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No, Modern Furniture Is Not Burning 8X Faster In A House Fire

Mar 05 2018 - 14:03

Despite claims that organic furniture is less likely to kill you in a house fire, chemicals have a track record of making your safer.

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The Mystery of the Paralyzed Children. Case Solved?

Mar 05 2018 - 13:03

You may remember a mystery that had health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) perplexed a few summers back. We covered the story here

During the summer of 2012, people (mostly children) in California were getting sick and some, as a result, were becoming paralyzed. This had not been seen since the introduction of the polio vaccine in 1955. 

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Almost All Anti-GMO Articles In The US Are "Clickbait" Promoted By Russian Propaganda Sites

Mar 05 2018 - 12:03

At Iowa State University Crop Bioengineering Center's annual meeting, a team of scholars showed their research validating what the scientific community has long suspected - that some anti-GMO groups are either sending information to Russian propaganda sites to assist in their efforts to undermine American agricultural dominance or they are acting as what Joseph Stalin called "useful idiots" by promoting concern about Americ

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Earth Sciences Provide Insights Into Tooth Decay

Mar 05 2018 - 10:03

Oral bacteria attack teeth in more ways than we knew. Bacteria that sequester phosphate in the ocean also do so in the mouth. Since phosphate is an integral component of enamel its removal can weaken the teeth and make decay more likely. Keep flossing, folks!

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We're Doomed: Standing Desks As Bad As Sitting, Study Says

Mar 05 2018 - 09:03

Standing desks are all the rage; after all, we all know sitting is bad for your health. But now, recent studies suggest standing desks could be the biggest sham ever. Say it ain't so!

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New Guidelines for Managing Diabetes Tries to Re-Balance Harms and Benefits

Mar 05 2018 - 08:03

The allure of evidence-based medicine is that it sounds so objective, free of bias, free of judgment. But the ACP evidence-based recommendations are at their core a subjective judgment, a balancing act of tradeoffs. 

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NYT's Nicholas Kristof Would Flunk an 8th Grade Science Test

Mar 03 2018 - 07:03

Veteran New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fancies himself an expert in chemistry and toxicology. Chemists and toxicologists disagree.

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Grass Fed Cows And Better Milk: Is Industry Funding A Bad Thing When It's An Organic Corporation?

Mar 02 2018 - 16:03

A new paper which claims that cows fed "organic" grass provide nutritionally superior milk is sure to set off cheers among the organic customer base who have long wanted to believe that buying organic was not just a process choice, but a health one. There is just one problem.

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Missed for Decades, 1.5 Million Penguins Found in Antarctica

Mar 02 2018 - 15:03

Biologists studying animal life on Antarctica believed that a particular species of penguin was in peril, undergoing a precipitous population decline since the 1970s.

New findings, however, show a massive discovery of the black-and-white seabirds – mainly because researchers missed looking on one group of islands on the tip of the continental peninsula. 

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BPA Safety-Deniers' Last Gasp (And It's Really Lame)

Mar 02 2018 - 15:03

As astounding amount of time and money have wasted studying bisphenol A, a plastic component, which has been used for 60 years. Now the FDA has issued a report confirming what we already know - the stuff is not hazardous. But some academics cannot let it go and their reasoning for further studies just doesn't cut it.  Enough already.

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Is There A Magic Formula for Scientific Innovation?

Mar 02 2018 - 08:03

Using data on scientific citations and impact, a group of scientists reflect on what makes for innovative science hoping to craft a formula.

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An Unexpected Gene Important in Brain Infection

Mar 02 2018 - 07:03

For most children, an infection with a virus like herpes simplex or influenza (the flu) will cause the typical symptoms and run its course.  

But, for about one out in every 10,000 people who are exposed to these common viruses, a potentially deadly disease, encephalitis, develops. Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, is caused by the viruses ability to invade the brainstem. But, why does this happen to a small subset of otherwise healthy children? 

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Eating Raw Meat Is Flunking IQ Test

Mar 01 2018 - 21:03

Pigs have their noses constantly in the mud, and they eat just about anything. It's not a surprise, therefore, that they carry potentially dangerous infections. Raising the pig yourself and naming it Oinker doesn't mean the pig will be more hygienic than any other pig.

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Can’t Get To Your Doctor’s Visit? Uber Wants In

Mar 01 2018 - 15:03

Newly launched Uber Health hopes to make a dent in access to health care for the 3.6 million Americans who delay or miss medical appointments due to transportation problems resulting in $150 billion losses annually.

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If Johnny Can't Read It Could Be His Eyes: Even If He Has 20/20 Vision

Mar 01 2018 - 11:03

An elementary school child who has difficulty reading is likely to have his or her eyesight checked and if the results come back as 20/20, it might be assumed that the eyes aren't the problem. But recent research suggests even kids who make that particular grade may still have an eye-related problem, and different testing procedures are in order.

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The Top Four Killer Animals Amongst us

Mar 01 2018 - 11:03

A recent article highlighted the animals responsible for human deaths in the United States. It is time they are exposed for the natural born killers they can be. 

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Antabuse - A Very Good Pill To Stop Drinking, But Don't Cheat

Mar 01 2018 - 08:03

There are good prescription drugs, bad ones, and then there is Antabuse (generic name disulfiram). It is both. It works, but you'd better give it plenty of respect. 

As the name implies, Antabuse is used to prevent alcoholics from drinking. It sure works for that, but so does killing a mosquito by sitting in a room with it, and pulling the pin on a hand grenade. Effective? Yes. Subtle? Not so much. Yet, when subtlety doesn't work you might need the hand grenade. Alcoholism sometimes needs the grenade.

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Chemicals Are Life; How Is NYT's Nicholas Kristof Avoiding Them?

Mar 01 2018 - 07:03

NYT's Nicholas Kristof sure knows how to live harder, not smarter. He's been avoiding chemicals and living clean — as he puts it — for several years. And yet, the results from an at-home detox kit that tested his urine for chemical exposure came back less than stellar. 

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Live In Dubai? Prepare to be Sequenced

Feb 28 2018 - 23:02

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is taking the label "human genome project" to the next level by undertaking a project known as the Dubai 10X initiative. The ambitious project will sequence the DNA of all of the residents of Dubai - 3 million people - with the first phase focusing on UAE nationals.

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Animate Objects In Orifices: The Airway

Feb 28 2018 - 22:02

Due to the popularity of the Inanimate Objects in Orifices series that discussed the consequence of foreign bodies in the body (broken down by location), it was time to feature those creepy crawlers like leeches and fish and how they wreak havoc when accidentally inhaled.

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