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Cosmo's 'Cancer Diet' Makes Awful United Airline Look Smart

ACSH - April 12, 2017 - 12:00am

OK, people. When truly idiotic corporate decision making in the health arena comes to the fore, it's necessary that we put our studies, statistics and control groups aside for a moment. Instead, here's a pop quiz.

Question: Which well-established, nationally-known company acted more reprehensively this week while showing the least sensitivity – United Airlines or Cosmopolitan Magazine?

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How To Control The Opioid Epidemic In The US

Science2.0 - April 11, 2017 - 3:21pm
The opioid epidemic has exploded into the national consciousness in the last two years. While anti-medicine groups seek to lay blame on pharmaceutical companies and doctors who give out prescriptions too easily, other groups wonder why the crack epidemic, which was far worse, got less attention, and suggest it is because addiction is exculpatory when the victims are white.
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How To Control The Opioid Epidemic In The US

General - April 11, 2017 - 3:21pm
The opioid epidemic has exploded into the national consciousness in the last two years. While anti-medicine groups seek to lay blame on pharmaceutical companies and doctors who give out prescriptions too easily, other groups wonder why the crack epidemic, which was far worse, got less attention, and suggest it is because addiction is exculpatory when the victims are white.
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In Australia, Decreasing Sugar Consumption Correlates With More Obesity — Oops?

ACSH - April 11, 2017 - 12:00am

Many groups blame sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages for the epidemic of obesity. Some have argued that a tax on them would lower consumption, and thus decrease the prevalence of obesity. But a recent Australian study showed that decreasing intake of these drinks was actually accompanied by an increase in obesity prevalence.

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As Mosquito Season Ramps Up, So Does Progress on Zika Vaccine

ACSH - April 11, 2017 - 12:00am

New research on a Zika vaccine is as promising as it gets. A recent study highlights the first live-attenuated vaccine that provides great protection and could result in a quick and effective vaccine that will be available soon to the people who most need it.  

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Overprescription or Recreation: What Is Driving the Opioid Epidemic?

ACSH - April 11, 2017 - 12:00am

The Trump Administration has convened a panel to address America's opioid epidemic. Its first mission should be to find convincing data to identify the actual cause(s) of the problem. That will be much harder than it sounds, since ideologues are always in plentiful supply.

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'Doctors on Call' TV segment with Dr. Jamie Wells

ACSH - April 11, 2017 - 12:00am

Emmy-winning TV anchor Ernie Anastos kicks off his new show with this "Doctors on Call" segment. Urologic oncologist Dr. David Samadi & Dr. Jamie Wells, our Director of Medicine, answer the public's questions.

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It's World Homeopathy Week! All 8 Days of It

ACSH - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am

Just in time for World Homeopathy Week, a new study provides water-tight evidence (boo) for the formerly suspect field of homeopathy. Years of ridicule have done it a disservice, but we at the Council are nothing but fair. If it works, it works. Here's the proof.

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Homeopathy: Be Aware of Its Three Insane Principles

ACSH - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am

A lot of alternative medicine sounds reasonable enough.

It is easy to see why so many people believe in traditional herbal remedies, for instance. Because they have been used for hundreds or thousands of years, people assume the traditions must be rooted in some sort of truth. Besides, scientists have isolated a lot of therapeutically useful compounds from nature, like caffeine and quinine, so it's not far-fetched to believe that all herbs have some sort of medicinal use (even if most don't).

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Medical Exemptions for Jury Duty

ACSH - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am

How does a physician medically disqualify someone from serving on a jury? One potential consideration might include those who have a profound disability or illness. However, the guidelines vary from state to state.

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Nearly Half with Heart-Disease Risk Ignore Cholesterol Checks

ACSH - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am

Results of a nationwide survey just released by the American Heart Association reveal that 47 percent of "respondents with a known history of, or at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke, had not had their cholesterol checked within the past year." Nearly 95 million adults have total cholesterol numbers above 200. 

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Who Gets a Prescription for Jury Duty?

ACSH - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am

How does a physician medically disqualify someone from serving on a jury?

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Mike Adams Hits A New Low Comparing Vaccines to Assad's Chemical Weapons in Syria

ACSH - April 10, 2017 - 12:00am

It's one thing to be anti-vaccine. It's another to compare the 'damage' that vaccines are doing to the damage done to the children killed by Assad's chemical weapons in Syria. But, that is exactly what Mike Adams (aka 'The Health Ranger') did in a recent article. For that, he should be ashamed and his followers should really think twice.

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SourceWatch: A Website For Political Conspiracy Theorists

Science2.0 - April 7, 2017 - 8:08pm

In today's hyper-politicized culture, honest disagreement is a challenge. Social media, which has become a sewage pipe of blatant political partisanship and unscientific propaganda, has accelerated this disturbing trend. If two otherwise intelligent people disagree on something, accusations of being a liar, fraud, or paid shill are often quick to follow.

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SourceWatch: A Website For Political Conspiracy Theorists

General - April 7, 2017 - 8:08pm

In today's hyper-politicized culture, honest disagreement is a challenge. Social media, which has become a sewage pipe of blatant political partisanship and unscientific propaganda, has accelerated this disturbing trend. If two otherwise intelligent people disagree on something, accusations of being a liar, fraud, or paid shill are often quick to follow.

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Peanut-Free School Zones Don't Work

ACSH - April 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Over-the-top responses to peanuts are not uncommon. People are under the impression that the mere whiff of a peanut is enough to send some kids to the emergency room. But that's simply not true.

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Mutated Gene Keeps Night Owls Awake

ACSH - April 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Looking to investigate why some people cannot go to sleep when most others do, researchers say they now know what physical difference prevents these "night-owls" from hitting the sack earlier. It's a gene mutation, which has just been identified by a scientific team at The Rockefeller University in New York.

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Loonie Labels in La La Land

ACSH - April 7, 2017 - 12:00am

If you live in California, you're probably sick and tired of see idiotic warning labels every time you turn around. It's almost entirely due to Proposition 65, which has produced unending headaches without helping anyone. A couple more — for food colorings and soda – could be your future. Label these legislators stupid. 

 

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The 2017 Bradley Prizes Award Scholars, George Will Emcees

ACSH - April 7, 2017 - 12:00am

This year's Bradley Prizes event was recently held in Washington D.C., where discussions about medicine, its practice and the state of healthcare abounded. ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells attended, and filed this report.

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Personalizing Nutrition - Metabolomics and Phenotypes

ACSH - April 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Habit is using a metabolic challenge drink to understands a individual's metabolomics. They stand upon real science providing at home personalized nutritional recommendations. 

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