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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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Speakers

May 14 2018 - 15:05

American Council on Science and Health doctors and scientists are available for speaking engagements. 

Because we are a non-profit we request an honorarium and expenses for events outside New York City or Washington  DC. 

To request a specific speaker, please provide details in an email to speakers@acsh.org

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Compromising Patient Safety Will Not Reduce The Cost of Drugs

May 14 2018 - 15:05

To protect their revenues, and as a result, keep drug prices high, brand-name drug manufacturers have tried several means to stop or slow the entry of comparable generics. They have attempted to extend their patent protection and have even bought the generic for themselves and just not manufacturer it. One of their more insidious approaches has involved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS); specific regulatory guidelines that the FDA requires to protect patients who use drugs requiring more supervision than merely providing a prescription. 

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CRISPR Chocolate Would Help Farmers in Developing Countries

May 14 2018 - 08:05

Some people are anti-GMO because they don't like the idea of their food being genetically manipulated. But, what about food that is altered using the gene editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9? And, what if the genetic change is one that would help the livelihood of farmers in developing countries? Lastly, what if the food that we're talking about is chocolate...? 

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One Opioid Crisis or Many?

May 14 2018 - 08:05

US news media headlines appear daily on the so-called “opioid crisis”.  A major thread in public policy discussions is an asserted need to “solve” the crisis by limiting production of opioid analgesics and reducing medical exposure to potentially addicting drugs.   But are such steps actually a remedy?   Will US addiction and overdose problems respond favorably to such a one-size-fits-all policy?  Almost certainly not.

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Mozart Wrote 27 Piano Concertos - Almost All The Same

May 14 2018 - 07:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered by many to be the greatest composer ever. And his 27 piano concertos may be his finest work. But Mozart had a formula for the 27 and he used it over and over again, so they were all similar in certain ways. A little music theory plus, a very special treat at the end.

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Mozart Wrote 27 Piano Sonatas - Almost All The Same

May 14 2018 - 07:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered by many to be the greatest composer ever. And his 27 piano concertos may be his finest work. But Mozart had a formula for the 27 and he used it over and over again. 

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Wine Drinkers Celebrate Us, Dope For Dogs, And More Media Links Last Week

May 14 2018 - 06:05

1. Tech Times seeks to inject some science into police violence discussions and uses our work to do it. In the ongoing debate over gun ownership, a lot of papers are produced but not all of them make sense. "Virtual lives lost" is one such metric. Like virtual water, virtual money, and virtual emissions, pretend assets can't be utilized. If someone dies young, is is correct to assume they will live to be 80? Not really, which is why average life expectancy is a flawed notion.

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More On Vical's Herpes Vaccine - An Interview With Larry Smith. Ph.D.

May 13 2018 - 10:05

Vical continues to push its VCL-HB01  herpes vaccine through development. Larry Smith, Ph.D., the senior VP of Research, answers some questions about where things stand now and what to expect in the near future. 

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Dear NY Post, Bacteria and Viruses are Two (Very) Different Things

May 12 2018 - 20:05

As a microbiologist, I have a pet peeve; when the words bacteria and virus are used interchangeably. It is not an infrequent mistake to see. And, a story this week in the New York Post is no exception.

In an article entitled, "Mom dies after catching flesh-eating bacteria on family vacation," the tragic story of a woman who contracted (and subsequently died from) an infection is described. 

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'Double Trojan Horse' Drug Tricks Bacteria into Committing Suicide

May 12 2018 - 04:05

Ironically, from the bacterium's perspective, the very enzyme that it uses to protect itself from antibiotics becomes complicit in its own demise.

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Euthanasia: Discuss

May 11 2018 - 13:05

When one stops to consider the particular circumstances of a 104-year-old's recent decision to end his life, it's difficult for many who sympathize with his plight not to see the judgment as anything but reasonable.

However, that's just one view.

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Big Brother Walmart Is Watching Your Meds Very Carefully. And Not Just Painkillers

May 11 2018 - 12:05

Walmart apparently has some big plans for its pharmacies and they will involve you. A Whistleblower document from the company reveals what steps the company will take to address (wrongly) the overuse of painkillers. You will be graded on your probability of misusing not just opiate drugs, but also sedatives and stimulants. Since when does Walmart tell our doctors what they can or cannot give to their patients? What will this mean for your privacy?

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Integrative Medicine's War on Pain and Science Comes To The Hospital

May 11 2018 - 10:05

If integrative medicine wants to be taken seriously, then they need to provide data obtained from actual scientific studies. There is no complementary science.  

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The Real Cost Of California's New Solar Panel Regulation

May 11 2018 - 07:05

Only 15% of new homes utilized solar panels, the California Energy Commission now requires all homes to have them because they are good for the environment and "save you money." Those "savings" can teach us two economic terms, first-mover advantage and the cost of ignoring externalities in cost-benefit considerations. 

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Should The Elderly Decide How They Die?

May 11 2018 - 01:05

The recent intentional death by 104-year old scientist David Goodall via euthanasia brings to the forefront whether to deem deterioration from advanced aging as another reasonable consideration beyond having an incurable disease.

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Keen Business Minds at McKinsey Say Wealth Causes Homelessness

May 11 2018 - 00:05

I once asked a Seattle businessman what he thought of consultants. "They borrow your watch to tell you what time it is," he said coldly.

That's not an uncommon sentiment. Despite that, management consulting is roughly a $140-billion industry globally. And McKinsey is widely considered the gold standard. People who work for McKinsey receive a golden ticket to top jobs at nearly any firm in the world.

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Wallace Genetic Foundation: Funding Anti-Science Deniers For Hire

May 10 2018 - 14:05

Since you aren't here unless you are a pro-science reader, if I ask you what Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group and Center for Science in the Public Interest have in common, you might answer they hate science and actively undermine it. Yes, that is true. And you might also answer they are primarily lawyers who make their money suing companies after they manufacture doubt about them.

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Weapons of Ash Destruction: The Chemistry of Kilauea

May 10 2018 - 14:05

All kinds of stuff is pouring out of the Kilauea volcano. But perhaps the chemical of most concern – sulfuric acid – doesn't come from the volcano itself. Sulfur dioxide, however, sure does, and it's converted into sulfuric acid due to environmental factors. And if that's not enough, we share the secret of how to know how hot the lava is. Something for everyone!

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Factfulness - A Book Report

May 10 2018 - 11:05

Factfulness is all about giving us the means of debunking - separating the reality of life from the dramatic narratives we instinctually create or are told. It continues the teachings and wisdom of Hans Rosling.

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