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Physician ‘Gun-Gag’ Law: The Politics And The Medicine

February 17, 2017 - 12:00am

A doctor talking about gun safety is not advocating gun control. Let's get politics out of medicine.

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When It Comes To Muscular Dystrophy Drugs, Is It Always Better To Buy American?

February 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Thanks to an arcane FDA law that protects American companies, Marathon Pharmaceuticals has repackaged an "orphan drug" used in Europe – and is now allowed to charge 5,500% more than if we bought it from there. And that's not even the whole story.

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Is it better to buy American?

February 17, 2017 - 12:00am

Marathon Pharmaceuticals has repackaged an orphan drug, used for 20 years in Europe to treat muscular dystrophy. With its FDA approval in hand, it raised the price 55 fold and received a 'voucher' to receive an expedited review for another drug. The voucher can be sold to another company and is worth at least $350 million.

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Bariatric Surgery More Effective Long Term Than Medical Treatment for T2 Diabetes

February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Not only does bariatric surgery provide substantial weight loss to the obese, but it can also ameliorate the metabolic derangements of diabetes and decrease their need for medications. And, a new randomized study found, these beneficial results aren't transient — they were still apparent five years post-surgery and were superior to the results of strictly medical treatment.

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Al Gore: Still Demented After All These Years

February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

"Every night on the television news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation," lamented the former vice president in his opening remarks for the Climate & Health Meeting. After all these years, he still has a warped penchant for apocalyptic exaggeration. 

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It's Also Painful to Give Tattoos, Study Finds

February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Tattoo artists must lean over their customers and maintain steady positions, sometimes for hours at a time – and the physical strains they endure can be significant. That's the key finding of the first-ever study of its kind, researchers say, measuring neck- and back-muscle stress at work.

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Hollywood’s Top 5 Medical Falsehoods

February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Since “fake news” seems to be the current buzz-worthy expression, let's point out that we don't have to look very far to find common medical falsehoods that originate in the Land of Celebrity. Like bubble-headed actresses who get attention for no good reason, here are some phony claims that lead the way.

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The National Academy of Science Creates Roadmap For Human Genome Editing

February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

A new report, entitled "Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance," addresses three major applications of genome editing. However, it includes a focus on making changes in the DNA – germline editing –that can be passed down through generations. 

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Is Independent Payment Advisory Board the First Skirmish in Repealing Obamacare?

February 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Three separate bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress that are designed to drive a stake into the vampire-like Independent Payment Advisory Board. It has no members, little funding and bipartisan support for its demise.  

 

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What Killed Kim Jong Un's Brother?

February 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam was assassinated – with a poison. No one knows what it was, but that hasn't stopped chemists from speculating. Here are a few of the intriguing possibilities. They are almost certainly wrong.

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Moms' Obesity Linked to Kids' Asthsma and Other Ills

February 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Public health experts have noted the unexplained increases in childhood asthma and autism spectrum disorders over the past few decades. A recent review has linked such ills to the coincident increases in obesity in women of childbearing age.

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Too Much Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Might Cause Eczema

February 15, 2017 - 12:00am

Many people take multivitamins "just to be safe." That may not be a good idea, and now a new paper suggests that people who consume too much vitamin B3 might be at higher risk of developing eczema.

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Women Serving in Vietnam: Healthier & Happier, 1990s Data Shows

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Among the conclusions from a newly-released study focusing on women's military service during the Vietnam War – both in uniform and as civilians – one is rather eye-catching: That longer service corresponded to greater happiness and life satisfaction decades later. 

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'March for Science' Organizers Just Love Science. So Do 2nd Graders

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

A co-founder of the "March for Science" says that it's "time for everyone to get on board." Okay, sure. We'll get on board – pending satisfactory answers to serious science policy questions.

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Meet Your New Organ: The Mesentery

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langas/PIIS2468-1253(16)30026-7.pdfWho knew that you would wake up one day only to find that you have 79 organs rather than the 78 you went to sleep with? It didn't exactly happen this way, but the classification of the mesentery as an organ is an important discovery with many medical implications. 

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Pentazole: The First Synthesis of One Unhappy Molecule

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

A Chinese group just pulled off something that has eluded chemists for decades. Chemists made and isolated a simple, but highly-unstable creation called pentazole for the purpose of studying it as an explosive. And they didn't even blow themselves up.

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The Science Behind When Two Fetuses Become One

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Last week, a baby boy was born in India with two penises and four legs. How do 'parasitic twins' develop and cause this? What conditions prompt duplications in the female anatomy as well?

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Donate Your Mesentery- Save Lives!

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Who knew that you would wake up one day only to find that you have 79 organs rather than the 78 you went to sleep with? It didn't exactly happen this way, but the classification of the mesentery as an organ is an important discovery with many medical implications. 

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The Rockefeller University Hosts Panel on Human Genome Editing

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Human genome editing, like self-driving cars or drone delivery, may become part of our everyday lives faster than we realize it. A panel discussion entitled "The Future of Gene Editing" brought together four experts to tackle the challenges, as they apply to humans, from different approaches and perspectives.

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The Rockefeller Hosts a Conversation on Human Genome Editing

February 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Human genome editing, like self-driving cars or drone delivery, is becoming a part of our everyday reality faster than we realize it. 

A panel discussion held at The Rockefeller University entitled "The Future of Gene Editing: A multi-disciplinary panel discussion" brought together four people who tackle the challenges of human gene-editing from different approaches and perspectives, based on their individual focuses and specialties. Why does this particular area of science need so much conversation?

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