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An AI Breakthrough in Drug Discovery? Not So Fast

Dec 19 2017 - 12:12

Drug discovery is a long, tortuous and impossibly difficult job. A group at the  University of Warwick has come up with a mathematical model that seems to be a very big step in streamlining the process. But is it really? To answer this we need to take a look at how drugs are discovered. 

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Exploiting an FDA Regulatory Loophole

Dec 19 2017 - 11:12

The long-term problems of a transvaginal mesh shed light on a difficulty with the FDA's concept of 'substantial equivalence' in approving some medical devices. 

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10 Biggest Junk Science Stories of 2017

Dec 19 2017 - 10:12

It's the season for Top 10 lists. The challenge, as usual, is to narrow down all the junk science we debunked in 2017 to just the ten best (worst?) stories. It would be far easier to create a top 100 list.

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You Will Slip & Fall; 4 Ways to Avoid a Fracture

Dec 19 2017 - 07:12

Older folks are going to fall.

It's a fact of life, just like the emergence of slick sidewalks in the winter. And catching your shoe on a rug, which you've had for 30 years ago but somehow appeared out of nowhere.

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Wishing You A Ron Swanson Christmas

Dec 18 2017 - 15:12

Since this holiday season America is caught in the midst of a cultural miasma, where people are confused about what is acceptable sexual harassment and what is not, along with the usual recurring concerns about commercialization, I am compiling some practical guidance. I want to wish you a Ron Swanson Christmas.

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Top 8 Med, Tech Advances of 2017. Plus, Prediction For Future.

Dec 18 2017 - 14:12

Here are the final four exciting developments in science, health and technology of 2017. And, a prediction for what innovation could be truly disruptive in the future.

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All I Want for Christmas Is To Be A Physician, Not A Provider

Dec 18 2017 - 13:12

Words matter. I would like more patients and fewer healthcare consumers - it is such a harsh term, all about taking.

 
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Let's Make 'GMO' Politically Incorrect

Dec 18 2017 - 09:12

Over the past few days, a controversy has erupted following reports in the Washington Post that the Trump Administration has banned or otherwise discouraged the use of seven words, such as "fetus" and "transgender," by the CDC and other HHS agencies. For what it's worth, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald has denied these reports.

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How About A Career A Science? Don't Call Saul, Ask Chemjobber

Dec 18 2017 - 09:12

Earning in living in science has been "uneven" (let's be kind) over the past 15 years. In 2008, in the middle of what would be known as the Great Recession, a chemist with the pseudonym Chemjobber started a blog about finding science jobs. He is now widely followed and we thank him for speaking with us about his experience.  

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Repurposing Another Drug: Metformin Could Be Useful for Some Breast Cancer Treatments

Dec 18 2017 - 09:12

Drugs submitted to the FDA for approval must have safety and efficacy data for the condition they are designed to treat. Sometimes, however, a drug is found to be effective for another condition, and doctors are within their rights to prescribe it for such "off-label" uses. Such may soon be the case for metformin, which has been shown to be useful in preventing some types of breast cancer cells from developing resistance to the drugs used to treat them — at least in mice.

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Paltrow's GOOP goes International

Dec 18 2017 - 07:12

As if GOOP in the United States is not bad enough, Gwyneth Paltrow's "lifestyle" brand is crossing the northern border. Soon, GOOP products will be available, by shipping, to Canadians. 

What this means is that, despite serving as a late night talk show object of ridicule, GOOP is gaining in popularity. 

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CDC Channels George Carlin's 7 Banished Words

Dec 16 2017 - 07:12

The CDC is told seven words are no longer allowed in their documents. Banning words and thoughts doesn't work, just ask George Carlin. Do they think it will somehow work now?

 
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Any Scientific Value from Those Believing They Have CTE?

Dec 15 2017 - 16:12

Medical researchers studying CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, are working to learn more about this degenerative brain disease. While definitive diagnosis is currently only possible post-mortem, the study of this ever-more visible disease includes the push to learn about its presence in the living.

The recent revelations from Larry Johnson, a 38-year-old former NFL running back, who says he thinks he's currently experiencing symptoms of CTE, may shed light in that regard. 

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Finding My Waze

Dec 15 2017 - 08:12

Waze, a driving navigation app has moved from traffic advisor to traffic director as it's user base grows. Does this new algorithmic overlord have special responsibilities?

   
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Nonsense About Science From Celebrities: We Were There First

Dec 15 2017 - 07:12

Just about 10 years ago, ACSH published the first edition of our booklet  Celebrities VS Science, calling out a number of well-known personalities for promulgating non-scientific nonsense. Unfortunately, that trend has continued, as a new essay points out.

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Idiocy on Ice: Speed Skaters Believe They Go Faster Wearing Blue

Dec 15 2017 - 07:12

Somebody is pulling a conceptual fast-one over those gullible enough to believe it, both on and off the ice. It's the selling of a false reality, rooted in a baseless premise that changing a uniform's color can make athletes skate faster. Absurd doesn't begin to describe this.

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Medications Should be Labeled "Gluten Free" Says FDA

Dec 14 2017 - 16:12

For people living with celiac disease, everything that goes into the body has to be assessed for gluten. Even tiny amounts (trace amounts) of gluten can cause illness in some people with celiac disease. In order to do that, people need to know what they are putting into their bodies. 

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The FDA Endorsing Acupuncture: No Way, Right?

Dec 14 2017 - 15:12

The FDA really doesn't want you taking pain meds. How strong is the agency's position on this? Pretty strong. Enough so to recommend that physicians receive extra education in alternative pain management methods. That's fine, but one of them is acupuncture, which is not at all fine. Dr. Paul Offit explains. 

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Top 8 Medical & Tech Innovations of 2017

Dec 14 2017 - 12:12

Recently, ACSH 's Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells filmed a segment on the top medical, science and technology innovations of 2017 at Reuters TV in Times Square, New York with host of CCTV Bianca Chen.

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French Kiss Food Waste Goodbye

Dec 14 2017 - 01:12

Wasting food, a precious resource, is bad. Does French regulation make for less waste or could there be an equally simple free-market solution?

 
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