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Presidential Alert System A Matter Of Public Health, Not Politics

Oct 04 2018 - 11:10

How lucky we are to be alive when, while enduring catastrophic events, the possibility of real-time help is literally at our fingertips!

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EPA Proposes More Transparency In Regulation - It Does Not Compromise Evidence-Based Policy

Oct 04 2018 - 10:10

The EPA is proposing increasing transparency in the science that informs our standards and regulations. Who would think anyone would object? The Huffington Post publishes an article that enhances fear through ad hominem attacks and veiled references to politically inspired anti-science. Shame on them.

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Food Poisoning: Norovirus Will Get You But Listeria Might Kill You

Oct 04 2018 - 10:10

The CDC has gathered 6 years of data on which bugs cause food poisoning. Norovirus infections lead the pack by a wide margin, but not for deaths and hospitalizations. There are some other bad boys out there that you do not want to get. Plus a guest appearance by Game of Thrones characters!

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Celebrate! Americans Sweep Nobel Prizes Once Again

Oct 04 2018 - 01:10

There are naysayers who want to eliminate or otherwise "dethrone" the Nobel Prizes. Why? Sexism and racism, of course.

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Celebrate! Americans Sweep Nobel Prizes Once Again

Oct 04 2018 - 01:10

Despite that, there are naysayers who want to eliminate or otherwise "dethrone" the Nobel Prizes. Why? Sexism and racism, of course.

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1 in 3 Adults Has Fast Food on Any Given Day

Oct 03 2018 - 14:10

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We Were in Smithsonian Magazine, Washington Post, On The Radio, And More Last Week

Oct 03 2018 - 13:10

Sometimes we write in other places, sometimes our work is featured in other places - and sometimes other places use us for their conspiracy stories about science. Last week we had all three.

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An Overlooked Health Care Cost - The Medical Device Market

Oct 03 2018 - 11:10

When we talk about cost and price transparency, medical devices rarely are mentioned. It represents about 5% of our healthcare spending, roughly $120 billion in 2017. Smaller than our spending on pharmaceuticals at $500 billion, but then "A billion here, a billion there, after a while you are talking about real money."

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The Continuing Problem Of Hospital Readmissions

Oct 03 2018 - 08:10

Hospitals continue to be penalized for readmissions. But should we look at the size of the penalty or the rate of improvement? More importantly, do readmission penalties improve care?

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Why Is HIV Not Spread By Mosquitos?

Oct 02 2018 - 16:10

Deadly viruses that cause infections like West Nile, Zika, and Dengue are passed from mosquitos to humans by bites. But, what about HIV? Why isn't it also spread this way? It's a combination of virology and luck.

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Best Ways to Safely Dispose of Unwanted Medication

Oct 02 2018 - 15:10

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Who Is Not Competent To Be Put To Death?

Oct 02 2018 - 14:10

A recent Supreme Court case begs the question of whether it is ethical to execute an inmate suffering from dementia who can no longer recall the crime.

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The Skeptics Guide to the Universe - a Useful Toolkit

Oct 02 2018 - 09:10

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a new book by neurologist and science communicator, Dr. Steven Novella. It is both an easy read and a great reference.

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Chiropractors Can Make Your Eyes Bleed

Oct 01 2018 - 20:10

It's not a common side effect, but it's yet another addition to a long list of reasons not to see a chiropractor: They can make your eyes bleed.

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Let’s Not Get Complacent.

Oct 01 2018 - 16:10

It is important to remember that the progress already made in the field is due to long-term support. But, the job is not finished until people no longer endure this diagnosis and its compounded suffering.

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When Aspirin Goes Bad Is It Bad?

Sep 30 2018 - 19:09

You may have seen warnings that when you smell vinegar coming from your bottle of aspirin it's time to throw it away. But is this really a concern? A few facts you may not know.

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Urine Test Could Diagnose Depression, Anxiety

Sep 29 2018 - 03:09

Depression and anxiety are not always easy to detect. Symptoms can range from worry to chronic indecision. Thus, an easily detectable biomarker for would be preferable, and Chinese scientists believe they have found one using a urine test.

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The True Cost Of End-Of-Life Medical Care

Sep 28 2018 - 08:09

It is a well-known fact that we spend a lot of money on the healthcare of those dying, during the last 12 months of their life. But is that "wasted" money a bad thing?

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Something Rotten at the Journal of Public Health Policy

Sep 27 2018 - 23:09

Some scientific journals are publishing articles by anti-technology activists without disclosing their blatant financial conflicts of interest. Despite all the pleas for transparency, the problem is getting worse.

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