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Spurious Link of Statins to Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risk

ACSH - April 27, 2016 - 6:13pm
Previous data linked the use of statins, or cholesterol-lowering medications, to a reduced overall risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, however, revealed that data had been subject to selection bias and statins do not lower colon cancer risk. Continue reading →
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Beverage Choice Can Affect the Odds of a Pit Stop

ACSH - April 27, 2016 - 4:08pm
What drink (or drinks) will promote proper hydration without leading to too many pit stops? A recent study suggests that milk and oral hydration beverage are probably not the best choices. Which were the best? We suggest you ... Continue reading →
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Is the End Near for Chiropractors?

ACSH - April 27, 2016 - 3:35pm
There has been a rising tide of demands from governmental and other regulatory bodies targeting distinct problems within the chiropractic profession. And as guest writer Michael Vagg explains, one major concern involves the movement to stop chiropractors from making unsupported statements to the general public. Continue reading →
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Pfizer Settles Suit Regarding Underpaying Rebates Under Medicaid Drug Rebate Program

ACSH - April 27, 2016 - 3:20pm
A suit regarding allegations that Wyeth, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.,   knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Prescription Drug Rebate Program for the sales of Protonix Oral and Protonix IV between 2001 and 2006, has been settled. Pfizer acquired Wyeth, Inc., in 2009, after the conduct alleged in the … Continue reading →
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Got Good Fat?

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

Brown fat cells can burn fat to generate heat. University of Bonn researchers have discovered a new method to measure the activity of brown fat cells in humans and mice. The researchers showed that microRNA-92a can be used as an indirect measure for the activity of energy consuming brown fat cells. They showed that a small blood sample was sufficient. Results were published in Nature Communications, a well-known scientific journal.

People who want to lose weight often encounter boundaries: No matter what diet they try, the pounds won't drop. Being overweight and obese can have severe health consequences, and has shown to increase a person's chance of developing type-2-diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.


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Got Good Fat?

General - April 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

Brown fat cells can burn fat to generate heat. University of Bonn researchers have discovered a new method to measure the activity of brown fat cells in humans and mice. The researchers showed that microRNA-92a can be used as an indirect measure for the activity of energy consuming brown fat cells. They showed that a small blood sample was sufficient. Results were published in Nature Communications, a well-known scientific journal.

People who want to lose weight often encounter boundaries: No matter what diet they try, the pounds won't drop. Being overweight and obese can have severe health consequences, and has shown to increase a person's chance of developing type-2-diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.


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Emotion Detector

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

A computer algorithm that can tell whether you are happy or sad, angry or expressing almost any other emotion would be a boon to the games industry. New research published in the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics describes such a system that is almost 99 percent accurate.

Hyung-Il Choi of the School of Media, at Soongsil University, in Seoul, Korea, working with Nhan Thi Cao and An Hoa Ton-That of Vietnam National University, in Ho Chi Minh City, explain that capturing the emotions of players could be used in interactive games for various purposes, such as transferring the player's emotions to his or her avatar, or activating suitable actions to communicate with other players in various scenarios including educational applications.


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Emotion Detector

General - April 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

A computer algorithm that can tell whether you are happy or sad, angry or expressing almost any other emotion would be a boon to the games industry. New research published in the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics describes such a system that is almost 99 percent accurate.

Hyung-Il Choi of the School of Media, at Soongsil University, in Seoul, Korea, working with Nhan Thi Cao and An Hoa Ton-That of Vietnam National University, in Ho Chi Minh City, explain that capturing the emotions of players could be used in interactive games for various purposes, such as transferring the player's emotions to his or her avatar, or activating suitable actions to communicate with other players in various scenarios including educational applications.


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The Geology Of Wine

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

Boulder, Colo., USA: Every day, all around the world, millions of people contemplate a very simple question with a very complex answer: which wine? In this month's issue of GSA Today, Gregory Retallack (University of Oregon) and Scott Burns (Portland State University) examine the link between the taste of wine and soil properties.


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The Geology Of Wine

General - April 27, 2016 - 3:15pm

Boulder, Colo., USA: Every day, all around the world, millions of people contemplate a very simple question with a very complex answer: which wine? In this month's issue of GSA Today, Gregory Retallack (University of Oregon) and Scott Burns (Portland State University) examine the link between the taste of wine and soil properties.


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In Chemistry, 1 Minus 1 Doesn't Have To Equal 0

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 2:20pm

In the world of chemistry, one minus one almost always equals zero.


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In Chemistry, 1 Minus 1 Doesn't Have To Equal 0

General - April 27, 2016 - 2:20pm

In the world of chemistry, one minus one almost always equals zero.


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Younger Gay And Bisexual Men 6X More Likely To Attempt Suicide

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 2:20pm

Young gay and bisexual men under the age of 26 are six times more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm compared to men in that group aged over 45, and twice as likely to be depressed or anxious, according to a paper in the Journal of Public Health.


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Younger Gay And Bisexual Men 6X More Likely To Attempt Suicide

General - April 27, 2016 - 2:20pm

Young gay and bisexual men under the age of 26 are six times more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm compared to men in that group aged over 45, and twice as likely to be depressed or anxious, according to a paper in the Journal of Public Health.


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Contemporary Polymath: How The Renaissance Man Is Making A Comeback

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 2:20pm
As anyone who has visited the London Science Museum’s current exhibition will know, Leonardo da Vinci is famed as an artist, mathematician, inventor, writer … the list goes on.

He was a figure who did not see disciplines as a checkerboard of independent black and white tiles, but a vibrant palette of color ready to be combined harmoniously and gracefully.

Today, the polymath may seem like a relic of the past.
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Contemporary Polymath: How The Renaissance Man Is Making A Comeback

General - April 27, 2016 - 2:20pm
As anyone who has visited the London Science Museum’s current exhibition will know, Leonardo da Vinci is famed as an artist, mathematician, inventor, writer … the list goes on.

He was a figure who did not see disciplines as a checkerboard of independent black and white tiles, but a vibrant palette of color ready to be combined harmoniously and gracefully.

Today, the polymath may seem like a relic of the past.
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No Need To Fast Before A Cholesterol Test

Science2.0 - April 27, 2016 - 2:14pm

New research from Denmark, Canada and the US involving more than 300,000 individuals suggests that patients do not need to check their cholesterol levels on an empty stomach. So far fasting has been required before cholesterol and triglyceride measurement in all countries except Denmark, where non-fasting blood sampling has been used since 2009.


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No Need To Fast Before A Cholesterol Test

General - April 27, 2016 - 2:14pm

New research from Denmark, Canada and the US involving more than 300,000 individuals suggests that patients do not need to check their cholesterol levels on an empty stomach. So far fasting has been required before cholesterol and triglyceride measurement in all countries except Denmark, where non-fasting blood sampling has been used since 2009.


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No Health Issue From Fracking Again, Environmentalists Disappointed

ACSH - April 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Environmentalists hoping to have a “smoking gun” for a health effect due to the hydraulic fracturing – fracking – process in obtaining fossil fuels were disappointed that a three-year investigation yielded nothing. Only in environmental activism does a null result finding the public being completely safe lead to sadness, but there you have … Continue reading →
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Our Long History Fighting Viruses

ACSH - April 27, 2016 - 11:30am
A virus is essentially an information system (encoded in DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat and shaped by evolution to ensure its own replication and survival. Viruses grow only in living cells. But they infect everything from the simplest, single-cell organisms, such as amoebae, to multicellular, multi-organ ecosystems … Continue reading →
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