First Lady Melania Trump underwent a "successful" embolization procedure for a "benign kidney condition." Why intervene in a "benign" condition?
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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.
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...?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ironically, from the bacterium's perspective, the very enzyme that it uses to protect itself from antibiotics becomes complicit in its own demise.
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.
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?
If integrative medicine wants to be taken seriously, then they need to provide data obtained from actual scientific studies. There is no complementary science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.