Your Thanksgiving turkey is a direct descendent of the dinosaur. Scientists have found that the turkey and the chicken have undergone the fewest genetic changes as compared with other birds to their avian ancestor, the dinosaur. Continue reading →
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has advised clinicians where possible to prescribe generic medications, rather than expensive brand name drugs. Continue reading →
Some technologies wow us simply because they are so cool. A good example of this is a case report in which interventional cardiologists were able to perform an angioplasty with the operator wearing a head mounted Google Glass device. Continue reading →
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In 2012 the Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the FDA asking that the agency require that foods produced from genetically engineered (GMO) crops be labelled as such. Finally, the FDA has responded. It said "no." Continue reading →
Nutrition advice is as muddy as ever. A food outreach non-profit named Oldways tried to gather a group to sort it all out at the the Oldways Finding Common Ground Conference. Continue reading →
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Don't let Thanksgiving flop; make sure your roast your turkey right! Check out our fun (and all-too-common) tips to a successful holiday. Continue reading →
It is hardly news that Sovaldi and Harvoni, the enormously effective new hepatitis C drugs, are quite costly. This has caused some debate about when it is best to start using them. But, a new study says: "The sooner the better." It is better to treat patients before liver fibrosis is present. Continue reading →
A new study of over 600 stroke patients found that those who spoke 2 languages had significantly better cognitive functioning than those with only one language. Continue reading →
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The New Yorker recounts the first national chemophobia scare, in 1959. But it wasn't caused by environmentalists, it was caused by the FDA having to obey a new law, the Delaney Clause, when even trace amounts of a cancer-causing chemical are known. Continue reading →
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The holidays are challenging for everyone's midsection but they are a factor in the actual obesity rather than seasonal weight gain? Continue reading →
Formaldehyde is a known toxin and a carcinogen. We know this from real science, as well as hysteria-based groups like the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which designated the compound as a known carcinogen in 2004. Continue reading →
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A New York City-based coalition of healthcare workers, physicians and community outreach specialists managed to increase the city's screening colonoscopy rate from an abysmal 42 percent in 2003 when the C5 coalition began, to an amazing 70 percent last year. A incredible boon for public health. Continue reading →
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The first great chemical carcinogen scare put a damper on many folks' Thanksgiving celebrations in 1959. A chemical used in cultivating cranberries in the northwest was found to cause cancer at high doses in rodents, and the Federal health agency advised consumers to avoid cranberries. Utter nonsense, then and now. Continue reading →
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As if the situation in the Middle East weren't a big enough mess, it was recently reported that ISIS members and other charming individuals are taking a bizarre drug that makes them more aggressive and reckless, and allows them to stay away for days so they can fight more. And, one of its components treats ADHD, so perhaps they can better focus on bomb making. Anyone see a problem here? Continue reading →
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It's irrelevant whether you like turkey or not, because someone is going to be handing you a plate of it very soon. And after the meal there's a good chance that you'll get sleepy. But will the cause of your drowsiness be the turkey, the booze or your brother-in-law's tedious commentary about his golf game? We explain. Continue reading →
Sorry grocery shoppers, but all of today's domestic turkeys -- even the ones labeled "organic" -- are actually GMOs. Years of artificial selection, by optimizing genetic traits, have made the genome of the turkey we eat significantly different than the genome of wild ones. So unless you shot yours in the woods, the turkey heading to your table isn't natural. Continue reading →
The Brain: An Illustrated History of Neuroscience delves into the mystery of disorders and injuries that have occurred in the brain. Continue reading →
The American Council was invited to the White House on the day of the 2015 Great American Smokeout to discuss regulating cigarette-smoking cessation and harm-reduction tools that are available to smokers looking to kick their deadly habit. We made several recommendations in the public's interest. Continue reading →
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Consumer Reports says conventional meat is causing more antibiotic resistance. Here is why they should stick to reviewing toasters. Continue reading →
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A recent study suggests that drinking three cups of black tea per day may strengthen otherwise fragile bones among the elderly, as well as reduce the risk of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Findings were linked to powerful flavonoids in tea that contain antioxidants. Continue reading →