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Natural Symptoms May Be Misdiagnosed As Tamoxifen Side-Effects

Science2.0 - 6 hours 13 min ago
Women taking tamoxifen for breast cancer were less likely to continue taking the drug if they suffered nausea and vomiting - yet so were women given a placebo who experienced the same symptoms. This is evidence that drugs are being unfairly blamed for natural symptoms. 

It's a chemophobia culture. People embrace homeopathy, naturopathy and various alternative techniques because they aren't required to have elaborate disclosures of side effects like real medicines have. And there is a culture war against drug companies, so if symptoms occur it may be easy to blame Big Pharma or Big Generic.
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Natural Symptoms May Be Misdiagnosed As Tamoxifen Side-Effects

General - 6 hours 13 min ago
Women taking tamoxifen for breast cancer were less likely to continue taking the drug if they suffered nausea and vomiting - yet so were women given a placebo who experienced the same symptoms. This is evidence that drugs are being unfairly blamed for natural symptoms. 

It's a chemophobia culture. People embrace homeopathy, naturopathy and various alternative techniques because they aren't required to have elaborate disclosures of side effects like real medicines have. And there is a culture war against drug companies, so if symptoms occur it may be easy to blame Big Pharma or Big Generic.
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Determining Prostate Cancer Risk With A DNA Methylation Biomarker

Science2.0 - December 8, 2016 - 11:36am
Currently, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and other biomarkers are used for diagnosing and monitoring prostate cancer. However, biomarkers to selectively identify patients with high risk of recurrence, those who might benefit from intervention, and those who can safely choose active surveillance, are lacking. A new study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a biomarker, PITX2 DNA methylation, which is capable of distinguishing cancerous tissue from non-cancerous tissue and predicting the risk of cancer recurrence using only small amounts of tissue obtained from core needle biopsies.
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Determining Prostate Cancer Risk With A DNA Methylation Biomarker

General - December 8, 2016 - 11:36am
Currently, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and other biomarkers are used for diagnosing and monitoring prostate cancer. However, biomarkers to selectively identify patients with high risk of recurrence, those who might benefit from intervention, and those who can safely choose active surveillance, are lacking. A new study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a biomarker, PITX2 DNA methylation, which is capable of distinguishing cancerous tissue from non-cancerous tissue and predicting the risk of cancer recurrence using only small amounts of tissue obtained from core needle biopsies.
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It’s Not Brain Surgery, But do you Know What is? Brain Surgery!

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

All arguments are fair game as for whether Dr. Ben Carson is the right (or wrong) person to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. But don't tell us a brain surgeon only possesses the skills to be a brain surgeon.

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A Possible Antidote for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Despite 50,000 emergency visits for carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the U.S., there is no effective way to treat it. That could change, thanks to some very clever work being done at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Surgeon General Declares War on E-Cigarettes But Not Marijuana, Hookah

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Vivek Murthy recently announced that e-cigarettes pose a "major public health concern," adding that "the use of nicotine-containing products by youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe." But that's not what the science says. It'd be far better for the Surgeon General to say that those who don't currently vape shouldn't do it, bit, but that e-cigarettes are likely to prove much safer than regular cigarettes. 

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NHL's Concussion Protocol, a Closer Look (Part 2)

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

As players adapt this season to the National Hockey League's updated concussion protocol, several who have taken hits to the head during games received on-the-spot medical evaluations. But as to whether the safety guidelines are having their intended effect, to answer that question many onlookers are scrutinizing an incident involving Connor McDavid on Dec. 4 

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Uh-Oh — Smokers Are Drinking the 'Additives Cause the Cancer' Kool-Aid

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

You'd be excused for thinking that by now everyone understands about the health risks of cigarette smoking, and what they are due to. But some recent research points to a significant lack of knowledge among many Americans — a lack that can certainly put their health at risk.

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A New Way to Prevent HIV Infection

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr gives us a new way to think about stopping the HIV epidemic - 'treatment as prevention.' If implemented across the globe, it may be the key in stopping new cases of HIV and stopping the epidemic once and for all. 

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A Very Cool Way To Treat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Despite 50,000 emergency visits for carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the U.S., there is no effective way to treat it. That could change, thanks to some very clever work being done at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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It’s Not Brain Surgery, But do You Know What is?  Brain Surgery!

ACSH - December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

All arguments are fair game for whether Dr. Ben Carson is the right or wrong person to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, but don't tell Dr. Wells a brain surgeon only possesses the skills to be a brain surgeon.

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Are Marijuana Warning Labels Needed? Users Say Yes

Science2.0 - December 7, 2016 - 1:56pm
In the United States, legalization of marijuana is happening at a record pace, thanks to governments hoping for new tax streams and public health claims giving it a free pass that literally no other product has ever gotten. However, a few experts and some users agree that package warnings stating the health risks are needed, yet what marijuana smokers think is needed is different from what the medical community believes should be required. 

Given the craze, it is no surprise journal publishers are scrambling to push out new places to lend marijuana a veneer of scientific authenticity. One new one, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research,  -->

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Are Marijuana Warning Labels Needed? Users Say Yes

General - December 7, 2016 - 1:56pm
In the United States, legalization of marijuana is happening at a record pace, thanks to governments hoping for new tax streams and public health claims giving it a free pass that literally no other product has ever gotten. However, a few experts and some users agree that package warnings stating the health risks are needed, yet what marijuana smokers think is needed is different from what the medical community believes should be required. 

Given the craze, it is no surprise journal publishers are scrambling to push out new places to lend marijuana a veneer of scientific authenticity. One new one, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research,  -->

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Four New Superheavy Elements Have Official Names

ACSH - December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science

Four new chemical elements now have official names and symbols, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced this week.

After a five-month review, IUPAC chemists have approved the four names for superheavy elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 proposed by the elements' discoverers. Such superheavy elements, whose atomic numbers indicate how many protons reside in each nucleus, don't occur naturally in nature, so they must be created in labs.

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Genetically Engineered Yeast Is Resistant to Caffeine

ACSH - December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

The proliferation of coffee shops and energy drinks clearly shows that caffeine is in high demand. The stimulant is even added to some medicine. However, because only a handful of plants produce it, there has been some interest in creating caffeine synthetically.

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No Surprise: Parents' Screen Times Worse Than Kids

ACSH - December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

Mom and dad are just as guilty — if not more — of soaking up screen time than their offspring. That's rather interesting, considering the fact that the same parents responded that they were concerned their children would become addicted to technology. 

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Dear UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Don't Drive 'Gene Drives' Into a Ditch

ACSH - December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

New genetic technology can either come to fruition and have a positive impact on our lives or be driven into the ground. The difference depends on whether the people making decisions understand the science and can accurately and properly weigh the risks and benefits.

In order for that to happen, scientists have to participate in open discourse, as education and communication are the keys to moving science forward to a place where changes can evolve to positively impact our health and the environment.

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Credit NHL for Smart, Safe Concussion Strategy

ACSH - December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

Largely overshadowed by the NFL, the National Hockey League, working in conjunction with its Player's Association, deserves credit for implementing a smart concussion prevention and management plan. It shows considerable promise, and one that demonstrates a joint commitment to making pro hockey safer.

 

 

 

 

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Don't Drive 'Gene Drives' Into a Ditch

ACSH - December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

New genetic technology can either come to fruition and have a positive impact on our lives or be driven into the ground. The difference depends on whether the people making decisions understand the science and can accurately and properly weigh the risks and benefits.

In order for that to happen, scientists have to participate in open discourse, as education and communication are the keys to moving science forward to a place where changes can evolve to positively impact our health and the environment.

Categories: ACSH