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Diagnosing President Trump's Medical Statement: 'Fit For Duty'

Jan 17 2018 - 16:01

President Donald Trump completed his first periodic medical examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His White House physician, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, released a statement of his findings and held a protracted press conference. His conclusions discussed here. 

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Babies' Crawling Cleans Floors And Strengthens Immune Systems

Jan 17 2018 - 14:01

Babies who crawl can double up as your own personal sweeper. That's because they kick up all sorts of microbiomes and dirt from what you thought were your clean carpets and rugs. But worry not, all this gunk will just make them stronger.

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ProPublica Is Wrong In Charging Racial Bias In An Algorithm

Jan 17 2018 - 14:01

ProPublica accused a predictive algorithm, used in sentencing criminal defendants, with being racially bias. A new study suggests that the narrative is wrong.

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Your Dishwasher is Disgusting, But It's OK

Jan 17 2018 - 13:01

Bacteria are everywhere, surviving in even the most extreme environments like hot springs and ice cubes. 

So, if you think that your appliances that use hot water, like a dishwasher, are sterile - you are wrong. In fact, they are not even that clean. 

Bacteria can survive a lot

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Fake Honey Is A Problem And Science Can Solve It - If Government Gets Out Of The Way

Jan 17 2018 - 11:01

Adulterated honey, meaning it has been diluted with other substances, has been an issue for as far back as honey has been sold.(1) One of the reasons we know so much about the composition of the sweetener is due to efforts from the 1960s on to fight fraud. Today, it is most likely to be mixed with high fructose corn syrup because, as you probably know, that is about the same in fructose.

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Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Fox News, NPR, And More Media Links Last Week

Jan 17 2018 - 10:01

1. NPR linked to our work on the flu, which we predicted would be a concern for the US after seeing it go through Australia, with 5 Things You Need To Know.

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Honey Bees: The #1 Pollinator of Both Crops and Wild Plants

Jan 16 2018 - 23:01

On average, across natural habitats all over the world, the western honey bee is the most common pollinator, responsible for 13% of flower visits. The researchers also found that 5% of the plant species they studied were exclusively visited by the western honey bee.

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Panicked After Touching a Bat? Here's What to Do

Jan 16 2018 - 15:01

A 6-year-old boy tragically died this week after he contracted rabies after touching a bat. But dying from rabies is preventable ... if you know the correct steps to take. So here's what to do if you come into contact with a potentially rabid animal. 

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Atrial Fibrillation Risk Assessment Changes Over Time

Jan 16 2018 - 07:01

Atrial fibrillation affects lots of Americans and can result in debilitating strokes. Risk calculators help physicians identify those patients at risk for stroke, but the calculation can be improved by remembering that risk changes over time.

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Atrial fibrillation

Jan 16 2018 - 07:01

Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heartbeat, affecting 2.7 million Americans. Up to 15% of patients with atrial fibrillation can experience a debilitating stroke, so prevention is important. Unfortunately, prevention comes with its own risks so physicians have developed “risk calculators” to determine who should be treated. A paper in Journal of American College of Cardiology suggests that the current scheme can be improved – and without any more significant effort or expense.

Atrial fibrillation

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In Medicine, Words Matter (And Not In The Ways You Might Think)

Jan 15 2018 - 19:01

With Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' release of preliminary statements by the White House physician over President Trump's first routine medical exam in office, social media is going wild over word selection. But, are they using the right lens?

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Dear NY Times, Your Opioid Coverage Has Been Terrible. Here's Why

Jan 15 2018 - 16:01

The New York Times just surveyed readers to ask about the paper's coverage of the "opioid epidemic." Lots of boxes to check and pre-fab questions. Instead, I used *one* sentence from a Times article to point out what is wrong. The answer - plenty. 

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Progressive Eugenics Is Still With Us - It Has Just Politically Evolved

Jan 15 2018 - 12:01

Eugenics has been science’s toxic brand since the end of World War II. The point was driven home yet again recently when Toby Young, appointee to the UK’s newly established Office of Students, was denounced in the House of Commons for having written favorably of “progressive eugenics”. Young resigned from the post the following day amid complaints about a series of other tweets and comments made in the past.

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The Ants Treat Infections with "Extreme Prejudice" - Destructive disinfection

Jan 15 2018 - 10:01

The flu season should remind us that as social animals pathogens can kill both individuals and large segments of our population. A recent study sheds some light on how ants, social insects, cope with infections that endanger their colony.

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Accidental or Intentional, Tide Pods Meant For Laundry Not Mouths

Jan 14 2018 - 19:01

Teens are creating a social media firestorm by posting their adverse reactions to intentionally ingesting Tide laundry pods. Is this craze a new worry?

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Your Pet And The Flu: Things To Know

Jan 14 2018 - 12:01

While the nasty flu is circling among humans this season — having claimed 27 lives already — your pets aren't immune to a certain type of flu among their kind. Here are some facts about the dog flu hitting some areas this winter, and how you can protect your furballs.

 

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V Is For Vanadium: Versatile, Valuable, And Very Colorful

Jan 13 2018 - 07:01

It is unlikely that the word "vanadium" first crosses your mind when you wake up. You probably haven't even heard of it. But it is real - a metal, which was named after the Northern-Germanic tribes' goddess Vanadis, meaning "beauty." It does not disappoint. 

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One Seriously Strange Way To Pass A Kidney Stone

Jan 13 2018 - 05:01

Scientific research, folks in white lab coats, gleaming laboratories, occasional Eureka moments interspersed with hours of work – still sounds interesting if not glamorous. But sometimes, science requires more dedication, more sacrifice. Two physicians made the effort studying the effect of Thunder Mountain, a Disney World roller coaster, on kidney stones – small crystals that form in your kidneys. 

The study

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A Man's Heart Really Does Dictate His Erection

Jan 13 2018 - 03:01

Recent research shows mounting evidence a man's erectile dysfunction (ED) can be linked to higher rates of cardiovascular events.

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Yes, Dog Flu Could One Day Spread to Humans

Jan 12 2018 - 23:01

Evidence indicates that dogs can become infected with human-adapted influenza strains. This is incredibly concerning. When two different influenza strains infect the same host, the viruses can swap genes, a process known as genetic reassortment. This can produce devastating influenza pandemics.

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