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In A Pilot Study, Metformin For Insulin Resistance Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain

May 07 2019 - 16:05
Using patients who were referred to a subspecialty pain medicine clinic to be treated for widespread muscular/connective tissue pain, and then separating people who met the criteria for fibromyalgia into smaller groups by age, a small experiment (n=23) found that patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance, metformin, reported less pain. 

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Environmental Campaigns Against Nuclear Science Limits Its Acceptance, Even In Thought Experiments On Reducing CO2

May 07 2019 - 10:05
Can all nuclear energy be weaponized? It could, according to US politicians in the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton and Senator John Kerry mortally wounded nuclear energy development, to the cheers of their constituents. It was all based on claims by environmentalists that nuclear energy invariably led to nuclear weapons.

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Physician Suicide: 5 Things To Know

May 06 2019 - 13:05
Physicians have higher rates of suicide than the general public despite having prestigious jobs respected by the public and good pay.

A new podcast and accompanying article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) looks at things that are important to know.

1. Increased suicidal ideation begins as early as medical school, with nearly 25 percent of students surveyed reporting suicidal ideation within the last 12 months. Obviously that does not mean medical schools cause suicide, it could mean that medical schools prize themselves on being stressful or it could even mean people with other qualities are more likely to go to medical school - but also have psychological issues.

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WIRED Promotes Chemophobia About Sunscreen, But At Least The Trial Size Was Bigger Than Andrew Wakefield's

May 06 2019 - 13:05
A recent paper in JAMA should have EXPLORATORY in giant red letter across every page, or else journalists will use it to promote fear and doubt about sunscreens. Which is already happening.

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Is Heart Failure Normal In Old Age? Is Heart Disease Different For Women?

May 06 2019 - 12:05
Survey results that will be presented during Heart Failure 2019 in Athens a few weeks from now are a good opportunity to discuss facts and myths about heart disease. Including some held by cardiologists.

20 percent of believe believe, for example, that heart disease patients should avoid exercise while just over 50 percent know that exercise can be a treatment for their disease. Meanwhile, doctors are unsure about the conflict between cancer treatment and heart disease. Does cancer promote heart disease? There are common pathways in tumor growth and heart failure and some cancer therapies are toxic to the heart so it could be that, or the other way around.

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Do You Prefer Soda, Cola, Or Beer? It May Not Be That You Just Prefer The Taste

May 06 2019 - 10:05
Using dietary logs of recalls of ~336,000 individuals in the UK Biobank along with a genome-wide association study of bitter beverage consumption and of sweet beverage consumption., scholars have determined that your preference for dark roast coffee and a coworker's intake of soda might not be determined by taste 'genes' - it may be instead be genes related to the psychoactive properties of beverages. That goes for alcohol also.

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Pregnancy Alert: Possible Listeria Contamination Of 'l’Explorateur' French Soft Ripened Cheese

May 03 2019 - 14:05
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese. This is pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, so at least it isn't raw unpasteurized milk causing illness yet again, and was made by in St. Simeon, France. It is sold in small, circular wheels (250g) with sell-by dates of May 7, 2019 and May 14, 2019. Product lot codes are 7742-H 057 and 77432-H 064. 

Cheese labeled as such should be thrown away immediately.


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FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Meeting Suggests Rogue Activist Group IARC Be Reined In

May 03 2019 - 13:05
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was once a serious, revered organization with the somber task of tackling what environmental factors caused what cancers so that we could eliminate them.(1)

And they did. Their decisions for the first 20 years were rock solid - there is no debate now that cigarettes, smog, and alcohol will kill you, especially if you routinely have high doses.  When California chose to abdicated its science policymaking to a French group, there were concerns that its power might be abused but they were dismissed because there was no indication IARC was heading in that direction.

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Buy A 3-D Printed All-Metal, "Smash-Proof" Guitar Signed By Yngwie Malmsteen, Support Engineers Without Borders

May 03 2019 - 10:05
When I was a young classical guitarist in the 1980s, Yngwie Malmsteen was all the rage, and he made the term "speed metal" a part of the pop music lexicon. He played classical guitar, except plugged in, and really, really fast. 

The first time I heard him I thought, "That must be easier. With an electric, you can be a lot faster, you can fudge errors, that's nice" but then I heard him get faster...and faster...and faster, and I quickly concluded I would have to stay in my lane, such stardom would never be mine.

