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The Many Names And Faces Of Vitamin B3

Aug 11 2017 - 08:08

Vitamin B3 is in the news because of findings that it may prevent birth defects. But B3 (aka niacin) has a number of different names and also is similar in spelling and pronunciation to other molecules. We try to clarify things.

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African-American Homicide Rate Nearly Quadruple the National Average

Aug 10 2017 - 20:08

Compared to the U.S. national average, the homicide rate was 54% lower for whites, 14% lower for Hispanics, and 267% higher for blacks. Put another way, the homicide rate among African-Americans is nearly quadruple that of the national average.

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Refugee Doctors a Wasted Resource?

Aug 10 2017 - 16:08

There are fully trained doctors amidst the influx of refugees from war-ravaged countries.  Many of them are relegated to menial tasks.  Allowing them to practice medicine in this country is close to impossible but are we wasting what could be a valuable resource?

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Scientist Says "Eat More Salt" — Should We Believe Him?

Aug 10 2017 - 11:08

Although governmental and medical advisories warn the population to "eat less salt" on the theory that this will help deal with hypertension, there are some holdouts who avoid giving such wholesale advice. That includes ACSH, and a Doctor of Pharmacy who says it's sugar, not salt that is the root of all (vascular) evil. And, he says, we should eat more salt. Who to believe?

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More Bad News For Single Payer Health System

Aug 10 2017 - 08:08

A recent report generated out of London by the National Health Service (NHS) paints a grim picture about systemic failings in healthcare of the sickest patients. It is not rocket science as to the "why," in fact the reason is rather simple.

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Copper: A Seriously Cool Element — Especially If You Like Colors And Money

Aug 10 2017 - 08:08

Copper isn't just a pretty metal. It plays a part in minting coins (although in ways you wouldn't expect), can substitute for iron in the blood of some creatures, and is responsible for the changing color of the Statue of Liberty. And some artists pee on it. Seriously.

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CSPI Seeing Red: A Slick Marketing Campaign For Litigation Purposes

Aug 10 2017 - 04:08

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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They see red - I see misdirection Part II

Aug 10 2017 - 04:08

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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Toxic Tuna- But It's Not From Mercury

Aug 09 2017 - 23:08

Did you even get sick from eating tuna? If so, you may have assumed that it happened because you ate it rare. But that's probably not the case. A particular food poisoning from tuna (and certain other fish) can occur even when the fish is well-cooked. And it's not only food poisoning. It's also an allergic reaction. 

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How to Defeat the Fear Industry

Aug 09 2017 - 22:08

The reality is simple: In the developed world, you have very little to fear. We live our lives in good health and safety, and much of that is attributable to the wonderful advances of science and technology.

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Even Nature Needs an Intervention

Aug 09 2017 - 16:08

Mommy blogs can be chock full of great advice.  They become problematic when bloggers dispense and perpetrate bad medical advice.  Learn why leaving the bun in the oven for too long can be a situation of life and death.

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Useless Supplements Now Available For Celiac Disease

Aug 09 2017 - 15:08

Celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disorder that is marked by damage to the lining of the small intestine, can only be treated by following a gluten free (GF) diet. Removing gluten works because gluten is the protein that the body reacts to in order to start the inflammatory response that damages the small intestine. 

But, that is harder than it sounds.

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Growth: What's Milk Got to Do With It?

Aug 09 2017 - 10:08

An advertising slogan from years ago — "You Never Outgrow Your Need For Milk" — reminds me of what used to be taken for granted in the US — kids need cows' milk in order to grow and develop properly. That truism has been challenged of late, however, especially by people who choose a vegan lifestyle. And there are alternatives available, such as soy, rice and almond "milks". So does substituting one of these plant-based beverages for cows' milk have any effect on the children who drink them, compared to kids who do drink cows' milk? Dr.

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They See Red - I See CSPI Misdirection

Aug 09 2017 - 10:08

TCSPI wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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They see red - I see misdirection Part I

Aug 09 2017 - 10:08

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to ban food coloring. Seeing Red, is a slick marketing of ideas blending health studies with some misdirection promoting an agenda to “revoke approval for all food dyes.”

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Psychological Profile of Kim Jong-Un: Would He Really Attack Guam?

Aug 08 2017 - 23:08

Winston Churchill once said that Russia is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." That's in many ways still true. However, Russia is a complete open book compared to the Hermit Kingdom.

The latest development in the ongoing saga of North Korea is Kim Jong-Un's threat to attack Guam. If he was capable of that (and he very well might be), would he actually do it?

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Three's a Crowd. FDA Says No to Three Parent Babies

Aug 08 2017 - 15:08

Just because you did something once last year in Mexico does not mean you can do it here. That is the message the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sending to a physician in New York.

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Chelation Therapy - Fad Treatment with Real Risks

Aug 08 2017 - 12:08

Chelation therapy is the main form of treatment for toxic acute metal poisonings.  Somehow, this treatment has become mainstream with claims by junk science gurus that chelation treats other disorders, real or imagined. 

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Vaccines Changed Epidemiology Of Middle Ear Infections in Young Children

Aug 08 2017 - 11:08

Vaccines against the bacteria that cause middle ear infections in young children have been very effective in preventing some of them. A new report found that decreasing the probability that one type of bacteria will grow, can provide an opportunity for others. To keep up with this change (to say nothing of evolving bacterial resistance), it's important to track what happens when a vaccine has an impact on one type of infection.

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Your Donations At Work: Our Science Outreach For Last Week

Aug 08 2017 - 11:08

1. Washington Times used our work debunking claims about phthalates in macaroni and cheese to show how New York Senator Chuck Schumer is going to chase any environmental fad - especially if it makes science and technology look bad. It appeals to his base. The "analysis" was hand-picked by a group co-founded by a guy who thinks food is "spiritual". 

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