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Study Says Bilingual Kids’ Brains Are Smarter & Faster

April 29, 2016 - 9:05pm
Researchers analyzed that babies born to bilingual households tend to develop critical thinking skills before they even speak. Continue reading →
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Rethinking Post-Surgical Painkillers

April 29, 2016 - 7:08pm
New federal guidelines advise primary care doctors to consider carefully when prescribing of opioid painkillers, and in an editorial a team of surgeons has recommended what the American Council on Science and Health testified to at the FDA in February; cutting back on the number of opioid pills prescribed to … Continue reading →
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Repurposing Chemo: Top 1 Inhibitor As New Sepsis Treatment?

April 29, 2016 - 1:40pm
Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to infection goes into overdrive, leading to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis has an overall mortality rate of between 20 and 50 percent, and kills more people than do HIV and breast cancer. It afflicts up to 500,000 people a year in the U.S. and millions more worldwide,. … Continue reading →
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Screening Colonoscopies Not So Effective Says Recent Review

April 28, 2016 - 6:08pm
Colonoscopies have been hailed as the hero for the decreasing the incidence and death of individuals from colon cancer. An essay, published in the NEJM, claims that other factors, not just colonoscopy, are contributing to the decline. Continue reading →
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Italian Homeless Want Meat

April 28, 2016 - 4:24pm
Homeless people who are fed at soup kitchens typically don't get to choose their menus. But in Bologna, Italy some protested when a celebrity chef offered them vegan cuisine. Some said they'd rather return to the streets than eat his veggies. Continue reading →
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Rainwater’s Important Role In Triggering Earthquakes

April 28, 2016 - 3:11pm
In the United States it has become so popular for anti-science groups to blame hydraulic fracturing - fracking - for earthquakes that it might seem like little actual research is being done without an agenda. Continue reading →
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Is Lyme Disease A Ticking Time Bomb?

April 28, 2016 - 2:50pm
On any ranked list of nasty diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas in the Western world, Borrelia burgdorferi, would have to lie near the top. Continue reading →
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Designer Drug Whack-A-Mole is Like Juggling Jello

April 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
A new designer drug that's related to the opioid fentanyl is killing people. It is called furanyl fentanyl, but the name hardly matters. It is just one more fentanyl copycat, which happens to be legal only because it has not yet been made illegal. What we have is a "pharmaceutical wild west," where an unlimited number of versions of known, powerful drugs are made — and tested on the street. Continue reading →
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Spurious Link of Statins to Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risk

April 27, 2016 - 6:13pm
Previous data linked the use of statins, or cholesterol-lowering medications, to a reduced overall risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, however, revealed that data had been subject to selection bias and statins do not lower colon cancer risk. Continue reading →
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Beverage Choice Can Affect the Odds of a Pit Stop

April 27, 2016 - 4:08pm
What drink (or drinks) will promote proper hydration without leading to too many pit stops? A recent study suggests that milk and oral hydration beverage are probably not the best choices. Which were the best? We suggest you ... Continue reading →
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Is the End Near for Chiropractors?

April 27, 2016 - 3:35pm
There has been a rising tide of demands from governmental and other regulatory bodies targeting distinct problems within the chiropractic profession. And as guest writer Michael Vagg explains, one major concern involves the movement to stop chiropractors from making unsupported statements to the general public. Continue reading →
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Pfizer Settles Suit Regarding Underpaying Rebates Under Medicaid Drug Rebate Program

April 27, 2016 - 3:20pm
A suit regarding allegations that Wyeth, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.,   knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Prescription Drug Rebate Program for the sales of Protonix Oral and Protonix IV between 2001 and 2006, has been settled. Pfizer acquired Wyeth, Inc., in 2009, after the conduct alleged in the … Continue reading →
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No Health Issue From Fracking Again, Environmentalists Disappointed

April 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Environmentalists hoping to have a “smoking gun” for a health effect due to the hydraulic fracturing – fracking – process in obtaining fossil fuels were disappointed that a three-year investigation yielded nothing. Only in environmental activism does a null result finding the public being completely safe lead to sadness, but there you have … Continue reading →
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Our Long History Fighting Viruses

April 27, 2016 - 11:30am
A virus is essentially an information system (encoded in DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat and shaped by evolution to ensure its own replication and survival. Viruses grow only in living cells. But they infect everything from the simplest, single-cell organisms, such as amoebae, to multicellular, multi-organ ecosystems … Continue reading →
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Full Of Shite: Why a Fecal Transplant Paper Was Retracted

April 27, 2016 - 11:00am
A paper published two years ago focusing on the link between gut bacteria and obesity was recently retracted from the publication Diabetes for intentionally falsifying and fabricating data. Not only does this unethical behavior tarnish the credibility of science in general, it also wastes the time, energy and resources of researchers who are attempting to build off of current literature. Continue reading →
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Addicting Snacks: Some Like It Hot

April 26, 2016 - 10:25pm
Sweet treats are delicious and we can see how they, along with salty foods, can trigger an addicting craving, but why on earth would anyone subject themselves to Flamin' Hot Cheetos over and over again? Turns out, spicy foods are the most addicting of them all. Continue reading →
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Canadian Naturopath Couple Guilty in Son’s Meningitis Death

April 26, 2016 - 10:05pm
David and Collet Stephan's son Ezekiel died in March 2012. What's shocking was that the 19-moth old died of meningitis while his folks tried to cure him with naturopathic smoothies of hot peppers and horseradish. We hope this senseless tragedy will spotlight Canadian tolerance of medical neglect, which exists due to tolerance for cultures where anti-science beliefs hold sway.  Continue reading →
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A Novel Approach to Treating Sepsis

April 26, 2016 - 7:16pm
Scientists from South Korea have developed a novel method for treating sepsis, one which does not focus on the infection. Rather it's aimed at maintaining the functional and structural integrity of blood vessels. Continue reading →
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Britiots Substitute Vinegar for Glyphosate

April 26, 2016 - 6:41pm
The geniuses who run the city of Bristol in the United Kingdom decided that glyphosate was SO dangerous that they were going to try a one-year program during which it would switch to vinegar as an "organic" weed killer. How's that working out? According to the residents of Bristol, the whole idea, quite literally, stinks. Continue reading →
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Abnormal Blood Flow Indicates Traumatic Brain Injury in Football Players

April 26, 2016 - 4:59pm
Before concussions can be treated it's best to understand what is really happening in the brain, and the authors of a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease claim to have made some progress. Continue reading →
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