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Countering Misinformation About Flu Vaccine Is Harder than It Seems

6 hours 26 min ago

Many Americans hold beliefs about the flu vaccine that are at odds with the best available scientific evidence. For example, a recent study found that more than two-fifths, or 43 percent, of Americans believe that the seasonal flu vaccine can give us the flu. Scientific research strongly suggests that this is not true. Because most modern flu shots do not contain a live virus, the shot itself simply cannot get us sick with the flu.

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What’s in the Box? Issues in algorithmic medical care

Dec 12 2018 - 14:12

The newfound ability of a watch to detect heart arrhythmias is just one of many forms of algorithmic medicine - where computers play an increasing role in identifying problems and giving medical advice. But algorithms have unique qualities that impact the approval process.

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Dear PROP/CDC - Here's What Happens When You Over-Restrict Pills: More Deaths. Nice Going.

Dec 12 2018 - 12:12

It has been more than obvious that, despite what you hear in the news, it is fentanyl, not Vicodin, that is killing tens of thousands (and growing) of people each year. But a new article in National Vital Statistics Reports makes this more than more than obvious. Just as obvious is the horrible damage caused by deeply flawed policies in the past five years. Here is the smoking gun.

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Are Raccoons More Like Dogs or Cats?

Dec 12 2018 - 01:12

Are Raccoons More Like Dogs or Cats? Trick question! They're more like bears.

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Why Andy Warhol Peed On His Paintings (And Worse) - A Perverted Chemistry Lesson

Dec 11 2018 - 09:12

There are plenty of art critics out there who can babble on about this or that. Right now at the Whitney Museum in New York, a Warhol show is getting rave babbling reviews. Partly because he peed on some of his paintings. (Like you're so perfect?) His urine (and that of others- Ewww) caused the copper paint to turn color. Others can babble about art, but only we at ACSH dare to explain what the pee does. Yellow journalism?

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Eating Our Children - Why Continue To Attack Memorial Sloan Kettering?

Dec 11 2018 - 07:12

ProPublica like a dog with bone, continues to chew at Memorial Sloan Kettering and what they feel are conflicts of Interest. It is time to put down and step away from the bone and have a more honest discussion. Why is one of the greatest hospitals in the world continuing to be a ProPublica punching bag?

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Golf Game Tips Come with Anti-Vaccine, Anti-GMO Propaganda

Dec 10 2018 - 23:12

People who sign up for golf tips probably aren't looking for bad health advice. Yet, that's exactly what they got -- as well as an unhealthy dose of conspiracy theory -- in a recent newsletter sent out by Golf Game Tips.

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Mutant Time Bomb Or Weasel Words, Junk Science and Scare Mongering?

Dec 10 2018 - 11:12

Has the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl created mutant animals? Rich Kozlovich from the
Paradigms and Demographics blog site doesn't think so. Okay, so we're supposed to believe this "fear" scientists have will cause a disaster by this "booming" wolf population breeding with wolves outside their area. I think that bodes well this question: If this area of radiation is so bad, and the potential for mutation is so dangerous - why did this population boom?

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Winter Is Coming: The 1st Scientific Study of 'Game of Thrones'

Dec 10 2018 - 06:12

The last season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us. A group of researchers has looked at the chances of dying in the previous seven seasons. Spoiler alert: Do not sell life insurance to prominent, loyal, males.

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Winter Is Coming - The First Scientific Study of Game of Thrones

Dec 10 2018 - 06:12

The last season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us. A group of researchers has looked at the chances of dying in the previous seven seasons. Spoiler alert: Do not sell life insurance to prominent, loyal, males.

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No Sympathy for the 'Powder of Sympathy'

Dec 07 2018 - 11:12

Screwy medicine is nothing new. Some of what went on 400 years ago makes Joe "Crazy Joe" Mercola seem like Albert Schweitzer. For example, infections were treated (unsuccessfully) with "ointment consisting essentially of the moss on the skull of a man who had died a violent death, combined with boar's and bear's fat, burnt worms, dried boar's brain, red sandal-wood, and mummy." A "real" Joe, Dr. Joe Schwarcz of McGill's OSS looks at some very odd therapies from the past.

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No Sympathy for the “Powder of Sympathy”

Dec 07 2018 - 11:12

Screwy medicine is nothing new. Some of what went on 400 years ago makes Joe "Crazy Joe" Mercola seem like Albert Schweitzer. For example, infections were treated (unsuccessfully) with "ointment consisting essentially of the moss on the skull of a man who had died a violent death, combined with boar's and bear's fat, burnt worms, dried boar's brain, red sandal-wood, and mummy." A "real" Joe, Dr. Joe Schwarcz of McGill's OSS looks at some very odd therapies from the past.

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Non-profit Health Systems Pay No Taxes But "Give Back" Community Benefits - But To Whom And Who Really Benefits?

Dec 07 2018 - 07:12

Instead of paying taxes non-profit health systems give back to the community. But how much, to which community and who actually benefits is increasingly a divisive issue. The spotlight is now on Sutter Health, the seventh largest health system in the US

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure Is Down, So Now We Fear Thirdhand Smoke

Dec 07 2018 - 00:12

Cigarette smoking is at an all-time low, and secondhand smoke exposure is also collapsing. So some public health officials have manufactured a new threat: Thirdhand smoke.

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Copperpenis Owls and Other Boogeymen - The Cause Of All Diseases

Dec 06 2018 - 15:12

Should John Oliver decide that he's had enough, there is someone who can slip seamlessly into his seat. Dr. Jonathan Jarry - a member of the McGill Office on Science and Society. Jarry, who blames The Boogeyman in different forms, for all of mankind's ailments absolutely obliterates chemophobia and alternative medicine and those who practice it. Brilliant and hilarious. Don't miss.

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Do Opioid Scripts For Tooth Extraction Really Cause Abuse - Or Just Useless Numbers?

Dec 06 2018 - 12:12

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine claims that people who get their wisdom teeth pulled and are prescribed opioids are more likely to have problems with them down the road. The numbers may look convincing, but the study is a retrospective analysis - the least reliable type because manipulated variables can change the outcome. Was this the case here? Biostatistician and ACSH advisor Dr. Stan Young weighs in. He is not shy.

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Sleep Finds It's Goldilocks Range

Dec 06 2018 - 07:12

How much sleep is enough? Can there be both too little and too much? A new study thinks they have identified that Goldilocks range which is just right.

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No Benefit Found for Chiropractic 'Preventive Maintenance'

Dec 05 2018 - 23:12

A recent thorough investigation of the scientific literature found no evidence that chiropractic care can prevent or stop early disease. The researchers urged chiropractors to “cease such activities until, if ever, new evidence emerges.” It’s doubtful that chiropractors will follow this advice.

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PETA's Tactics Hurt Animal Rights... and People, Too

Dec 05 2018 - 22:12

In what can only be described as a purposeful attempt to damage its own poor reputation even further, PETA's latest campaign is to change our "speciesist" language.

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Organic Chemistry Can Defeat Any Fentanyl Agreement

Dec 05 2018 - 08:12

Chinese President Xi and President Trump are trying to hammer out an agreement to stop fentanyl from flooding into the US. Whatever they come up with may help but only so much. In this case, organic chemists have more power than presidents. Here's why.

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