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How Is Organic Decaf Coffee Made? Hint: Chemicals

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 13:01

All coffee comes from trees, and all of it contains caffeine. Since there is not a "caffeine-free coffee tree," there must be some way to get rid of it. There are four methods used, the most common involving extraction of the caffeine from the beans with a solvent. But one of the solvents employed, ethyl acetate, illustrates the madness of the organic movement. 

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Viruses May Help in the Fight Against Hard to Treat Cancers

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 12:01

Advancements in cancer treatments are not easy to come by. The movement over the last year that pushed immunotherapies into the realm of treatments for such cancers as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and large B-cell lymphoma  have marked a new future for the treatment of those cancers. 

But, other cancers remain with far fewer treatment options. 

New research published in Science Translational Medicine this week introduced a new potential treatment for some of the most difficult to treat cancers - brain and triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). 

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Did You Know That Was Even Physically Possible?

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 10:01

With snow days making some stir crazy, delving into what can be physically possible seemed an essential, compelling escape. 

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With Orrin Hatch Retiring, Alternative Medicine Is Losing Its Biggest Senate Supporter

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 20:01

Alas, the $37-billion dietary supplements industry likely will remain unregulated for the foreseeable future. The fight against junk science and bogus health must soldier on.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Perhaps A Breakthrough In Treating Tinnitus

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 11:01

Tinnitus, a humming or ringing sound you hear when no sound is actually present is a clinical condition that affects about 15% of the US population. It is the most common service-connected disability of our veterans. Like most diseases, it too lives on a spectrum, from annoying to disability. A new study in Science Translational Medicine offers what might be an effective treatment for a disease that has few good treatment options.

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Hypothermia: Identify, Prevent, And Save A Life

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 10:01

Brutal cold temps have been circling the U.S. for some days now, with a "bomb cyclone" headed for the East Coast this week. This arctic chill brings about a very real and scary scenario: hypothermia. Since Tuesday, 11 people in the U.S. have died, after succumbing to the cold. 

Do you know how to identify and/or prevent hypothermia, and potentially save a life? Let's talk about some important points..

 

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Human Cadavers in Hotel Ballrooms

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 08:01

Two troubling articles, one on using cadavers in hotel ballrooms to practice medical procedures; the other on the fact that Chinese physicians rarely disclose the diagnosis of cancer to their patients.

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"It's not one world" Medical Edition

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 08:01

Two troubling articles, one on using cadavers in hotel ballrooms to practice medical procedures; the other on the fact that Chinese physicians rarely disclose the diagnosis of cancer to their patients.

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Before Taking Icy Plunge, Just Know 'Cold-Shock' Health Risks

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 07:01

Three days before human hoards rushed into the Atlantic from a Brooklyn shore on New Year's Day, three sharks up north, in the same ocean off Cape Cod, wound up doing something that doesn't usually happen. That would be ... freezing to death. 

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'Video Gaming Disorder' Is Just Like 'Dinosaur Obsession Disorder'

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 15:01

Society has been blind to the secret suffering of many children. What appears to the rest of us as a cute albeit slightly annoying phase is actually a serious mental illness: Dinosaur Obsession Disorder.

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The Latest Health Crazy- Raw Water

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 13:01

Let's start off the New Year with some pure madness. Raw milk, a silly fad that my colleague Dr. Julianna Lemieux has written about, (1) is plenty stupid enough. But a company called Live Water, based in (where else?) Los Angeles, has taken suckerdom to a new level. The company is selling "raw water," (2) and if there ever were a topic put up on an American Council batting tee, this is it. 

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Some Bad Flu News: H3N2 is a Major Player this Year

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 13:01

Although the flu season is just getting started, the cases that have already occurred are being used to make predictions on what will be coming down the pike how the peak of the flu season will look when it hits in a month or two.

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Can you hear me now? Perhaps a breakthrough in treating tinnitus

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 11:01

Tinnitus, a humming or ringing sound you hear when no sound is actually present is a clinical condition that affects about 15% of the US population. It is the most common service-connected disability of our veterans. Like most diseases, it too lives on a spectrum, from annoying to disability. A new study in Science Translational Medicine offers what might be an effective treatment for a disease that has few good treatment options.

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New Year Resolutions Are Back, And So Am I

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 10:01

After 13 weeks of maternity leave — lots of joy and little sleep — I am back at work. In true New Years fashion, I — like many others — am thinking of making some resolutions for the year ahead. 

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What to Do About Accidentally Finding Cancer

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 09:01

As our diagnostic ability increases, we are finding more cancers that may be treated by watchful waiting. But doing nothing when told you have cancer is difficult for patients and physicians. 

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Tobacco Co's Can Still Reach Kids

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 09:01

Advertising of tobacco products on TV and radio has been verboten since 1971 to reduce the appeal of such products — especially to kids. That, of course, was long before the age of the internet, and a new study finds that online tobacco marketing is linked to an increased risk that adolescents will start using these products.

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A New Year’s Resolution To Restart Your Heart

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 05:01

The recent harrowing account of American Heart Association (AHA) President Dr. John Warner is a precautionary tale. It serves as a useful guide for all of us in selecting an achievable 2018 resolution.

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5 Simple Ways to Be Healthier in 2018

ACSH - Dec 29 2017 - 16:12

As one year gives way to the next (making reflecting back practically unavoidable), one of the things I'm grateful for is the volume of health information that comes across my desk. Not only is it interesting to read, but it's quite practical, too, since I can incorporate some of the things I learn into my daily or weekly routine.

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President Trump To Have Customary Physical Exam in January. But, Does It Matter?

ACSH - Dec 29 2017 - 15:12

With President Trump's imminent annual physical looming, what actually matters on the health front? What would make a president unfit to serve the office? 

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The supplements industry hits a new low - the lung cleanse

ACSH - Dec 29 2017 - 14:12

Good news, folks. No need to worry about anything anymore. Not your health. Not your spouse's. Or even your kids. So let's all give a shout out to the fine people at RenewLife. They've got your whole family covered!

 

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