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By Drone, Not Ambulance: Speeding Life-Saving Assistance to Heart-Attack Victims

ACSH - June 15, 2017 - 10:00am

Since every minute counts for heart-attack victims, getting automated external defibrillators to them faster has the potential to truly save lives. A Swedish study shows that dispatching GPS-enabled drones to stricken people where these devices aren't readily available is a feasible and efficient way to increase patient survivability.

 

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We’re Not Alone: Obesity Is Global

ACSH - June 15, 2017 - 1:25am

Americans have about the highest proportion of overweight and obesity in the world, but the rest of the world is hot on our heels. A massive meta-analysis of global data indicates that between 1980 and 2015 the prevalence of obesity doubled in more than 70 countries.

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People Who Commit Suicide Have Abnormal Chromosomes, Mitochondria

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 3:55pm

People who commit suicide tend to have shorter telomeres and excess mitochondrial DNA. While these changes are not likely to be responsible for them committing suicide, they instead could serve as a biomarker for risk of suicide.

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Fighter Pilot Hypoxia Isn't Just F-35 Issue

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 3:28pm

Flight operations for the F-35 fighter jet were suspended until further notice due to multiple episodes of apparent oxygen deprivation of pilots. Aviation physiology is quite complex. The impact of hypoxia, gravitational forces and altitude are addressed in detail here, along with video depictions.

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Fighter Pilot Hypoxia Not Just F-35 Issue

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 3:28pm

Flight operations for the F-35 fighter jet were suspended until further notice due to multiple episodes of apparent oxygen deprivation of pilots. Aviation physiology is quite complex. The impact of hypoxia, gravitational forces and altitude are addressed in detail here, along with video depictions.

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Has Mike Adams Completely Lost His Mind ?

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 1:43pm

Mike (The Health Stranger) Adams has displayed some strange behavior in his time. Wait til you see this one.

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Has Mike Adams Completely Lost His S---** ?

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 1:43pm

Mike (The Health Stranger) Adams has displayed some strange behavior in his time. Wait til you see this one.

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Has Mike Adams Has Completely Lost His S---** ?

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 1:43pm

Mike (The Health Stranger) Adams has displayed some strange behavior in his time. Wait til you see this one.

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Do Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs help in the Opioid Wars?

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 1:09pm

One of the many responses to the opioid crisis has been the development of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. These are databases containing the drug utilization of patients based upon physician prescriptions. The question is: Do they help?

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All Of A Sudden, It's Raining Genomes

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 11:14am

As essential to scientific research as beakers, the sequence of an organism's genome is a staple in today's world of scientific experimentation. That means the sequencing and publication of more than 1,000 new bacterial genomes is akin to "making it rain" in the microbiology-research community. 

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News of the Bizarre: June 14, 2017

ACSH - June 14, 2017 - 10:55am

Excessive ice stalls a climate change expedition, the merits of a pillow-based exercise regimen ... and more news that's a bit, shall we say ... loonie.

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Estimate * Estimate = Health Policy

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 6:28pm

Multiplying an estimate with another estimate leaves you with imprecise information, no matter what the number. And naturally, using those imprecise numbers to drive policy is a bad idea. It's time to recognize that.

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CRISPR-Cas9 Discoverers Not Taking Criticism Lying Down

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 5:40pm

When the recent publication of a paper in Nature Methods claimed that using the CRISPR-Cas9 technique may cause unexpected mutations to occur, you might say that produced a collective gasp in the scientific community. But those who discovered CRISPR-Cas9 are not taking this criticism lightly – and they're fighting back.

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CRISPR-Cas Discoverers Are Not Taking Criticism Lying Down

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 5:40pm

When the recent publication of a paper in Nature Methods claimed that using the CRISPR-Cas9 technique may cause unexpected mutations to occur, there was a collective 'gasp' in the scientific community. But the people who discovered CRISPR-Cas9 are not taking this criticism lightly, and are fighting back against the criticism.  

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Mexico's 'Don't Drink the Water' is Now 'Don't Take the Vicodin'

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 4:29pm

There's been enough devastation on the street caused by fentanyl replacing heroin. Now there's a new twist to the story: Fentanyl, with or without other drugs, is showing up in the form of copycats of Vicodin and Percoset. They're coming from Mexico, manufactured by cartels, which have reportedly produced overdoses and deaths. 

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In Mexico, Drink the Water - Just Don't Use It To Swallow Pills

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 4:29pm

We have enough problems coping with the devastation that has resulted from fentanyl replacing heroin on the street. But now there is a new twist to the story. Fentanyl with or without other drugs is showing up in the form of copycats of Vicodin and Percoset. These phony, but identical copycats are coming from Mexico, where they are being manufactured by cartels. There have already been reports of overdoses and deaths. 

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99.99% of Pesticides We Eat Are Produced by Plants Themselves

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 3:34pm

Plants produce pesticides to keep insects and other herbivores away. When we eat fruits and vegetables, we eat those pesticides, too. In fact, nearly all of the pesticides we consume in our diet are produced by the plants themselves. 

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Suicides in Farming Greatly Outpace Others Industries

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 11:00am

Financial problems can lead to poor decision making and erratic behavior. And as we well know if the pressure becomes too intense, they can be the driving force for someone to take their own life.

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Yemen May Collapse Under Cholera Outbreak

ACSH - June 13, 2017 - 1:23am

Yemen's cholera outbreak is hitting epic proportions, with over 100,000 cases currently reported. And with more than 14 million people lacking access to clean water and sanitation, the beleaguered country is at the beginning of what some are predicting to be a complete collapse. 

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Legionnaires' Disease Latest Worry For Baby After Water Birth

ACSH - June 12, 2017 - 7:38pm

Though pneumonia and infection are among the litany of known complications after water birth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in newborns in Arizona born this way. Further investigation identified an infant death in 2014 in Texas from Legionellosis. 

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