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Pediatric Cancer Care - The Empathy Would Work For Adults Also

May 20 2018 - 10:05

A cancer diagnosis is a firestorm that turns lives upside down. It may not be life-ending, but it almost always is life-changing. Few life experiences are crueler than childhood cancer, but this blatant unfairness motivates some of the best, kindest and most heartfelt medical care.

Clinicians in adult oncology can learn a lot from pediatric cancer practices.

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Allergy Skin Prick Test Could One Day Be Replaced by 'Sniff-and-Pee' Test

May 18 2018 - 22:05

Anyone who has ever been subjected to an allergy skin prick test can verify that it is not a pleasant procedure, particularly if you happen to be allergic to several different substances.

When your humble correspondent was a wee child, he underwent a skin prick test on his back. As its name implies, a doctor pricks the skin with a tiny amount of a suspected allergen, like cat hair. If an itchy, red bump appears, that means you're allergic to the substance. My back lit up like a Christmas tree because I was allergic to just about everything... except goats.

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Allergy Skin Prick Test Could One Day Be Replaced by Urine Test

May 18 2018 - 22:05

Anyone who has ever been subjected to an allergy skin prick test can verify that it is not a pleasant procedure, particularly if you happen to be allergic to several different substances.

When your humble correspondent was a wee child, he underwent a skin prick test on his back. As its name implies, a doctor pricks the skin with a tiny amount of a suspected allergen, like cat hair. If an itchy, red bump appears, that means you're allergic to the substance. My back lit up like a Christmas tree because I was allergic to just about everything... except goats.

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Tackling The Many Myths Surrounding Hospital Length of Stay

May 18 2018 - 14:05

With First Lady Melania Trump's hospitalization, public misperceptions about how long someone should be admitted have run amok.

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Rolled Out During Outbreak in Africa. But, Will it Work?

May 18 2018 - 13:05

It's been three and a half years since the last Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when 28,600 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were infected and over 11,300 killed. Despite the WHO declaring the region Ebola-free two years later, there is a new wave of cases, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.) 

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EPA to Ban Methylene Chloride in Paint Strippers: Science or Scaremongering?

May 18 2018 - 09:05

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has moved to place a ban on methylene chloride (dichloromethane, DCM) citing associations to a higher risk of cancer and neurological and liver problems.

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How American Science Made Government Regulations On Emissions Unnecessary

May 18 2018 - 07:05

In 2009 the U.S. government attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and pledged to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020.

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JUUL and Vaping: Public Health Becomes a Partisan Issue

May 17 2018 - 21:05

Partisanship is a terrible development for our culture. But it's even worse for areas such as public health, because people die when we implement bad, partisan ideas.

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Why Sickle Cell Disease Still Needs Championing

May 17 2018 - 16:05

To underscore how important the battle for its eradication still is, misperceptions are clarified and key aspects of the inherited illness are addressed here.

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Priorities Magazine Spring 2018

May 17 2018 - 14:05

The Spring 2018 issue of Priorities magazine is now available from the American Council on Science and Health, since 1978 America's premier pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit,. You can't subscribe and you can't buy it on newsstands. The only way to get it is absolutely free.

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Environmentalists Win With New IARC Director Elisabete Weiderpass

May 17 2018 - 12:05

With the term of controversial International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Director Christopher Wild thankfully at an end, speculation about the new head of the embattled UN agency was rampant, probably for the first time in its history.

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Why Use Drugs In An Ambulance When Aromatherapy Will Do The Job?

May 17 2018 - 08:05

Just when you think you've seen it all... For reasons that remain unclear, an ambulance service in Wisconsin has decided to try aromatherapy, a bunch of nonsense, in ambulances. During calls (!). It's supposed to cut down on drug use in the ambulance. Which is one of the thing ambulances are for, right? 

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Yes, Volunteering is Rewarding. But Does it Also Protect Against Dementia, as Claimed?

May 17 2018 - 07:05

A recent study, seeking to measure the impact of volunteerism on cognitive health, concluded that older adults score somewhat higher on cognitive testing when they help others. But while that might sound encouraging, given the study's limitations it's hard to take the findings as overly meaningful, or causal.

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Flush the Misleading Labels on Flushable Wipes

May 16 2018 - 19:05

In the grand tradition of misidentifying problems and offering proposals that won’t work, the city council of Washington, D.C. wants to force manufacturers of flushable toilet wipes to change the label to “non-flushable.” This is wrong.

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Cardiologists, Public Disclosure of Outcomes and the Hawthorne Effect

May 16 2018 - 14:05

Do physicians act differently when their patient outcomes are reported publically? Some studies say yes and others no; a new study adds to the confusion. 

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Blaming Trans Fats For Developing World Health Problems Is Like Blaming A Spoon

May 16 2018 - 12:05

The head of the World Health Organization claims that trans fats - which are in things like margarine and donuts - are responsible for 500,000 deaths each year and WHO wants them eliminated from the global food supply by 2023. This is a dramatic flip-flop from the time when partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil in margarine was saving us from butter and meat fat, which were also linked to cardiovascular disease.

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For Prostate Cancer The Latest Recommendation is, Talk To Your Doctor

May 15 2018 - 16:05

The latest guidelines in screening for prostate cancer are a win for patients and physicians. Talking with your doctor about these issues is the ultimate in personalized medicine and patient autonomy.

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Is The First Family's Health Our Business?

May 15 2018 - 12:05

Is it time to re-examine concerns surrounding the intersection of patient privacy and a loved one seeking elected office?

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Getting Closer to a Much Needed RSV Vaccine

May 15 2018 - 02:05

We may be one step closer to saving thousands of newborns from a potentially nasty illness and death. A press release this month from Novavax, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, states that they have reached a milestone in their clinical trial for the highly anticipated vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV.)

What is RSV? 

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Melania Trump’s Hospitalization Reflects Medical Progress

May 14 2018 - 17:05

First Lady Melania Trump underwent a "successful" embolization procedure for a "benign kidney condition." Why intervene in a "benign" condition? 

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