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Frequent Sauna Trips Produce Blood Pressure Benefits for Men, Study Finds

Sep 29 2017 - 16:09

Want to lower high blood pressure? Get yourself into a wooden box with high temperatures, and do it nearly every day for the best results. 

That's the primary finding of a recent Scandinavian, follow-up, male-based study, which found that frequent – even daily – sauna bathing cuts the risk of elevated blood pressure nearly 50 percent, as compared to those who went just once a week.

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Monitoring Blood Sugar Made Less Prickly

Sep 29 2017 - 08:09

Great news for diabetics who are required to check their blood glucose levels frequently - the FDA just approved a non-invasive blood glucose monitor.  It is a major milestone on the road to facilitating optimal management of a very high maintenance disease.

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Why The Last Month Is The Hardest

Sep 29 2017 - 07:09

As the final weeks of her pregnancy approach, ACSH's Ana Dolaskie shares why the last month is the hardest, and perhaps the most rewarding.

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Rabies Information You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Sep 28 2017 - 16:09

Most of us know a bit about rabies infections. But, do you know what animals are most likely to carry rabies?  Or, that you may not know that you have been bitten by a bat? On world rabies day, we tackle a few of the lesser-known aspects of rabies. 

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Alerts Public She Has Breast Cancer

Sep 28 2017 - 15:09

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her comedic work on VEEP and Seinfeld, announced Thursday on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Here's what the Emmy-Award winning actress may be facing.

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Chemical Terrorism: Blackmailer Poisons Baby Food in Germany

Sep 28 2017 - 13:09

This story should remind us how easy it is to pull off acts of terrorism. With drugs like fentanyl and carfentanyl pouring into our country, officials should treat synthetic opioids as a terrorism threat in addition to a public health threat.

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Agent Orange and Hormone Imbalances in Today's Vietnamese Infants

Sep 28 2017 - 13:09

Agent Orange (AO) was used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. A recent paper indicates that the chemicals that make up AO persist in high concentrations in some pockets of South Vietnam and it could be causing hormonal imbalances in babies born in those regions.

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After Review, Caffeine's Benefit for Parkinson's Nullified

Sep 28 2017 - 12:09

In 2012, we learned that something as basic as drinking coffee might help control movement symptoms for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. But after closer inspection and expanded study, that conclusion has been withdrawn.

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FDA Closing Loopholes That Game Orphan Drug Act

Sep 28 2017 - 12:09

It is game on for Trump appointee Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)! Things are definitely changing there and, at this point, it is a pretty good start.

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CVS's Transparent Opioid PR Stunt

Sep 28 2017 - 10:09

CVS just instituted a set of regulations that will give pharmacists the ability to overrule doctors who write opioid prescriptions, and it looks like nothing more than a PR stunt. What the company just did is wrong in so many ways. Who will pay? Pain patients and their doctors.

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Iconic Playboy Founder, Hugh Hefner, Dies at 91

Sep 28 2017 - 00:09

The iconic founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, is dead at the age of 91. He passed away from "natural causes" at home. 

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No, World Won't Run Out of Food in 10 Years

Sep 27 2017 - 16:09

Exaggerating the extent of the challenges we face might help someone sell a product, but it provides little confidence in its reliability.

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Solar Eclipse's Viewership Eclipses Even the Super Bowl

Sep 27 2017 - 13:09

In today's hyper-polarized society, there are few things or events that nearly everyone can get behind. But we're now learning that last month some rarely-seen American unification was delivered from the heavens.

Results of a national survey just released found that a remarkable 88 percent of adults watched or personally witnessed the solar eclipse that passed over the continental United States. In absolute terms, that figure represents 215 million American adults, or roughly twice as many of the 111.3 million viewers who watched Super Bowl Ll in February.

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Marathon Lessons From A Novice: What is Goo and Should I Use it?

Sep 27 2017 - 13:09

As a novice marathon runner, with my first marathon quickly approaching, I am trying to figure out the complex world of marathoning. In my previous "marathon lessons" article, I dug into the omnipresent advice to use Epsom salt to cure sore muscles. 

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Retraction Watch Begins For Gary Ruskin Conspiracy Claims In Critical Public Health

Sep 27 2017 - 12:09

Gary Ruskin, the chief junkyard dog of US Right To Know, an industry front group created by Organic Consumers Association to harass and intimidate scientists, has managed to pay-to-publish a Short Article which allows him to claim he has been in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Tom Brady Should Stick To Football, Not Science

Sep 27 2017 - 11:09

Tom Brady lecturing us on science is like ACSH's Ana Dolaskie trying to play football, nine months pregnant. Kinda cute, kinda dangerous.

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Coloring Outside the Lines - Trix Returns in all its Artificial Glory

Sep 27 2017 - 04:09

Just a year and a half after removing artificial colors from Trix, consumers ask that they are put back. The labeling of foods remains more legal than educational, more marketing than health.

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Germany Isn't a Leader in Science

Sep 26 2017 - 13:09

What does Germany's election mean for science? Absolutely nothing, except that the preexisting anti-nuclear, anti-GMO, and anti-technology policies that were already prevalent under Mrs. Merkel will be reinforced. And the world won't notice.

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As Far As Ingesting Foreign Objects Go, Magnets Worse Than Many

Sep 26 2017 - 07:09

Colorado toddler required emergency medical intervention after ingesting 28 high-powered buckyball magnets that began to erode and obstruct bowel. 

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Smoking Is the Hitler of Epidemiology

Sep 25 2017 - 19:09

Smoking really is as bad as everybody says it is.

A person's chance of getting lung cancer depends on how many years one has smoked, as well as how many cigarettes one has smoked per day. In general, according to the International Journal of Cancer, smoking makes a man nearly 24 times more likely to get lung cancer and a woman almost 8 times more likely. Put another way, smoking increases a man's risk of lung cancer by 2,300% and a woman's by 700%.

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