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Have A Migraine? Get A Back Rub - Skip the Chiropractor.

ACSH - November 29, 2016 - 12:00am

The first scientifically-sound research study digs into whether or not chiropractic manipulations are useful in treating migraines and finds -- not surprisingly -- that they are not. Hopefully, there will be many more studies like this in the future. 

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Chiropractic and Backrubs Give the Same Level of Relief for Migraines

ACSH - November 29, 2016 - 12:00am

The first scientifically sound research study digs into whether or not chiropractic manipulations are useful in treating migraines and finds - not surprisingly - that they are not. Hopefully, there will be many more studies like this in the future. 

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Pessimism Kills...Slowly

ACSH - November 29, 2016 - 12:00am

Are the very real physical costs of your outrage worth it? Albeit the election, contentious divorce or nonstop negativity, there are tangible prices to our responses to these and other types of triggers.

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The Five Stages Of A Dying Theory

Science2.0 - November 28, 2016 - 4:47pm
I am told that when a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he or she will likely go through a well-defined sequence of stages. 
The first stage is Denial: the patient will convince him- or herself that there is a mistake in the diagnosis, that somehow the doctors are wrong, or something alike. It is a protective, visceral reaction, one preventing the shock of reckoning with a completely altered landscape. There follows a state of Anger: the "why me" sentiment is the cause of this state of mind. Then there is Fear, brought about by the lack of knowledge of what is coming. Then comes Grief - for oneself as well as for the loved ones. And finally, Acceptance, which brings peace to the soul.
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The Five Stages Of A Dying Theory

General - November 28, 2016 - 4:47pm
I am told that when a patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he or she will likely go through a well-defined sequence of stages. 
The first stage is Denial: the patient will convince him- or herself that there is a mistake in the diagnosis, that somehow the doctors are wrong, or something alike. It is a protective, visceral reaction, one preventing the shock of reckoning with a completely altered landscape. There follows a state of Anger: the "why me" sentiment is the cause of this state of mind. Then there is Fear, brought about by the lack of knowledge of what is coming. Then comes Grief - for oneself as well as for the loved ones. And finally, Acceptance, which brings peace to the soul.
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Should Pregnant Women Be Concerned About BPA?

Science2.0 - November 28, 2016 - 12:32pm

A recent study from French government researchers reported new results on the exposure of pregnant women to more than 100 substances that might be a concern for the health of a developing fetus.  The study examined exposure to various metals (e.g., lead, mercury, arsenic) and many common organic compounds that we might encounter in our daily lives.

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Should Pregnant Women Be Concerned About BPA?

General - November 28, 2016 - 12:32pm

A recent study from French government researchers reported new results on the exposure of pregnant women to more than 100 substances that might be a concern for the health of a developing fetus.  The study examined exposure to various metals (e.g., lead, mercury, arsenic) and many common organic compounds that we might encounter in our daily lives.

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No Evidence For Age-based Mammography Cut-Off

Science2.0 - November 28, 2016 - 12:01pm
There is no clear cut-off age to stop breast cancer screening, according to a new analysis which adds support for guidelines that encourage screening decisions based on individual patients and their health status. But which puts doctors, hospitals and insurance companies at risk in a defensive medicine environment where there are unlimited potential damages if an attorney gets a cancer patient in front of a jury.
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No Evidence For Age-based Mammography Cut-Off

General - November 28, 2016 - 12:01pm
There is no clear cut-off age to stop breast cancer screening, according to a new analysis which adds support for guidelines that encourage screening decisions based on individual patients and their health status. But which puts doctors, hospitals and insurance companies at risk in a defensive medicine environment where there are unlimited potential damages if an attorney gets a cancer patient in front of a jury.
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Neanderthals: Not So Dumb

Science2.0 - November 28, 2016 - 11:53am
Neanderthals modified their survival strategies even without external influences like environmental or climate changes, according to an analysis using carbonate isotopy in fossilized teeth that 250,000 years ago, the ancestors of modern man were more advanced in their development than previously thought.

The fossils were from the excavation site at Payre in southeastern France. Carbonate is an essential mineral component of the hard tissue in bones and teeth. Among other things, the isotope composition in the carbonate reflects an organism’s drinking and feeding habits.

