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You Might Be 'Cured' – But That's Not the Whole Story

May 25, 2017 - 6:38pm

With the word "cure" we think of it as an end. But, in fact, it's often the end – of a beginning. For those surgically “cured” from cancer, enduring amputation from sepsis or receiving a transplanted organ, the story — though different and uncharted — begins anew.

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9 Ways Whole Foods Is Lying To You

May 25, 2017 - 3:55pm

Whole Foods lies 9 different times, and that is just on the landing page of its Organics section. 

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Pathways to Lower Drug Prices

May 25, 2017 - 10:52am

Drug companies buy their ingredients and make their drugs outside the United States. That's one reason why Stephen Barrett, MD, makes an argument for also buying them outside the country.

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Dear EWG, This Is Why Real Scientists Think Poorly of You

May 25, 2017 - 4:12am

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) uses an authoritative sounding name to peddle scientific half-truths and outright fabrications. Along with Greenpeace and PETA, it is beloved by activists but detested by scientists.

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Here’s Hoping Anti-Vaccine Film 'VAXXED' Gets Canned at Cannes

May 25, 2017 - 3:19am

Here we go again ... the anti-vaccine movie VAXXED by Andrew Wakefield, is back. This time at the Cannes Film Festival, taking place this week. Like an itch, this piece of anti-vaccine propaganda just won't go away. And it's resurfacing as we're seeing a surge in cases of measles and other preventable diseases all over the world. 

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How We Drown Is Not Like In The Movies

May 25, 2017 - 3:01am

With Memorial Day weekend and the subsequent peak "drowning season" upon us, there's no better time to review the precautions that should be taken when any body of water is in close proximity.

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Botulism Is Rare; But Don't Put It On The Back Burner

May 24, 2017 - 6:58pm

Botulism is a serious illness caused by food-borne bacteria or germs that grow toxins in a sealed jar of food. Its effects can paralyze or even kill you. Botulism is so rare – with just over 200 cases reported in two decades – but not enough to just leave it on the back burner.

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7 Fitness Trackers Deliver Very Inaccurate Data, New Study Shows

May 24, 2017 - 6:41pm

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine determined that while wearable fitness trackers can accurately monitor heart rate, "none of the seven devices measured energy expenditure accurately." Worse yet, some produced wildly incorrect results.

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Where Does All The Weight Go??

May 24, 2017 - 6:13pm

If your unborn child takes up anywhere between 6 and 8 pounds (sometimes even 9 and 10!), why the heck are we gaining 20 to 35 pounds in nine months? Here's how the weight gets distributed on your body.

 

 

 

 

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News Of The Bizarre May 24 2017

May 24, 2017 - 10:29am

Your education dollars at work

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'Super-Food' Blogger, Known as 'Avocado,' Acts Like a Nut

May 24, 2017 - 3:19am

In the race of charlatans, David Avocado Wolfe is taking a very strong lead – Usain Bolt style, actually – due to both the bizarre nature of his ideas and the expanse of his subjects. Unfortunately, with a Facebook following 10 million strong, the audience for his anti-science ideas is large and it's listening attentively. 

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Roger Ailes and Natasha Richardson: The Hidden Dangers of Head Trauma

May 23, 2017 - 10:35pm

The deaths of Roger Ailes, one of the founders of Fox News, and the actress Natasha Richardson both died following a head trauma. Here we explain two specific types of intracranial bleeding that ended their lives.

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Alcohol Raises Breast Cancer Risk, While Exercise Lowers It

May 23, 2017 - 5:40pm

A new report, incorporating data on 12 million individuals from nearly 120 studies, showed that engaging in vigorous exercise cut risk by as much as 17 percent. Meanwhile light – but steady – alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

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And The Band Stopped Playing: AIDS 36 Years Later

May 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

If you remember 1982, at that time AIDS was a death sentence – and a gruesome one at that. But a recent Lancet paper shows how far we've come. And the difference between what Randy Shilts describes in his book and today is nothing short of miraculous. 

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Soylent - Food For Those Too Busy For Food

May 23, 2017 - 3:50am

As a busy working parent, I admit that I sometimes (ok, frequently) grab a granola bar as a substitute for lunch... and breakfast.

I am not saying that it is the healthiest choice. But, in today's world of running from work to school to the gym to everything else - sometimes there is no time to sit down and prepare a well balanced meal - or any meal at all. 

This is exactly the space that Soylent, a full time meal replacement product, is trying to fill. 

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The Top 100 Academic Journals Contain Little Social Science

May 23, 2017 - 3:30am

In a field like gender studies, what constitutes a respectable outlet? We can make progress toward answering that question by utilizing SCImago's ranking of academic journals.

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'Saturday Night Live' Skit Mocks Infertility

May 22, 2017 - 11:05am

An SNL sketch walks the fine line between comedy and perpetuating unfortunate stigmas. This time with respect to infertility.

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How The Kremlin Manipulates Environmentalists, and More ACSH Media Links

May 22, 2017 - 10:00am

1. Organic Consumers Association, and the groups it funds, like US Right To Know and the lawyer-run partisan attack site Sourcewatch, may be in a lot of trouble.

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The Pfizer Penicillin Protest Was Silly. Here's Why

May 21, 2017 - 9:39pm

Can someone please explain the logic here? Does this make any sense at all?

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Hoax Science Paper Says Penis Is a Social Construct that Worsens Climate Change

May 20, 2017 - 2:06am

NYU physicist Alan Sokal thought very little of the research performed by his colleagues in the social sciences. To prove his point, he wrote a paper that used plenty of trendy buzz words but made absolutely no sense. As he later explained, Dr. Sokal wanted to find out if a humanities journal would "publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions."

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