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Big Tobacco is Big Baby Food's Boogyman

11 hours 36 min ago

The Boogyman was a means to control children's behavior. It has no role in the debate over public health policy.

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Can Personalizing Diabetes Care Reduce Costs?

14 hours 3 min ago

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, from the University of Chicago presents a cost analysis of personalized blood sugar goals for diabetic patients. As with most studies of this type, it is a computer model using cost estimates. So while its numerical conclusions make not be as accurate or precise as the numbers would make you believe, it does contain some interesting information.

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How Can you Spot a Predatory Journal?

14 hours 25 min ago

 

 
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A Bacterial Role in High Blood Pressure - the Microbiome Speaks

14 hours 25 min ago

We cannot digest fiber but some researchers believe fiber helps lower our blood pressure and maintain cardiovascular health. It turns out that the fiber is being digested by the bacteria of our gut and may play a role in controlling blood pressure.

   
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For Game of Thrones Fans. Some facts about dwarfs (Don't call them elves!)

14 hours 38 min ago

If you're not a Game of Thrones fans, you should change that status immediately. Yes, it is that great. And one of the many things that makes it great is the character Tyrion Lannister, who is played by the incomparable Peter Dinklage.

Photos: IMDb (left), NY Daily News (right)

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All I Want For Christmas Is For People Not To Hurt

14 hours 51 min ago

For a civilized nation, we can be mighty uncivilized. If you are a pain patient and cannot get the meds you need you know this only too well. What do I want from Christmas? How about a return to sanity and compassion where people don't have to beg for relief? We have precious little or either right now. 

 
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Are Concussions Worse for Dyslexia, ADHD Sufferers?

15 hours 36 min ago

Brain trauma, and the cognitive damage it can cause, is awful enough on its own. But what's the impact of a concussion on those with learning disabilities, such as ADHD and dyslexia? 

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Scott Gottlieb's FDA Revamps Regulations on Medical Software

Dec 11 2017 - 16:12

As part of regulatory reform and in the face of increasing use of computer algorithms in patient care, the FDA has released draft guidelines for software that aids physicians and patients.

   
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Gene Therapy Effectively Treats Hemophilia B

Dec 11 2017 - 14:12

Scientists report they have successfully treated hemophilia B by giving sufferers gene therapy. When they infuse a gene for the correct blood clotting factor, it is taken up by the patient who then can produce it on their own. This means they no longer have to inject clotting factor to avoid the sometimes crippling or fatal effects of their disease.

         
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General Anesthesia Works on Plants Too

Dec 11 2017 - 08:12

Today, surgery and anesthesia go hand in hand. For many medical procedures, being both unresponsive and unconscious is a luxury that did not always exist. Anesthesia was used for the first time during a surgical procedure in 1846 to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient.

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Lying Politicians Is One Thing. Lying Scientist Is Another

Dec 09 2017 - 08:12

What is going on in the science world? Scientists are generally regarded as ethical and honest -- the polar opposite of politicians. But there is a disturbing trend in science world: retracted papers, often due to fraud. Now we have another in Science and it's a doozy. A paper about harm to fish because of tiny plastic particles was not only wrong, it was fraud. This is something that we've been writing about all along. 

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Jelly Fish - Natural Born Killers

Dec 09 2017 - 03:12

Jellyfish have a diverse range of eating interests and locations, much like us. They are also a fearsome predator, who knew?

     
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My Christmas Wish: A Day of Sanity

Dec 08 2017 - 19:12

I met a friend at a coffee shop in Seattle today. We covered a lot of ground in the short time we had together -- politics, the state of our nation, the state of our city.

We don't see eye-to-eye on many issues. But what we have in common is a respect for each others' intelligence and intentions. We also share a desire for truth rather than ideology to prevail. By doing our best to rely on facts and to acknowledge our own sources of bias, we can have productive conversations despite our disagreements.

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All I Want for Christmas is Golden Rice

Dec 08 2017 - 15:12

Golden rice lives up to its name in both its color and in the beneficial effect it can have on people (especially children) with vitamin A deficiency. The main thing that holds up its dissemination is the disinformation about genetically engineered foods that's spread by anti-GMO Luddites. 

     
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In Rough Flu Season, 7 States Reporting 'Widespread' Activity, CDC Says

Dec 08 2017 - 15:12

Montana just reported its first flu-related fatalities of the season. And considering the potential wallop of the strong influenza strain making its way around the globe, the state and the nation at large may be in for a difficult winter.

Two adults over the age of 65 died "due to complications from influenza," said the Dept. of Public Health and reported by the Associated Press. These elderly adults are representative of one of several primary groups most vulnerable to this viral exposure. Another prime target: children under the age of 5.

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A Long Time Coming: Two Swedish Scientists are Found Guilty of Scientific Misconduct

Dec 08 2017 - 11:12

A story of misconduct surrounding a paper published last year in Science has been unraveling for over a year. The case can now be considered closed with the recent ruling that the two primary investigators involved did, indeed, commit scientific misconduct. 

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Science Skepticism - It takes a village of concerns

Dec 08 2017 - 10:12

 

 
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Medical Students Learn From Patients

Dec 08 2017 - 10:12

Medicine is a skill, and it is impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn out to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?

   
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If We Disagree, Should I Destroy Your Career?

Dec 07 2017 - 22:12

If we can tune out, move away from, and shun people with whom we disagree, why not put them out of a job, too?

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NYC Rats on Moving: Fuhgeddaboudit

Dec 07 2017 - 17:12

I have lived in Manhattan for five years. In that time, I have gotten used to the constant hoards of people, waiting on line for 30 minutes to buy a half gallon of milk, paying $7.00 for said half gallon of milk, and the constant smell of urine (which gets worse in the summer). (1) There is one thing, though, that I have not gotten used to - the rats. 

They lurk, hide and scurry and they are everywhere. And, it turns out they don't like to venture out from their neighborhoods. 

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