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Most Women Still Unaware of Breast Density & Cancer Risk

ACSH - November 28, 2016 - 12:00am

Only 1 in 8 women are aware that density is a risk factor, and just 1 in 5 know that dense tissue reduces the sensitivity of mammograms to find tumors. Since breast cancer is second worst cancer killer among women, why hasn't there been more emphasis on the risk factors associatd with dense breasts?

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Your Immune System Has a Mind of Its Own

ACSH - November 27, 2016 - 12:00am

The immune system has been harnessed in a number of different ways, most notably, in fighting cancer. While some results have been spectacular, there have also been some spectacular failures, something that Juno Therapeutics just found out when its experimental leukemia drug killed five people.

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Europe Embraces Decentralization - About Energy, At Least

Science2.0 - November 26, 2016 - 2:15pm
Across Europe, town and city councils are becoming increasingly interested in energy decentralization, i.e. in producing power closer to where it is consumed, which could reduce energy costs for citizens who already feel their economic backs being broken by political beliefs about alternative energy that doesn't involve nuclear.

Heidelberg is a city in Germany with a long-running energy company that has managed to keep costs lower than centralized schemes. The city-owned company is responsible for managing gas, heating, and the water and sewage systems. They even have a plan to migrate more to renewables in the future.
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Europe Embraces Decentralization - About Energy, At Least

General - November 26, 2016 - 2:15pm
Across Europe, town and city councils are becoming increasingly interested in energy decentralization, i.e. in producing power closer to where it is consumed, which could reduce energy costs for citizens who already feel their economic backs being broken by political beliefs about alternative energy that doesn't involve nuclear.

Heidelberg is a city in Germany with a long-running energy company that has managed to keep costs lower than centralized schemes. The city-owned company is responsible for managing gas, heating, and the water and sewage systems. They even have a plan to migrate more to renewables in the future.
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A Report Card On the American Healthcare System

ACSH - November 26, 2016 - 12:00am

Richard A. "Red" Lawhern, Ph.D., who is now an advisor at the Council, has written prolifically about the failings of the American health system, especially mismanagement of opioids by the DEA and CDC. Now, he given a report card on our healthcare system. It is not good. 

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In Surveys, Obesity Is As Dangerous To The Public As Cancer

Science2.0 - November 25, 2016 - 2:59pm

The war on fat is back, thanks to an aggressive campaign by food pundits related to sugar, GMOs and corporations.

For a while, it looked like all thin people were going to be placed into mandatory body image counseling, the Kardashians had made plump the new natural, but doctors have overruled activists like Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle and their beliefs about nutrition and affirmed that it's calories that matter, not the scary story of the week.


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In Surveys, Obesity Is As Dangerous To The Public As Cancer

General - November 25, 2016 - 2:59pm

The war on fat is back, thanks to an aggressive campaign by food pundits related to sugar, GMOs and corporations.

For a while, it looked like all thin people were going to be placed into mandatory body image counseling, the Kardashians had made plump the new natural, but doctors have overruled activists like Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle and their beliefs about nutrition and affirmed that it's calories that matter, not the scary story of the week.


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Banging out Penile Prowess

ACSH - November 25, 2016 - 12:00am

It isn’t hard to imagine as our enlarging and ever-stiffening polarized political spheres come to a head that an article about what maintains the penis’ potency might be this week’s crowning glory.

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3-D Printed Organs, Fake Blood - Practice Surgery Just Got Real

ACSH - November 25, 2016 - 12:00am

Highly realistic simulations for training could soon be widely used to rehearse complex cases prior to surgery, thanks to Simulated Inanimate Model for a Physical Learning Experience (SIMPLE), the brainchild of Ahmed Ghazi, M.D., M.Sc., an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at University of Rochester Medical Center, and Neurosurgery resident Jonathan Stone, M.D.

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Your Choice, Fiber Or Flesh-Eating Microbial Cannibals

ACSH - November 25, 2016 - 12:00am

Need a reason to eat more fiber? How about flesh-eating cannibal microbes?

