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Why Some Scientists Are Bad at Their Jobs

March 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Scientists are humans, too. And, just like other humans you know, some of them aren't very good at their jobs. There are three main ways in which scientists can mess up.

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Can Starbucks, Subway, ATMs and Pizza Shops Prevent Sudden Death?

March 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Researchers at the University of Toronto published a ranking of businesses they believe could move the needle to reduce deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

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Spotting Deadly Melanoma: More than Naked-Eye Diagnosis Needed

March 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – kills an estimated 10,000 Americans per year, with the death toll rising each year. Yet there is no consensus in the medical community on a uniform, data-based protocol to screen for the disease. Now, scores of those who study and treat melanoma are banding together to address that.

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Dr. Oz: Vinegar Not a Miracle Medicine, But It Cures Cancer

March 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Apparently, you can make any claim with an Asterisk (*), so long as the asterisk clarifies that your claim isn't true. In one of Dr. Oz's latest press releases, the TV 'doc' touts apple cider vinegar (or any vinegar) as a miracle health benefit: it improves blood flow, prevents diabetes, encourages weight loss, and prevents cancer. But not too long ago on the Dr. Oz show, he caveats his claims by saying this: "

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Are Older Mothers Really Better Mothers?

March 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Are older mothers really better mothers, as the headlines are claiming? They may be, but, when the study is based on mothers answers to a questionnaire about their own children - it's also possible that older mothers just think that their children are more perfect than younger mothers do.  

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Your Donations At Work: Our Media Links Last Week

March 27, 2017 - 12:00am

It was another week of us doing what we do best: separating health scares from health threats. So when we get pushback from those in the health-scare business – a shifty faction that includes academic journalism professors and a former bureaucrat who insists checking your email will give you brain cancer – it's time for us to get busy.

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The CDC Opioid Guidelines Violate Standards of Science Research

March 25, 2017 - 12:00am

US pain patients are experiencing a world of troubles.  If their pain itself wasn’t enough, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added to their agony in March 2016 by issuing a restrictive “Guideline” to primary care physicians on prescription of opioid medications to adults with long-lasting non-cancer pain. And the methodology that the CDC used is deeply flawed. 

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Turmeric Killed Someone. What Does Joe Mercola Say About It?

March 25, 2017 - 12:00am

Jade Erick, a 30-year old California woman, was also interested in holistic health, but ended up anything but health. She died after receiving an intravenous dose of turmeric, a spice that has not been shown to offer any health benefits whatsoever. But, of course, this won't step Joe "Big Dough" Mercola from selling in on his site. The ridiculous claims are free. 

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Fixing Science: A Tool to Calculate Sample Sizes

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

One of the major reasons scientific research is facing a reproducibility problem is because of poor use of statistics. In a bombshell 2005 article that still reverberates in the halls of academia (and industry), John Ioannidis used mathematics to coolly demonstrate why most published research findings are false1. 

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What Dr. Ben Carson and a Baby Girl with 4 Legs, 2 Spines Have In Common

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

A ten month-old baby girl with two spines and four legs has a lot in common with the HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson.

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Icelanders May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

The key to preventing Alzheimer's Disease may lie in the north Atlantic island of Iceland. Its relatively homogeneous population has been a treasure trove for genetic researcher looking for mutated genes that increase or decrease the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

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The Next Plague - Viruses: The Superstars Among Pathogenic Plague Microbes

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Of all the nasty things floating around out there, just waiting around to kill us, viruses are the nastiest. You've all heard of smallpox, rabies, Spanish flu, polio, AIDS and Ebola but emerging viral infections are seriously scary. 

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The Next Plague Part 4- Viruses: The superstars among pathogenic plague microbes

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Of all the nasty things floating around out there, just waiting around to kill us, viruses are the nastiest. You've all heard of smallpox, rabies, Spanish flu, polio, AIDS and Ebola. How about Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, MERS CoV, Lassa fever, Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, and Chikungunya? Emerging viral infections are seriously scary. 

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New York University Journalism Academics, Stop Libeling Scientists And Doctors

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Here's the real scoop from someone who worked at the highest levels in the private sector, who started the Science 2.0 movement, and who now runs a pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit: Corporations do not give people money to do something they are already doing for free. 

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Mental Health Care Is An Essential Benefit - Except To Our Congress

March 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Mental health affects almost twice as many Americans as diabetes. Why is Congress declaring the former is not an essential health benefit?

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Which Is Worse: Postmodernism or Anti-Intellectualism?

March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Since nobody really knows what postmodernism is, it's becomes a nebulous concept that poses an existential threat to science and technology. How so? Because it's largely characterized by a rejection of objective truth. This is antithetical to scientific inquiry.

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How Cargill Ruined Its Reputation in a Single Tweet

March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Reputations are a funny thing. It takes years to build them but mere seconds to destroy them.

Cargill, a company that provides all manner of agricultural products and services, has managed to ruin its reputation with farmers and science writers in a single tweet. On March 17, the company announced its partnership with the thoroughly wretched Non-GMO Project*, an anti-biotech organization that sticks a goofy "non-GMO verified" label on everything from water to kitty litter.

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A Naturopath's Human Experiment Ends In Death

March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Turmeric pills are the latest version of snake oil promoted by healers and naturopaths. And although that may be bad, it's not as bad as their latest trick – administering turmeric using an IV and killing an otherwise healthy person.

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Caring for Your Kidneys, Essential but Often Forgotten

March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Since they are easily overlooked, it makes sense to check in with your kidneys to see how they're doing – and more importantly, to learn whether you're caring for them properly. Millions of Americans are not, and they're unaware of the damage they're doing because it can be symptomless.

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No, Olive Oil Isn't Toxic When Hot

March 23, 2017 - 12:00am

When it comes to cooking, olive oil takes the cake for nutrition, flavor, and healthy fats. So it makes sense that someone would find a reason to hate it; it's the anti-science way, after all! Internet rumors swirl about the low smoke point of olive oil and claims that reaching it is potentially toxic to your health. It isn't true, and here's why.

 

 

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