study from California shows that kids who live near farms that use sulfur (a chemical and a pesticide) have more asthma. Guess what? Sulfur is a chemical, and it is used in organic farming. So are dozens of other chemicals, some of which are quite toxic. There's even an antibiotic on the list. Tsk tsk. The things they don't want you to know. 

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Bundled payments for surgery - Will they reduce healthcare costs?

ACSH - Aug 30 2017 - 06:08

Bundled payment for health care is being presented as a fix to rising costs. What makes up the bundle of services provided and can they really save us money? A new study in JAMA Surgery sheds some light.

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