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How We Care For Our Patients

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 1:47pm

Caring for patients as they approach their deaths is sensitive, emotionally fraught territory. It is also an important discussion. A new study sheds some light on the difficulties in those talks for patients and physicians. 

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No Scaffold Needed: Lab-Grown Cartilage Has Properties Of The Real Thing

Science2.0 - June 19, 2017 - 1:13pm

Lab-grown cartilage grown shows similar mechanical and chemical properties to the natural articular cartilage which allows our joints to move smoothly, according to a new study in Nature Materials

A team biomedical engineers from University of California, Davis, created the lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch, growing it under tension but without a supporting scaffold. Their results show similar mechanical and biochemical properties to natural articular cartilage. 

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No Scaffold Needed: Lab-Grown Cartilage Has Properties Of The Real Thing

General - June 19, 2017 - 1:13pm

Lab-grown cartilage grown shows similar mechanical and chemical properties to the natural articular cartilage which allows our joints to move smoothly, according to a new study in Nature Materials

A team biomedical engineers from University of California, Davis, created the lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch, growing it under tension but without a supporting scaffold. Their results show similar mechanical and biochemical properties to natural articular cartilage. 

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Open Colectomy and Teaching Old Surgical Dogs New Tricks

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 12:24pm

Surgical techniques and medical care change along with the generations. How is a surgeon suppose to keep up? Can you teach an old dog a new trick?

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Teaching Old Dogs ...

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 12:24pm

Surgical techniques and medical care change along with the generations. How is a surgeon suppose to keep up? Can you teach an old dog a new trick?

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'We're Going to Insist That Any Barrier be Science-Based': Trump Administration on Food

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 11:34am

Today, comments close on a proposed set of USDA rules changes related to approval of genetically-engineered products - and the Trump administration is honoring its commitment to using evidence-based thinking regarding agricultural policy.

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Acupuncture Works, At Least In Some Patients With Non-Specific Pain

Science2.0 - June 19, 2017 - 11:30am
A randomized controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients who visit looking for relief from things like a self-reported ankle sprain, a headache (invariably called a migraine) or back pain.
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Acupuncture Works, At Least In Some Patients With Non-Specific Pain

General - June 19, 2017 - 11:30am
A randomized controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients who visit looking for relief from things like a self-reported ankle sprain, a headache (invariably called a migraine) or back pain.
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Legionnaires’ Disease Hits NYC (Again)

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 11:07am

The recent outbreak in New York City has already claimed a 90+ year old and sickened six others, four who remain hospitalized. It's caught by breathing in the bacteria in the form of water vapor – aerosols – so when an outbreak occurs, and the source of the bacteria contaminated aerosols is shut down, the outbreak is contained. 

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Truth In Aging, We Invade Washington, And More Outreach This Week

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 10:42am

1. "Democracy Dies In Darkness" - that is the tagline for the Washington Post these days. And yet they promote darkness about science. Last Tuesday they were hosting a panel on "how science and technology are changing our food systems", yet what did they leave out? Anyone who knows anything about science or technology and food.

Instead, it was mostly organic salespeople and scaremongers.

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Truth About Aging, We Invade Washington, And More Outreach This Week

ACSH - June 19, 2017 - 10:42am

1. "Democracy Dies In Darkness" - that is the tagline for the Washington Post these days. And yet they promote darkness about science. Last Tuesday they were hosting a panel on "how science and technology are changing our food systems", yet what did they leave out? Anyone who knows anything about science or technology and food.

Instead, it was mostly organic salespeople and scaremongers.

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New Perspectives On The U.S. Corn Belt

Science2.0 - June 18, 2017 - 6:18pm

The nighttime satellite photos of the Earth reveal much about the population distribution of the developed world through the intensity of the artificial lighting being observed.

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New Perspectives On The U.S. Corn Belt

General - June 18, 2017 - 6:18pm

The nighttime satellite photos of the Earth reveal much about the population distribution of the developed world through the intensity of the artificial lighting being observed.

