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A Closer Look at (Mostly Useless) Supplements

Feb 28 2018 - 11:02

We've been discussing the uselessness of healthy people taking vitamin/mineral supplements for lo, these many years. But if you don't believe us, just see what some doctors from Harvard are advising their colleagues about who really needs vitamins and when.

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Doctors Advise Doctors About Supplements

Feb 28 2018 - 11:02

We've been discussing the uselessness of healthy people taking vitamin/mineral supplements for lo, these many years. But if you don't believe us, just see what some doctors from Harvard are advising their colleagues about who really needs vitamins and when.

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Defibrillator Use Greatly Improves Heart-Attack Survival, Study Reaffirms

Feb 28 2018 - 11:02

When it comes to AEDs and the potential to save lives, the good news keeps on coming.  

We now have more support to show that when a bystander uses a portable defibrillator on someone suffering a heart attack in a public place, chances of survival increase markedly. Another big plus: the stricken patient emerges from hospital care in relatively better physical condition.

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Urine Eye Drops: Oui Or No?

Feb 28 2018 - 10:02

In case you've run out of stupid stuff to do to yourself, for example, juggling chainsaws, taunting pit bulls, or clamping your genitals in a hot waffle iron, this is your lucky day. Thanks to the wonders of Twitter there are now SO many more stupid, self-destructive things at your disposal that it's simply a matter of choosing your favorite color and flavor.

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Calorie Labels Continue to Have No Impact On Our Food Choices

Feb 28 2018 - 08:02

The Cochrane Library releases their meta-analysis of the effect of calorie labels on what we eat - it has no impact

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Losing Fat Might Mean Better Breathing

Feb 28 2018 - 08:02

Excess body fat is associated with many ailments — including breathing problems. Recent research has found reducing adiposity, particularly in the deep abdominal area (visceral fat), is associated with improved breathing as well as ameliorating other ills.

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California Pulls The Plug On Trial Lawyers Hoping To Get Rich Off Glyphosate Lawsuits

Feb 27 2018 - 17:02

William Shubb, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, has put a halt to the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of California trial lawyers, a U.N. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Working Group participant, and organic industry front groups hoping to profit from a bizarre determination on glyphosate by IARC that weirdly bucked the science consensus.

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Pepsi Brings Aspartame Back — And We Do A Victory Dance

Feb 27 2018 - 15:02

Pressured by activists, PepsiCo removed aspartame from its Diet Pepsi products three years ago. Now, it's doing a 180 and bringing it back. Why? It was never a concern, anyway.

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Dr. Oz. Dr. Who?

Feb 27 2018 - 14:02

Dr. Oz's show aired it's 1500th episode earlier this month. We didn't notice. We're guessing you didn't either. 

That's because his landmark 1500th show was really a non-event. 

We, like others in the scientific community, have been constant critics of the non-evidence backed "advice" that Dr. Oz has dished out through the years. In fact, a survey done in 2013 by Ranit Mishori, MD, a Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, showed exactly how non-scientific his advice is.  

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Did NIH Play Ethical Roulette?

Feb 27 2018 - 12:02

Did you know that in an emergency you could be enrolled in a clinical trial without your consent?

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Bill Cosby's Daughter Ensa Dies of Kidney Disease. What Is That?

Feb 27 2018 - 10:02

Ensa Cosby died from renal disease, a condition that afflicts a disproportionate number of African Americans.

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A Brief Quackery Primer

Feb 27 2018 - 07:02

"The Quack is a personage too essential to the comfort of society to be deprived of his vocation.  He is, in fact, the Physician of the Fools, a body whose numbers and respectability are by far too great to admit of anything of the kind."      ("Punch",  1845)

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Kidney Damage Can Occur from Overly Intense Muscle Use

Feb 27 2018 - 07:02

It's well established that the basic formula for healthier living and improved physical strength is achieved through a combination of sensible eating and regular exercise, where some lifting of weights is an integral component. This goes for middle-aged adults as well as those a decade or two younger.

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Kidney Damage Can Occur from Overly Intense Weight Training

Feb 27 2018 - 07:02

It's well established that the basic formula for healthier living and improved physical strength is achieved through a combination of sensible eating and regular exercise, where some lifting of weights is an integral component. This goes for middle-aged adults as well as those a decade or two younger.

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Poverty, Not Climate Change, Remains World's Deadliest Problem

Feb 27 2018 - 01:02

Every year, 5.6 million children under the age of 5 die. That's roughly the same size as the entire Atlanta metropolitan area. Imagine a city that size filled only with children aged 4 and younger. Now, imagine that city being wiped off the map. Every year. That's the scope of the problem that global poverty presents.

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Nicholas Kristof's Latest Screed on Chemicals- Scary Rather Than Informative

Feb 26 2018 - 13:02

The New York Times's columnist Nicholas Kristof, continues to fear monger in the face of scientific evidence.

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NYC Health Department Launches New Anti-Smoking Campaign

Feb 26 2018 - 07:02

Quitting smoking is really hard. So hard, in fact, that the vast majority of people who quit smoking make multiple attempts before achieving success. 

Here in lies the importance of the new $670,000 citywide media campaign from NYC's Health Dept. The goal is to encourage "all New Yorkers to quit smoking, regardless of the number of times they’ve tried to stop." 

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Eco-Terrorists Show Us Some Love, We Were At FDA, NIH, And All Over Media

Feb 26 2018 - 06:02

Your donations at work: We were at the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, as well as Congress. And that's only when we weren't getting hate mail from anti-science activists, who simply can't accept that they're slowly losing ground in popular culture.

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BPA Is Just As Dangerous As It Never Was

Feb 25 2018 - 22:02

BPA hysteria has been going on for many years. ACSH has been writing that the chemical is safe for just as long. Now the FDA has issued the results of a comprehensive two-year study in rats. We were right while the Joe Mercolas and NRDCs of the world were not. As usual. 

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