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Remember When Climate Change Meant the End of Coffee? Never Mind

Sep 17 2018 - 22:09

Contrary to wide-eyed speculation and fearmongering, coffee is not going extinct. Coffee bean production is up, and prices are down.

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Nexus Of Hype: Household Chemicals Cause Obesity, And the Undefined Gut Microbiota Is Invoked Too

Sep 17 2018 - 09:09

A new paper in CMAJ throws every journalism clickbait notion into one epidemiological claim

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Magic Methyl - A Chemical So Bad Chemists Won't Use It

Sep 17 2018 - 08:09

Some chemicals are nasty. Some are plain evil. Then, there's methyl fluorosulfonate, aka "Magic Methyl." It's so bad that you have to be out of your mind to use it. Unless you want to dissolve a chicken breast.

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Washington State's Health Care Waste

Sep 17 2018 - 08:09

A recent review identified 44% of "services" in Washington State's commercial coverage was wasted. A big chunk of that was unnecessary testing before surgery.

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Washington Post Goes Science Conspiracy Theory, Faux Health Advocates Exposed, And More Media Links

Sep 17 2018 - 07:09

Washington Post published a bizarre, long conspiracy op-ed about what scientists know - and the sources were a statistician, an environmental lawyer and a sociologist. Our other media coverage last week was more sane.

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UCSF: An Academic Home for Conspiracy Theorists, Anti-Vaxxers

Sep 15 2018 - 20:09

GMOs are completely safe. Insisting otherwise is intellectually indefensible. Yet, the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) remains a stubborn holdout against reality. UCSF is nothing short of the academic home of the anti-GMO movement. In fact, the university is so dedicated to this position, that it openly collaborates with conspiracy theorists.

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Pharma And Hospital Systems Now Playing The Drug Pricing Blame Game

Sep 15 2018 - 17:09

The gloves are off in a battle to control the sector. About 83% of hospitals are charging over twice the cost for medicines, with a majority of mark-ups between 200-400%. Will fixes in store actually help patients?

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Parents, Stop Kids' Need for Tommy John Surgeries, Says Tommy John

Sep 14 2018 - 15:09

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Who Is Hurting? The Prevalence of Chronic Pain in America

Sep 14 2018 - 08:09

Chronic pain is a major public health challenge. The reason is because the treatment of chronic pain has become, in part, a political issue. This is to the detriment of 20 million high-impact chronic patients, who are disproportionately women or poor people.

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Is Your Body Language Used In Virtual Reality Games A Privacy Concern?

Sep 14 2018 - 07:09

Virtual reality devices track our body language which can pick us out in a crowd. A pediatrician ponders another way be may be robbing youth of its innocence. 

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When Impaled, Luck And Real Estate Matter Most

Sep 13 2018 - 13:09

Surviving and thriving after penetrating traumas depends on two key factors.

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Superfoods Or Superfads? Dr. David Seres Weighs In

Sep 13 2018 - 12:09

Superhyped: superfoods. The concept is ridiculous, yet wealthy Americans are buying into it big time. Depending on how you define them, superfoods either don't exist at all, or we are surrounded by them. ACSH advisor Dr. David Seres weighs in.

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Rules Or Guardrails - Do Physician's Ignore Practice Guidelines?

Sep 13 2018 - 08:09

Heart failure guidelines, like many guidelines, are the result of controlled studies. Front-line physicians use them differently than anticipated by their authors. It is different in the real world. 

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More European Kids Are Smoking. If Only There Was an Alternative

Sep 13 2018 - 02:09

Not all vices are equally bad. In a perfect world, our kids never do anything stupid or rebellious, but we don't live in that kind of world. The principle of harm reduction acknowledges that reality. Teen vapers are preferable to teen smokers.

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NHS In Quicksand As Faces ‘National Emergency’

Sep 12 2018 - 17:09

Regulatory experts from the National Health Service (NHS) just released their latest review which reveals a crisis in workforce shortages. Leadership paints a "bleak picture" on the state of the government-run health system as a cause.

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Heart Attacks in San Diego Area Plunge; Data-Sharing May Explain It

Sep 12 2018 - 14:09

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Are Probiotics Nobiotics?

Sep 12 2018 - 13:09

Probiotics are one of the recent darlings of the supplement world. But do they do anything? A small human study says yes, but what they do isn't good.

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FDA Issues Warning Letters and Fines To 1,300 Stores Over E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Sep 12 2018 - 12:09

FDA has been far more supportive of smoking cessation and harm reduction than in the past so it is right to crack down on retailers who they found illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors.

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Choosing Caesarian Sections Is About Risks

Sep 12 2018 - 08:09

With Caesarian sections rising, many people question the physician's decision making. It is always easier to see the correct path, after the fact when you bear no responsibility. A new study looks at some of the concerns being weigh in the decision-making process. Spoiler Alert - It is not about the money.

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Why Americans Distrust the Media

Sep 11 2018 - 22:09

Americans' trust in the news media has collapsed in the past decade. However, it can be restored, if the media dedicates itself to accuracy and correcting mistakes. As it turns out, Americans care less about a media outlet's political slant than its dedication to "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

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