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NHL's Top Exec Strongly Rebuked for False Claims on Concussions

Apr 16 2018 - 15:04

It's one thing for Gary Bettman to be on the wrong side of a health issue as important as concussion-caused brain damage. It's quite another for the National Hockey League Commissioner to go on America's largest sports-talk radio station and be incorrect about the underlying science. But the medical experts swiftly straightened him out.

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Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Autoimmunity Strengthens

Apr 16 2018 - 11:04

The cause of autoimmune diseases remains a black box. Sure, there is a genetic component, and certain environmental conditions that likely kick start them. But, as far as the complete cause of diseases such as lupus, celiac disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and the rest of the group - there are still a lot of unanswered questions. 

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Opioid Crisis’ Grim Silver Lining: More Organs for Transplant

Apr 16 2018 - 04:04

It is hard to find anything but sadness in the continued epidemic of deaths from drug overdoses. But many of these individuals become organ donors and despite concerns about infection, organs retrieved and transplanted from these deaths do very well in their new hosts. 

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Ailing First Lady Barbara Bush Shifting Focus To 'Comfort Care'

Apr 15 2018 - 16:04

After a series of recent hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush is not seeking additional medical treatment.

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Giant Genitals: Bigger Isn’t Always Better If You Don’t Want To Become Extinct

Apr 15 2018 - 13:04

A case for male sex organ size's influence on a species survival.

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A Possible Chink In The Armor Of Satan's Bioweapon: Norovirus

Apr 15 2018 - 09:04

A case of the "stomach flu" is bad enough, so the very last thing we need is our own immune system making it worse. But that's just what happens courtesy of an obscure component in the intestinal lining called tuft cells. The little devils help us fight off parasites but they also give norovirus a place to replicate, a reservoir to reside and also makes its symptoms worse. Charming.

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New Alcohol Study Is Mostly Hype. Journal, Authors, Media to Blame

Apr 13 2018 - 21:04

Alcohol is bad again. Sometimes, epidemiologists tell us it's good, but today, they're telling us it's bad. What else is bad? The study that arrived at that conclusion.

Published in The Lancet -- a journal that has shown a worrisome trend in sensationalizing unremarkable research -- a new paper concludes (and advertises prominently in its abstract) that consuming 100 grams of alcohol per week (roughly one drink per day) increases a person's risk of stroke, coronary disease, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and fatal aortic aneurysm.

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Night Owls Beware: Late To Rise Could Lead To Early Death

Apr 13 2018 - 14:04

Being a night owl could literally kill you; that's according to the latest study from nearly half a million participants in the U.K. Experts say night owls are living in a world structured for early risers, or larks, and are at a higher risk for obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and early death. 

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Stat Science is Poised for MLB's Next Frontier: The Dugout

Apr 13 2018 - 14:04

Since the publication of Moneyball, the revolutionary book on statistical analysis entering the ranks of pro baseball, the strategy powering in-game decisions each year has become ever more scientific and data-driven. And even with the gradual, begrudging acceptance of "analytics" by baseball purists, the science and its number-crunchers existed mostly upstairs in the back-office somewhere, with data reports and specific recommendations making their way to the manager's office near the field.

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Who Will Lead IARC? Here Are The Most Likely Choices And My Prediction

Apr 13 2018 - 06:04

Christopher Wild, Ph.D., has been the director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) since 2009 and during his tenure, the organization has been controversial. With recent rulings on bacon, coffee, and a mildly toxic pesticide, all of which have come down in defiance of every legitimate science body, there have been calls for Wild to resign or be fired from the once-respected body.

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An Aspirin A Day May Not Keep The Doctor Away

Apr 13 2018 - 06:04

Baby aspirin is prescribed for many people who will experience no benefit. It results from the difficulty in reconciling population studies with the patient in front of you; doctors broaden the groups -  call it indication creep.  

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Which Professions Smoke the Most Pot?

Apr 12 2018 - 20:04

The legalization of marijuana across the U.S. is beginning to reveal a treasure trove of information. Before, it was difficult to do research on the usage of pot because it was illegal, and people tend not to admit to doing things that are illegal.

However, with both the law and the public's attitude relaxing toward marijuana, people are opening up about their wacky tobaccy habits. The CDC took advantage of this and surveyed people aged 18 and over in Colorado, which legalized recreational pot in 2014.

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Winnie The Pooh, Hold The Meth Jar

Apr 12 2018 - 12:04

Maybe, don't trust drug dealers.

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Soda Tax Continues to Decrease Sales, But There's No Evidence of Health Benefit

Apr 12 2018 - 11:04

Sugary beverage taxes are designed to improve population health. Despite their increasing popularity with city government, there is no actual evidence of a health benefit unless you call increased tax revenue a measure of health. 

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Soda Tax Continue To Decrease Sales But There Is No Evidence Of A Health Benefit

Apr 12 2018 - 11:04

Sugary beverage taxes are designed to improve population health. Despite their increasing popularity with city government, there is no actual evidence of a health benefit unless you call increased tax revenue a measure of health. 

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Hey Mainstream Media, Please Stop Promoting EWG's Dirty Dozen

Apr 12 2018 - 10:04

Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published their annual "Dirty Dozen."

The concept of the list is to help consumers decide, as they are choosing their produce, which types of produce should be given priority when buying the organic version.

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It's Homeopathy Awareness Week - So Let's Raise Awareness of its Dangers

Apr 12 2018 - 08:04

It's that time of year again. World Homeopathy Awareness week is this week (oddly, from Tuesday to Monday.) Although we can only assume that the intended goal is for homeopaths to raise awareness of their homeopathic remedies and promote their practices, we would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of how homeopathy is the poster child of pseudoscience. How it does not work. And how it can harm people, as well. 

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Fake Pot: Synthetic Marijuana Is Dangerous. Change Its Name.

Apr 12 2018 - 00:04

When the potheads who publish the magazine High Times -- which is dedicated to promoting the use of marijuana -- is warning against the dangers of fake weed, you know it's serious.

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Why National Health Policy Often Fails To Make A Dent In Disease Burden

Apr 11 2018 - 17:04

Supporting prior studies, investigative work just published in JAMA underscores the disparities of disease burden within states. When will our policies reflect that?

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Alzheimer's Disease Research Comes Of Age

Apr 11 2018 - 16:04

Science and medicine often move in small incremental steps. A framework for researchers studying Alzheimer's Disease won't make the evening news but is a victory in a much longer battle. We should pause to acknowledge the quiet work of our scientists and clinicians. 

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