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Osteopaths Overturn Toxicologists, Declare Mice Are Little People And Chemicals Are Magic

Science2.0 - June 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
A new study from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has found a connection between common household chemicals, quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats,", and birth defects, despite the fact that experts have never found evidence of harm.

Quats are often used as disinfectants and preservatives in household and personal products such as cleaners, laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo and conditioner, and eye drops. The research declared a link between quats and neural tube birth defects in both mice and rats and immediately sent out a press release, hoping mainstream journalists who love weak correlational studies will believe that mice are little people.
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Osteopaths Overturn Toxicologists, Declare Mice Are Little People And Chemicals Are Magic

General - June 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
A new study from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has found a connection between common household chemicals, quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats,", and birth defects, despite the fact that experts have never found evidence of harm.

Quats are often used as disinfectants and preservatives in household and personal products such as cleaners, laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo and conditioner, and eye drops. The research declared a link between quats and neural tube birth defects in both mice and rats and immediately sent out a press release, hoping mainstream journalists who love weak correlational studies will believe that mice are little people.
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Round Up Cover Up Part 2: Why Did IARC Exclude Selective Evidence?

ACSH - June 18, 2017 - 12:03pm

In part one of this article, we looked at some very strange science that came out of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and wondered what might be behind it. Now, we examine some of the possible reasons behind what appears to be an intentional omission of crucial data, which led to the misclassification of glyphosate as a "probable carcinogen." But glyphosate is nothing of the sort, and it looks like IARC knew this, but misclassified it just the same.

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Fundamental Quantum Uncertainty And Stingy Guitar Tuning

Science2.0 - June 17, 2017 - 3:42am
There is a very simple high school homework exercise question that I have kept with me for 30 or so years because of its deep relevance for the understanding of fundamental physics. It teaches about the nature of quantum uncertainty, but sadly also about how terribly wrong textbooks can be, how nonsense makes it into print and is taught to millions as the wisdom of science, although about one minute playing with a guitar, or ten minutes of critical thought, should have told the author, or some teacher, or somebody for crying out loud. Now as I am teaching and writing a book on fundamental physics for lay people as well as applied and social scientists, it shall finally be resolved properly.

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Fundamental Quantum Uncertainty And Stingy Guitar Tuning

General - June 17, 2017 - 3:42am
There is a very simple high school homework exercise question that I have kept with me for 30 or so years because of its deep relevance for the understanding of fundamental physics. It teaches about the nature of quantum uncertainty, but sadly also about how terribly wrong textbooks can be, how nonsense makes it into print and is taught to millions as the wisdom of science, although about one minute playing with a guitar, or ten minutes of critical thought, should have told the author, or some teacher, or somebody for crying out loud. Now as I am teaching and writing a book on fundamental physics for lay people as well as applied and social scientists, it shall finally be resolved properly.

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Organic Growing Process Linked To Higher Antioxidant Levels In Onions

Science2.0 - June 17, 2017 - 1:34am
A new study has found that found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions, which disputes a meta-analysis which debunked claims by discredited industry-funded economist Dr. Chuck Benbrook and colleagues who asserted that the organic process led to higher nutritional quality.

The new paper did find just that, though the benefit may be meaningless. Antioxidants and flavonoids have yet to show any measurable health benefit, but the demographic that buys organic food is more likely to buy those kinds of supplements touting benefits of phytochemicals. 
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Organic Growing Process Linked To Higher Antioxidant Levels In Onions

General - June 17, 2017 - 1:34am
A new study has found that found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions, which disputes a meta-analysis which debunked claims by discredited industry-funded economist Dr. Chuck Benbrook and colleagues who asserted that the organic process led to higher nutritional quality.

The new paper did find just that, though the benefit may be meaningless. Antioxidants and flavonoids have yet to show any measurable health benefit, but the demographic that buys organic food is more likely to buy those kinds of supplements touting benefits of phytochemicals. 
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