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Debunking Myths About The Past, Present And Future of Opioids

Jun 18 2018 - 07:06

First fallacy: the mere existence of an opioid pill is why there is a crisis. Finding solutions requires proper identification of a problem, the time is now for the public narrative to follow suit.

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At HHS, We're in the BBC, Hungary's '60 Minutes' And More ACSH Outreach

Jun 18 2018 - 07:06

1. The BBC was into poop - the still-ongoing trend of public serial poopers - and linked to work by Dr. Jamie Wells on it. That wasn't the only place this fad was noted

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Flavor and Vaping, Is It a Gateway to Tobacco?

Jun 18 2018 - 06:06

In the current phase of the tobacco wars vaping and flavored tobacco products are seen as the latest gateway to nicotine addiction. San Francisco has banned all flavored tobacco product earlier this month. A new study looks at flavorings, “deemed safe” for ingestion in food, but with unknown cardiovascular effects. The target tissue is the cellular lining of our blood vessels, vascular endothelium, the cells that interact the most with compounds in our blood.

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Can Religion Extend Your Life?

Jun 16 2018 - 08:06

There is increasing evidence that a correlation exists between a person’s social support and engagement and their longevity. At a bare minimum, it makes sense because it is challenging to manage chronic disease or recovery from hospitalization on your own. A new study looks at religious participation as a marker for that social integration and to avoid the bias of self-reported religious activity; the researchers measured religious involvement noted in obituaries. (Of course, they might also have induced a bit of bias on the report of grieving family members writing those obituaries)

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Instead of Antidepressants, Should Doctors Prescribe Nicotine?

Jun 15 2018 - 12:06

We always knew when our PhD advisor was applying for a grant. He would pace the hallways, then go outside and smoke. A lot. (Thankfully, he's quit since then.)

Why do smokers find such solace in cigarettes? It may be the nicotine. Several years ago, a small experiment suggested that people who were intentionally provoked into becoming angry were less likely to retaliate if they were wearing a nicotine patch.

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Herpes Vaccines Flop. What About Drugs? Pritelivir: A Page From The AIDS Playbook

Jun 15 2018 - 12:06

Based on the recent demise of experimental vaccines from Genocea and Vical the prospects for a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes look mighty bleak at this time. So, for most patients who need treatment valacyclovir (Valtrex) is the only choice (1,2). It works well for most people, but not for everyone.

DRUGS VS. VACCINES FOR TREATMENT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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EPA Secret Science: No More Rationalization, It's Time For That To Go

Jun 15 2018 - 09:06

The American Council on Science and Health has long been concerned about the decision-making process at organizations like EPA and especially National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where baffling secret meetings have led to unreal levels of weight for solitary statistical analyses that defy the pattern of available empirical data. Epidemiology has become a secret trump card over science, while risk experts, toxicologists and other experts who care about public health have been routinely ignored. 

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Chlorophyll-f Discovery: New Type of Photosynthesis

Jun 15 2018 - 08:06

Most life on Earth -  plants, algae, and even some microorganisms - gain energy due to photosynthesis, a process where sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide are used to make glucose, a type of food for them just like it is us. 

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Abilify MyCite: Mental Health Drug With A Sensor Embedded Raises Troubling Questions

Jun 15 2018 - 07:06

Moments after Neo eats the red pill in “The Matrix,” he touches a liquefied mirror that takes over his skin, penetrating the innards of his body with computer code. When I first learned about the controversial new digital drug Abilify MyCite, I thought of this famous scene and wondered what kinds of people were being remade through this new biotechnology.

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Waiting For Dr. Godot To Fix My Hip Fracture

Jun 14 2018 - 20:06

Waiting for surgical care is more common than you think, and can result in more complications. A Canadian study sheds light on the factors involved in waiting to get your hip fracture fixed. 

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5 New Snail-Sucking Snakes Discovered

Jun 14 2018 - 13:06

Lovers of escargot, you have company. Newly-discovered company. But they eat a bit differently than you do.

Herpetologists working in South America say they have come across five new species of snakes, and their meal of choice is the snail. These tree snakes have been uncovered by researchers from the American Museum of National History, located in New York, and the discovery was made public today in a paper published in the peer-review journal, Zookeys.

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New York Times: Pseudoscience and Sleeping with Sources

Jun 14 2018 - 13:06

The Gray Lady has gotten raunchy in her old age. News has just broken that the New York Times's national security reporter, Ali Watkins, was sleeping with a source who worked as an aide to the Senate Intelligence Committee. That source has now been arrested as part of an investigation into leaks of classified information.

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Is Soaking Your Nuts In Chlorine A Good Idea?

Jun 14 2018 - 12:06

Despite the intentionally misleading title, soaking your nuts in chlorine isn't such a bad idea in this case. If you read about the "hygienic practices" of the Orangeburg Pecan Company, chlorine sounds pretty good. Hope you have a strong stomach.

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Many 1st-Time, Post-Op Users of Painkillers Stay on Them. But Addiction? Not Quite.

Jun 14 2018 - 07:06

As a closer look at this study reveals, it's important to note an essential distinction between implying that this behavior is an addiction – which it isn't necessarily – as opposed to saying medication is being used "beyond the normal recovery period." 

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Are You Woke About Drug Co-payments?

Jun 14 2018 - 05:06

Drug co-payments are meant to share costs, but for many drugs, they cover not just the entire cost, but a "little something" for pharmacy benefits managers who structure the deals.

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Mom-Shaming Got So Bad, Not Doing So Had To Become Official Policy

Jun 14 2018 - 01:06

The negative impact of "at all costs" breastfeeding campaigns, the political zeal of lactivism and societal pressures have done a proven disservice to women and families. So much so, formal health policy had to be changed.

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Academia in Meltdown: Pro-GMO Prof Fired, Anti-GMO Prof Gets Honored

Jun 13 2018 - 12:06

Though widely touted, there is no such thing as "free speech" in academia. Instead, there are two sets of standards: There is one standard for a largely far-left-wing, postmodernist type who reject science and basic decency, and there is another standard for everybody else.

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Accountable Care Organizations Want The Rewards But Few Want The Risk

Jun 13 2018 - 06:06

Accountable Care Organizations want to share in the profits, but not the risk of providing health care. Will being forced to take on risk result in the end of this "innovative payment" program?

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Targeted, Regional Approach Likely Best To Improve Vaccine Rates

Jun 12 2018 - 14:06

New study analyzes U.S. vaccination rates in children, specifically focusing on nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) in states and counties. Their recommendations fall short of realities of medical practice.

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Urushiol, the Poison in Poison Ivy

Jun 12 2018 - 11:06

Summer is approaching, which means that all sorts of life forms will be out to get you. Possibly the worst is poison ivy. It contains a nasty chemical called urushiol, which is perfectly designed to make your life an itchy hell. And it's all because of chemistry.  

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