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Ding Dong the Independent Payment Advisory Board is Dead

Feb 09 2018 - 15:02

Just a quick note. I have written previously about the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The budget legislation signed today, permanently repeals its existence. To return to my original metaphor, the final stake has been driven into its heart. 

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Spotlight on Homeopathic Regulation - And How You Can Help

Feb 09 2018 - 12:02

The FDA has proposed new rules for homeopathic product labeling. Do these constitute a historic strategy to tame the homeopathic marketplace? Or will they merely perpetuate the status quo.

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Transylvanian Snow Safe to Eat for Half a Day

Feb 09 2018 - 11:02

Romanian researcher Istvan Mathe has answered that burning question — "Is it safe to eat snow?" — with a nuanced answer. Yes, it's safe, but only for half a day. That is if you're talking about freshly fallen snow in Transylvania--it may not apply to Central Park.

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Translyvanian Snow Safe to Eat for Half a Day

Feb 09 2018 - 11:02

Romanian researcher Istvan Mathe has answered that burning question — "Is it safe to eat snow?" — with a nuanced answer. Yes, it's safe, but only for half a day. That is if you're talking about freshly fallen snow in Transylvania--it may not apply to Central Park.

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Choice Not Gender Drives A Pay Disparity

Feb 09 2018 - 09:02

Uber's payment system is gender-blind, what accounts for a 7% difference in pay to men over women? It is not social injustice. 

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Major Universities 'At One' with Junk Science

Feb 09 2018 - 08:02

Researchers from Harvard, UC and Duke universities have collaborated on a 'study' of the effect of an Ayurveda-based program on people's sense of "nondual awareness and spiritual awakening." Their work supports what seems to be a profitable program at the Chopra Foundation.

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Advocates for Junk Science Harbored at Major Universities

Feb 09 2018 - 08:02

Researchers from Harvard, UC and Duke universities have collaborated on a 'study' of the effect of an Ayurveda-based program on people's sense of "nondual awareness and spiritual awakening." Their work supports what seems to be a profitable program at the Chopra Foundation.

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Biohackers Injecting Themselves on the Internet with Homemade Drugs is a Thing

Feb 08 2018 - 22:02

In the early days of microbiology experiments, when researchers needed test subjects they frequently went to those closest nearby which included their family or themselves.

Now, we have animals to use for experimentation or humans, if the right permission is granted and protocols obtained. 

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Will Journalism Destroy Science?

Feb 08 2018 - 20:02

The war on science has at least three fronts.

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Effective, Non Addictive Pain Relief Could Be Just A Scent Away

Feb 08 2018 - 12:02

In a proof of concept study, bioengineers have created a designer cell able to release an effective, apparently non-addictive analgesic, triggering its release by smelling a volatile component of spearmint.  

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Being Bilingual Is Good For Your Brain

Feb 08 2018 - 08:02

For some time now, researchers have known that being bilingual is beneficial both culturally and cognitively. A recent study sheds more light on how knowing a second, or perhaps even a third, language can help your brain, especially when it comes to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease.

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I Met With A Theravax Herpes Vaccine Patient And Here Is What He Said

Feb 08 2018 - 07:02

The highly unconventional, unregulated trials of Rational Vaccines' Theravax herpes vaccine were very big news once it became known that the late Bill Halford, MD, the inventor of the vaccine, tried the vaccine in people without the prior approval of an institutional review board. But does it work? One of the participants, Richard Mancuso thinks so. He spoke with us about his experience. 

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Eye 'Compass' Allows Birds to Navigate 1000s of Miles

Feb 08 2018 - 07:02

How do migratory birds, sometimes travelling thousands of miles from where they live, find their way back to the same place where they ride out each winter? 

It's been an ongoing mystery for the ages, and researchers in the field of ornithology have been trying to zero in on specifically where this navigation system resides in their heads. Previously, it's been determined that it's found somewhere in the bird's eye, but now a team of European scientists believe that a particular protein in the retina, known as a cryptochrome, serves as a bird's center of navigation.

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Syphilis Rising in Newborns, Pregnant Moms: USPSTF Reaffirms Mandatory Testing

Feb 08 2018 - 07:02

Recently the incidence of syphilis has been increasing in newborn babies and pregnant women, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force has suggested that it be universally mandatory for pregnant women to be screened for the disease. It's relatively easy to cure the disease with antibiotic treatment, and caught early it would prevent devastating effects on both babies and moms.

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Glyphosate: The Triumph of Post-Truth in Europe

Feb 08 2018 - 06:02

In Europe, technical matters which should be science-based, such as the authorization of marketing for chemicals or genetically engineered plants, quickly turn highly political. Even after having received as a prerequisite a green light from the European safety agencies, their authorization is dependent on a vote under a “qualified majority rule” of the 28 members states. This usually opens the door to demagoguery and domestically focused political calculations, with little consideration on the advice provided by scientific agencies.

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No, Asparagus Won't Give You Cancer

Feb 08 2018 - 03:02

One of the top trending Google searches at the time of this writing was "asparagine," one of the roughly 20 amino acids that make up the proteins in our bodies and in our food.

Why was this rather boring molecule that biology majors are forced to memorize grabbing international headlines? Because, according to the media, it causes cancer. And where can you find asparagine? It can be found in any food that contains protein -- which is a lot of foods -- including asparagus, the vegetable after which it was named.

Thus, asparagus causes cancer.

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Is Cancer Simply Karma? University of Texas Scientists Might Think So

Feb 07 2018 - 21:02

One of the many problems with academia is that it allows nutcases to flourish.

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Gerber's New Spokesbaby Has Down Syndrome. And It's About Time!

Feb 07 2018 - 17:02

Out of more than 140,000 contestants vying to become the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby, Lucas Warren from Georgia will be the first with Down Syndrome in the competition’s roughly 90 year history. What took so long!

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Cat Allergy Confusion is Clarified

Feb 07 2018 - 08:02

Exposure at an early age might increase the likelihood of developing an allergy to the family kitty, according to some researchers. But according to others, it could be protective against such an allergy. Which is it? A recent study indicates it depends on the age at which the allergy is assessed.

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Guys ,The McDonald's Fries Hair Chemical Won't Work - You'll Still Be Bald. And Fat

Feb 07 2018 - 07:02

Guys, don't eat Mickey D fries because you think your hair will grow back. It won't. You'll just look even more hideous than you do now. What's the deal with the magic fries chemical? Pretty clever, actually. 

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