Cats and Dogs: The Superbug Risk

ACSH - Jul 22 2018 - 06:07

We’re all well aware of the growing threat of superbugs. There are plenty warnings about how we encourage these antibiotic-resistant bacteria by either overusing antibiotics or not finishing a prescribed course of treatment. But while this has hopefully made people more cautious about misusing these drugs, few probably give it a second thought when it comes to their pets. As it turns out, this is going to have to quickly change.

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Do-Gooderism: A Religious Cult for Millennials

ACSH - Jul 20 2018 - 20:07

For do-gooders, the ends justify the means. Do-gooders believe they are saving the world, therefore any tactic is completely defensible. In Santa Barbara, selling a drink with a plastic straw could result in a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. 

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Cancer Patients Who Use Complementary Medicine (Refuse Conventional) Twice As Likely To Die, Says Study

ACSH - Jul 20 2018 - 15:07

Complementary medicine (CM) ranges from authentic stress relieving massage and well-meaning, but expensive placebo to outright spurious healing claims. Researchers decided to study its impact on patients with curable cancers.

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Toxic Chemical Cocktails - Where Endocrine Disruption Starts To Sound Like Homeopathy

ACSH - Jul 20 2018 - 12:07

Paracelsus famously noted that the dose makes the poison.

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Aspirin Dosage, to Battle Heart Disease, May Depend on Your Weight

ACSH - Jul 20 2018 - 07:07

While aspirin has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, there have previously been no dosage recommendations tailored to a person's weight. But a new study indicates that a weight needs to be considered to improve helpful outcomes and prevent any harmful effects from occurring.

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Suicides Increase During Heat Waves

ACSH - Jul 19 2018 - 20:07

For every 1o C. increase in temperature, the risk of suicide also increased by 1% to 37%. In general, heat tends to exacerbate previously existing mental illness and drug misuse.

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For Older Chinese-Americans, Loneliness & Depression Curtail Cognitive Function

ACSH - Jul 19 2018 - 07:07

As minority groups in the United States are concerned, Asian-Americans are viewed as the one that has, in general, done best for itself in terms of socioeconomic status, overall health and socialization. This perceived advantage is known as "model minority" status.

However, a team of researchers, prompted by some skepticism that this status was ill-fitting or misplaced, set out to challenge the concept by better understanding and studying older Chinese-Americans, a representative subset of that larger, multi-cultural ethnic population.

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Much Needed Congressional Hearing Examines Rise In Drug-Impaired Driving

ACSH - Jul 19 2018 - 05:07

More American drivers are dying in car crashes where drugs are detected than they are from those involving only alcohol.

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Bundled Payments For Medical Conditions Show No Savings

ACSH - Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

Bundled payments, paying one fee for hospitalization and the next 90 days of care, reduce the cost of surgical care, but for a medical hospitalization, there is no evidence of cost savings. Why?

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Bundled Payments For Medical Conditions Shows No Savings

ACSH - Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

Bundled payments, paying one fee for hospitalization and the next 90 days of care, reduce the cost of surgical care, but for a medical hospitalization, there is no evidence of cost savings. Why?

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Are Doctors Overprescribing Statins?

ACSH - Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

50% of men and 38% of women aged 60 and older are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Is that really necessary?

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Asbestos?

ACSH - Jul 18 2018 - 15:07

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and was signed into law June 22, 2016. It created a mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines, to do so in a transparent fashion, and to do so using risk-based chemical assessments rather than rely on simple epidemiological correlations. 

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New Study Says Urgent Care Centers Are Biggest Culprit In Antibiotic Overuse

ACSH - Jul 18 2018 - 12:07

When business models drive medical systems, low value care ensues.

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A Penny Saved, A Penny Earned?

ACSH - Jul 18 2018 - 07:07

Scribes inputting data into electronic medical records are supposed to free-up time for physicians, letting them care for their patients. But surprisingly, it may actually make care worse. Another example of unintended consequences? 

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Matthews & Associates Pushes Anti-Vaxxer Propaganda, Junk Science

ACSH - Jul 17 2018 - 21:07

The law firm Matthews & Associates shows no concern for the truth. They fit comfortably and profitably into our postmodern world, in which truth and lies are no longer distinguishable. Unscrupulous people can make a lot of money by exploiting the public's confusion over vaccines, chemicals, and pharmaceutical products.

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Naloxone and Naltrexone Look And Sound The Same But Are Used Differently - Here's Why

ACSH - Jul 17 2018 - 15:07

 With opioids and opiates (yes, there is a difference, but it's unnecessary) See ACSH Explains: What's The Difference Between Opioids And Opiates?) dominating the news, and the media being rather cavalier about getting things right, it is not surprising that most people are more than a little confused about the topic.

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Improve a Bad Night's Sleep in a Hospital: Speak Up

ACSH - Jul 17 2018 - 12:07

A new study – one that fits in beautifully with other similar dog-bites-man stories – reveals that those sleeping in hospitals typically get less sleep than they would get otherwise at home.


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Connecting the Dots

ACSH - Jul 17 2018 - 08:07

Sometimes when we dismiss a study it is not that the data is "false," but how they are fashioned into a narrative that raises eyebrows. Data may seem absolute, it is the interpretation that provides context. 

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Deadly Infectious Disease Outbreaks Are Occurring All Over the World

ACSH - Jul 16 2018 - 20:07

Infectious diseases never go away.

Living in the developed world, it's certainly tempting to think that they do. Our triumph over microbes has lulled many people into a false sense of security, which has, in part, fueled the anti-vaccine movement. If we don't see people dying of diphtheria, is a vaccine against it actually necessary?

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Florida's Deadly Algae Bloom - Why Is It So Dangerous?

ACSH - Jul 16 2018 - 12:07

Lake Okeechobee in South Florida is being plagued by an enormous algae bloom. But what's causing the problem is not algae; it's a plant-like pathogen called cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria blooms are dangerous because they release a variety of deadly neurotoxins, which can kill humans and animals. 

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