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‘Social Justice Warrior’ Vandana Shiva Is A Poor Advocate for the Poor

Feb 06 2018 - 06:02

The recently-published “Social Justice Warrior Handbook,” which satirizes people who promote liberal, multicultural, anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, politically correct views, could have had Indian activist and mountebank Vandana Shiva on the cover.  She opposes the tools and practices of modern agriculture and science--and well, modernity in general—and advocates retrogressive policies that will cause widespread malnourishment, deprivation and death to the very people she claims to champion.

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NPR Is Seeking a Science Editor. Science Education Not Required

Feb 05 2018 - 21:02

Why hire a PhD or a person with a bachelor's degree in science when it's cheaper and easier to hire a social media intern who has spent the last few years copying-and-pasting press releases about scary toxins and miracle vegetables?

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How do Thunderstorms Make Asthma Worse for Some?

Feb 05 2018 - 13:02

In 2016, on one spring day in Australia (around November), which is also thunderstorm season there, thousands of people began to have trouble breathing, all at the same time.

It was a national asthma attack that ended up killing ten people. The culprit was something called thunderstorm asthma which was first identified in the 1980s. 

Why does thunderstorm asthma happen? 

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Seoul Virus — A Rat Double-Cross

Feb 05 2018 - 11:02

James Cagney might call these "dirty double-crossing rats" but they're likely not dirty, and they don't mean to do it. But pet rats can carry and pass along a type of hantavirus, the Seoul virus, that can make their owners pretty sick, says the CDC.

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Want Your Partner To Slim Down? Start Losing Weight Yourself

Feb 05 2018 - 09:02

Partner getting a little junk in the trunk? How can you get him/her to slim down? Start dieting yourself. Trust us, your partner will follow. 

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Hot Tea Does Not Cause Cancer - Despite IARC's Belief, It Never Did

Feb 05 2018 - 08:02 much fanfare, the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that hot beverages are carcinogenic. But a new study shows that tea is not a culprit. 

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Dr. Wells Interviews POTUS' Doctor, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, At The White House

Feb 05 2018 - 07:02

As the first physician to serve three administrations AND be the appointed Physician to the President for two presidents, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is a historical figure. Find out here: Are presidents difficult patients? Can his team operate on Air Force One? How does he feel about his recent press conference over President Trump's physical or the politicizing of a candidate's health, in general? And more...

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Machines Learn to Mimic Physician's Thought - Kicking It Old School

Feb 05 2018 - 05:02

Researchers have found a way to model the thinking of experts that could allow machines to explain their "thinking." That would be a great step forward in the deep learning of medical diagnosis by computers.

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Does our Biology Determine Who we Find Attractive?

Feb 03 2018 - 16:02

Why we are attracted to some people and not others is a complicated question. Of course, the reasons are multifaceted. But, is there part of the equation that is purely biological?

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DNA-Based Dating Using 'Attraction' Genes Attracts Questions

Feb 03 2018 - 16:02

With the online dating market exploding into a multi-billion dollar business, it's no surprise that entrepreneurs crave a piece of the action. To do that each rolls out their own app, which purportedly is greatly better than the one that came before. 

But with would-be dater satisfaction hovering even below the job approval ratings of our elected officials in Washington, tens of millions seeking true romance remain poised to leap to the latest technology – like using an individual's DNA – that promises to deliver that long-desired partner. 

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How to Eat to Lose Weight

Feb 03 2018 - 07:02

If you want to lose weight, how should you eat (all fad diets excluded)? It seems that it's more effective to choose foods with lower calories, than simply try to eat less of everything, suggests a new study.

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Wikipedia Erases Scientist from History

Feb 02 2018 - 23:02

Woe unto you who hold politically incorrect beliefs. With the push of a button, Wikipedia can make you disappear.

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Smoker's Bargain

Feb 02 2018 - 14:02

Smokers, like the rest of us, believe that a small reward today is worth a bigger penalty in the future. Smokers also believe that this future is further away than non-smokers. In sum, "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."

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Influenza Vaccination is Global But Not the Same

Feb 02 2018 - 05:02

Our national experience of influenza as one disease with a set season makes it difficult to recognize that flu is not a monolith. The global exposure to influenza has a lot more variation and vaccination rates are influenced by much more than we might expect.

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Girls' False Start: Unlike Boys, Young Girls Don't Think They Will be Brilliant

Feb 01 2018 - 23:02

At some point during our upbringing, the stereotype that men are more intelligent than women is likely to set in.

Even though I do not believe it, I do not accept it and I certainly do not condone it, I can see that this stereotype exists. 

Like most stereotypes, it is extremely powerful despite being false. One of the many negative outcomes of this stereotype is that it guides girls' choices and behaviors, resulting in, for one, the lack of women in fields where being perceived as brilliant is more important than other traits like hard work. 

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Groundhog Says Six More Weeks of Flu Season

Feb 01 2018 - 21:02

Flu season most often peaks in February. Buckle up, says the little rodent from Punxsutawney.

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Breastfeeding Linked to Less Diabetes in Moms: The longer the better

Feb 01 2018 - 11:02

The benefits of breastfeeding for a mom include quicker recovery from delivery and, according to a new study, less risk of developing diabetes. Both white and black women seemed to benefit, and the longer the duration of lactation the stronger the link.

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Headaches: What's Normal, What's Not

Feb 01 2018 - 09:02

Headaches are so common we can certainly accept them as part of life. If you can attribute your headache to dehydration, a hangover, stress, weather changes or else, you can probably manage tha pain. But there are times when headaches may signal something more serious. 

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Dr. Wells Goes To Washington

Feb 01 2018 - 07:02

ACSH Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells traveled to Washington, DC to spend the afternoon with White House Physician to the President Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson. 

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Priorities Magazine Winter 2018

Jan 31 2018 - 09:01

The Winter 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.

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