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Aspirin Dosage, to Battle Heart Disease, May Depend on Your Weight

Jul 20 2018 - 07:07

While aspirin has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, there have previously been no dosage recommendations tailored to a person's weight. But a new study indicates that a weight needs to be considered to improve helpful outcomes and prevent any harmful effects from occurring.

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Suicides Increase During Heat Waves

Jul 19 2018 - 20:07

For every 1o C. increase in temperature, the risk of suicide also increased by 1% to 37%. In general, heat tends to exacerbate previously existing mental illness and drug misuse.

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For Older Chinese-Americans, Loneliness & Depression Curtail Cognitive Function

Jul 19 2018 - 07:07

As minority groups in the United States are concerned, Asian-Americans are viewed as the one that has, in general, done best for itself in terms of socioeconomic status, overall health and socialization. This perceived advantage is known as "model minority" status.

However, a team of researchers, prompted by some skepticism that this status was ill-fitting or misplaced, set out to challenge the concept by better understanding and studying older Chinese-Americans, a representative subset of that larger, multi-cultural ethnic population.

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Much Needed Congressional Hearing Examines Rise In Drug-Impaired Driving

Jul 19 2018 - 05:07

More American drivers are dying in car crashes where drugs are detected than they are from those involving only alcohol.

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Bundled Payments For Medical Conditions Show No Savings

Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

Bundled payments, paying one fee for hospitalization and the next 90 days of care, reduce the cost of surgical care, but for a medical hospitalization, there is no evidence of cost savings. Why?

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Bundled Payments For Medical Conditions Shows No Savings

Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

Bundled payments, paying one fee for hospitalization and the next 90 days of care, reduce the cost of surgical care, but for a medical hospitalization, there is no evidence of cost savings. Why?

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Are Doctors Overprescribing Statins?

Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

50% of men and 38% of women aged 60 and older are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Is that really necessary?

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Asbestos?

Jul 18 2018 - 15:07

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and was signed into law June 22, 2016. It created a mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines, to do so in a transparent fashion, and to do so using risk-based chemical assessments rather than rely on simple epidemiological correlations. 

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New Study Says Urgent Care Centers Are Biggest Culprit In Antibiotic Overuse

Jul 18 2018 - 12:07

When business models drive medical systems, low value care ensues.

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A Penny Saved, A Penny Earned?

Jul 18 2018 - 07:07

Scribes inputting data into electronic medical records are supposed to free-up time for physicians, letting them care for their patients. But surprisingly, it may actually make care worse. Another example of unintended consequences? 

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Matthews & Associates Pushes Anti-Vaxxer Propaganda, Junk Science

Jul 17 2018 - 21:07

The law firm Matthews & Associates shows no concern for the truth. They fit comfortably and profitably into our postmodern world, in which truth and lies are no longer distinguishable. Unscrupulous people can make a lot of money by exploiting the public's confusion over vaccines, chemicals, and pharmaceutical products.

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Naloxone and Naltrexone Look And Sound The Same But Are Used Differently - Here's Why

Jul 17 2018 - 15:07

 With opioids and opiates (yes, there is a difference, but it's unnecessary) See ACSH Explains: What's The Difference Between Opioids And Opiates?) dominating the news, and the media being rather cavalier about getting things right, it is not surprising that most people are more than a little confused about the topic.

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Improve a Bad Night's Sleep in a Hospital: Speak Up

Jul 17 2018 - 12:07

A new study – one that fits in beautifully with other similar dog-bites-man stories – reveals that those sleeping in hospitals typically get less sleep than they would get otherwise at home.


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Connecting the Dots

Jul 17 2018 - 08:07

Sometimes when we dismiss a study it is not that the data is "false," but how they are fashioned into a narrative that raises eyebrows. Data may seem absolute, it is the interpretation that provides context. 

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Deadly Infectious Disease Outbreaks Are Occurring All Over the World

Jul 16 2018 - 20:07

Infectious diseases never go away.

Living in the developed world, it's certainly tempting to think that they do. Our triumph over microbes has lulled many people into a false sense of security, which has, in part, fueled the anti-vaccine movement. If we don't see people dying of diphtheria, is a vaccine against it actually necessary?

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Florida's Deadly Algae Bloom - Why Is It So Dangerous?

Jul 16 2018 - 12:07

Lake Okeechobee in South Florida is being plagued by an enormous algae bloom. But what's causing the problem is not algae; it's a plant-like pathogen called cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria blooms are dangerous because they release a variety of deadly neurotoxins, which can kill humans and animals. 

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That's Disgusting

Jul 16 2018 - 06:07

Disgust is an emotional cue, and it helps us avoid situations fraught with disease. Are we responding to how infectious is transmitted or how they appear?

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Feds Double Down On Pills As Fentanyl Deaths Double

Jul 14 2018 - 09:07

Here's a splendid idea. Let's say that North Korea finally comes up with a missile that can travel more than 20 feet before blowing up and they decide to launch one at California. Naturally, we would retaliate by attacking... Sweden.

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Germany's Incoherent Energy Policy

Jul 13 2018 - 21:07

Germany serves as a wonderful example of how to do everything wrong in energy policy.

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Culinary Explorer with an Iron Stomach

Jul 13 2018 - 07:07

For more than a decade now Andrew Zimmern has crisscrossed the world, and then some, eating some of the craziest things you can imagine.

The host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel has consumed silk worms and bull penis in Vietnam (2007) to goat organs in Ethiopia (2008) to wildebeest eyeballs in Namibia (2011) and everything in between. Adventurous, you could say that safely. But that doesn't even begin to describe this globetrotting culinary explorer whose unafraid of any potential digestive danger that may soon cross his lips.

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