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Key To Losing Weight? Cheat

Sep 25 2017 - 10:09

Researchers recently conducted a small study that showed promise for weight loss if you took part in a cheat day from your diet. Be careful, though, the plan can backfire.

 

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Public Pooping A New Trend?

Sep 25 2017 - 10:09

It’s been an enlightening week in the world of public defecation. Video captures of two serial poop-and-run culprits-- respectively deemed “The Mad Pooper” and “Poopman”-- have baffled and united many in the community. But, why is it happening?

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The Value of p values

Sep 25 2017 - 09:09

The increasing concern about the role of p values in science has gone from a murmur to a loudly expressed concern. Is this just an insider's argument or is it a matter we should take seriously?

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A New Device Stops Superbug Infections in their Tracks

Sep 25 2017 - 09:09

Bacteria that are resistant to one, multiple or even all known antibiotics, commonly known as superbugs, are one of the leading concerns in the medical and scientific communities. With the traditional methods of combating bacterial infections not working - alternative ways to stop the infections from starting or, at least, from spreading - are necessary starting with rethinking the instruments that are used in hospitals.  

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Chemically Modified Cotton Is Fluorescent, Magnetic

Sep 23 2017 - 00:09

Someday, everybody will be wearing smart clothes -- not just clothes that look dapper, but are able to sense the environment and the body's vital signs, perhaps then pinging the data to your wrist watch or doctor. To get there, we will need functional fabrics, and nothing beats the touch and feel of cotton1.

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Hernandez's Severe CTE is About Blame and a Pay Day, Not Medicine

Sep 22 2017 - 15:09

By most measures, Aaron Hernandez did not come off to the public as a sympathetic figure. But with the revelation that his brain was severely damaged from playing football – far worse than anyone's studied so far, considering his age – an attempt to make him just that is now underway. 

But since this attempted rehabilitation is being done by an attorney and not a doctor, it'd be wise to look past the lawyer's spin.

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Flint's Flopping Fertility Possibly Conflated

Sep 22 2017 - 15:09

A recently published working paper states that Flint's water is presumably responsible for startling drops in fertility rates and increased fetal deaths as compared to neighboring cities.  How reliable are these data and should we really be ringing alarm bells?

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A Pregnant Mother's Impossible Choice: Treat Cancer Or Harm Her Baby

Sep 22 2017 - 13:09

Sadly, a woman’s tragic story-- recently all over the news-- plays out in the real world more often than people may realize. When treating cancer can harm her baby, the choices can be impossible ones.

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When A Stethoscope Doesn't Mean Integrity

Sep 22 2017 - 11:09

We expect physicians to give us scientifically sound advice on health. But some have taken the low road — leaving medicine for a career of quackery and self-promotion.

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In Exchange for 200 Million, UC Irvine Legitimizes Pseudoscience

Sep 22 2017 - 08:09

The University of California Irvine has accepted a donation of $200 million dollars to fund a center to study integrative medicine, firmly rooting the field of pseudoscience in academia. This move not only legitimizes practices not backed by science but crosses a line where academia becomes a place where money influences what is true or false.

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Politico's "Great Nutrient Collapse" - perhaps more of a droop

Sep 22 2017 - 08:09

Politico offered the following headline, The great nutrient collapse, The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. The underlying science is both interesting and a bit more constrained in its conclusions.

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Fertile Women Can't Penetrate Your Man's Loyalty Force Field

Sep 21 2017 - 16:09

Single men and men in committed relationships have different behavioral responses to females at various stages of their fertility.  A new study reveals that men may avoid temptation, even more so, when women are ovulating - when the threat is at its greatest.

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Bariatric Surgery Effects Are Good Long-Term

Sep 21 2017 - 10:09

A person considering bariatric surgery, specifically the so-called Roux-en-Y procedure, will be glad to know that the beneficial effects ofthis surgery are long-lasting, according to a new study. People who underwent the procedure not only maintained much of their weight loss for at least 12 years, they also were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than equally obese people who didn't have that surgery.

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Home Humidifier 'Remedy' Complicit In Toddler's Death?

Sep 21 2017 - 10:09

Here, I clarify the clinical picture of a tragic death of a toddler in Brooklyn, NY after reports claim "his father apparently attempted to cure his chronic cough with a home remedy that included leaving the baby alone in a steamy bathroom."

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Home Remedy Complicit In Toddler's Death?

Sep 21 2017 - 10:09

Here, I clarify the clinical picture of a tragic death of a toddler in Brooklyn, NY after reports claim "his father apparently attempted to cure his chronic cough with a home remedy that included leaving the baby alone in a steamy bathroom."

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Measuring Big or Small For Gestational Age

Sep 21 2017 - 08:09

At her last appointment, ACSH's Ana Dolaskie was told she is measuring small for gestational age? What does this mean? It could mean many different things — let's clarify. 

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You Too Can Be A Kale Massager!

Sep 21 2017 - 07:09

At a country club somewhere in Greenwich, Connecticut...

Father: "Junior, I'm so proud of you. Between your 3.95 GPA from Princeton and clerking for two different Supreme Court Justices, the world of law is yours for the taking. I've been thinking about schools. It simply has to be either Yale or Harvard.

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Blame Media? Only 17% of Public Actively Consumes Science News

Sep 20 2017 - 14:09

Only about 17% of Americans are "active science news consumers." At least most Americans seem to understand that the mainstream media is a terrible place to get science news.

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Tiny Fraction of Americans Who Read Science News Thinks the Media Is Bad

Sep 20 2017 - 14:09

Only about 17% of Americans are "active science news consumers." At least most Americans seem to understand that the mainstream media is a terrible place to get science news.

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Ambulance for Gunshot, Stabbing Victims Greatly Raises Death Risk

Sep 20 2017 - 13:09

A new paper published online in JAMA Surgery concluded that when those with penetrating injuries were transported by Emergency Medical Services to trauma centers, the chance of death was more than five times greater than when a private vehicle was used.

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