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Astronauts, Seeking Better Sleep, Change the Lights to Mimic the Sun

ACSH - Jun 07 2018 - 12:06

Astronauts on the international space station have been removing standard fluorescent lighting and installing light emitting diode, or LED, fixtures. Instead of having just an on/off switch, each fixture has three settings that simulate natural light, as well as the sun's changing intensities during its daily arc through the sky. 

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99.99% Of The Pesticides We Eat Are Made By Plants

ACSH - Jun 07 2018 - 11:06

People are terrified of pesticides. This makes places like Whole Foods very happy. But the truth about pesticides would terrify Whole Foods. Their produce is loaded with pesticides made by the plant for protection from predators. Should you be worried about the 0.01% of synthetic pesticide residues or the 99.99% of natural pesticides, which as just as likely to be carcinogenic as the synthetics. 

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Dr Oz, America's Quack, Endorses Astrology

ACSH - Jun 07 2018 - 06:06

Dr. Oz is what would happen if Alex Jones and Mother Jones had a baby.

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How Whale ‘Blow’ And Drones Can Inform On Emerging Disease

ACSH - Jun 06 2018 - 20:06

With drones, discovery in science and medicine makes the sky, and now the sea, the limit.

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Don't Blame Wheat Breeding for Celiac, Gluten Sensitivity

ACSH - Jun 06 2018 - 18:06

A new paper provides solid evidence that the cause of the apparent uptick in celiac disease cases is not due to wheat breeding. So, the search for the real cause continues.

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A Shifting Parenting Paradigm?

ACSH - Jun 06 2018 - 04:06

Parenting by guidelines and legislation is missing the big picture.

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Taking The Training Wheels Off For Doctors In Training

ACSH - Jun 06 2018 - 03:06

Does closer supervision of doctors in training result in greater patient safety? Does it make for better physicians? It seems that it's all about the stress and anxiety of taking off training wheels.

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For Pain Care Race Shouldn't Matter. But It Does

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 19:06

The CDC 2106 *mandate* for prescribing of opioids has resulted in an indiscriminate hardship against millions of chronic pain patients. Or has it? The term "indiscriminate" is actually inaccurate. All pain patients are treated terribly but black and Hispanic patients are treated even worse since they are disproportionately affected by Sickle Cell Disease, a horribly painful killer. Do patients with a known, easily-diagnosed disease get a break with pain relief? No, it's quite the opposite. Disgraceful. 

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Rabies in Seattle. Tuberculosis in San Diego. Hepatitis A in Nashville. Why?

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 10:06

Unless they're eradicated smallpox-style, infectious diseases never disappear. Like an unlucky penny, they can show up at any time.

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Risk Calculators Need Maintenance Just Like All Infrastructure

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 09:06

Infrastructure maintenance is not just an issue for bridges and roads, sometimes the infrastructure that needs an update is how we assess risk, especially for patients where treatment continues to change.

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Want to Sell Your DNA? 2 Firms Are Buying (Sort Of)

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 07:06

There are instances when people choose to sell their own blood. Sperm banks transact business based on a different bodily fluid. And it's not unheard of for those desperate enough to sell an organ, such as a kidney, despite the moral implications.

So, in this realm of being paid for pieces of our own body, what about DNA? We pose this because we're seemingly on the cusp of a brand new industry hoping to do just that.

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Anus & Rectum: Objects In Orifices

ACSH - Jun 04 2018 - 17:06

The tale of an eggplant's exit from the body.

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Home and Heroes: My Speech at the North Penn- Liberty High School Commencement

ACSH - Jun 04 2018 - 09:06

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, I gave the commencement speech for the North Penn-Liberty class of 2018, 35 years after I graduated. While much has changed, the basic challenges young people will face have not. A number of attendees asked me for a copy and I didn't have a clean one, mine was half-typed, half hand notes, so it is presented below. At least as it was written. I went off book in a few spots, including at the end. So even at my age I have new things to learn: Like always listen to the experienced speechwriters.

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Chemotherapy Found Unnecessary For Some Breast Cancers

ACSH - Jun 04 2018 - 07:06

A large study of breast cancer treatment demonstrates that for estrogen responsive, HER2 negative cancers, the majority of women do not require chemotherapy in addition to hormonal manipulation. 

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How Synthetic Marijuana Can Make You Urinate Blood and Die

ACSH - Jun 04 2018 - 05:06

Synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes mixed with rat poison, which causes uncontrollable bleeding. As it turns out, the neighborhood drug dealer might not be a completely trustworthy individual.

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