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Quack Alert! ACSH's Most Controversial Articles of 2017

Dec 27 2017 - 18:12

ACSH is in the business of promoting evidence-based science and debunking junk science. That rubs some people the wrong way.

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What Hollywood Taught (Or Didn’t Teach) Us About Disease This Year

Dec 27 2017 - 16:12

Those in Hollywood are in a unique position to do tremendous good given their substantial platform. Unfortunately, with that megaphone comes immense responsibility. So, let’s take a look back this year at what we learned from Tinseltown--good, bad and indifferent.

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When it Comes to Duplicated Images, 8 is Enough

Dec 27 2017 - 10:12

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, it is easy to make the same mistake twice.

But, eight times? That's a different story. 

A group of researchers have been caught publishing the same image in multiple papers and the retractions are starting to pile up. 

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Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Still Do Not Prevent Fractures

Dec 27 2017 - 06:12

For the general population, fueling a $6-8 billion supplement habit, Vitamin D, and Calcium supplements do not prevent hip fractures.

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10 Intriguing Medical Cases of 2017

Dec 26 2017 - 15:12

This year brought about a number of public discussions surrounding not only less mainstream medical conditions, but also physically and emotionally challenging and ethically complex ones. Check out which ones made the spotlight.

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Neurontin: Over-Hyped and Underwhelming

Dec 26 2017 - 14:12

When a drug receives FDA approval for a particular use a physician can then legally prescribe that drug for other conditions. This is called off-label use and it is very common. Depending on the disease and population, about half of the prescriptions that are written are for different indications than those for which the drug was approved. A few examples:

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One More Gene Therapy Approved Before Year's End

Dec 26 2017 - 09:12

The appearance of FDA approved gene therapies is at the top of the list of exciting health and science advances of 2017. Following on the tails of two cancer therapies approved earlier this year, a third therapy received approval just before the New Year - this time for vision.

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Location, Location, Location

Dec 26 2017 - 07:12

Location is everything. Hospital-based outpatient care is far more expensive than the same care provided in a physician's office. $2.7 billion more expensive, why?

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Eisenhower's Less Famous Warning: Government-Controlled Science

Dec 26 2017 - 06:12

A few times per year we have a meeting of the Trustees of the American Council on Science and Health, to discuss issues like finances (1), to discuss nominees for our Board of Scientific Advisors, and our general direction.

Among our Trustees is Fred Smith, the founder of Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which promotes the benefits of free markets. I certainly agree with them on that (2). At our November meeting Fred asked for a spot on the agenda to talk about how we can better talk about science policy without getting into politics.

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In Dialysis, Is Substandard Care Adequate?

Dec 24 2017 - 05:12

How do patients needing chronic health care, with no insurance, in this case, undocumented immigrants, fair? That is a decision made by the states and can impact their lives and our finances.

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In Hemodialysis, Is Substandard Care Adequate?

Dec 24 2017 - 05:12

How do patients needing chronic health care, with no insurance, in this case, undocumented immigrants, fair? That is a decision made by the states and can impact their lives and our finances.

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Corporate Funding - The New Status Symbol For Academic Scientists

Dec 22 2017 - 14:12

Once upon a time, a corporate grant was the ultimate status symbol for a university scholar. Companies don't spend money foolishly and a corporate grant was a sign that you were esteemed in your field.

Then, as academia became more politically one-sided and government took more control over it using funding, the mentality changed. You were less ethical if you got corporate money, you must be fabricating a result for industry leash-holders. Only government grants were pure.

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ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells Interviewed For TV/Radio About Medical Practice Today

Dec 22 2017 - 12:12

ACSH's Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells interviewed by legendary anchor Rolland Smith and broadcasting veteran Carl Sabatino about the state of medical practice today.

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Butterfly Wings Inspire Chemical Weapons Sensors

Dec 22 2017 - 11:12

Researchers have once again turned to nature for inspiration: A team of chemists working for the U.S. Air Force has used crystals extracted from butterfly wings to detect trace chemical warfare agents.

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It's Men's Turn — Hormonal Contraceptive to be Tested in '18

Dec 22 2017 - 10:12

Next April US scientists will begin a test of a new contraceptive gel — for men. A combination of two synthetic hormones, it's been found to be effective in shutting down sperm production in preliminary testing. So perhaps soon men  will have another option besides condoms and vasectomies. Welcome to the world of modern contraception, guys!


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Widely Touted Aids Don't Help Prevent Dementia

Dec 22 2017 - 08:12

One type of malady that most people really hope to avoid is Alzheimer's Disease and other aging-associated dementia. As the population ages, the chance that such ills will become more common is also likely to increase. While much research has been devoted to figuring out how to forestall these problems, recent studies indicate we still have a long way to go to do that.

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My Christmas Wish Came Early: FDA Cracks Down on Homeopathy

Dec 22 2017 - 06:12

Can you hear Ho, Ho, Ho from the halls of the FDA? We can! They are playing Santa this year, helping to make one of our Christmas wishes come true. That's by bringing the gift of stopping people from getting harmed by homeopathic remedies. 

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"Low Effort Thinking" Leads To Conservatism

Dec 22 2017 - 02:12

Conservative thought requires little time, effort or awareness. Could it be that we have uncovered bias masquerading as social science research?

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Will Machines Take Your Job? Yes, I'm Talking To You, Mr. Professional

Dec 21 2017 - 13:12

Automation has decimated mid-level jobs, and much of the current talk is about machine learning replacing professionals, like doctors and attorneys. An opinion piece in Science brings some useful perspective on how machines learn and their economic impact.

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Could Medical Advance Come By Studying Penile Stiffness?

Dec 21 2017 - 09:12

new research study on the penetration mechanics of the beetle penis- its bending stiffness gradient compounded by its soft tip– could actually hold some promise in the medical device realm of catheter design to further understanding in erectile dysfunction. 

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