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The Flu Vaccine Gets a Bad Rap, but it is Still Worth Getting

Feb 24 2018 - 14:02

I have had the flu for two weeks. Well, to be honest, I never did get the test to confirm that it was, indeed, the flu. But, I am ok self-diagnosing this one based on the high fever, aches, chills, headache, sore throat, and barking cough. Rapid flu test or not, I'm going to call flu on this one. 

Did I get the flu shot? Yes. 

Was it worth it even though I ended up with the flu? Yes. 

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It's Not Wrong To Ask Your Doctor For Opioids

Feb 24 2018 - 06:02

More than 42,000 people died in 2016 from an opioid overdose. Forty percent of these deaths involved a prescription opioid. Overall, deaths from opioid overdoses have contributed to a decrease in American life expectancy for the second year in a row. The last time that happened was in 1962 to 1963.

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ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells Debunks Myths on Infant Feeding For Fox Podcast Network

Feb 24 2018 - 03:02

In the first in a series for Fox podcast network, ACSH's Director of Medicine clarifies misperceptions surrounding infant nutrition including new trends like importing specific organic formulas from overseas for being so-called "more pure" or "natural."

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Have We Hit Peak Flu Season? CDC Data Suggest Yes

Feb 23 2018 - 20:02

For the past few weeks, CDC data showed that, of the sick people who went to the hospital and got tested, about 26% of specimens were positive for influenza. Now, in Week 7 of 2018, it has dropped to 25%. Finally, we appear to have turned the corner on this awful flu season.

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Safe Gun Storage with Kids at Home Often Lax, Study Finds

Feb 23 2018 - 13:02

In the aftermath of last week's Florida student massacre, there is no shortage of places to look for insight into possible remedies to America's agonizing and ongoing school-shooting epidemic. Policies, laws and personal behaviors nationwide – anything that might contribute to a solution – are being examined and re-examined, as they should.

And in that context, what should we make of the results of a new study, based on a fairly substantial online survey, focusing on kids with mental health issues, gun ownership and how those firearms are stored and secured in the home?

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COPD More Common in Rural than Urban America says CDC

Feb 23 2018 - 11:02

Although you might think that living in an urban environment is worse for your lungs, recent data from the CDC point out that there's more COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) in rural areas. Why? Possible reasons include a higher smoking rate as well as more environmental exposures.

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Bloating: A Lesser Known Symptom Of Ovarian Cancer

Feb 23 2018 - 09:02

A surprisingly low number of women consider sudden, but persistent bloating as a serious condition — one with a serious underlying cause. The news comes from a recent study which showed that women are more likely to make dietary changes if they experience bloating — rather than contact their physician. Persistent bloating is the lesser known symptom of ovarian cancer.

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Infected for the Sake of Science

Feb 23 2018 - 08:02

Dr. Meta Roestenberg, an infectious disease specialist at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands is focused on schistosomiasis, a disease that affected over 200 million people in 2016, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. The disease is caused by  tiny parasites,  worms of the genus Schistosoma. Hosts for the worm are aquatic snails which, when conditions are right, spew the larval form of the worm into the surrounding water.

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Can We Nudge, Instead of Regulate, Our Way Out of Obesity?

Feb 23 2018 - 06:02

We make poor decisions. We do this for many reasons, like time and cognitive limitations, biases, and poor habits. We may wish our past self ate more vegetables or saved more money. So how can we help our present self make decisions that our future self will not regret without removing freedom of choice? Through “behavioral nudges.”

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USA Today, We Were Invited to the White House, and More Media Links

Feb 23 2018 - 06:02

1. In USA Today, Dr. Alex Berezow had some context for the CNN organization about socialism, which has grown increasingly shrill and bizarre as its market share and credibility have declined. 

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The Long Term Impact of Diabetes

Feb 23 2018 - 03:02

Diabetes is a chronic disease and the longer it is present, the more it adversely impacts other body systems, especially the cardiovascular system. 

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314 Action Wants to Elect Scientists, But Only if They're Democrats

Feb 22 2018 - 20:02

314 Action's stated mission is laudable. It includes, among other things, a desire to "elect more leaders... from STEM backgrounds." Unfortunately, only Democrats are invited.

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Salmonella Confirmed in Ancient 16th Century Epidemic

Feb 22 2018 - 16:02

The media botches an incredibly interesting story about an ancient Salmonella epidemic in Mexico.

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Cutting Edge Genomic Tool Provides Clues to an Ancient Mystery

Feb 22 2018 - 16:02

Newly developed genomic sequencing techniques have the power not only to drive our future, but also to reconstruct our past. 

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Television Does Not Cause Blood Clots

Feb 22 2018 - 13:02

Without actually knowing how many hours participants watched TV, and by comparing groups with very different risks, researchers conclude TV watching is associated with clot formation. Does this mean that binge-watching is harmful to my health?

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Predicting Pandemics: We Know One Is Coming, But Not What, When, or Where

Feb 22 2018 - 03:02

We want American scientists to know as quickly as possible when an unusual case of the sniffles occurs in Africa or Asia. From there, we could be able to model the likelihood of the disease spreading beyond its origin. Such a strategy could help prevent Ebola from making a return visit to the United States.

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Anthem Now Wants Your Eye Surgeon To Double As Your Anesthesiologist

Feb 21 2018 - 17:02

New Anthem insurance carrier policies contribute to the detriment of patient safety. Their so-called "cost saving" measures create more problems than solutions with questionable financial benefits. 

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This Week, Alcohol Is Good For You

Feb 21 2018 - 15:02

You best get your drink on this week, while beer and wine consumption is good for you!

Over the years, there have mixed results on alcohol consumption and benefits to the body. This week, having two glasses of beer or wine could cut one's risk of premature mortality by 18 percent. At least that's the conclusion from one study which studied the habits of people who live past their 90s, since 2003. 

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Amyloidosis, Sudden & Deadly Heart Ailment, Has No Cure

Feb 21 2018 - 13:02

On the court in the 1970s, there was nothing small about the presence of "Tiny" Archibald. And now, the mysterious heart condition he suddenly faces has created an immense, life-threatening dilemma, one that once again belies this NBA Hall of Famer's well-known nickname.

Nate Archibald, a 14-year pro and member of the Boston Celtics championship team in 1981, learned that he suffers from an incurable heart disease. The condition, amyloidosis, can affect any organ or tissue, and there are many types. But when it affects the heart, it can shut it down at any moment.

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Anthem Continues To Practice Medicine And That Is Wrong

Feb 21 2018 - 12:02

Anthem continues to practice medicine without a license in determining which patients should have anesthesiologists providing care during cataract surgery. 

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