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Are Massages Beneficial? What We Know, and What We Don't

Oct 25 2017 - 12:10

If you've never had a massage, chances are that due to the activity's immense popularity someone you know has. And those who swear by massages, and how good they make them feel, often create the impression that it's an integral, indispensable component to better health.

However, when you get past the obvious – that someone kneading all of your muscles for upwards of an hour makes you feel good – specific evidence supporting beneficial health claims is hard to come by.

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Can We Help Our Patients Who May Develop Alzheimer's Dementia?

Oct 25 2017 - 10:10

50% of patients with mild cognitive impairments develop Alzheimer's dementia. A new study sheds some light on what physicians can tell their patients.

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TIME Has A Science Article Based On A Yogic Flying Instructor: Here Are More Ideas They Can Use

Oct 25 2017 - 09:10

The anti-science army in the war on common pesticides like glyphosate (and adjacently GMOs, those groups don't know enough science to know they are different) is having a Gettysburg moment.(1) They are out of options so they are making a desperate charge but they are in an open field a long way off and opposing them on the other side is every legitimate science and regulatory body.

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Governor Cuomo is a Public Health Enemy

Oct 25 2017 - 06:10

The governor of New York City, Andrew Cuomo, has signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes indoors - a move that ensures his position as pro-cancer and anti-science.

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Glyphosate-gate: IARC's Scientific Fraud

Oct 24 2017 - 15:10

IARC's glyphosate scandal has severely and perhaps irreparably damaged the reputation of the World Health Organization. IARC ought to be defunded and disbanded.

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Yet Another Water Birth Goes Awry

Oct 24 2017 - 13:10

Another underwater birth, another near-fatal consequence. This time the imperiled, septic newborn endured unnecessary multi-organ failure that necessitated a two-month hospitalization in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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New Shingles Vaccine to Get CDC's Recommendation, Days After Getting FDA Approval

Oct 24 2017 - 13:10

Just three business days after getting the FDA's green light, Shingrix, a more effective shingles vaccine, will go before the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday. A committee is expected to vote, formally recommending how often the vaccine should be administered, and to what age group.

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Dermatology’s Clinical Guidelines Are Only Skin Deep

Oct 24 2017 - 10:10

Financial conflicts of interest (COI) are of increasing concern and the response of medical leadership, authors and publishers is disclosure. This article is that sheds sunlight on how much do we adhere to our self-imposed standards.

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Dogs Like Us More Than Food

Oct 24 2017 - 09:10

Is ACSH going to the dogs? We're not — even though dogs are featured twice today. This latest story refers to dogs' affinity for humans — even strange ones. New research demonstrates that dogs react more strongly when a person is facing them than when they turn away. And that reaction isn't changed by the presence of food. 

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It's Dog Eat Dog Out There: Doping The Iditarod With Tramadol

Oct 24 2017 - 08:10

Is it possible to get through even one day without reading something about opioids in the headlines? Pretty much, no. So, I would have ignored this one except for two reasons.

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If You Cry 'Corporate Shill,' You're a Conspiracy Theorist

Oct 23 2017 - 19:10

Imagine going into the office or wherever your place of employment happens to be. As you pour yourself a cup of coffee, eager to get to work on an exciting project, somebody you don't know drives by your window, calls you a fraud, then speeds off onto the highway. Befuddled, you sit down and check your e-mail, only to find that you have received a death threat.

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The Floodgates are Open: FDA Approves Second Cancer Gene Therapy

Oct 23 2017 - 12:10

This past summer, we covered the approval of the first gene therapy for cancer by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

We ended the article with the following sentiment, 

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The Power of Patients and Families At Teaching Hospitals

Oct 23 2017 - 12:10

Know your bill of rights as a patient, especially in teaching hospitals. 

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In the Concussion Research Saddle, to Protect Jockeys

Oct 23 2017 - 11:10

Before the eye-rolling begins – "Oh no, not another concussion article" – let's remember that jockeys, who are largely overlooked if not relatively invisible in the sporting world, are people, too.

Since, as a group, these professionals are physically vulnerable and have few workplace protections, it seems reasonable to ask whether progress in concussion prevention is also taking place at the track.

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Bad Vibrations: Better Debug Your Butt Plug AS(S)AP

Oct 23 2017 - 07:10

And you think you have problems *now*? Maybe so, but if you're at a job interview and someone takes over control of your butt plug (which you probably should have left home, but I don't want to be judgemental) things are not going to go well. High tech sex toys and the people who hack them. Oh, the humanity. 

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Priorities Magazine Fall 2017

Oct 23 2017 - 07:10

The American Council on Science and Health, since 1978 America's premier pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit, is pleased to announce the fall edition of our Priorities magazine.

The print magazine is sent free of charge to donors and is available as a free download to all.

Page 1. Why We Fight by Hank Campbell, President of the American Council on Science and Health.

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Conservation Redefined, NPR, And More Media Links Last Week

Oct 23 2017 - 06:10

1. Do you consider yourself a conservationist? A group of advocacy journalists and environmentalists in North Carolina don't. James Womack, on the American Council on Science and Health Board of Scientific Advisors, recently got scorn for being appointed to a state oil and gas commission. It wasn't because of his qualifications, he is arguably the most qualified person there, it was because he was filling a slot described as being for a "conservation" group - and Womack is not proactively endorsing bans on everything, which ticked off writers for anti-science groups.

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Parents May Rethink Football For Kids Under Twelve

Oct 20 2017 - 20:10

Repetitive head injuries are par for the course for football players. And, more head injuries (with or without concussions) are associated with more long-term neurological damage.

What remains murky is how much is too much? Do factors such as the number of years played or the age when the athlete first started playing have long-term effects?

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Parents May Rethink Football For Kids Under Twelve

Oct 20 2017 - 20:10

Repetitive head injuries are par for the course for football players. And, more head injuries (with or without concussions) are associated with more long-term neurological damage.

What remains murky is how much is too much? Do factors such as the number of years played or the age when the athlete first started playing have long-term effects?

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Gene Expression Patterns Linked to Suicide Attempts in Veterans

Oct 20 2017 - 19:10

Genes in three different pathways were differentially expressed between veterans who attempted suicide and those who had not. One of the genetic pathways that showed substantial disruption is known as mTOR, the dysregulation of which has been previously linked to major depressive disorder.

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