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Hospitals Aren't Hotels. And You Wouldn't Want Them To Be.

ACSH - Nov 02 2017 - 13:11

For the best in hospitality services, stick to The Four Seasons not hospitals.

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No More Surgery For Patients with Unhealthy Behavior

ACSH - Nov 02 2017 - 12:11

The United Kingdom's National Health Service will not perform elective surgery on two groups of health sinners, smokers and the obese. At least in some parts of the country.

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IARC Activism Begins To Unravel - Congress May Be About To Pull Their Plug

ACSH - Nov 02 2017 - 07:11

In 2015, the American Council on Science and Health joined every reputable science body in being critical of yet another International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph. In recent years they had become prone to selectively choosing studies to include in their analyses, almost as if they predetermined a conclusion and then found studies to match it.

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Turning Up The Heat on the Noble Lie

ACSH - Nov 02 2017 - 06:11

The EPA insists that poor air quality in America is a terrible killer and must be regulated regardless of the economic burden imposed. But with no evidence to justify such a claim, this is nothing more than a Noble Lie.

Steve Milloy, a biostatistician and lawyer, conducted a study to examine if small particulate matter in air pollution was linked to acute deaths. Using publicly available death certificates, he found no such correlation. Furthermore, using hospital discharge data, he found no link between ozone levels and asthma attacks in the Sacramento area.

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Man Boobs From Hoppy Beer? An 'Earth Poet' Says Yes, Science Says No

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 22:11

Stephen Harrod Buhner, an "earth poet" and herbalist healer claims that beer will give men "moobs" because of hormone-disrupting chemicals. But there is a much simpler explanation - obesity, something every boob should know. 

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Measles Vaccine Has Saved More than 20 Million Lives Globally Since 2000

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 20:11

It's a shocking number. Last year, nearly 90,000 people around the world died from measles. This is the same disease that anti-vaxxers mocked as "Mickey Mouse measles" following the Disneyland outbreak, implying that the viral infection isn't serious.

But it is serious. Deadly serious. As recently as the year 2000, more than 500,000 people died from measles every single year. The reason for the dramatic decrease in deaths is because of a concerted global effort to eradicate the virus through vaccination. And it is clearly paying off.

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Despite Being Contagious, Health Care Workers Often Treat Patients

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 16:11

It appears that a significant portion of those tasked with keeping us from getting sick, are putting us at risk of getting sick.

That's a key finding of a new study released today, which determined that more than 40 percent of healthcare professionals treat patients when they are sick and contagious, instead of staying home. And with the increasing numbers of elderly patients, or those with immunosuppression or severe chronic diseases, the risk created is significant.

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Broadway's 'Dear Evan Hansen' Captures More Than Teen Angst And Tony Awards

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 14:11

This musical serves a surprise that compels an overdue societal conversation.

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Congratulations To Dr. Stan Young - And EPA

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 11:11

Halloween was last night and so I watched "Ghostbusters" once again, like I have every year since it came out. If you know the movie, the ostensible enemy is a Sumerian "god" who wants to colonize New York with his followers, but the real villain is the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Just over a dozen years after it had been founded, the EPA was already regarded as a group manufacturing problems to solve - and that was even in a big-budget Hollywood movie which, let's face it, is not exactly a pro-business culture.

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Are Pesticides The New Birth Control?

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 09:11

A recent study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals a supposed association between high pesticide exposure and fewer pregnancies and fewer live births in women receiving fertility treatments.

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ACSH Explains: What Are Vitamins?

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 08:11

The term 'vitamin' is so common that you'd expect most people would know what they are. If that were true, we wouldn't have phony vitamins like "B17" being sold on the Internet. But, you can't just call something a vitamin, though, and have it be one!

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Are You A Conservationist?

ACSH - Nov 01 2017 - 06:11

A short while ago, despite two hurricanes and a shooting in Las Vegas, advocacy journalists in North Carolina were spending time attempting to Gerrymander the word "conservationist" in order to make sure an expert in favor of natural gas could be excluded from a committee. Mostly because he lacked their key criterion, a donation to Sierra Club.

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ACSH Explains 'Hill's Criteria': Determining Causality from Correlation

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 23:10

It is oft-repeated that correlation does not imply causation. But it does. That's precisely why epidemiologists and economists are so fascinated by correlations. Thus, it is far more accurate to say that correlation does not prove causation.

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New York Post Hits All-Time Low 'Reporting' Today's Terror Attack

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 20:10

When "journalism" goes too far in tragedy.

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Halloween Candy is Not a Trick

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 17:10

Halloween is a holiday of unadulterated fun. What could be better than dressing up in costumes and carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns? 

Perhaps what kids look forward to most, however, is the candy. Collecting it, sorting it out afterward, trading with friends, and then, after all of that, eating it. 

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Oh, Yes ... That. The Kettlebell. (Guess What? You Should Try It)

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 13:10

The kettlebell. 

You know what this is, and what it does. Of course, right?

Actually, just kidding. You probably don't, since it's one of the least known, most mysterious pieces of exercise equipment there is. The website Live Science flatly calls it "weird."

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Food Waste - How About Those Starving Children in .....

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 10:10

Food waste is a real problem, but this study of what happens to household food doesn't provide answers. It does tell us a bit about what we do with our food. 

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FDA Suggests Dis-Approving A Health Claim. It's Never Happened Before.

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 09:10

Since 1990 when health claims on foods were first authorized, the FDA has never reversed a decision to allow one. But it's in the process of doing so now — the one that links soy protein to a reduced risk of heart disease.

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Europe Is Reducing Antibiotic Use In Animals Ahead Of Schedule

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 08:10

Proper use of antibiotics in animals, just like in humans, can slow bacterial resistance. Europe leads the way in cutting antibiotic use. The US lags behind. 

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A Service Dog Bit My Dad in the Butt. Here's What to Do Next

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 19:10

Truth is stranger than fiction. House of Cards has been cancelled. MSNBC fired journalist Mark Halperin. The long-anticipated Russia investigation has resulted in its first charges. And a dog bit my dad in the butt. What do you do when a dog bites you?

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