Poisoning Paradise: I Was On A Film Panel Devoted To Hating Science, And Here Is Why You Should Be Also

ACSH - Mar 16 2018 - 14:03

I was on vacation in Europe earlier this week but five days before I left I had gotten an email asking if I might be willing to appear on a panel at a film festival called Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains (International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights), which was scheduled to be in conjunction with the March session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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American Council on Science and Health Petitions and Calls to Action

ACSH - Mar 16 2018 - 12:03

The American Council on Science and Health believes in empowering pro-science citizens with the tools to be able to fight back against encroachments on freedom and evidence-based thinking. Below is the first petition we have created. We are going to deliver these signatures in person to trial lawyer lobbying groups in Washington, DC.

Let’s Defeat The Trial Lawyers’ War Against Science!


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Snakes Can Be Good Moms Too

ACSH - Mar 16 2018 - 08:03

Most of us don't think of cold-blooded creatures (i.e. reptiles and amphibians) as having any maternal instincts. However some crocodiles do, and some snakes that bear live young have been seen to shelter babies. New research demonstrates that the South African python, which lays eggs, also demonstrates maternal concern.

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Gut Bacteria Fuels Colon Cancer Cells, Study Shows

ACSH - Mar 15 2018 - 16:03

Colon cancer kills more than 50,000 Americans each year. One in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime. Currently, patients rely on colonoscopies to detect pre-cancerous growths called polyps. But doctors from John Hopkins University have discovered two digestive bacteria that form a film on the colon — months before the polyps appear.



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Theranos CEO Settles 'Massive Fraud' Charges

ACSH - Mar 15 2018 - 13:03

Theranos had been staying afloat on the waves of Elizabeth's Holmes' smoke-and-mirrors act. But what its famed CEO lacked was evidence to support the technology upon which the would-be, blood-test innovator was founded. Unfortunately for Holmes – some, like the SEC – call that fraud. And that's something even Holmes couldn't talk her way out of. 

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Theranos CEO Charged with 'Massive Fraud'

ACSH - Mar 15 2018 - 13:03

When Henry Kissinger (an ex-Theranos board member) wrote the entry for Elizabeth Holmes's inclusion in TIME magazine's 2015 top 100 Most Influential People, he wrote,

"When I was introduced to Elizabeth by George Shultz, her plan sounded like an undergraduate’s dream. I told her she had only two prospects: total failure or vast success."

Well, he got one thing right.

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Stop the Cyberbullying of Scientists

ACSH - Mar 15 2018 - 11:03

Cyberbullying has real-world consequences, from damaging a person’s professional aspirations to harming his mental and physical well-being. The U.S. should consider implementing anti-cyberbullying laws similar to those in the UK.

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Oklahoma Finally Gets Its Capital Punishment Chemistry Right

ACSH - Mar 15 2018 - 07:03

Oklahoma, which badly botched a number a number of executions by using experimental methods that were scientifically flawed, has decided to use nitrogen asphyxiation instead. A look at the chemistry and physiology of a more humane method of capital punishment. 

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How Many Pets Does United Airlines Kill?

ACSH - Mar 14 2018 - 18:03

It's difficult to imagine what life must be like for people who work in public relations at United Airlines. If the crew isn't dragging a medical doctor off of a plane or killing a giant bunny, they are suffocating a puppy in the overhead compartment.

Just how dangerous is it for a pet to fly on an airline? Not very. But it should be kept in mind that transporting animals can be trickier than transporting people. Rabbits, for instance, can get so scared that they literally die of fear. Unfamiliar settings can greatly stress animals.

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Genetic Testing Post-Breast Cancer Diagnosis Isn't Done As Much As It Should Be

ACSH - Mar 14 2018 - 10:03

Some women who have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer would be well advised to have genetic screening and advice to help inform decisions about additional treatments. But many are not, and they should be aware that genetic counseling could be crucial and ask for it if it isn't offered — especially those who are considered at high risk of developing additional cancers.

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Zinc -A Bipolar Element

ACSH - Mar 14 2018 - 08:03

Trying to assign human characteristics to elements might get you convicted for anthropomorphizing. But in the case of zinc, it's not as crazy as you'd think. Zinc is "chemically bipolar" for a number of reasons. Some will surprise you.

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Russian Propaganda: Three-Fingered Mummies in Nazca, Peru Are Aliens

ACSH - Mar 13 2018 - 23:03

A complete hoax was circulated among Russian state-controlled media as legitimate news, and the Western media fell for it. Sure, some of them provided "caveats," but the point is that Russian propaganda has so infiltrated the public discourse that it appears regularly in mainstream Western media outlets. That's shocking.

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In Side-by-Side Test, Recycled Wastewater Tastes Better than Tap

ACSH - Mar 13 2018 - 16:03

Just the thought makes some cringe, but the truth is that recaptured, treated wastewater is safe to drink. But as compared to tap and bottled water, how does it taste? Researchers from the University of California, Riverside set to find out, and the results of their study were somewhat surprising.

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Humans Sleep (Way) Less than Other Primates

ACSH - Mar 13 2018 - 13:03

It's sleep awareness week and we are trying to, well, be more aware of our sleep. 

Sleep is a fascinating topic in large part because we know that we will die without it but don't really understand why. Why we sleep is a perpetuating question in neuroscience along with what our brain is doing while we sleep. 

A new study from the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University asked the question, how much do humans sleep when compared with other non-human primates?  

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My Post-Baby BMI Says I'm Overweight

ACSH - Mar 13 2018 - 12:03

Five months after having my son, I'm back to my pre-baby weight. But my BMI still says I'm overweight. Is this true?

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Chef David Chang Says Americans Are Racist Toward Chinese Food

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 22:03

Everything is about racism these days. From politics to sports, somebody, somewhere, wants you to feel bad because something might be racist.

This uniquely American tendency to assign racism where none exists has struck again in yet another bizarre way: Celebrity chef David Chang says that Americans are racist toward Chinese food.

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Rehydrate to Satisfy Your Thirst – and No More

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 14:03

We hear people say it all the time, especially at the gym or where runners congregate, as if it's a proven work-out mantra: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The advice in all its forms flows like water itself: 

"Make sure you drink lots and lots of water to keep your system refreshed, so you can run cool." 

"Gotta drink 8 glasses of water a day."

Or this gem, paraphrasing the esteemed and world-famous internist, Thomas Brady, MD, quarterback of the New England Patriots: Drink enough water that equals half of your body weight, measured in ounces, every day.

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FDA Approves 23andMe Cancer Test for BRCA genes

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 12:03

There are millions of people receiving information about their DNA, regarding either their ancestry and/or health. A new test for three mutations in two genes that are associated with higher rates of certain cancers was recently approved by the FDA. But, what does the information provided really mean?  

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LSD Has Staying Power- Chemistry Explains Why

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 12:03

LSD has long had a reputation for staying in the brain for a comparatively long time - well after it is no longer in the blood. A group at UNC has figured out the reason behind this puzzling property by x-ray making use of crystallography and molecular modeling. It turns out that one very simple chemical interaction keeps LSD trapped in serotonin. A great example of structural biology. 

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Want To Increase Screening For CRC? There's An App For That.

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 09:03

Screening tests for colorectal cancer (CRC) are generally underutilized, and thus chances to decrease deaths from the disease are missed. An app that patients can use on an iPAD increases the use of CRC screening tests, new research demonstrates.

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