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Two Anti-Opioid Zealots Run Into A Biostatistician. Here's What Happened.

Jul 30 2018 - 15:07

Dr. Stan Young is a man on a mission. So when the renowned biostatistician happened across a substandard paper by two anti-opioid zealots, Young spoke up. Just like he always does.

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"Seasoning" A Frying Pan Leads To A New Approach For Food Safety

Jul 30 2018 - 12:07

In the same way one "seasons" a cast iron frying pan, scientists have found a way to create a slippery coating, improving food safety and reducing bacterial contamination. Mother was right again.

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From the Cast Iron Frying Pan To Better Food Safety

Jul 30 2018 - 12:07

In the same way one "seasons" a cast iron frying pan, scientists have found a way to create a slippery coating, improving food safety and reducing bacterial contamination. Mother was right again.

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When You Have a Hereditary Disease, Who Has The Right To Know?

Jul 30 2018 - 07:07

In 2007, a middle-aged British man shot and killed his wife. He was declared mentally incapacitated, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to hospital care. Two years later, he was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain, causing both mental and physical deterioration until finally proving fatal – which may have contributed to his diminished mental state at the time of the shooting.

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Minnesota Public Radio Believes Science Is A Vast Corporate Conspiracy, And More Media Links

Jul 30 2018 - 06:07

1. In Puget Sound Business Journal, Dr. Alex Berezow takes Seattle to task for engaging in Californication - desiring to play nanny state to the rest of the country while ignoring its problems at home. Like it's runaway homeless drug user population that is driving people and businesses away. You can read it here.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Goes Crybaby Over 'Scary' Chemicals

Jul 28 2018 - 23:07

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy statement which is riddled with chemophobic nonsense. Why are they being crybabies? We explain.

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Geosmin: Why We Like The Smell Of Air After A Storm

Jul 28 2018 - 10:07

I'm in New York City and a storm just finished. Though the forecast had only shown a slight chance of rain a few hours earlier, suddenly there were flash flood warnings and the Yankees went ahead and postponed their game.

After it had passed, I immediately wanted to go outside. One of my favorite smells is the air after a storm. It is a smell so profound and distinct that a word had to be invented for it - and so it was In 1964, when chemists Isabel Bear and R.G. Thomas coined "petrichor" from the Greek "petros" (stone) and "ichor", the blood of the gods.

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When an English Major Becomes a Health Editor

Jul 28 2018 - 00:07

The Guardian's health page is scaremongering about e-cigarettes and pushing bizarre solutions to obesity. This is what happens when political activists write about public health.

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When an English Major Becomes a Health Editor

Jul 28 2018 - 00:07

The Guardian's health page is scaremongering about e-cigarettes and pushing bizarre solutions to obesity. This is what happens when political activists write about public health.

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Another Concern From Playing Contact Sports (And it's Not CTE)

Jul 27 2018 - 14:07

Findings of a new study show that increased exposure to contact sports raises the chances of developing Lewy Body Disease, a condition that can trigger the onset of Parkinson's disease. 

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Legal Liver Transplant Focuses Attention On The Human Organ Trade

Jul 27 2018 - 07:07

In surely one of the most bizarre stories of recent weeks, former FC Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, was forced to deny claims that he illegally purchased a human liver for ex-Barcelona defender Eric Abidal in 2012, after a report in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claimed police had intercepted phone calls of Rosell allegedly admitting the purchase.

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Genome-Wide Association Studies - ACSH Explains

Jul 27 2018 - 06:07

Genome-wide Association Studies are increasingly found in the literature, but for many of us the research approach is new, and it is hard to separate the good from the bad. Here are the basics of how these studies work and what are their benefits and limitations. 

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Asia, Africa Cause 90% of Plastic Pollution in World's Oceans

Jul 26 2018 - 20:07

Plastic pollution in the ocean is almost exclusively due to the actions of Asia and Africa, not the United States. Banning straws and plastic bags will do nothing to solve the problem.

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New Shingles Vaccine: Victim of Its Own Success

Jul 26 2018 - 07:07

With so many middle-aged and elderly folks having already gone out to receive the first of a two-part vaccination, there's simply not enough of the medicine, named Shingrix, to go around. So instead of getting their second shot to complete the series, what many have received instead is a spot on a waiting list. But the manufacturer says it's ramping up production to meet "unprecedented” demand.

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Working Hard(er) For The Money - CMS's New Proposal For Physician Fees

Jul 26 2018 - 03:07

Medicare wants to change how much physicians are paid for office visits, physician societies worry about how much their constituents income is impacted. Did anyone notice that physicians are being put on the clock, like every other assembly line worker? 

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Big Pharma Tames Liver Cancer And Drunks Set It Loose Again

Jul 25 2018 - 21:07

After two decades of very tough research, Big Bad Pharma finally came up with a cure for hepatitis C - a viral liver infection that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer. So, are liver cancer rates dropping? No. Because young Americans are drinking so much that they are destroying their livers. 

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Call It What It Is: Health Insurers Use Your Data To Discriminate Against You

Jul 25 2018 - 13:07

Given insurers backdoor access your data in ways the laws have yet to catch up, you may want to pay cash before you purchase your next bag of chips or condoms, complete demographics on your race or street address, or make a formal name change.

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Despite Scorching Heat, Success That U.S. Deaths Are Relatively Low

Jul 25 2018 - 12:07

As extreme heat grips several areas of the country, Tuesday's high temperature in Palm Springs, California was a staggeringly brutal and record-breaking 121 degrees. And a bit north in the state, Death Valley, according to the National Weather Service, came in at 127 degrees, eclipsing its previous all-time record of 126 set 102 years ago.

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CRISPR Is To GMO As A Lightswitch Is To Changing A Filament. European Judges Want To Go Back To Kerosene

Jul 25 2018 - 09:07

Europeans are a scientific mess in 2018. The home of the Enlightenment and Humanism is desperately trying to claim rationality about food, energy, and medicine while embracing nature-based mysticism and using wedge politics to get their way. They think America is too religious but have their own new theism; a "Frankenfood" Devil and the Resurrection of the anti-vaccination movement. They claim concern about energy emissions but buy energy from fossil fuel plants in the former USSR.

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Disparities In The Funding Of Science

Jul 25 2018 - 04:07

Funding science through the National Institute of Health is a highly competitive process. It is also highly skewed towards those who have been "successful" in the past. Does past performance predict future performance?

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