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A Drug 85 Times More Potent than THC Caused 'Zombie Outbreak' in New York City

January 21, 2017 - 12:00am

For several hours on July 12, 2016, a group of 33 people in New York City were in a "zombie-like" state: staring blankly, moving and responding to medics slowly, and occasionally groaning. This bizarre spectacle was the result of a very bad trip on a synthetic cannabinoid that Reddit users have called "out of this world potent."

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Doubt Cast Over Sunscreen-Vs.-Shade Study

January 20, 2017 - 12:00am

Question: Should researchers even participate in a study, if the potential exists that the results they collect can benefit the company or industry that employs them?  

This thought immediately comes to mind after reading the conclusion of a newly-released examination comparing the protective benefits of sunscreen and umbrella shade. We ask this because shouldn't one of the primary goals of any scientific study be that purposeful efforts are taken to minimize conflicts of interest, along with other factors that may cast doubt on the conclusions?

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ABCD: Obesity Has A New Name, But Will It Stop The Epidemic?

January 20, 2017 - 12:00am

Will "Adiposity-Based Chronic Disease" change behavior the way "obesity" could not?

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President George H. W. Bush in ICU, Wife Barbara in Same Hospital

January 20, 2017 - 12:00am

As the nation gears up for today's inauguration of the 45th President Donald J. Trump of the United States, sadly, the Bushes will be unable to be in attendance. In an all too common turn of events, former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara were admitted to the same hospital for respiratory issues-- pneumonia and bronchitis, respectively.  

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McKesson Fined $150 Million; Contributed to Opioid Crisis

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

McKesson Corporation has been repeatedly fined for failing to report suspicious opioid orders, a requirement for all participants in the opioid 'supply change' managed by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Why? This is not the corporate citizenship and stewardship they claim and there is little we can do about it.

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And Then There Were Three: A New Trivalent Herpes Vaccine Enters The Scene

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

A third vaccine against herpes has entered the race and has gotten some rave reviews for its protection of guinea pigs. But it didn't so well in monkeys. Which is more important? Testing in humans will decide, but the answer won't be known for about two years. 

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McKesson Fined $150 Million as they contribute to opioid crisis - Too Big to Punish

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

McKesson Corporation has been repeatedly fined for failing to report suspicious opioid orders, a requirement for all participants in the opioid 'supply change' managed by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Why? This is not the corporate citizenship and stewardship they claim and there is little we can do about it.

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Media Think World of Science and Health Will End on Inauguration Day 2017

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

Before Election Day 2016, I wrote an article reminding everyone that no matter what happens, America will be #1 in science. President Obama shares my optimism. In his final press conference, the outgoing President said, "At my core, I think we're going to be OK."

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Timeline of New Year's Resolutions

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

How are your New Year's resolutions going? Ana Dolaskie's are getting on swimmingly....

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MRI May Help 27% Of Suspected Prostate Cancer Patients Avoid Biopsies

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

A new study estimates that adding an MRI test - a short-term cost in increasingly stretched government health care budgets - would yield savings because 27 percent of men could avoid an unnecessary biopsy and also reduce over-diagnosis by 5 percent. An over-diagnosis is when a patient is diagnosed with a cancer that does not go on to cause any harm during their lifetime.

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McKesson Fined $150 Million as they contribute to opioid crisis - Too Big to Punish

January 19, 2017 - 12:00am

McKesson Corporation has been repeatedly fined for failing to report suspicious opioid orders, a requirement for all participants in the opioid 'supply change' managed by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Why? This is not the corporate citizenship and stewardship they claim and there is little we can do about it.

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Are Science Journals Politically Biased? Editor-in-Chief of ACS Journal Refuses to Discuss Editorial Policy

January 18, 2017 - 12:00am

Science is one of the few institutions in America that has largely remained above the hyperpartisanship gripping our nation. However, there is a small but growing perception among Americans that scientists are becoming politically biased. Indeed, surveys have confirmed that Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in academia.

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7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents (Healthy?)

January 18, 2017 - 12:00am

The World Marathon Challenge of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days is about to get underway. Are such extreme endurance sports healthy? Worth the risks?

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Healthier Eating at Sporting Events, When Menu Has Better Choices

January 18, 2017 - 12:00am

As compared to the prehistoric days of menu choices at ballpark concession stands, the food served today at most stadiums and arenas around the country unquestionably constitutes a major upgrade. At professional sporting events, for instance, the offerings are now more voluminous, tastier and healthier. (And yes, in many cases, more expensive. But at least they're an available alternative.) 

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Nexium: The Dark Side Of Pharma

January 18, 2017 - 12:00am

Pharmaceutical companies usually provide innovation that improves the lives of patients who take their drugs, Not this time. The only innovation that AstraZeneca's Nexium (the purple pill) provided was a better looking pill, not one that worked substantially better than the company's Prilosec, whose patent had expired. Yet, they earned almost $50 billion by patenting and selling something "new" that was virtually identical to what they already had. This scummy practice is called patent extension, and it's strictly about money, not patients. 

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USDA Approves Web Sales for Nutritional Program, Offering Great Option

January 18, 2017 - 12:00am

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. or SNAP, has successfully addressed food security – but it hasn't helped improve the diets of at-risk consumers. But now, the availability of online sales provides an opportunity where data and consumer feedback can be used to improve food choices for those facing significant health problems.

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Natural and Artificial Flavors: What's the Difference?

January 18, 2017 - 12:00am

The American Council on Science and Health, since 1978 America's premiere pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit, is pleased to announce our new book, "Natural and Artificial Flavors: What's the Difference?", in order to combat growing confusion about health issues related to food.

During the last decade, it has become increasingly fashionable to tout "natural" on product labels. It isn't just fringe companies that prey on the chemophobia evident among less-informed members of the public, larger brands have also been exploiting consumers in this fashion.

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For Breast Cancer Prevention Share Good Info, Not Hearts

January 17, 2017 - 12:00am

An online support campaign has taken women on FB by storm. The idea: put a simple red heart on your wall in support of Breast Cancer Prevention Week. But given the grim tale of metastatic breast cancer, we ought to do more than update our Facebook status.

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Stink Bugs Add the Flavor of Cilantro to Red Wine

January 17, 2017 - 12:00am

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who eat bugs knowingly and those who eat bugs unknowingly. Oh yes, you eat bugs. Even vegans eat bugs.

While farmers and food processors want our grub to be pure, it is impossible to eliminate every single contaminant in the food supply. Crops are covered with insects, and little can be done to prevent a leg here or an antenna there from making its way into the final product.

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When Mating, an Insect That Makes Rational Choices

January 17, 2017 - 12:00am

A new study by a team of University of Washington researchers focusing on the mating habits of fruit flies reached a somewhat surprising discovery, concluding that "mate choice in fruit flies is rational and adaptive."

 

 

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