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FDA Finds Poison in Homeopathic Teething Remedies

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The FDA confirmed the presence of of the poisonous substance, belladonna, in the homeopathic teething remedies linked to the deaths of 10 infants. More importantly, its analysis detected amounts that were inconsistent between samples, meaning some of the levels were much higher than what the product's label indicated. 

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FDA Reports That Homeopathic Teething Remedies Contain Poison

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The case that links homeopathic teething remedies to the deaths of ten infants got a little stronger last week when The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new information from their ongoing investigation.  

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Fentanyl Overdose: Don't Count on Naloxone to Save You

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

There are many good reasons not to take drugs. Other than addiction and the possibility of overdose, the next best reason is that, Walter White notwithstanding, neighborhood chemists aren't terribly trustworthy. It is common for drugs to be mixed with other chemicals, some of which are far more dangerous than the drug itself. 

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FDA Reports That Homeopathic Teething Remedies Contain Poison

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The FDA confirmed the presence of of the poisonous substance, belladonna, in the homeopathic teething remedies linked to the deaths of 10 infants. More importantly, its analysis detected amounts that were inconsistent between samples, meaning some of the levels were much higher than what the product's label indicated. 

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Why This Scientist Won't be Attending the 'Science March'

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

While a march to support science sounds like a good idea, given the agenda our Alex Berezow has decided to skip it. He had misgivings that the event, now scheduled for April 22 in Washington, DC, would be hijacked by the kind of political partisanship it should instead be concerned about – and that has indeed come true.

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Why is Groundhog Day Still a Thing?

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

It’s official! Word just came in from Punxsutawney Phil as his 2017 prediction scroll—translated from Groundhogese— proclaims:

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82% of Americans Support Childhood Vaccines, Pew Survey Finds

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

New data shows that more than eight in ten Americans "support requiring all healthy schoolchildren to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella." In addition, an overwhelming number of adults – 88 percent – "believe that the benefits of these inoculations outweigh the risks."

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Fake News Occurs In Politics and Poison

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic. Discover the antidote to partisan venom. 

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Death Rates for Young, White Americans Increased from 1999 to 2014

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

A new, disturbing report, based on data collected from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, shows an increase in the death rates for young Americans over a 15-year period. This has been driven substantially by a shocking increase in the mortality of white women aged 25 to 35.

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Is Red Yeast Rice a Safe Alternative to Prescription Cholesterol Medicine?

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

If you have high cholesterol, you are probably familiar with a group of cholesterol lowering medications called “statins” commonly known by brand names like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor etc.  Statins are the most effective medicines for lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), but not all persons who can benefit from statins are taking them.  Some people are turning to over-the-counter alternatives like Red Yeast Rice (RYR) - a nutritional supplement with cholesterol-lowering action.  But there is lack of adequate safety data on these nutritional supplements.  

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Politics and Poison Are Both Casualties of Fake News

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic. Discover the antidote to partisan venom. 

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What Are Biopharmaceuticals Worth?

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

Biopharmaceutical drugs are revolutionizing medicine, but at a cost. Almost without exception, they're more expensive than small-molecule drugs, but they also are playing an increasing role in patient care. Pfizer's Dr. Robert Popovian informs us about the need to consider the value of these drugs – not just their price.  

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Fluorinated Chemicals In Fast Food - Real Science, Fake News

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The study is fair and balanced. But once it is in the hands of the media it is repackaged to capture eyes and attention. It is not fake news, it's misleading, designed to attract attention rather than educate. 

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Flourinated chemicals in fast food wrappers - the science is real, its the reporting that's fake

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

The study is fair and balanced. But once it is in the hands of the media it is repackaged to capture eyes and attention. It is not fake news, it's misleading, designed to attract attention rather than educate. 

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Death Rates for Young, White Americans Increased from 1999 to 2014

ACSH - February 2, 2017 - 12:00am

A new, disturbing report, based on data collected from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, shows an increase in the death rates for young Americans over a 15-year period. This has been driven substantially by a shocking increase in the mortality of white women aged 25 to 35.

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The Genetics Of Human Height Revealed

Science2.0 - February 1, 2017 - 9:14pm
A large-scale international study involving 700,000 participants has revealed 83 genetic variations controlling human height. 
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The Genetics Of Human Height Revealed

General - February 1, 2017 - 9:14pm
A large-scale international study involving 700,000 participants has revealed 83 genetic variations controlling human height. 
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CRISPR Plus SCNT Leads To Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows In China

Science2.0 - February 1, 2017 - 3:23pm
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, a way to generate very precise gene knock-out kits, has now been used to produce cows with resistance to bovine tuberculosis.

Bovine TB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis, can be transmitted from livestock to humans, primarily if raw milk is consumed (just one reason to embrace post-1860 science about food, namely pasteurization), and even other animals. 
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CRISPR Plus SCNT Leads To Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows In China

General - February 1, 2017 - 3:23pm
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, a way to generate very precise gene knock-out kits, has now been used to produce cows with resistance to bovine tuberculosis.

Bovine TB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis, can be transmitted from livestock to humans, primarily if raw milk is consumed (just one reason to embrace post-1860 science about food, namely pasteurization), and even other animals. 
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A Slow-Motion Particle Collision In Anomaly!

Science2.0 - February 1, 2017 - 8:57am
Lubos Motl published the other day in his crazily active blog a very nice new review of "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". The review is authored by Tristan du Pree, a colleague of mine who has worked in CMS until very recently - now he moved to a new job and changed to ATLAS! (BTW  thanks Lubos, and thanks Tristan!)
I liked a lot Tristan's commentary of my work, and since he mentions with quite appreciative terms the slow-motion description of a peculiar collision I offer in my book, I figured I'd paste that below. -->

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