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Sen. John McCain At Walter Reed Medical Center For 'Side Effects' Of Cancer Therapy

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 21:12

Senator John McCain, diagnosed with brain cancer in July, was hospitalized for "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy." What does that mean?

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Bruises and Scars Tell Their Own Story (Which Might Not Be What You Think)

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 12:12

Images aren't always what they seem when it comes to the mechanism of injury of the subject. Not all scars and bruises are the same. They can tell a very different story. Are you so sure that piece you re-tweeted of suspected abuse actually reflected abuse?

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Is Peer Review Fair when it is not Blinded?

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 08:12

Before scientific literature is accepted, it has to undergo the peer review process. For an explainer of how that process works, please read here

Typically, the peer review process is a "single-blind" one, meaning that the reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors of the paper and the institutution where they work. However, the authors of the paper are not privy to who reviewed their paper. 

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Why We Stutter: Right Brain Activity Halts Left's, Study Shows

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 07:12

Researchers say they have "gained crucial insights" as to the brain's inner-workings and how stuttering manifests itself. This moves the scientific community one step closer to a cure for a condition that affects 1 in 100 adult Americans, and 5 percent of all children for stretches of at least six months. 

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Barbara Demeneix Could Link Autism To Touchdown Passes

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 19:12

Barbara Demeneix, a team leader at The Paris Natural History Museum holds a Ph.D. in endocrinology and physiology, so she really ought to know not to publish something so stupid. Fireworks cause autism? Seriously?? Then I can argue that touchdowns cause autism.

 
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Is Autism Caused By Touchdown Passes?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 19:12

Barbara Demeneix, a team leader at The Paris Natural History Museum holds a Ph.D. in endocrinology and physiology, so she really ought to know not to publish something so stupid. Fireworks cause autism? Seriously?? Then I can argue that touchdowns cause autism.

 
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Big Tobacco is Big Baby Food's Boogyman

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 11:12

The Boogyman was a means to control children's behavior. It has no role in the debate over public health policy.

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Can Personalizing Diabetes Care Reduce Costs?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 08:12

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, from the University of Chicago presents a cost analysis of personalized blood sugar goals for diabetic patients. As with most studies of this type, it is a computer model using cost estimates. So while its numerical conclusions make not be as accurate or precise as the numbers would make you believe, it does contain some interesting information.

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How Can you Spot a Predatory Journal?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 08:12

 

 
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A Bacterial Role in High Blood Pressure - the Microbiome Speaks

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 08:12

We cannot digest fiber but some researchers believe fiber helps lower our blood pressure and maintain cardiovascular health. It turns out that the fiber is being digested by the bacteria of our gut and may play a role in controlling blood pressure.

   
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For Game of Thrones Fans. Some facts about dwarfs (Don't call them elves!)

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 07:12

If you're not a Game of Thrones fans, you should change that status immediately. Yes, it is that great. And one of the many things that makes it great is the character Tyrion Lannister, who is played by the incomparable Peter Dinklage.

Photos: IMDb (left), NY Daily News (right)

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All I Want For Christmas Is For People Not To Hurt

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 07:12

For a civilized nation, we can be mighty uncivilized. If you are a pain patient and cannot get the meds you need you know this only too well. What do I want from Christmas? How about a return to sanity and compassion where people don't have to beg for relief? We have precious little or either right now. 

 
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Are Concussions Worse for Dyslexia, ADHD Sufferers?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 07:12

Brain trauma, and the cognitive damage it can cause, is awful enough on its own. But what's the impact of a concussion on those with learning disabilities, such as ADHD and dyslexia? 

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Scott Gottlieb's FDA Revamps Regulations on Medical Software

ACSH - Dec 11 2017 - 16:12

As part of regulatory reform and in the face of increasing use of computer algorithms in patient care, the FDA has released draft guidelines for software that aids physicians and patients.

   
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Gene Therapy Effectively Treats Hemophilia B

ACSH - Dec 11 2017 - 14:12

Scientists report they have successfully treated hemophilia B by giving sufferers gene therapy. When they infuse a gene for the correct blood clotting factor, it is taken up by the patient who then can produce it on their own. This means they no longer have to inject clotting factor to avoid the sometimes crippling or fatal effects of their disease.

         
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General Anesthesia Works on Plants Too

ACSH - Dec 11 2017 - 08:12

Today, surgery and anesthesia go hand in hand. For many medical procedures, being both unresponsive and unconscious is a luxury that did not always exist. Anesthesia was used for the first time during a surgical procedure in 1846 to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient.

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Lying Politicians Is One Thing. Lying Scientist Is Another

ACSH - Dec 09 2017 - 08:12

What is going on in the science world? Scientists are generally regarded as ethical and honest -- the polar opposite of politicians. But there is a disturbing trend in science world: retracted papers, often due to fraud. Now we have another in Science and it's a doozy. A paper about harm to fish because of tiny plastic particles was not only wrong, it was fraud. This is something that we've been writing about all along. 

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Jelly Fish - Natural Born Killers

ACSH - Dec 09 2017 - 03:12

Jellyfish have a diverse range of eating interests and locations, much like us. They are also a fearsome predator, who knew?

     
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My Christmas Wish: A Day of Sanity

ACSH - Dec 08 2017 - 19:12

I met a friend at a coffee shop in Seattle today. We covered a lot of ground in the short time we had together -- politics, the state of our nation, the state of our city.

We don't see eye-to-eye on many issues. But what we have in common is a respect for each others' intelligence and intentions. We also share a desire for truth rather than ideology to prevail. By doing our best to rely on facts and to acknowledge our own sources of bias, we can have productive conversations despite our disagreements.

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All I Want for Christmas is Golden Rice

ACSH - Dec 08 2017 - 15:12

Golden rice lives up to its name in both its color and in the beneficial effect it can have on people (especially children) with vitamin A deficiency. The main thing that holds up its dissemination is the disinformation about genetically engineered foods that's spread by anti-GMO Luddites. 

     
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