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Stop Mommy-Shaming Pregnant Women Who Have a Glass of Wine

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 20:10

The other night, I had dinner with one of my best childhood friends who became an OB/GYN. She has three amazing children and was pregnant with her fourth.

Trigger warning: She ordered a glass of wine. And drank it.

I warned her that there was a lunatic on Twitter with a master's degree in photojournalism who pretends to be a science journalist that would be publicly mommy-shaming her into submission. She shrugged. A little bit of alcohol isn't going to hurt.

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Screaming At One Direction Concert Not Only Way to Collapse A Lung

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 17:10

One Direction concert-goer whose difficulty breathing after “intense screaming” yielded a published case report in the Journal of Emergency Medicine is not alone. Learn why and who is most at risk for such issues.

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After Petty's Death, Let's Look at Easy-to-Use Heart Defibrillators, or AEDs

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 13:10

Tom Petty's musical talent and immense fan appeal combined to produce what most observers would consider an incredibly lucky and charmed life. But ironically, it was the worst luck of all that befell the legendary rock star when suffering cardiac arrest that led to his death on Oct. 2.

Not simply that his heart stopped functioning, but that Petty alone when he was stricken.

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Update on Chicago's Tax on Soda and the Department of Justice's Suit Against United Healthcare

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 11:10

It is time to update you on the sugary beverage tax war and on the Department of Justice's suit against United Healthcare for inflating patient risk and enhancing their payments. 

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The Opioid Epidemic in 6 Charts Designed To Deceive You

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 11:10

I do not know Dr. Andrew Kolodny,  personally, and, aside from one brief phone call last year, I have had no contact with him. Therefore I cannot know his motivation for becoming a driving force behind "opioid reform"— a concept which would border on hysterically funny if not for the tragedy that it is causing in this country. 

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A Chiropractic Association Claims Their X-Ray Policy is OK. It's Not.

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 07:10

It is not uncommon, when seeking care from a chiropractor, to receive X-rays of the back. X-rays are a key component of the chiropractic practice. (1)

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Chiropractors Claim that their X-ray policy is OK. It's not

ACSH - Oct 12 2017 - 07:10

It is not uncommon, when seeking care from a chiropractor, to receive X-rays of the back. X-rays are a key component of the chiropractic practice. (1)

They state that "radiography is a scientifically proven, clinically valid and appropriate method to evaluate multiple aspects of human spinal anatomy, identify vertebral subluxations, altered spinal biomechanics, postural misalignments, pathology and in providing information and safeguards in rendering chiropractic care in clinical practice."

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The Psychology of Harvey Weinstein

ACSH - Oct 11 2017 - 17:10

It's now apparent that two ideals of Hollywood culture -- sexual liberty and feminism -- are at odds with each other. Powerful people are still exploiting those they claim to care about.

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Rural Suicide Rates Alarming

ACSH - Oct 11 2017 - 14:10

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reveals grim statistics on suicide, with the highest rates in rural America.

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Embed Microchips in Olympians to Halt Drug Cheats, Official Says

ACSH - Oct 11 2017 - 12:10

An official representing retired Olympians told a gathering of anti-doping officials in London that to rid banned substances from future Olympics, microchips should be implanted in the athletes to constantly monitor for the presence of drugs. "We’re prepared to chip our dogs," he said, "so why aren’t we prepared to chip ourselves?”

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Herpes Vaccine Update: An Interview With Penn's Dr. Harvey Friedman

ACSH - Oct 11 2017 - 09:10

Many of our readers have been curious about the status of Dr. Harvey Friedman's (University of Pennsylvania) trivalent sub-unit herpes vaccine, especially in the wake of the failure of Genocea's GEN-003 vaccine candidate. Dr. Friedman kindly agreed to an interview, which should address many of these questions:

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Home Brewed Death Tea

ACSH - Oct 10 2017 - 16:10

Researchers have shown that lethal levels of morphine and codeine could be extracted using poppy seeds purchased online with recipes found online for home-brewed poppy seed tea.

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Nature Expresses Concern (and Creates Confusion) Over a Hotly Debated Paper

ACSH - Oct 10 2017 - 15:10

When an issue arises over a scientific paper, there is a somewhat standard course of action that is used to handle the disputes. However, when controversy recently erupted over a paper in the journal Nature, they handled it a different way - and some people are wondering why. 

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A New Report on North Korea's Biological Weapons Program

ACSH - Oct 10 2017 - 14:10

In foreign policy, it is difficult to state anything with certainty. Intelligence agencies have sources that journalists do not. As a result, publicly available information is often incomplete. For North Korea, this problem is made exponentially worse by the reclusive nature of the regime. All conclusions should be thought of as tentative.

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Ophthalmologists Say They Show 'Discretion in Opioid Prescribing.' Who Said They Didn't?

ACSH - Oct 10 2017 - 13:10

Ophthalmologists claim they use few opioids especially compared to other physicians. No surprise, they don't treat conditions that require those type of pain medicines. This 'we are not to blame' mantra is gaining traction in medical journals. No one wants to wear the scarlet O

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Ophthalmologists Say They "Show Discretion in their Opioid Prescribing" - Who Said They Didn't?

ACSH - Oct 10 2017 - 13:10

Ophthalmologists claim they use few opioids especially compared to other physicians. No surprise, they don't treat conditions that require those type of pain medicines. This 'we are not to blame' mantra is gaining traction in medical journals. No one wants to wear the scarlet O

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Law Jails Parents For Kid’s Crime: 'Nanny State' Or A Lesson In Accountability?

ACSH - Oct 10 2017 - 02:10

It seems, per usual, some bad apples are ruining it for the bunch in a Western New York town. As a result, the North Tonawanda Common Council unanimously passed a law that went into effect October 1st in an effort to hold parents accountable for their minor child’s violations of city laws. And, it could include prison time.

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Any Guesses For Top Selling Drugs? Hint: Opioids Don't Dominate

ACSH - Oct 09 2017 - 18:10

What were the top selling prescription drugs last year? What segment of the population is most increasing its drug intake? What are the projections of medication spending in the next five years? The answers were just published and will be addressed here.

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Should Patients Be Forced To Fail A Drug First?

ACSH - Oct 09 2017 - 09:10

It is hardly news that doctors and patients are battling insurance companies over money. In particular, patients may be forced to try and fail an older cheaper drug before being allowed access to a newer one. American Council friend and Pfizer's Vice President of US Government Relations Robert Popovian discussed this in his latest editorial in Morning Consult. 

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FDA Says Do Not Use Sleep Positioners For Baby

ACSH - Oct 09 2017 - 06:10

The number of products that a new parent can buy for their baby can be overwhelming. Now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on one of them - the sleep positioner. They consider it dangerous to use - in large part due to 12 infant deaths it is associated with. 

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