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It’s Not Brain Surgery, But do you Know What is? Brain Surgery!

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

All arguments are fair game as for whether Dr. Ben Carson is the right (or wrong) person to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. But don't tell us a brain surgeon only possesses the skills to be a brain surgeon.

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A Possible Antidote for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Despite 50,000 emergency visits for carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the U.S., there is no effective way to treat it. That could change, thanks to some very clever work being done at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Surgeon General Declares War on E-Cigarettes But Not Marijuana, Hookah

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Vivek Murthy recently announced that e-cigarettes pose a "major public health concern," adding that "the use of nicotine-containing products by youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe." But that's not what the science says. It'd be far better for the Surgeon General to say that those who don't currently vape shouldn't do it, bit, but that e-cigarettes are likely to prove much safer than regular cigarettes. 

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NHL's Concussion Protocol, a Closer Look (Part 2)

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

As players adapt this season to the National Hockey League's updated concussion protocol, several who have taken hits to the head during games received on-the-spot medical evaluations. But as to whether the safety guidelines are having their intended effect, to answer that question many onlookers are scrutinizing an incident involving Connor McDavid on Dec. 4 

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Uh-Oh — Smokers Are Drinking the 'Additives Cause the Cancer' Kool-Aid

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

You'd be excused for thinking that by now everyone understands about the health risks of cigarette smoking, and what they are due to. But some recent research points to a significant lack of knowledge among many Americans — a lack that can certainly put their health at risk.

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A New Way to Prevent HIV Infection

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr gives us a new way to think about stopping the HIV epidemic - 'treatment as prevention.' If implemented across the globe, it may be the key in stopping new cases of HIV and stopping the epidemic once and for all. 

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A Very Cool Way To Treat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Despite 50,000 emergency visits for carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the U.S., there is no effective way to treat it. That could change, thanks to some very clever work being done at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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It’s Not Brain Surgery, But do You Know What is?  Brain Surgery!

December 8, 2016 - 12:00am

All arguments are fair game for whether Dr. Ben Carson is the right or wrong person to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, but don't tell Dr. Wells a brain surgeon only possesses the skills to be a brain surgeon.

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Four New Superheavy Elements Have Official Names

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science

Four new chemical elements now have official names and symbols, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced this week.

After a five-month review, IUPAC chemists have approved the four names for superheavy elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 proposed by the elements' discoverers. Such superheavy elements, whose atomic numbers indicate how many protons reside in each nucleus, don't occur naturally in nature, so they must be created in labs.

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Genetically Engineered Yeast Is Resistant to Caffeine

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

The proliferation of coffee shops and energy drinks clearly shows that caffeine is in high demand. The stimulant is even added to some medicine. However, because only a handful of plants produce it, there has been some interest in creating caffeine synthetically.

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No Surprise: Parents' Screen Times Worse Than Kids

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

Mom and dad are just as guilty — if not more — of soaking up screen time than their offspring. That's rather interesting, considering the fact that the same parents responded that they were concerned their children would become addicted to technology. 

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Dear UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Don't Drive 'Gene Drives' Into a Ditch

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

New genetic technology can either come to fruition and have a positive impact on our lives or be driven into the ground. The difference depends on whether the people making decisions understand the science and can accurately and properly weigh the risks and benefits.

In order for that to happen, scientists have to participate in open discourse, as education and communication are the keys to moving science forward to a place where changes can evolve to positively impact our health and the environment.

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Credit NHL for Smart, Safe Concussion Strategy

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

Largely overshadowed by the NFL, the National Hockey League, working in conjunction with its Player's Association, deserves credit for implementing a smart concussion prevention and management plan. It shows considerable promise, and one that demonstrates a joint commitment to making pro hockey safer.

 

 

 

 

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Don't Drive 'Gene Drives' Into a Ditch

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

New genetic technology can either come to fruition and have a positive impact on our lives or be driven into the ground. The difference depends on whether the people making decisions understand the science and can accurately and properly weigh the risks and benefits.

In order for that to happen, scientists have to participate in open discourse, as education and communication are the keys to moving science forward to a place where changes can evolve to positively impact our health and the environment.

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Public Citizen Wants You Dead- Not Bacteria

December 7, 2016 - 12:00am

The The 21st Century Cures Bill, a huge piece of legislation that is expected to become law soon. Part of the law facilitates antibiotic research, but a number of anti-pharmaceutical groups and individuals object to it because it benefits the pharmaceutical industry. None is worse than Public Citizen. They want to kill you, not bacteria. 

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Pfizer's Centrum Silver Multivitamins Contain Pesticide, Paint & Glass

December 6, 2016 - 12:00am

Surely Pfizer wouldn't mind if you took a closer look at what's listed on its label for Centrum Silver Men, which is marketed to men age 50+, right? Copper sulfate: Pesticide. Silicon dioxide. Glass. Titanium dioxide. Paint. But the biggest dirty little secret about multivitamins is that few people actually need dietary supplements.

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Paper Scandal at Science? Microbeads Lying in the Weeds, and a Stolen Computer

December 6, 2016 - 12:00am

A high-profile paper published in Science earlier this year is in jeopardy because of events that started out with a theft of a laptop may end up being a big enough transgression to have it erased from the scientific literature. Meanwhile, the paper on microbeads has a major problem, one that the journal is taking its time dealing with. 

 

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Pfizer's Centrum Silver Multivitamins Contain Pesticide, Paint, and Glass

December 6, 2016 - 12:00am

Elderly people are constant targets. From fearmongering politicians who want votes to scam artists who want money, unscrupulous people try to scare our parents and grandparents into giving them money. 

Perhaps there is no better way to shake people down for cash than by frightening them about their health. Peddlers of organic food and alternative medicine, both multibillion-dollar industries, have profited handsomely by undermining public confidence in the safety of our food supply and the efficacy of modern medicine. 

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Fly me to the Moon, but hold the altitude sickness

December 6, 2016 - 12:00am

Welcome to the conclusion of this two part series where we delve further into high altitude illnesses, prevention and management.  Part I-- At High Altitude with Buzz Aldrin --addressed the 86 year old American hero-moon-walking icon’s recent medical evacuation from the South Pole, Dr. Wells' experience with him in Vail, Colorado along with her own bout of altitude sickness.

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What's in an Egg? Demystifying the Labels

December 6, 2016 - 12:00am

An egg carton might be festooned with various labels about how the hens are treated and what the eggs do, or don't, contain. Some provide some valid information for the consumer, but others fall into the "true but misleading" category. Here's a breakdown of the different types of incredible edibles. 

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