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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With High Rates of Marijuana Poisonings, Dogs Getting ‘High’ Is No Laughing Matter

ACSH - Jul 09 2018 - 14:07

Dogs get poisoned, not “just stoned” from marijuana exposure. And the rates are increasing, with the dedicated veterinary services Pet Poison Helpline experiencing a 448% increase in calls over the past six years.

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Dikeman And The Diabetes Dilemma

ACSH - Jul 09 2018 - 08:07

Type 1 diabetics have enough to worry about already without being told that they can’t trust their doctors, but that is exactly what Richard David Dikeman, Ph.D., has dedicated his Twitter account to doing. He and Dr. Richard K. Bernstein have teamed up to create Diabetes University in order to wage war against physicians and the American Diabetes Association, who supposedly recommend high carb diets to type 1 diabetics, all in the name of educating people about diabetes care.

They say that diabetics should not listen to the recommendations of their doctors.

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Hot Dog Peril, We're in Business Journal, Financial Post, At The CEI Gala, And More Outreach

ACSH - Jul 09 2018 - 06:07

1. How ridiculous is the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island? So ridiculous that the judges miscounted wildly on the number of hot dogs and no one noticed. Until winner Joey Chestnut insisted he had broken his own world record and eaten 74 in 10 minutes and the judges had to go back and review the 10 minute tape and actually count this time. And he was right, they were off by a whole plate, not just for him, but for the second place finisher.

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Which Comes First, Needing Glasses or Education?

ACSH - Jul 09 2018 - 06:07

Myopia or nearsightedness, and higher levels of education are associated; but which came first, which is the cause? Can genetic information help us to convert correlation to causation and answer this chicken or egg question?

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The NRDC's Hitler-Pesticide Video Worthy Of Joseph Goebbels

ACSH - Jul 08 2018 - 08:07

It's not often that I have a whole lot of positive things to say about the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). But there's no denying that they can sure make an effective scare video. And even though it's a bunch of BS, it sure is well done.

But for a group that makes a whole lot of money - more than 100-times what ACSH does - you might think that they could afford to find a decent scientist or two somewhere. I mean, their corporate officers sure do well enough...

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As Per CDC, Highly Cited Stats on Suicide Rates May Be In Error

ACSH - Jul 06 2018 - 16:07

Well-publicized paper on suicide rates by occupation might have produced faulty data. A "reanalysis" is underway.

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Darkness May Cause Spinal Abnormalities in Cave Fish

ACSH - Jul 06 2018 - 14:07

Life finds a way. But that doesn't mean it's always easy.

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Cold Urticaria Is Real: We May Need to Ban Winter

ACSH - Jul 06 2018 - 06:07

Are people allergic to cold weather the way there are pollen?

While doing research on cryolipolysis, a technique people selectively freezes areas of their bodies to “sculpt” it (seriously), I discovered that a disqualifying factor for participants was an allergy to cold, more precisely stumbled an “allegic/inflammatory reaction to cold”

If this is real, there are a lot of implications. Banning winter may need to be on the table 

Is It Legitimate?

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Caring For Those With Advanced Dementia Is Not For The Weak

ACSH - Jul 05 2018 - 22:07

How do you balance comfort and autonomy at the ends of life? An already complicated emotional question is made more difficult when your loved one is severely demented. Families and physicians face this dilemma every day. 

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Modern Scientific Advance Best Shot At Success For Boys Trapped In Thai Cave

ACSH - Jul 05 2018 - 14:07

This situation is a powerful reminder that nature will always be our greatest adversary. That said, current day understanding, innovation and progress is a formidable opponent.

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