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Enviro-Thugs Sue To Keep Natural Food Flavors Out Of Food

May 29 2018 - 14:05

Eight activist environmental groups are being represented by a bunch of lawyers from a group called Earth(in)justice in a lawsuit against the FDA. What do they want? To force the FDA to remove seven food chemicals from its "permitted" artificial flavor list. But there are the same chemicals that are naturally found in all kinds of foods. We use Nanogodzilla to demonstrate pure foolishness. 

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Don't Roast Marshallows Over A Volvanic Eruption

May 29 2018 - 12:05

Americans often make lemonade from lemons, it is part of our cultural. Whereas when Europeans see a nice car, their culture is often in the vein of 'Why should they have a nice car? whereas our culture, no matter your upbringing, can be 'I am going to get a nice car too.'

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Irish Social Media Campaign Increases HPV Vaccination Rates

May 29 2018 - 09:05

How can we get more parents to vaccinate their children? That is one of the questions that keep me and others in the pro-science community awake at night. 

A new correspondence in The Lancet may bring us one step closer to an answer through their analysis of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program in Ireland that began in 2010. 

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Healthcare's New Math

May 29 2018 - 09:05

OK, time for a pop quiz based upon reading Access Imperative by McKinsey and Company.

Dr. Dan is employed by Big Box Health Care to provide primary care health services 40 hours a week. In the last month, he averaged 24 15-minute appointments daily. 

1. His unused capacity is

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Both High, Low IQ People Drink More

May 28 2018 - 21:05

Intelligent people differ from everyone else in several meaningful ways.

The first is plainly obvious yet somehow still controversial: High IQ people have a different genetic profile. Indeed, intelligence runs in families, and analyses have shown that genetic factors may explain 70 to 80% of the variance in adult intelligence. Second, intelligent people tend to earn more money. And third, the intellectually gifted make different lifestyle choices.

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Food Companies Need To Stop Apologizing For Being In Business

May 28 2018 - 18:05

The departure of Soup CEO Denise Morrison is the fifteenth CEO change at large packaged food in the last two-and-a-half years. What do they all share in common? They apologized for being in business and chased a vocal consumer segment that hates them - the "nocebo" community that seeks out products based on what they claim not to have on the label.

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When Do Environmentalists Not Hate Methane? When It's Rebranded 'Renewable Biogas'

May 28 2018 - 07:05

When environmental activists discovered that it was bad optics to be opposed to natural gas, because it lowered the CO2 emissions they insisted must be lowered drastically or else the apocalypse was nigh, they changed tactics.

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She Liked Synthetic Fertilizer And Wouldn't Like Big Organic Tactics - Happy Birthday Rachel Carson!

May 27 2018 - 08:05

Rachel Carson, who was born on May 27, 1907, and launched the modern environmental movement with her 1962 book “Silent Spring,” was a highly private person. But on one occasion she allowed an interviewer to ask, “What do you eat?” Her sardonic answer: “Chlorinated hydrocarbons like everyone else.”

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Baby Powder IQ Test: California Flunks, While South Carolina Passes

May 25 2018 - 23:05

Baby powder causes cancer in California but not in South Carolina.

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Science For The Win: Golden Rice Gets The Nod From FDA

May 25 2018 - 12:05

In an official response from the U.S.

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The Good and Bad News on Uber's Fatal Crash

May 25 2018 - 10:05

The NTSB's report on Uber's fatal crash is good government in action. And it helps us understand the cause of the accident and improve. 

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Stem Cell Donation - My Personal Account

May 25 2018 - 10:05

This article, which is a first-hand account by Christopher Gerry, a fourth-year chemistry grad student at Harvard, of his journey through the entire process of stem cell donation. The article was originally published on the Harvard Science in the News website. 

1. Recycling My Own Blood

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'Stem Cell Donation -My Personal Account' By Harvard's Christopher Gerry

May 25 2018 - 10:05

This article, which is a first-hand account of Dr. Christopher Gerry's journey through the entire process of stem cell donation, was originally published on the Harvard Science in the News website. 

1. Recycling My Own Blood

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Simple Beam of Light Can Tell if Mosquitoes Carry Zika

May 25 2018 - 10:05

A beam of light is 94% accurate at determining if a mosquito is infected with Zika.

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Simple Beam Can Tell if Mosquitoes Carry Zika

May 25 2018 - 10:05

It’s Memorial Day weekend - the three days that serve to honor our military and remember those that gave their lives for our country. It is also the unofficial kick-off off summer fever. The warm summer evenings by the lake and the barbeques in the park bring with them an unfortunate consequence - bug bites. And, in certain areas of the world, being bit by a mosquito is more than just a nuisance. It is a major health risk.

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Precision Medicine: Overselling Routine DNA Sequencing In Primary Care

May 25 2018 - 09:05

Does Geisinger Health System's latest pitch to offer DNA sequencing as part of routine testing at the primary care visit promise more than it can deliver?

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Eye Drop Size Is A Problem For Attorneys, Not Patients

May 25 2018 - 06:05

Did you notice this week the media reporting that the Supreme Court is allowing a class action suit involving eyedrops to go forward? My colleague, Eric Leif has written on the case previously. Briefly, the patients, now plaintiffs contend that eye drop manufacturers deliberately make eye drops too large resulting in wasted drugs and expenses running down their cheeks. Four of these suits have been dismissed, but this current one is moving forward.

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No, Carbon Dioxide Won't Cause a Rice Nutrition Crisis

May 24 2018 - 21:05

New research concludes that the poorest people in the world will be affected the most by higher CO2 levels, which may decrease the nutritional quality of rice. This conclusion, however, is based on at least two flawed assumptions.

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Young Scientists In America

May 24 2018 - 16:05

The American Council on Science and Health Young Scientists in America program is a series of internships in specific fields specifically designed for younger scholars who intend to go into science or medicine but won't have advanced degrees yet. These are research or science journalism projects related to our work educating the public about important science and health issues.

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Dupilumab, a Miracle Drug For Eczema. And Now Asthma, Too.

May 24 2018 - 12:05

Dupixent, a drug that already works miracles for people with eczema, has been found to be very effective for treatment of severe asthma. Nothing else does this. Keep this in mind the next time you think that the pharmaceutical industry is not innovative. 

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