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Why Sudafed Is Behind The Counter: A Meth Chemistry Lesson

Sep 12 2017 - 14:09

The drug phobia that now has us firmly in its grip, you know, the "let's restrict everything" mentality, didn't start with Vicodin, Valium, or Ritalin. It began with Sudafed, which contains the drug pseudoephedrine. If you've watched Breaking Bad you know very well that pseudoephedrine can be chemically modified to produce methamphetamine, aka crystal meth, which is why Sudafed was taken off pharmacy shelves in 2006 (1). To get the decongestant you now have to sniff out the pharmacist counter and hand over your driver's license. 

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Miles McEvoy: Organic Marketing Is Losing A Key Government Advocate

Sep 12 2017 - 12:09

For the last 17 years, the United States government has given organic food corporations a key ally within their halls. But things may get a little more difficult now that Miles McEvoy, deputy administrator of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), is stepping down.

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Immobility A Likely Risk Factor For Increased Mortality

Sep 12 2017 - 12:09

Exercise is good for us, and inactivity isn't. A new study emphasizes that not only is that true, but the pattern of inactivity – as well as the amount of inactive time – can increase the risk of mortality.

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9/11 Dust Report: CNN Should Dust Off Its Editorial Standards

Sep 12 2017 - 09:09

Junk epidemiological studies are rather like pigeons in New York—an omnipresent nuisance that you learn to live with and ignore. It's too bad that CNN didn't have the judgment to do this. Instead, the network took what is just about the worst study to ever fly the coop and not only ran with it but also sensationalized it by using both children's health and 9/11 as manipulative hooks. Shameless. 

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When a Friend Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

Sep 12 2017 - 03:09

My heart sank when I received the news.

Nearly two years ago, my friend and colleague, Sam Chi, called to tell me that he had pancreatic cancer. I knew that was a death sentence.

There are various kinds of pancreatic cancer, and his was the most common type: adenocarcinoma. It was stage III, which meant that even though the cancer had not metastasized to other organs, it was locally advanced. The cancer had engulfed nearby blood vessels, making it inoperable.

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Brace Yourselves, Pumpkin Spice Everything Is Coming

Sep 11 2017 - 12:09

Pumpkin season is here, but it's more than just a fad. There's a bit of science behind why we're so obsessed with pumpkin spice everything!

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Getting People To Get Screened For Colorectal Cancer Isn't Easy

Sep 11 2017 - 10:09

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Finding it early can vastly improve the chances for successful treatment — but screening rates are low, even though screening is known to be effective. But if people are reminded to be screened, or are sent in-home tests, the screening rates improve (although they're still not great). Motivation is a hard nut to crack!

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NIH Grants $100 Million For Autism Research

Sep 11 2017 - 09:09

Despite years of research, our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is limited. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hoping to change that by awarding $100 million dollars in grants to nine different groups working on various aspects of ASD. 

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Is Tylenol 'By Far the Most Dangerous Drug Ever Made?'

Sep 11 2017 - 09:09

People all over the world pop Tylenol like candy corn without a second thought, so it must be pretty safe, right? Hardly. The drug can be lethal when taken in a dose that isn't all that much higher than the dose you might take for flu or a headache. Perhaps more surprising, a bottle of 50 Tylenol pills will probably kill you while a bottle of 500 Valium will not. 

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Designer Babies Debunked, Wildfire Physics, We Get A Nod From A Partisan Activist Group, And More Media

Sep 11 2017 - 06:09

The American Council on Science and Health writes at least 1,300 original articles on our website, produces five books, and writes science op-eds in America's largest newspapers every month. That means we get a lot of media traction. Here is who used our work this past week.

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Discovered: 4th Major Mechanism for Antibiotic Resistance to Spread

Sep 08 2017 - 16:09

For decades, only three mechanisms for spreading DNA (such as antibiotic resistance genes) from one bacterium to another were known. Now, researchers have characterized a fourth, adding a new wrinkle in our war on bacteria and a new page to microbiology textbooks.

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Reducing Distracted Driving, Using 'Face-Positioning' Software

Sep 08 2017 - 14:09

Canadian researchers say they've produced software that can "accurately determine" when distracting activities are taking place behind the wheel. The new innovation, utilizing artificial intelligence, could potentially lead to the car issuing a warning and, if necessary, taking over for the driver briefly until the safety threat is alleviated.

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Let Them Eat (GM) Bananas!

Sep 08 2017 - 11:09

Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat bananas" — but we do. Especially if those bananas are genetically engineered to enhance their beta-carotene content. Bananas are staple foods in Uganda — and the country recently decided to allow farmers to grow genetically-engineered crops — hopefully this will go a long way towards wiping out vitamin A deficiency in that country where it is widespread.

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Why Cholera Outbreaks are So Catastrophic

Sep 08 2017 - 10:09

Yemen is in the middle of an unprecedented cholera outbreak. But, what makes Vibrio cholerae so efficient that it can set up infection in hundreds of thousands of people in one area? 

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Chicken Tartare: Eat At Your Own Peril

Sep 08 2017 - 08:09

Tired of the same ole boring ways to contract food-borne illness? Look no further than chicken tartare: raw, seasoned chicken, now served at restaurants near you. 

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Flu 2017 - The Good News And The Bad News

Sep 08 2017 - 06:09

New reports out of Australia contain some sobering news. The number of influenza cases this year is 2.5-times that of the same time period last year. Does this mean that the US is looking at a bad flu season? Probably yes, but there are many factors involved. Several experts explain. 

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High School Grades Linked to Healthy, Unhealthy Behaviors

Sep 07 2017 - 22:09

A high school student who makes bad grades is not only setting himself up for professional failure; he is also likely making lifestyle choices that will put him on a course to bad health.

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Survey Says: Many Americans Still Ignorant About Foods — Especially Young Folks

Sep 07 2017 - 10:09

A new survey from Michigan State University provides a somewhat depressing glimpse of the current understanding of food by the American public. And this is particularly disturbing because younger folks are less well informed than their elders.

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Plastic Fibers - The End Of Life As We Know It

Sep 07 2017 - 07:09

Worried about North Korea tossing nukes around? Ebola? Killer hurricanes? Did you buy Knicks season tickets? While all of these are dreadful in different ways, you might as well forget about them and every other threat around. They are irrelevant. We are already doomed. Because someone put a fleece jacket in the dryer. 

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Symptoms That Can Either Be Completely Normal Or Really Serious

Sep 07 2017 - 07:09

Pregnancy comes with so many symptoms. Some are completely normal. Others can be alarming. And some can be both. How can you tell when to call the doc? 

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