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Could Herpes Cause Alzheimer's? Maybe

Jun 27 2018 - 09:06

A group at Mount Sinai Medical School has made a rather startling discovery. People who died from Alzheimer's Disease (AD) had brains that contained more of two herpes viruses than controls. Could we have been looking in the wrong direction for therapies for AD? A potentially huge discovery. 

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For Care After Hospitalization, It is Location, Location, Location

Jun 26 2018 - 20:06

Because Medicare Advantage programs are paid in part, by the value their care-partners provide, they choose their partners carefully. And when incentives are aligned, patient outcomes seem to improve. 

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Methylene Chloride (DCM)?

Jun 26 2018 - 12:06

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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Media Sees Trees, Not Forest With Sen. McCaskill Rib Fracture

Jun 26 2018 - 11:06

Not unlike government or healthcare metrics, focus on Sen. McCaskill's injury after receiving the life-saving Heimlich maneuver is inherently flawed.

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Beware Of Giant Hogweed - A Carcinogenic 'Psoriasis Treatment' From Hell

Jun 25 2018 - 14:06

A very dangerous plant called the giant hogweed is in the news because it is being increasingly spotted across the US. What you probably don't know is that one of the chemicals that makes the plant so dangerous is also a drug that treats psoriasis. 

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Cosmic Radiation, Flight Attendants and Flying the Friendly Skies

Jun 25 2018 - 12:06

Cosmic rays are the largest source of radiation exposure associated with flying and it may have health impacts on flight crews. A new study suggests that their risk of cancer may be increased, but "may" is the operative word. For the flying public there should be no concern. 

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We Spoke At The World Bank, Were In Washington Examiner, Big Think, And More Outreach

Jun 25 2018 - 07:06

It was a busy recent stretch for the American Council, working to continually promote the need for sound-science decision making.

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Consent In Medicine Is More Than Risk and Benefit

Jun 25 2018 - 05:06

While the recent Pennsylvania decision on surgical consent was about a physician's responsibility it did not consider how it binds physician to patient emotionally. The ritual of consent has many layers to consider. 

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Spt6: New Gene Expression Mechanism With Possible Role In Cancer

Jun 24 2018 - 07:06

Every human cell carries our genome, roughly 3.5 billion letters - DNA - that assemble into our genetic code. RI order for large genomes to fit into the tiny cells, proteins called histones organize and package DNA in cells. DNA wraps around the histones so they can be condensed into the space.

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Government Is The Big Reason EpiPen And Other Generics Are So Expensive

Jun 23 2018 - 15:06

The rising price for EpiPens, a drug delivery system that is crucial for persons experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, has resulted in outrage.

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In NEJM, Did Authors Get It Wrong On Informed Consent?

Jun 22 2018 - 22:06

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme court ruling recognizes outsourcing what it means to be a doctor is not a solution, but a problem. Authors in The New England Journal of Medicine beg to differ.  

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Ovine Rinderpest Outbreak in Europe: Wait, Wasn't That Eradicated?

Jun 22 2018 - 14:06

In 2011, the global public health community declared the eradication of rinderpest, a severe viral disease of cattle. However, today, Bulgaria has announced an outbreak of ovine rinderpest. What's going on?

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For Younger Women, Breast-Cancer Risk Lessens With Weight Gain, Study Finds

Jun 22 2018 - 13:06

A new, large-scale breast cancer study of nearly 760,000 premenopausal women produced a surprising result: as body fat increased, their cancer risk decreased. That's the opposite of the risk for women who have reached menopause. But don't take this to mean it's OK to put on the pounds. 

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The Smoke and Mirrors of Vaping

Jun 22 2018 - 04:06

Vaping is substance agnostic although the controversy and debate about vaping only involve tobacco or nicotine. The harms of vaporizing depend on what is being vaped. To clear away the smoke, we should be more specific about our concerns.

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A Doctor's Guide: How To Be A Patient Advocacy Rock Star (For You Or A Loved One)

Jun 21 2018 - 15:06

With a constant surge of competing profit centers fragmenting healthcare, more layers than ever are in place eroding the doctor-patient relationship. Here is a doctor's guide to being your own advocate so as to assuage anxiety, eliminate unnecessary suffering, strengthen resilience and, therefore, improve outcome and recovery.

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'Science' Publishes Environmentalist Scaremongering

Jun 21 2018 - 14:06

The online news arm of the journal Science is a solid source of information. However, recently it made a very strange editorial decision that could potentially harm its reputation.

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Trichloroethylene (TCE)?

Jun 21 2018 - 07:06

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was signed into law June 22nd, 2016 and 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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Hey Scientists, Quantifying Baseball's Winning 'Chemistry' is a Loser's Game

Jun 21 2018 - 07:06

When it comes to current scientific studies being conducted to measure "team chemistry" – and break it down into its parts, and create accompanying metrics so it can be calculated and potentially replicated – here's the score: This cannot be done.

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UCSF Publishes Anti-Biotech Propaganda, Refuses to Answer Questions

Jun 20 2018 - 15:06

UCSF is hosting documents acquired by anti-chemical, anti-pharmaceutical, and anti-biotech activists. This is not "transparency" but propaganda. Taxpayer funded propaganda.

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Machines Learn to Read Hospital Records, Will Doctor's Handwriting Be Next?

Jun 20 2018 - 06:06

Google quietly advances their entry into the healthcare market by accurately automating data acquisition from hospital records that are more reminiscent of Dr. Wellby than Dr. McCoy. It is a big leap forward for Big Data but its clinical value is yet to be achieved. 

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