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California Repudiates Erin Brockovich on Hexavalent Chromium

Aug 02 2017 - 18:08

Hollywood will make no sequel to Erin Brockovich, nor will Pacific Gas & Electric be reimbursed $333 million. However, after nearly 20 years, the truth about hexavalent chromium has finally been vindicated by California regulators.

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Dicamba Drift Dilemma: Who Carries More Blame, Farmers or Monsanto?

Aug 02 2017 - 18:08

Dicamba is big news in 2017. It's easy to blame agriculture companies but what about farmers who used dicamba with their resistant plants knowing it drifts?

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Food Products Just For Cancer Patients: Medical Must-Haves OR Mere Marketing?

Aug 02 2017 - 14:08

Given modern medical advances extending survival rates for chronic diseases, while at the same time overall life expectancy continues to lengthen, companies are diving into niche markets. Take, for example, Hormel — makers of Dinty Moore stews and Spam – which has come up with a meal line specifically targeted to cancer patients.

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Nexium and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): All Possible Side Effects

Aug 01 2017 - 20:08

Proton pump inhibitors have some mild, treatable side effects. Other reported side effects, such as heart attacks, kidney disease, and dementia, are sensationalist and based on weak evidence.

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Diagramming the Damage of CTE in Football

Aug 01 2017 - 13:08

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is being more widely discussed following a high-profile research study on the brains of deceased football players, including 111 from the NFL. But what is CTE and how does it differ from other brain diseases?

 

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Diagraming the Damage of CTE in Football

Aug 01 2017 - 13:08

A study last week hit the news hard, like a linebacker, on the topic of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and football. The media jumped on it, some of the results were blown out of proportion, and the take home message became blurry. 

Regardless, what came through the noise of the splashy headlines is that 1) some football players suffer from CTE and 2) the longer they play, the worse it is. 

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EWG's Lame Fundraising Grab Using 'Scary' Chemicals In Water

Aug 01 2017 - 11:08
  1. The Environmental Working Group wants your money. And they're very good a getting it by scaring people about nothing. It should be no surprise that the group's latest fundraising letter is big on fears – but super small on science. Here's what we found.
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EWG's Lame Fundraising Grab Using Harmless Chemicals In Water

Aug 01 2017 - 11:08

The Environmental Working Group wants your money. And they're very good a getting it by scaring people about nothing. It should be no surprise that the group's latest fundraising letter is big on fears – but super small on science. Here's what we found.

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Kitchen Sponges Are Great Bacterial Incubators

Aug 01 2017 - 11:08

Microbiologists have long known that the kitchen is an incredibly fertile field for bacterial growth — and a really prime source is the kitchen sponge. A recent study of sponges found that even those that are "cleaned" by their users provide a soup of bacteria — some of which are pathogenic.

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Bacterial or Viral Infection? A New Study May Help Physicians Tell the Difference.

Jul 31 2017 - 22:07

When a patient enters into a hospital or doctor's office with a cough, difficulty breathing, and chest discomfort/pain - physicians may be able to easily diagnose a lunch infection. But, what is causing the infection is a different story. In fact, a physician may not be able to know - so, is left making their best guess. In this case, an antibiotic will most likely be prescribed (which is only effective against bacteria) regardless of what is the cause of the infection.

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NYT 'Greenmails' Ben & Jerry's, Teaches the Controversy on Glyphosate

Jul 31 2017 - 19:07

The New York Times is smearing a company at the request of an organic food lobby. Instead of behaving like skeptical journalists, the NYT acted like a PR firm. Such is the state of affairs at America's self-appointed newspaper of record.

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New FDA Tobacco Plan Is A Mixed Bag

Jul 31 2017 - 14:07

The FDA just announced new regulations on tobacco products — some good, some not so great. We'd like to see the data supporting the idea that lowering the nicotine level in cigarettes would be less addictive, but we applaud their move to give tobacco product manufacturers more guidance and time to apply for approval of their products.

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FDA Deeming Regulations On E-Cigarettes Postponed: What That Means

Jul 31 2017 - 11:07

People trying to quit smoking won a major battle last week when the FDA announced it would delay implementation of regulations that would have deemed a number of e-cigarette products illegal. So why are some anti-nicotine advocates calling foul?

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Pain In The Time Of Opioid Denial: An Interview With Aric Hausknecht, M.D.

Jul 30 2017 - 20:07

In response to soaring opioid addiction and deaths, the US is cracking down hard on the prescription of these pain-killing medications. Aric Hausknecht, M.D., a neurologist and pain management specialist, speaks about pain control at a time when opioids and the people who depend upon them are being ostracized. 

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New Study Supports Value Of E-Cigs To Help Smokers Quit

Jul 30 2017 - 15:07

There's been a lot of back-and-forth about the value of electronic cigarettes for helping smokers quit. Some have said they're just gateways to smoking for youth, while others (ACSH included) see them as valuable harm reduction tools for recalcitrant smokers. A new study supports the latter view.

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Genetically Engineered Wheat Reduces Need for Fertilizer, Helps Environment

Jul 30 2017 - 02:07

A new kind of genetically engineered wheat is more efficient at absorbing phosphorus from the soil and, hence, should require less fertilizer.

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Genetically Engineered Wheat Reduces Need for Fertilizer, Helps Environment

Jul 30 2017 - 02:07

A new kind of genetically engineered wheat is more efficient at absorbing phosphorus from the soil and, hence, should require less fertilizer.

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Sunscreen, MS and a Hard to Believe Scientific Finding

Jul 28 2017 - 22:07

Sometimes, health advice is too good to be true. Eat pomegranates to prevent cancer. Organic food will make your kids smarter. Use sunscreen to treat an autoimmune disease. What? Wait a minute - that last one, as crazy as it sounds, just might be real. 

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NFL's 'Smartest' Man Retires Due to CTE Study, Despite its Flaws

Jul 28 2017 - 13:07

He was widely considered the smartest player in the NFL.

That assessment wasn't defined by how he played or approached football, but rather by what was under his helmet and between his ears. That's because when John Urschel wasn't defending his quarterback on the Baltimore Ravens' offensive line, the deep-thinking, soft-spoken genius was working towards his math doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Backyard Chickens Are Fun, Until the Vomiting and Diarrhea Begin

Jul 27 2017 - 19:07

Here's some advice for you ambitious urban cowboys out there: Wash your hands after you touch your chickens. Cook your eggs thoroughly. And be on the lookout for predators.