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Cost and Payments: Two Peculiarities of U.S. Healthcare Spending

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

Several years after the ACA ("Obamacare") passed, healthcare costs continue to rise in America. The question of why -- and, perhaps more importantly, how much of these costs should be covered by the government  -- continue to spark intense political debate.

New research funded by the Gates Foundation and led by Joseph Dieleman of the University of Washington may shed some light on this issue. The researchers investigated global patterns of healthcare spending, and their results are published in The Lancet.

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Two Melanoma 'Blockers' Identified, Researchers Report

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

Judging from our readers' strong response to a recent article on why pancreatic cancer kills so quickly, we thought we'd turn our attention to another form of fast-acting cancer and what takes place at the cellular level.

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Cost and Coverage: Two Peculiarities of U.S. Healthcare Spending

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

Several years after the ACA ("Obamacare") passed, healthcare costs continue to rise in America. The question of why -- and, perhaps more importantly, how much of these costs should be covered by the government  -- continue to spark intense debate.

New research funded by the Gates Foundation and led by Joseph Dieleman of the University of Washington may shed some light on this issue. The researchers investigated global patterns of healthcare spending, and their results are published in The Lancet.

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The Many Invisible Faces of Type 1 Diabetes

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

As a society, we immediately understand a broken arm. A gaping wound. The wasted appearance of a body overrun by cancer. But, often there are more silent and invisible conditions that not only wield a physical furor, but also an emotional and psychological one. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is such a malady. Thankfully, major advances are ongoing.
 

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2 Melanoma 'Blockers' Identified, Researchers Report

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

Judging from our readers' strong response to a recent article on why pancreatic cancer kills so quickly, we thought we'd turn our attention to another form of fast-acting cancer and what takes place at the cellular level.

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Too Much Plastic? Caterpillars to the Rescue!

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

Our oceans, rivers and landfills are getting clogged with plastic bags — especially the kind we get in grocery stores. It's a real problem, since they're not biodegradable. But now researchers have discovered that a caterpillar that lives in bee hives — the wax moth caterpillar — can actually eat the plastic and thrive!

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Ciao! Italian Measles Outbreak Worrisome As Summer Travel Approaches

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

If you are traveling to Italy in the near future, you might want to add 'get up to date on your measles vaccines' to your list of things to do before you go. The CDC is making this recommendation as there is a measles outbreak currently going on in Italy. 

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Choline Supplements: Good Or Bad?

April 25, 2017 - 12:00am

A study suggests that supplemental choline in your diet is "clot enhancing," and therefore bad. Yet studies say we need choline because it prevents chronic diseases. So what's the best approach?

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Is Pregnancy Brain Real?

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am

You've heard of being in a fog while pregnant, but is there science to back this up? A little bit. Watch our video to find out.

Plus, a bonus announcement from Ana Dolaskie.

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Wikitribune: Can Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Stop Fake News?

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Today, the Financial Times announced that Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is raising money to launch a new media outlet, called Wikitribune. According to the article, readers will pay a voluntary monthly subscription fee to fund journalists who will write stories with help from community members. The goal is to fight back against fake news.

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At West Point, the Future Health of Veterans Seems Bright

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am

ACSH's Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells attended the 2017 Yale-West Point Civil-Military Service Symposium  where issues of veterans health policy were extensively discussed.

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As With Smoking, Using Disturbing Images to Stop Tanning Bed Use

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Public-health campaigns focusing on reducing smoking have shown that including graphically disturbing images in their messaging can be effective. That approach is now being applied to raising awareness of the dangerous health effects of indoor tanning. A recent study of college-aged women showed mostly promising results.

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Outreach: Science Marches, Our Event Appearances and Media Links

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am

Science advocates had been insisting that this weekend's marches were not anti-Republican. While the majority of people attending had an earnest interest in science, they were also duped into believing science was suddenly in peril. Here's a look at that, and some other events that concerned us.

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Outreach: Science Marches and Media Links

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am

1. Now that the Science March is over, it's safe to pretend it wasn't about partisan politics. Up until Lenin's birthday...I mean Earth Day...I mean Saturday...there was at least a pretense that this was about making sure science remains a strategic resource. (1) Yes, the motivation even then was sketchy - the march had been planned to lament that science had declined before a new president even knew where the bathrooms were in the White House - but science advocates had been insisting this was not anti-Republican.

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Why Your Mom Told You Not To Cross The Road

April 23, 2017 - 12:00am

A new University of Iowa study shows that before their teen years, children do not have the perceptual judgment to safely cross a road with traffic. This affirms common wisdom. It's also why we have school crossing guards for small children.

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Kids Cannot Safely Cross Roads On Their Own

April 23, 2017 - 12:00am

Fourteen is a big year of transition in many kids' lives... Whether its the start of dating, getting their own phone, or learning how to drive, it is a time when they can start to do more on their own. That includes, according to new research.... crossing the street safely? 

A new study from the University of Iowa shows that, before their teen years, children do not have the perceptual judgment to cross a road with traffic safely. 

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Serious Unintended Consequences of Prostate Cancer Screens and Biopsies

April 22, 2017 - 12:00am

Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized a controversial recommendation that general breast cancer screening should begin at age 50, not before then. The decision was controversial not just because of its implications for health insurance coverage but because society has been conditioned to believe that screening is a valuable part of preventive medicine. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily true.

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US Female Astronaut to Break Record for Time in Space

April 21, 2017 - 12:00am

If the "Sky's the Limit" for someone whose ambitions know no bounds, what's the limit for someone who lives above the sky?

A curious soul might like to pose that existential question to Peggy Whitson, as her stay in space reaches record-breaking heights.

Or, better yet, maybe President Trump will do it during his upcoming call with the trailblazing NASA astronaut.

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Article Saying Diet Drinks Cause Stroke, Dementia Is Full of Holes

April 21, 2017 - 12:00am

Diet sodas increase your risk of stroke and who knows what else, according to a new, off-based study. But before you you pour all your soda stock down the sink, hear this: That new study has nothing to say about a causal connection between diet drinks and cardiovascular ailments. And here are the reasons why.

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Protecting Coral Reefs With Some Clever Chemistry

April 21, 2017 - 12:00am

How many of these tropical fish can you name? If you're an avid snorkeler or scuba diver, probably all of them (1). Seeing them in their natural habitat - a coral reef - is an amazing experience. But, the fish that you might see in salt water aquariums (usually not these) may have gotten there in a way that is also amazing, but not in a good way.

 

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