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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That's Disgusting

ACSH - Jul 16 2018 - 06:07

Disgust is an emotional cue, and it helps us avoid situations fraught with disease. Are we responding to how infectious is transmitted or how they appear?

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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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