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In Hemodialysis, Is Substandard Care Adequate?

ACSH - Dec 24 2017 - 05:12

How do patients needing chronic health care, with no insurance, in this case, undocumented immigrants, fair? That is a decision made by the states and can impact their lives and our finances.

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Corporate Funding - The New Status Symbol For Academic Scientists

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 14:12

Once upon a time, a corporate grant was the ultimate status symbol for a university scholar. Companies don't spend money foolishly and a corporate grant was a sign that you were esteemed in your field.

Then, as academia became more politically one-sided and government took more control over it using funding, the mentality changed. You were less ethical if you got corporate money, you must be fabricating a result for industry leash-holders. Only government grants were pure.

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ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells Interviewed For TV/Radio About Medical Practice Today

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 12:12

ACSH's Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells interviewed by legendary anchor Rolland Smith and broadcasting veteran Carl Sabatino about the state of medical practice today.

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Butterfly Wings Inspire Chemical Weapons Sensors

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 11:12

Researchers have once again turned to nature for inspiration: A team of chemists working for the U.S. Air Force has used crystals extracted from butterfly wings to detect trace chemical warfare agents.

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It's Men's Turn — Hormonal Contraceptive to be Tested in '18

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 10:12

Next April US scientists will begin a test of a new contraceptive gel — for men. A combination of two synthetic hormones, it's been found to be effective in shutting down sperm production in preliminary testing. So perhaps soon men  will have another option besides condoms and vasectomies. Welcome to the world of modern contraception, guys!

 

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Widely Touted Aids Don't Help Prevent Dementia

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 08:12

One type of malady that most people really hope to avoid is Alzheimer's Disease and other aging-associated dementia. As the population ages, the chance that such ills will become more common is also likely to increase. While much research has been devoted to figuring out how to forestall these problems, recent studies indicate we still have a long way to go to do that.

   
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My Christmas Wish Came Early: FDA Cracks Down on Homeopathy

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 06:12

Can you hear Ho, Ho, Ho from the halls of the FDA? We can! They are playing Santa this year, helping to make one of our Christmas wishes come true. That's by bringing the gift of stopping people from getting harmed by homeopathic remedies. 

                                   
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"Low Effort Thinking" Leads To Conservatism

ACSH - Dec 22 2017 - 02:12

Conservative thought requires little time, effort or awareness. Could it be that we have uncovered bias masquerading as social science research?

 
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Will Machines Take Your Job? Yes, I'm Talking To You, Mr. Professional

ACSH - Dec 21 2017 - 13:12

Automation has decimated mid-level jobs, and much of the current talk is about machine learning replacing professionals, like doctors and attorneys. An opinion piece in Science brings some useful perspective on how machines learn and their economic impact.

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Could Medical Advance Come By Studying Penile Stiffness?

ACSH - Dec 21 2017 - 09:12

new research study on the penetration mechanics of the beetle penis- its bending stiffness gradient compounded by its soft tip– could actually hold some promise in the medical device realm of catheter design to further understanding in erectile dysfunction. 

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ACSH's 10 Most Popular Articles of 2017

ACSH - Dec 21 2017 - 07:12

We've been hard at work this year informing you of the latest developments in biomedical science, debunking junk science and bogus health claims, and explaining the science behind the headlines. Here are our 10 most popular articles of 2017.

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Dog Tips for the Holidays

ACSH - Dec 21 2017 - 07:12

Most dog owners know that chocolate is harmful to dogs, but a study shows Christmas is the most dangerous day of the year. And more bad news, dog treats may be making your little companion overweight. 

   
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My Christmas Wish: You Won't Go To The Doctor

ACSH - Dec 21 2017 - 06:12

This year, I don't want you to go to the doctor.

That seems obvious. Most people go to the doctor when they are ill, and I don't want you to be ill or have an accident. But I don't want you go to the doctor even if you are well. 

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All I Want For Christmas Is Truth In Medical Advertising

ACSH - Dec 20 2017 - 14:12

How about companies just telling it like it is – in all its forms? We need to do better than Theranos, and the hubris of 23andMe that warranted FDA intervention and sanctioning of the firm. 

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Air Pollution Lowers IQs - Of Reporters Who Write About It

ACSH - Dec 20 2017 - 10:12

It is no secret that air pollution is bad news (but no longer in the US). It's also no secret that people write sensationalized junk that poses as science to drive home a point or support an agenda. Today we are having a two-for-one special. You get both. No - small particulate matter does not affect IQ. Beyond ridiculous.

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Decline of Chickenpox a Problem for Millennials?

ACSH - Dec 20 2017 - 10:12

Millennials don't have it easy, contrary to popular belief.

Globalization, automation, and other permanent structural shifts in the workforce have conspired against this generation. According to the advocacy group Young Invincibles, and reported in USA Today, "millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated."

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Rattlesnake Pills Worse Than Snake Oil?

ACSH - Dec 20 2017 - 10:12

Snake oils are useless nostrums promoted to treat and/or cure virtually any type of ailment, but they don't have to come from snakes. Some, however, do — such as the rattlesnake pills recently dinged by the CDC for being contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Kind of ironic — instead of curing, they actually make the user sick.

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Don't Worry Serena, You Will Ace Teething

ACSH - Dec 20 2017 - 07:12

When the best tennis player in history asks for teething advice, we're happy to oblige. Unfortunately, there is only one thing that can be done to help with a baby's teething, and it's probably not what you think.   

             
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Using Eyes as Cursor: Helping ALS Patients 'Speak'

ACSH - Dec 20 2017 - 07:12

First, your body betrays you. The muscles that you once relied upon for movement and so many forms of self-reliance begin to weaken, then wither. You are unable to write. Your world closes in on you.

Then, as the muscles which normally aid speech gradually fail to function, your world gets even smaller, and claustrophobic, as any ability to share your thoughts with your loved ones disappears. In a continuum of frightening moments for someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, that must be one of the most terrifying.

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Stopping Predatory Journals Takes Teamwork

ACSH - Dec 19 2017 - 12:12

 

         
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