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Space Is Not Empty, So What Does It Sound Like? You Can Help Science Find Out

Science2.0 - November 24, 2016 - 1:00pm

We know that there is sound on planets and moons in the solar system – places where there’s a medium through which sound waves can be transmitted, such as an atmosphere or an ocean. But what about empty space? You may have been told definitively that space is silent, maybe by your teacher or through the marketing of the movie Alien – “In space no one can hear you scream”. The common explanation for this is that space is a vacuum and so there’s no medium for sound to travel through.

But that isn’t exactly right. Space is never completely empty – there are a few particles and sound waves floating around. In fact, sound waves in the space around the Earth are very important to our continued technological existence. They also they sound pretty weird!

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Space Is Not Empty, So What Does It Sound Like? You Can Help Science Find Out

General - November 24, 2016 - 1:00pm

We know that there is sound on planets and moons in the solar system – places where there’s a medium through which sound waves can be transmitted, such as an atmosphere or an ocean. But what about empty space? You may have been told definitively that space is silent, maybe by your teacher or through the marketing of the movie Alien – “In space no one can hear you scream”. The common explanation for this is that space is a vacuum and so there’s no medium for sound to travel through.

But that isn’t exactly right. Space is never completely empty – there are a few particles and sound waves floating around. In fact, sound waves in the space around the Earth are very important to our continued technological existence. They also they sound pretty weird!

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Get Out Of Your Bubble: Why You Should Talk About Politics This Thanksgiving

Science2.0 - November 24, 2016 - 12:01pm

After one of the most divisive presidential elections in American history, many of us may be anxious about dinner-table dialogue with family and friends this Thanksgiving. There is no denying that the way we communicate about politics has fundamentally changed with the proliferation of technology and social media. Twitter bots, fake news and echo chambers are just a few of the highlights from this election season. Much of how we’re conversing online can’t – and shouldn’t – be replicated around the family table. We are getting out of practice at conducting meaningful, respectful conversation.

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Get Out Of Your Bubble: Why You Should Talk About Politics This Thanksgiving

General - November 24, 2016 - 12:01pm

After one of the most divisive presidential elections in American history, many of us may be anxious about dinner-table dialogue with family and friends this Thanksgiving. There is no denying that the way we communicate about politics has fundamentally changed with the proliferation of technology and social media. Twitter bots, fake news and echo chambers are just a few of the highlights from this election season. Much of how we’re conversing online can’t – and shouldn’t – be replicated around the family table. We are getting out of practice at conducting meaningful, respectful conversation.

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Holograms And The Future That Never Came

Science2.0 - November 24, 2016 - 11:07am

Stereoscopes entertained every Victorian home with their ability to produce three-dimensional pictures. Typewriters and later fax machines were once essential for business practices. Photo printers and video rentals came and went from high streets.

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Holograms And The Future That Never Came

General - November 24, 2016 - 11:07am

Stereoscopes entertained every Victorian home with their ability to produce three-dimensional pictures. Typewriters and later fax machines were once essential for business practices. Photo printers and video rentals came and went from high streets.

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ACSH New Team Member: Meet Dr. Jamie Wells!

ACSH - November 24, 2016 - 12:00am

Jamie Wells

Dr. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP, is a Board-Certified physician with over a decade of experience caring for patients and the Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and Health. She served as a Clinical Instructor/Attending at NYU Langone, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel and St. Vincent's Medical Centers in Manhattan.

Watch as she talks about her early love for public service and medicine, and her new role at the council in educating the public on the differences between health threats and health scares. 

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Women Have Always Lived Longer, Study Finds

ACSH - November 24, 2016 - 12:00am

By Stephanie Bucklin, Live Science Contributor

Men still aren't living as long as women — and that holds true for humans' primate cousins as well, a new study shows.

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Give to ACSH on Giving Tuesday!

ACSH - November 24, 2016 - 12:00am

Today is #GivingTuesday, and the American Council on Science and Health is excited to be a part!

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Tweaking Photosynthesis to Help Feed the World

ACSH - November 24, 2016 - 12:00am

The green revolution helped feed the world with new varieties of food crops and fertilizers. Now, genetic engineering is extending that progress. In a recent "proof of concept" study, researchers improved the efficiency of carbon dioxide utilization by plants — which could well result in marked increases in food production without additional land going under the plow.

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