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In Rough Flu Season, 7 States Reporting 'Widespread' Activity, CDC Says

ACSH - Dec 08 2017 - 15:12

Montana just reported its first flu-related fatalities of the season. And considering the potential wallop of the strong influenza strain making its way around the globe, the state and the nation at large may be in for a difficult winter.

Two adults over the age of 65 died "due to complications from influenza," said the Dept. of Public Health and reported by the Associated Press. These elderly adults are representative of one of several primary groups most vulnerable to this viral exposure. Another prime target: children under the age of 5.

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A Long Time Coming: Two Swedish Scientists are Found Guilty of Scientific Misconduct

ACSH - Dec 08 2017 - 11:12

A story of misconduct surrounding a paper published last year in Science has been unraveling for over a year. The case can now be considered closed with the recent ruling that the two primary investigators involved did, indeed, commit scientific misconduct. 

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Science Skepticism - It takes a village of concerns

ACSH - Dec 08 2017 - 10:12

 

 
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Medical Students Learn From Patients

ACSH - Dec 08 2017 - 10:12

Medicine is a skill, and it is impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn out to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?

   
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If We Disagree, Should I Destroy Your Career?

ACSH - Dec 07 2017 - 22:12

If we can tune out, move away from, and shun people with whom we disagree, why not put them out of a job, too?

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NYC Rats on Moving: Fuhgeddaboudit

ACSH - Dec 07 2017 - 17:12

I have lived in Manhattan for five years. In that time, I have gotten used to the constant hoards of people, waiting on line for 30 minutes to buy a half gallon of milk, paying $7.00 for said half gallon of milk, and the constant smell of urine (which gets worse in the summer). (1) There is one thing, though, that I have not gotten used to - the rats. 

They lurk, hide and scurry and they are everywhere. And, it turns out they don't like to venture out from their neighborhoods. 

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All I Want for Christmas is Golden Rice

ACSH - Dec 07 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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The Farce of The Self-Described ‘World-Renowned’ Medical Expert

ACSH - Dec 07 2017 - 15:12

When words like world-renowned are used in the medical realm, especially when self-described by those selling something, routinely an unnecessary product or procedure, be wary with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Chasing Added Sleep Using Zeeq, a High-Tech Pillow

ACSH - Dec 07 2017 - 07:12

I'm a big believer in sleep. That's because it provides the foundation for being productive and healthy each day. When you get a good night's sleep you wake up refreshed and clear-headed, benefits that are widely known – so I'm not breaking any news here.

I'm also – if I may say – pretty good it. So I feel I have the necessary credentials (in a layman's sort of way) to go down this road.

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Sonic Attack: Cuba Playing Us for Fools

ACSH - Dec 06 2017 - 19:12

It has been a few months since news broke of a suspected "sonic attack" against American diplomats and their staff at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. Unfortunately, we seem to be nowhere closer to solving the mystery behind what happened.

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Brewing Up A Better Gasoline Additive With Beer?

ACSH - Dec 06 2017 - 16:12

It takes gasoline additives to ensure that a car engine runs properly. Otherwise, the engine will knock and you'll be knocking on your mechanic's door holding a whole bunch of your favorite dollars. But a group from Bristol University has figured out how to make isobutanol, an excellent gas additive, from beer. Here is the chemistry. 

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DNA Isolation in 30 Seconds is a Dream Come True for Scientists

ACSH - Dec 06 2017 - 14:12

The ability to extract DNA from cells is a cornerstone of molecular biology. Without the ability to isolate pure DNA, there is no ability to sequence, clone or manipulate that DNA. 

Back when I started at the bench, isolating DNA was a chore. I worked in a neuroscience lab and part of my job was genotyping the mouse colony. In order to know whether a mouse pup had received one or two copies of the gene that we were studying from its parents, I had to analyze it's DNA. First, I had to get it's DNA. 

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What Do Racially Ambivalent Lizards, Amy Winehouse, Canonical Amino Acids and Melanoma Have In Common?

ACSH - Dec 06 2017 - 10:12

Don't let the title discourage you even though it's pretty bad:

"Design of MC1R Selective γ-MSH Analogues with Canonical Amino Acids Leads to Potency and Pigmentation"

 

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Judge Orders Nurses Opposing Flu Vaccination to Comply

ACSH - Dec 06 2017 - 07:12

A Superior Court judge ruled that a large nurses union must adhere to the vaccination policy set forth by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. If not for this decision forcing the Massachusetts Nurses Association to comply, the nurses avoiding a flu shot would have posed a potential threat to patients they tend to each day. 

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Left-Handers Have Advantage in Sports with High Time Pressure

ACSH - Dec 05 2017 - 19:12

Why are there more left-handed table tennis players than tennis players? One researcher believes he has the answer: Time pressure.

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Did Sex Therapist Break Privilege Speaking About Matt Lauer?

ACSH - Dec 05 2017 - 11:12

Scandals shouldn't eradicate the basic tenets of doctor-patient privilege.

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Obesity: Diabetes Link Clarified

ACSH - Dec 05 2017 - 11:12

Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, as well as for the insulin resistance that is a hallmark of the disease. Mouse studies suggest that obesity results in the production of microRNAs by adipose tissue that diminish the ability of tissues to respond to insulin.

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75% of Brits Use Google To Try And Cure Themselves Rather Than Wait For An NHS Appointment

ACSH - Dec 05 2017 - 08:12

Critics of the United Kingdom's government health plan, the National Health Service, sit on both sides. Doctors say hospitals are understaffed and they are underpaid, the public gripes about long wait times.

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Patient's Tattooed Directive is Stark Reminder to Plan Your Demise

ACSH - Dec 05 2017 - 07:12

The odd case of a stricken man arriving at a Florida hospital with no ID, no family member – but with a bold tattoo stating that critical, life-saving intervention be withheld – is serving as a bizarre but essential reminder to the rest of us to raise a difficult, yet frequently-skirted, topic.

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Les Miserable Chemists: Will The French Replace Glyphosate With Something 'Worse?'

ACSH - Dec 05 2017 - 06:12

French President Emmanuel Macron has declared he will ban the American herbicide glyphosate within three years, and sooner if a replacement is ready. Italy has vowed to do the same. Activists have said the replacement is already available, and it has been used in France since 1863 - a fatty acid called pelargonic (a.k.a. nonanoic) acid.

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