Myopia or nearsightedness, and higher levels of education are associated; but which came first, which is the cause? Can genetic information help us to convert correlation to causation and answer this chicken or egg question?
It's not often that I have a whole lot of positive things to say about the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). But there's no denying that they can sure make an effective scare video. And even though it's a bunch of BS, it sure is well done.
But for a group that makes a whole lot of money - more than 100-times what ACSH does - you might think that they could afford to find a decent scientist or two somewhere. I mean, their corporate officers sure do well enough...
Well-publicized paper on suicide rates by occupation might have produced faulty data. A "reanalysis" is underway.
Life finds a way. But that doesn't mean it's always easy.
Are people allergic to cold weather the way there are pollen?
While doing research on cryolipolysis, a technique people selectively freezes areas of their bodies to “sculpt” it (seriously), I discovered that a disqualifying factor for participants was an allergy to cold, more precisely stumbled an “allegic/inflammatory reaction to cold”
If this is real, there are a lot of implications. Banning winter may need to be on the table
Is It Legitimate?
How do you balance comfort and autonomy at the ends of life? An already complicated emotional question is made more difficult when your loved one is severely demented. Families and physicians face this dilemma every day.
This situation is a powerful reminder that nature will always be our greatest adversary. That said, current day understanding, innovation and progress is a formidable opponent.
It's been said that truth is the first casualty in war. I think it could also be said that truth is the first casualty in a decadent and declining society... and journalists are leading the way.
The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) exists “to improve the Nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural” and I have been attending hearings on the bipartisan effort to re-authorize an appropriation toward responding to biological attacks, pandemics, and emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
When it comes to biological agents, lots of hyperbole takes place, so here’s a review of what these hearings got right and wrong about biological threats.
Polio, once a global killer, has had its toxic effect on cell's harnessed to treat recurrent glioblastoma with some encouraging results. Does this represent the beginnings of oncolytic virus therapy for cancer?
A recent article published in The Lancet alleges that the number of police killings of unarmed black men is causing the mental health of black Americans to decline. Police killings of unarmed black Americans started to gain a lot of media traction in the past decade - with the rise of social media, perceived racial tensions, and the Black Lives Matter movement, news of these types of events travels far and fast.
It seems that when we compare the frequency of events we are influenced by its past prevalence. When fewer bad things occur, we simply expand the definition of bad to make up the difference.
Identifying characteristics are essential to ensuring patient safety - so that the right treatment meets the right patient.
Explosions, alcohol, delicious grilled foods - those are all the things that made America great. But in combination, they make it America's deadliest day. Add in heat, swimming and cars and it's easy to recognize why hospital emergency rooms staff up for July 4th.
Here's a short rundown.
It's July 4th and the fireworks roll out. So do the morons. Here's what can happen when they meet.
The cost of the annual cookout is down. But as we thank our farmers we should remember that what is good for the consumer may not be as good for the producer.
Normally a reliable source of information, Live Science published an article that is a dream for anti-pesticide and anti-chemical fearmongers.
Data mining genomic data is a growing trend. This study seeks to determine whether nature or nurture control who gets ill. Turns out, it's complicated and genes may not hold all or any of the answers.
It is officially July! In the medical world that means fresh graduates become interns or fellows or attendings. Along with such promotions comes high turnover departures and the refrain "don’t get sick in July." But, does this annual transition actually make patients more vulnerable to adverse events?
CNN's Christiane Amanpour has a unique relationship with reality.
While she has made a very big deal of her adherence to the truth and nothing but the truth, the matter is a bit more complicated. Like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Ms. Amanpour is an incredibly intelligent person who paints highly distorted views of the world -- mostly by selectively providing or withholding facts -- and presents them as objective journalism.