If the climate becomes cooler or warmer, species are forced to adapt their survival strategies – this also holds true for our ancestors, the extinct Neanderthals. 
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Neanderthals: Not So Dumb

General - November 28, 2016 - 11:53am
Neanderthals modified their survival strategies even without external influences like environmental or climate changes, according to an analysis using carbonate isotopy in fossilized teeth that 250,000 years ago, the ancestors of modern man were more advanced in their development than previously thought.

The fossils were from the excavation site at Payre in southeastern France. Carbonate is an essential mineral component of the hard tissue in bones and teeth. Among other things, the isotope composition in the carbonate reflects an organism’s drinking and feeding habits.

If the climate becomes cooler or warmer, species are forced to adapt their survival strategies – this also holds true for our ancestors, the extinct Neanderthals. 
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From Philosophy To Applied Physics: Super Effective Nanostructures From Optimization Strategy In Select Dimensions

Science2.0 - November 28, 2016 - 5:50am
The mediocre engineering mindset dismisses philosophy as useless for science, and academic philosophy sadly only reinforces such disrespect, because endless piles of social science papers prove nowadays just that there are no longer diamonds in the rough – such connections belong to forbidden think in academia today. However, those who understand science or philosophy deeply also know that philosophy drives the cutting edge of science as much as scientific thinking is at the cutting edge of philosophy. This did not stop with Einstein and Feynman or Wittgenstein on the philosophical side. It is proven true once again by recent progress in nanotechnology and catalysis published in the Nature group of journals in November 2016. -->

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From Philosophy To Applied Physics: Super Effective Nanostructures From Optimization Strategy In Select Dimensions

General - November 28, 2016 - 5:50am
The mediocre engineering mindset dismisses philosophy as useless for science, and academic philosophy sadly only reinforces such disrespect, because endless piles of social science papers prove nowadays just that there are no longer diamonds in the rough – such connections belong to forbidden think in academia today. However, those who understand science or philosophy deeply also know that philosophy drives the cutting edge of science as much as scientific thinking is at the cutting edge of philosophy. This did not stop with Einstein and Feynman or Wittgenstein on the philosophical side. It is proven true once again by recent progress in nanotechnology and catalysis published in the Nature group of journals in November 2016. -->

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Kratom: When Laws Collide

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

A report released by the American Osteopathic Association discusses the potential uses and pitfalls of the controversial (non)supplement kratom. It may have some use in treating pain, but it should not be sold in supplement stores. Nor should it classified as Schedule I by the DEA, since this prevents research from being done. Let's call this "govern-medical malpractice."

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Most Women Still Unaware of Breast Density & Cancer Risk

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

Recently, we wrote about the challenges that women with dense breasts face with mammograms — the primary tool used to screen for breast cancer. Dense breasts make it difficult to detect abnormalities in the tissue. We spoke with ACSH advisor and radiology expert Dr.

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TV Ads Can Make Young Kids Snack More, Questionable Study Says

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

Since kids under age have a limited ability to know themselves physically, and express themselves, is what they're saying always accurate? That's one of the important questions clouding the results of a study which determined that little kids can be influenced to eat by TV food commercials when they are not hungry.

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Move Over, Big Tobacco — Make Room for Big Soda

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

The tobacco industry certainly earned its reputation for undermining public health. But now anti-soda activists are using the sobriquet "Big Soda" to get people to think that soda consumption is as bad as cigarette smoking. And thus to enact taxes on sugary beverages as many jurisdictions have on tobacco. Whether this move could really benefit public health remains to be seen.

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If Putin Is So Great, Why Are So Many Russians Getting HIV?

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

With 140 million citizens in Russia, there's an estimated 1.5 million who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. And the rate of HIV infection is rising 10 to 15 percent each year. To demonstrate just how backward Russia's public health policy is, take a look at its HIV statistics as compared to those of the United States.

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Why Jack Bauer Never Went to the Bathroom

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

Molecular biology never ceases to amaze. The 15-year-old question — why world-saver Jack Bauer never pees, eats or poops has been answered. Hint: He's got some very foreign DNA.

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Do Dark Colors Really Attract Tsetse Flies?

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

When going on safari, travelers are told to avoid wearing blue and black because it's thought that colored clothing attracts the tsetse fly -- the vector of African Sleeping Sickness. Is that advice to take seriously, or a rumor spread by "Big Khaki"? We delve into one study, making this essential reading before venturing on safari. 

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