Feds Double Down On Pills As Fentanyl Deaths Double

ACSH - Jul 14 2018 - 09:07

Here's a splendid idea. Let's say that North Korea finally comes up with a missile that can travel more than 20 feet before blowing up and they decide to launch one at California. Naturally, we would retaliate by attacking... Sweden.

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Germany's Incoherent Energy Policy

ACSH - Jul 13 2018 - 21:07

Germany serves as a wonderful example of how to do everything wrong in energy policy.

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Culinary Explorer with an Iron Stomach

ACSH - Jul 13 2018 - 07:07

For more than a decade now Andrew Zimmern has crisscrossed the world, and then some, eating some of the craziest things you can imagine.

The host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel has consumed silk worms and bull penis in Vietnam (2007) to goat organs in Ethiopia (2008) to wildebeest eyeballs in Namibia (2011) and everything in between. Adventurous, you could say that safely. But that doesn't even begin to describe this globetrotting culinary explorer whose unafraid of any potential digestive danger that may soon cross his lips.

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Our Postmodern World: Science Is Political and Non-PhDs Are Scientists

ACSH - Jul 12 2018 - 19:07

But in 2018, we live in a thoroughly postmodernist society. In a world in which we can no longer distinguish truth from lies and science itself has been redefined, non-scientists can claim to be scientists. And I'm the Queen of England.

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IARC: Chris Portier Denies Being Paid By EDF Is A Conflict Of Interest For IARC Members

ACSH - Jul 12 2018 - 18:07

Chris Portier, Ph.D., an activist statistician who who pushed to get the common herbicide ingredient glyphosate listed as a "hazard" for carcinogen labeling purposes while with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, only later revealed he was on the payroll of an anti-science litigation group that was targeting glyphosate at the time - Environmental Defense Fund.

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Anti-Anxiety Meds Given to Boys For Rescue Mission From Thai Cave - An Important Lesson On Risk

ACSH - Jul 12 2018 - 13:07

Risks change in healthcare when imminent life or death are your alternatives.

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Sunscreen Alone Not Enough for the Fair-Skinned, Study Finds

ACSH - Jul 12 2018 - 07:07

For fair-skinned folks, the results of a new study can be taken as some worthy advice: applying sunscreen alone doesn't provide enough protection from sunburn.

Instead, multiple protection methods are needed for those with pale skin to keep the threat of skin cancer at bay.

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Stalking the 'Wild' Surgeon

ACSH - Jul 12 2018 - 06:07

Ethologists, videographers and economists all have studied the behavior of surgeons in the operating room. Their revelations will not surprise surgeons and do not require the trappings of p-values and statistics. 

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Stalking the “Wild” Surgeon

ACSH - Jul 12 2018 - 06:07

Ethologists, videographers and economists all have studied the behavior of surgeons in the operating room. Their revelations will not surprise surgeons and do not require the trappings of p-values and statistics. 

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'Kill and Release' Antibacterial Surface

ACSH - Jul 11 2018 - 21:07

Antibacterial surfaces are one way that we are fighting back against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Killing bacteria before they infect our bodies obviously precludes the need for an antibiotic.

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Fashion Retailer’s Inclusivity Not Just Good For Humanity. Also Big Win For Healthcare.

ACSH - Jul 11 2018 - 19:07

Inclusivity for those with chronic disease or differing abilities is gaining momentum as a fashion trend. These targeted solutions to quality of life issues is a refreshing way to achieve the larger goal of a healthier society.

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Congress Contemplates a Fix for Antibiotic Resistance - REVAMP

ACSH - Jul 11 2018 - 10:07

There is finally a workable plan to address the frightening (and growing) problem of antibiotic resistance. It's called REVAMP, or re-valuing antimicrobial products. ACSH advisor Dr. David Shlaes explains. 

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Is Aging A Disease?

ACSH - Jul 11 2018 - 05:07

If aging is a disease, then what are the signs and more importantly, how do we treat the problem. Surely it must be more than exercise and moderation? The simple process of defining a disease is not as simple as it may seem.

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Pigs May Be a Host for Ebola Virus

ACSH - Jul 10 2018 - 20:07

Three pigs tested positive for antibodies to the Ebola virus, suggesting that pigs could serve as a host for the disease. Virus hunters should take note.

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Women Athletes And Elevated Testosterone - A Pharmacological View

ACSH - Jul 10 2018 - 17:07

South African track star Caster Semenya is in the middle of a controversy that she had no part in making. Her testosterone levels are naturally very high and the International Association of Athletics Federations won't let her run certain races unless she takes medication to lower her testosterone. Should she have to take performance detracting drugs?

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Don’t Be an Antibiotic Resistance Vigilante

ACSH - Jul 10 2018 - 16:07

A team of researchers want people to shorten their antibiotic course. This suggestion is problematic, and possibly dangerous-- both to individuals and the battle against antibiotic resistance-- and goes against the recommendations of numerous organizations.  

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The Effect of Endogenous Androgens in Elite Female Athletes

ACSH - Jul 10 2018 - 15:07

The case around Dutee Chand's and Caster Semenya hinges on whether their endogenous androgens give them a competitive edge. Here is the report currently at the center of the "science."

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Deciding Where the 'Gender Line' is in Track & Field

ACSH - Jul 10 2018 - 14:07

The case of Caster Semenya is as fascinating as it is multi-faceted. And while the debate can be endless due to the multitude of factors, the position one ends up taking really pivots on just a single point: how gender is defined. 

Is the two-time Olympic champion sprinter a woman? Is "she" really a man? Is her biological makeup a combination of both genders? That all depends on, yes, the definition of gender.

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Does Patient-Centered Care Actually Help?

ACSH - Jul 10 2018 - 06:07

Patient-centered care sounds like a great way to personalize care. How do longer visits, and more collaborative care change outcomes or attitudes?

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Medical War Crimes: Nazis Murdered the Mentally, Physically Disabled

ACSH - Jul 09 2018 - 22:07

One of my best friends recently commented that it's disturbing how many Nazis, communists, and terrorists he's friends with on Facebook.

His point, of course, was sarcastic. Labeling people in the harshest of terms is one of the features of our hyperpartisan society. Anyone we disagree with on the Left is a socialist or communist; anyone we disagree with on the Right is a Nazi. Everybody else is a terrorist sympathizer. Such is the condition of our national discourse in 2018.

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