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A Chiropractic Association Claims Their X-Ray Policy is OK. It's Not.

Oct 12 2017 - 07:10

It is not uncommon, when seeking care from a chiropractor, to receive X-rays of the back. X-rays are a key component of the chiropractic practice. (1)

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Chiropractors Claim that their X-ray policy is OK. It's not

Oct 12 2017 - 07:10

It is not uncommon, when seeking care from a chiropractor, to receive X-rays of the back. X-rays are a key component of the chiropractic practice. (1)

They state that "radiography is a scientifically proven, clinically valid and appropriate method to evaluate multiple aspects of human spinal anatomy, identify vertebral subluxations, altered spinal biomechanics, postural misalignments, pathology and in providing information and safeguards in rendering chiropractic care in clinical practice."

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The Psychology of Harvey Weinstein

Oct 11 2017 - 17:10

It's now apparent that two ideals of Hollywood culture -- sexual liberty and feminism -- are at odds with each other. Powerful people are still exploiting those they claim to care about.

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Rural Suicide Rates Alarming

Oct 11 2017 - 14:10

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reveals grim statistics on suicide, with the highest rates in rural America.

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Embed Microchips in Olympians to Halt Drug Cheats, Official Says

Oct 11 2017 - 12:10

An official representing retired Olympians told a gathering of anti-doping officials in London that to rid banned substances from future Olympics, microchips should be implanted in the athletes to constantly monitor for the presence of drugs. "We’re prepared to chip our dogs," he said, "so why aren’t we prepared to chip ourselves?”

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Herpes Vaccine Update: An Interview With Penn's Dr. Harvey Friedman

Oct 11 2017 - 09:10

Many of our readers have been curious about the status of Dr. Harvey Friedman's (University of Pennsylvania) trivalent sub-unit herpes vaccine, especially in the wake of the failure of Genocea's GEN-003 vaccine candidate. Dr. Friedman kindly agreed to an interview, which should address many of these questions:

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Home Brewed Death Tea

Oct 10 2017 - 16:10

Researchers have shown that lethal levels of morphine and codeine could be extracted using poppy seeds purchased online with recipes found online for home-brewed poppy seed tea.

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Nature Expresses Concern (and Creates Confusion) Over a Hotly Debated Paper

Oct 10 2017 - 15:10

When an issue arises over a scientific paper, there is a somewhat standard course of action that is used to handle the disputes. However, when controversy recently erupted over a paper in the journal Nature, they handled it a different way - and some people are wondering why. 

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A New Report on North Korea's Biological Weapons Program

Oct 10 2017 - 14:10

In foreign policy, it is difficult to state anything with certainty. Intelligence agencies have sources that journalists do not. As a result, publicly available information is often incomplete. For North Korea, this problem is made exponentially worse by the reclusive nature of the regime. All conclusions should be thought of as tentative.

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Ophthalmologists Say They Show 'Discretion in Opioid Prescribing.' Who Said They Didn't?

Oct 10 2017 - 13:10

Ophthalmologists claim they use few opioids especially compared to other physicians. No surprise, they don't treat conditions that require those type of pain medicines. This 'we are not to blame' mantra is gaining traction in medical journals. No one wants to wear the scarlet O

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Ophthalmologists Say They "Show Discretion in their Opioid Prescribing" - Who Said They Didn't?

Oct 10 2017 - 13:10

Ophthalmologists claim they use few opioids especially compared to other physicians. No surprise, they don't treat conditions that require those type of pain medicines. This 'we are not to blame' mantra is gaining traction in medical journals. No one wants to wear the scarlet O

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Law Jails Parents For Kid’s Crime: 'Nanny State' Or A Lesson In Accountability?

Oct 10 2017 - 02:10

It seems, per usual, some bad apples are ruining it for the bunch in a Western New York town. As a result, the North Tonawanda Common Council unanimously passed a law that went into effect October 1st in an effort to hold parents accountable for their minor child’s violations of city laws. And, it could include prison time.

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Any Guesses For Top Selling Drugs? Hint: Opioids Don't Dominate

Oct 09 2017 - 18:10

What were the top selling prescription drugs last year? What segment of the population is most increasing its drug intake? What are the projections of medication spending in the next five years? The answers were just published and will be addressed here.

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Should Patients Be Forced To Fail A Drug First?

Oct 09 2017 - 09:10

It is hardly news that doctors and patients are battling insurance companies over money. In particular, patients may be forced to try and fail an older cheaper drug before being allowed access to a newer one. American Council friend and Pfizer's Vice President of US Government Relations Robert Popovian discussed this in his latest editorial in Morning Consult. 

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FDA Says Do Not Use Sleep Positioners For Baby

Oct 09 2017 - 06:10

The number of products that a new parent can buy for their baby can be overwhelming. Now, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on one of them - the sleep positioner. They consider it dangerous to use - in large part due to 12 infant deaths it is associated with. 

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One kabob short of drug addiction

Oct 08 2017 - 22:10

Can it be that what your mother ate when she was pregnant with you is the cause of your binge drinking? According to this study, yes, but she had to be a vegetarian or at least eat "healthy." All right, I am officially confused.

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Dogs Synchronize Body Movements with Humans

Oct 06 2017 - 15:10

Spend enough time with another person, and you begin to pick up their mannerisms. Such behavioral "synchronization" is a mechanism by which we build social cohesion. It operates as a positive feedback loop: the more you know somebody, the more synchronized you will be and vice versa.

Synchronization occurs to be a general phenomenon among all social creatures. People tend to walk in step and sway together in separate rocking chairs. Even dolphins have been observed to breathe in sync.

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Most New Cancer Drugs Lack Evidence of Improved Survival or Quality of Life

Oct 06 2017 - 13:10

A new study in BMJ suggests that the majority of new cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) lacked evidence that they improved survival or quality of life.

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Chemistry Color Magic Tricks- Whee!

Oct 06 2017 - 06:10

It's Friday before a three-day weekend. No one's in the mood for anything serious, right? So let's do something completely not serious. A very cool YouTube video about "magic" color changes isn't really magic ... it's chemistry. Enjoy! 

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Cirrhosis and the New Axis of Evil: Oral-Gut-Liver

Oct 05 2017 - 20:10

Cirrhosis is the #12 leading cause of death in the U.S. Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth and gut appear to play a role.

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