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Kaiser, Chronicle of Higher Education and More Outreach Last Week

Apr 29 2018 - 06:04

We strive to make a difference, and when we do other organizations often take note. Here's a look at some of our recent pick-up. Take a look. 

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China's 'Ban' On Recycling Imports Shines A Light On Blue Bin Hypocrisy

Apr 28 2018 - 10:04

Australian Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg met with his state and territory counterparts this week. Top of their agenda? The recycling crisis precipitated by the China “ban”.

States and councils around the country have been struggling since the imposition of import restrictions that exclude 99% of the recyclables that Australia previously sold to China.

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Academic Freak Show: Univ. of Alberta Honors Anti-GMO Activist David Suzuki

Apr 27 2018 - 18:04

Awarding an honorary doctorate to an anti-GMO activist could only happen in an Orwellian universe -- where up is down, right is wrong, and the truth is just a matter of opinion. But that's the state of academia in 2018.

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Teen, Pre-Teen U.S. Birth Rates Again Fall to All-Time Low

Apr 27 2018 - 13:04

Births rates for mothers aged 10 to 14, as well as those 15 to 19, dropped to an all-time low, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control. As a result, births for the pre-teen demographic group have declined 67 percent over the last 16 years.

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If You're Going Green, Nix The Potatoes

Apr 27 2018 - 13:04

Nature is amazing. When potatoes go bad they sometimes turn green and produce a potent neurotoxin. But the chemical that is responsible for the green is chlorophyll, which is anything but toxic. How does the green color indicate that the potato is bad? 

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Bartender, I Don’t Mind Mouth Bacteria. Pour Me a Double

Apr 27 2018 - 13:04

Whether or not you drink alcohol has many effects on your health. An underappreciated effect has been revealed from the first comparison of bacteria found in the mouths of drinkers versus teetotalers. So, if you are a frequent drinker, you may want to pour yourself one before reading the results. 

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George H. W. Bush Puts Sepsis In The News Again: Why Is It So Dangerous?

Apr 27 2018 - 09:04

Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized April 21 with sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by complications of the body fighting back against an infection. The former fighter pilot was released from an intensive care unit at a Houston hospital on April 25.

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Diarrhea Outbreaks: A Glimpse into Anti-Vaxxer Utopia

Apr 27 2018 - 00:04

Despite the reality of measles, rotavirus, and a plethora of other infectious diseases, there is yet another anti-vaccine movement afoot in California whose aim is to turn the clock back to the 10th Century.

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The Bullies And Hypocrites of Congress Are Casting Stones Again

Apr 26 2018 - 15:04

Our culture is in crisis, ignoring that is malpractice.

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Home Econ As A STEM Course

Apr 26 2018 - 09:04

A study demonstrates that confidence in one's cooking skills translates into cooking more often and perhaps more nutritiously. Have we overlooked how Home Econ is the applied techniques of science, technology, engineering, and math? 

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Wind, Solar Are a Distraction. Let's Go Full Steam Ahead on Nuclear Power

Apr 26 2018 - 07:04

Instead of treating our energy policy like salad toppings at a buffet, let's just go full steam ahead on the one thing that could meet all of the world's energy needs right now: Nuclear power.

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We Know Sleep is Key to Good Health, But Ignore Ways to Improve

Apr 25 2018 - 07:04

The quality of your sleep is directly related to how you feel and function the next day, and in general. This is widely known, yet it's a small minority of American adults who factor decision-making about how to get enough sleep into their regular routine.

What's more, an individual's sleep position – on one's back, stomach or side – significantly affects a person's sleep quality and duration. But this, too, is mostly overlooked by the sleep-deprived who would surely want to get a better night's rest.

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Pre-natal Acetaminophen & ADHD: Small Risk, But Unwarranted Fear

Apr 25 2018 - 05:04

A new meta-analysis of the impact of prenatal acetaminophen on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism vacillates between the academic need to publish a positive finding and the clinical need to put findings into context for patients.

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Pre-natal Acetaminophen And Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Another Small Risk But Unwarranted Fear

Apr 25 2018 - 05:04

A new meta-analysis of the impact of prenatal acetaminophen on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism vacillates between the academic need to publish a positive finding and the clinical need to put findings into context for patients.

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Expectant Moms Should Still Reduce Caffeine, Underwhelming Study Affirms

Apr 25 2018 - 04:04

Is being overweight in childhood linked to mom's prenatal caffeine intake?

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A Large Study Doesn't Always Tell Us Much

Apr 25 2018 - 04:04

Is being overweight in childhood linked to mom's prenatal caffeine intake?

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Cyclops Animals and Other Threats Poisonous Plants Pose to Livestock

Apr 24 2018 - 22:04

It's dangerous being livestock. If you aren't being fattened up to be turned into a Happy Meal, you're wandering the fields, gobbling up plants that appear tasty and innocent but are actually toxic. Every year, plant poisonings cost the livestock industry more than $500 million.

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FDA Hammers Groups Selling Vaping Tools To Kids

Apr 24 2018 - 14:04

As part of a plan announced last July, FDA has gone after 40 retailers who have violated rules on sales of vaping products to kids.

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Throw Out Your Romaine Lettuce - All of It

Apr 24 2018 - 13:04

This week, another bacterial contamination of food is making headlines. Last week, it was eggs and Salmonella. This week, it's romaine lettuce and E. coli.

Because E. coli infections can be very serious, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is expanding its warning regarding romaine lettuce. The new recommendation is to throw it out. All of it. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

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Sin Taxes Go Global

Apr 24 2018 - 12:04

Policymakers argue about whether sin taxes affect the poor more than the wealthy, are they regressive? But no one argues the health benefits they are assumed. Wouldn't a bit of evidence about the benefit of sin taxes to someone other than the government been helpful?

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