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Which Comes First, Needing Glasses or Education?

Jul 09 2018 - 06:07

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?

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The NRDC's Hitler-Pesticide Video Worthy Of Joseph Goebbels

Jul 08 2018 - 08:07

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...

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As Per CDC, Highly Cited Stats on Suicide Rates May Be In Error

Jul 06 2018 - 16:07

Well-publicized paper on suicide rates by occupation might have produced faulty data. A "reanalysis" is underway.

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Darkness May Cause Spinal Abnormalities in Cave Fish

Jul 06 2018 - 14:07

Life finds a way. But that doesn't mean it's always easy.

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Cold Urticaria Is Real: We May Need to Ban Winter

Jul 06 2018 - 06:07

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?

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Caring For Those With Advanced Dementia Is Not For The Weak

Jul 05 2018 - 22:07

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. 

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Modern Scientific Advance Best Shot At Success For Boys Trapped In Thai Cave

Jul 05 2018 - 14:07

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.

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Casual Lies: Is Postmodernism a Hallmark of Societal Decline?

Jul 05 2018 - 11:07

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.

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Biological Threats Against Americans: Where Are We Now?

Jul 05 2018 - 10:07

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.

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Scientists use Polio to attack Brain Tumors

Jul 05 2018 - 07:07

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?

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Killings of Unarmed Black Americans And Increased Poor Mental Health: An Epidemiological Look

Jul 05 2018 - 07:07

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.

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Blue Dots Color Our Thoughts

Jul 04 2018 - 21:07

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.

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In Newborns, More Identifiers Like Gender Saves Lives

Jul 04 2018 - 11:07

Identifying characteristics are essential to ensuring patient safety - so that the right treatment meets the right patient. 

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Independence Day: America’s Deadliest Holiday?

Jul 04 2018 - 07:07

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.


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Morons Gone Wild - Seriously Stupid July 4th Tricks

Jul 04 2018 - 06:07

It's July 4th and the fireworks roll out. So do the morons. Here's what can happen when they meet.

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Your July 4th Cookout Will Be Cheaper This Year - Thanks Farmers!

Jul 04 2018 - 06:07

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.

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Glyphosate and Pesticides: Et Tu, Live Science?

Jul 03 2018 - 12:07

Normally a reliable source of information, Live Science published an article that is a dream for anti-pesticide and anti-chemical fearmongers.

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Genetics or Lifestyle - Where Is The Cause of Disease?

Jul 02 2018 - 20:07

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.

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Are Hospital Harms From ‘July Effect’ Real Or Imagined?

Jul 02 2018 - 19:07

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?

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CNN's Christiane Amanpour Misleads on Flint Water Crisis

Jul 02 2018 - 12:07

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.

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