Stem Cell Donation - My Personal Account

ACSH - May 25 2018 - 10:05

This article, which is a first-hand account by Christopher Gerry, a fourth-year chemistry grad student at Harvard, of his journey through the entire process of stem cell donation. The article was originally published on the Harvard Science in the News website. 

1. Recycling My Own Blood

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'Stem Cell Donation -My Personal Account' By Harvard's Christopher Gerry

ACSH - May 25 2018 - 10:05

This article, which is a first-hand account of Dr. Christopher Gerry's journey through the entire process of stem cell donation, was originally published on the Harvard Science in the News website. 

1. Recycling My Own Blood

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Simple Beam of Light Can Tell if Mosquitoes Carry Zika

ACSH - May 25 2018 - 10:05

A beam of light is 94% accurate at determining if a mosquito is infected with Zika.

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Simple Beam Can Tell if Mosquitoes Carry Zika

ACSH - May 25 2018 - 10:05

It’s Memorial Day weekend - the three days that serve to honor our military and remember those that gave their lives for our country. It is also the unofficial kick-off off summer fever. The warm summer evenings by the lake and the barbeques in the park bring with them an unfortunate consequence - bug bites. And, in certain areas of the world, being bit by a mosquito is more than just a nuisance. It is a major health risk.

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Precision Medicine: Overselling Routine DNA Sequencing In Primary Care

ACSH - May 25 2018 - 09:05

Does Geisinger Health System's latest pitch to offer DNA sequencing as part of routine testing at the primary care visit promise more than it can deliver?

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Eye Drop Size Is A Problem For Attorneys, Not Patients

ACSH - May 25 2018 - 06:05

Did you notice this week the media reporting that the Supreme Court is allowing a class action suit involving eyedrops to go forward? My colleague, Eric Leif has written on the case previously. Briefly, the patients, now plaintiffs contend that eye drop manufacturers deliberately make eye drops too large resulting in wasted drugs and expenses running down their cheeks. Four of these suits have been dismissed, but this current one is moving forward.

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No, Carbon Dioxide Won't Cause a Rice Nutrition Crisis

ACSH - May 24 2018 - 21:05

New research concludes that the poorest people in the world will be affected the most by higher CO2 levels, which may decrease the nutritional quality of rice. This conclusion, however, is based on at least two flawed assumptions.

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Young Scientists In America

ACSH - May 24 2018 - 16:05

The American Council on Science and Health Young Scientists in America program is a series of internships in specific fields specifically designed for younger scholars who intend to go into science or medicine but won't have advanced degrees yet. These are research or science journalism projects related to our work educating the public about important science and health issues.

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Dupilumab, a Miracle Drug For Eczema. And Now Asthma, Too.

ACSH - May 24 2018 - 12:05

Dupixent, a drug that already works miracles for people with eczema, has been found to be very effective for treatment of severe asthma. Nothing else does this. Keep this in mind the next time you think that the pharmaceutical industry is not innovative. 

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Department Of Justice, CVS Caremark, Fraud and WhistleBlowers

ACSH - May 24 2018 - 09:05

A quick review of the fraud allegations levied against CVS Caremark, one of the largest providers of prescription services in the US by the Department of Justice. Spoiler alert - it is going to cost us no matter how the case is decided

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'Will Somebody Find Me A One-Handed Scientist?!'

ACSH - May 24 2018 - 07:05

There is a common complaint I get from the public: scientists who know the most about a topic are often the least able to give people a straight answer.

We know this is true, but we also know science can be complex. We all want the easy narrative, the definitive response, but that is not always realistic.

However, it is almost always necessary because regulations will happen.

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Betty Crocker: Pro-GMO and Proud of It

ACSH - May 23 2018 - 18:05

Given the thoroughly unscientific and litigious milieu in which we live, companies find themselves scrambling to appease the uneducated Twitter mob and apologizing for being in business. That's why it's such a breath of fresh air when a company stands up to the hysteria and gives a full-throated endorsement of science.

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'Sun-Protection' Pills are Fraudulent and Harmful, FDA Warns

ACSH - May 23 2018 - 14:05

"There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen."

And with that straightforward comment, part of a written statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase alleged sun-protection supplements from four companies because they do not work.

In addition, the public needs to be warned that taking these products misleads consumers and delivers a "false sense of security," which puts "people at risk." 

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Thank You, FDA! This Action Against OTC Anesthetics For Babies Is Overdue

ACSH - May 23 2018 - 13:05

Society often pathologizes normal development. When this is done, a medicine must be made for treatment (needed or not). The FDA just called out a group of over-the-counter drugs for being harmful and without benefit for such a condition - this time it's infant teething.

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The Disease-Mongering of the American Diet

ACSH - May 23 2018 - 08:05

For most of our evolutionary history, humans worried about food — finding and eating food were constant and dangerous struggles. Death was always near.

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FDA Targets Kratom Supplement Hucksters Claiming To Tame Opioid Addiction

ACSH - May 23 2018 - 07:05

Three companies involved in kratom supplements have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for illegally selling unapproved drug products containing kratom, not to mention claims that they help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal, treat pain, and can aid in other medical conditions like lowering blood pressure, treating cancer and reducing neuron damage caused by strokes.

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A New Drug May Keep Those With Celiac Disease Gluten Free

ACSH - May 22 2018 - 21:05

For people with celiac disease, gluten enemy #1. For some celiac patients, an exposure to gluten can make them sick for days with pain, vomiting and diarrhea while causing intestinal damage. And, maintaining a 100% gluten free diet can be challenging, creating a great need for therapeutics to help keep the body free of gluten, even if a mistake happens. 

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NSF Gets Huge Funding Boost, Yet Won't Thank a Republican Supporter

ACSH - May 22 2018 - 19:05

The ingratitude expressed by the National Science Foundation over a huge funding increase for an important project is inexplicable.

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The Ultimate Irony: China Pushes Alternative Remedies For Pain. While It Makes Our Fentanyl.

ACSH - May 22 2018 - 14:05

There is crazy and there is crazy. This is both. Researchers in China are exploring herbs and acupuncture to treat pain and perhaps mitigate the carnage of the opioid fentanyl crisis. Where does the fentanyl come from? China. Go figure. 

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Commissioner Gottlieb's Proposals on Drug Prices Need To Be Grounded In Reality

ACSH - May 22 2018 - 09:05

We need to control pharmaceutical prices. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.

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