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World Science Festinval Returns To NYC May 22

May 02 2019 - 16:05

The World Science Festival, beginning Wednesday, May 22

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A Rubber Producing Dandelion May Mean A Solution To Deforestation Problems In Asia

May 01 2019 - 15:05
When most people think of rubber, they think of tires but natural rubber is an incredibly important yet under-appreciated bioresource used to make at least 50,000 different products. 

Approximately 13 million tons are collected every year from tapping 39 billion liters of latex (by hand!) from rubber trees, mostly in southeast Asia - enough to fill over 5,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools. After collection, 11% of the latex is centrifuged to remove half of the water, and the rest is converted to solid rubber. The concentrated latex is shipped to manufacturers of articles, such as gloves and condoms, while the bulk of the solid rubber is made into tires.

What if something went wrong with that supply?

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Looming Doctor Shortage - Are Regulations To Blame?

May 01 2019 - 11:05
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC is promoting a doomsday shortage where America is without 47-122,000 physicians, over a third of them being general practitioners, by 2032 and say it is due to the “graying” of America, both among providers and the public.

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FDA Approves IQOS Smoking Cessation Tool

Apr 30 2019 - 19:04
Just over a year ago I testified before a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel in support of the iQOS device, a smoking replacement tool that heats tobacco but doesn't ignite it.

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IARC Alone: EPA Confirms Again That Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

Apr 30 2019 - 17:04
There is a big difference between a trial lawyer convincing a jury in one of America's most anti-science regions that an herbicide that only acts on plants might be able to cause human cancer, and scientists with knowledge of chemistry, biology, and toxicology who know better.

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How The Craft Of Air Guitar Evolved Into A Sport

Apr 29 2019 - 10:04

Advertised as the “greatest thing you’ve never seen,” the 2019 U.S. Air Guitar Championships will take place this summer.

Competitors from around the country will don elaborate costumes, construct fantastical personas and perform comedic pantomimes of famous rock solos. Impaling themselves with their air guitars, swallowing them and smashing them to smithereens, they’ll elevate guitar playing to heights only imagined by real guitarists.

The winner will go on to represent the U.S. in the Air Guitar World Championships, which will take place in Oulu, Finland, in late August.

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High Extinction Rate Concerning But NOT Imminent Mass Extinction - Truth Behind The Slogans

Apr 26 2019 - 08:04

Yes we are getting extinctions at a far higher rate than normal. But it is nowhere near a mass extinction yet. Just the start of a slide towards one that may play out towards the end of this century and in the 22nd century. Also we are not risking a major mass extinction like the Permian / Triassic one. The word “mass extinction” does not have a well defined threshold but I think many who read these stories think it means that there would be almost no animals, fish, trees, plants or insects left or hardly any. No it doesn’t mean that. It means fewer species of each but not a world without them.

According to the Red List then 27,000 out of nearly 100,000 species they assessed are threatened.

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Alzheimer's Is Not Getting Cured In My Lifetime

Apr 25 2019 - 17:04

Biogen recently announced that it was abandoning its late stage drug for Alzheimer’s, aducanumab, causing investors to lose billions of dollars.

They should not have been surprised.

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El Salt Neanderthal Settlement Patterns Revealed? They Likely Moved With The Seasons

Apr 25 2019 - 10:04

Using ancient fire remains from 11 well-preserved and overlapping open-air hearth structures, scholars have inferred Neanderthal group mobility and settlement patterns which indicate specific occupation episodes, perhaps according to season

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God Of The Gaps In Universe Expansion: Uncertainty In Hubble Constant Calculations Down To 1.9%

Apr 25 2019 - 10:04
At the very large and very small levels, gravity does not really work the way it should. At the very large level, instead of contracting, the universe has both expanded and accelerated despite detectable forces that should cause it. 

Measurements to determine how fast the Universe is expanding over time are known as the Hubble constant. It has been determined by a cosmic distance ladder, calculated by observing pulsating stars called Cepheid variables in a neighboring satellite galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud, 162,000 light-years away.

When defining the distances to galaxies that are further and further away, these Cepheid variables are used as milepost markers. 

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The US Leads The World In Science Output While Israel Tops Per Capita

Apr 25 2019 - 07:04
A new index of scientific output has been released and it finds that the United States continues to dominate in research, bolstered by the private sector accounting for nearly 70 percent of science funding, where most other developed countries instead rely on government.

The analysis factored in the number researchers as percentage of population, patents, papers released, and GDP spending. 

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