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Privacy Is An Increasing Illusion

Aug 30 2018 - 08:08

Simply removing "identifiers" from our data does not ensure privacy. We willingly give information through our phones and transactions that can be used to re-identify our information.

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Testosterone May Make Men More Honest

Aug 29 2018 - 23:08

Men given a testosterone gel were more honest than men given a placebo gel. Though the results of this experiment were not statistically significant, they were when combined with a similar study.

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How Much Privacy Will You Give Up to Tighten Your Butt?

Aug 29 2018 - 13:08

For those looking for another way to sculpt their bodies, there's a new, high-tech device that has great promise. But to use it, you'll need to get naked in front of a full-length mirror-scanner-computer that sends all your measurement data to the Cloud. Is this amazing – or is the idea so intrusive that, in the name of getting in better shape, this has really gone too far?

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WebDumB's Insane Germaphobic Advice

Aug 29 2018 - 11:08

Just when you think they've reached their peak WebDumB comes through once again. They have taken a look at places where germs lurk. But wisdom does not.

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The "Bionic Pancreas" Begins Clinical Trials

Aug 29 2018 - 09:08

Maintaining blood sugar within a normal range is part of the work of the pancreas, and humans with diabetes just do not do it as well. An advanced technology mimics the function of the pancreas far better and is entering clinical trials. We are witnessing a tremendous advance in treatment.

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The French Are Scared of Vaccines, as Measles Ravages Europe

Aug 28 2018 - 21:08

Municipalities may feel justified in trying to up the ante in the vaccine wars. Drunk drivers who kill somebody can be charged with manslaughter. Perhaps they have a point in saying this law should be extended to those who, through negligence, sicken or kill another person with a vaccine-preventable illness. That is certainly a far more palatable option than filling up tiny coffins.

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Which OTC Painkillers Can You Take Together?

Aug 28 2018 - 14:08

The pain relief counter in your pharmacy can be a confusing place - enough so to give you a headache. But it's all very simple. There are four OTC painkillers, some of which can be taken together and some of which can't. Here's the scoop. 

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We Are Now Harming Ourselves To Death (More Than Diabetes Is)

Aug 28 2018 - 12:08

Self-injury mortality, albeit by suicide or lethal intoxication, spans a continuum that represents two sides of the same coin.

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Marijuana A Gateway To Health or Perdition?

Aug 28 2018 - 08:08

Marijuana, the 30's gateway to hell has become both an accepted sin and a new sin tax. Irrespective of how you may view the change, we know little about marijuana's long-term health effects or what the states are doing with all this new revenue. Our dysfunctional Congress is proposing a reasonable means of informing our discussion. 

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Postmodernism Weaponized: Russia's Assault on American Science

Aug 27 2018 - 22:08

Causing trouble keeps Russia relevant. It's as if nihilism and cynicism are the two guiding principles of Russia's foreign policy. And as part of its global mischief-making, Russia is assaulting American science and technology.

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Doctor Shopping Makes A Comeback In Opioid Crisis

Aug 27 2018 - 15:08

In a trend described as shocking, people desperate to obtain narcotics are intentionally injuring their pets to divert and abuse the veterinarian’s painkiller prescriptions. This is no surprise, this is addiction.

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On N-Methylpyrrolidone?

Aug 27 2018 - 09:08

EPA is evaluating 10 chemicals under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act so we have created explanations for each, with recommendations when the science is clear. This is on N-Methylpyrrolidone.

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Happy Meals Get A Nudge Or Is It A Shove From California's Legislature

Aug 27 2018 - 08:08

California requires "Happy Meals" to offer water or milk as the default beverage. Now when your child asks for juice or soda, you can tell them "the Government won't allow it." It must be election time when our politician's concern themselves with "the children."

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Aspirin Flops Big Time In Heart Study. Is It R.I.P For ASA?

Aug 26 2018 - 19:08

Baby aspirin just flunked the test of preventing cardiovascular problems in a big way. The results of the 'Aspirin to Reduce Risk of Initial Vascular Events" (ARRIVE) were just announced at the European Society of Cardiology 2018 meeting in Munich, it did nothing. Does this mean that recommendations for its use will change? Probably yes.  

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Zap! Laser Repair Of Your Torn Retina: An Interview With Royce Chen, M.D.

Aug 26 2018 - 13:08

Tears of the retina are fairly common and can lead to blindness. Fortunately, there is a quick and nearly painless method of repairing retinal tears with a few zaps of a laser. Dr. Royce Chen, an ophthalmological surgeon at the Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology, explains how a beam of light can repair damage deep within the eye. 

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John Ioannidis Aims His Bazooka at Nutrition Science

Aug 24 2018 - 23:08

Dr. Ioannidis is not just a bull in a china shop; he's a bazooka in a china shop. And now the bazooka is aimed at shoddy nutrition research, which he suggests is in need of "radical reform."

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Irony Alert: FDA Announces Recall of Homeopathic Products For Harmful Microbes, Not Unproven Health Claims

Aug 24 2018 - 15:08

A dearth of truth in medical advertising is probably our greatest public health threat. With consumers bombarded by spurious claims, our agencies need to be proactive, not reactive in protecting the public.  

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Former CDC Head Tom Frieden Is Back In The News, And It Isn't For His Terrible Science

Aug 24 2018 - 13:08

Tom Frieden has just been arrested for sexually harassing a Brooklyn woman in 2017. Whatever results from Frieden's alleged crime will be determined by law enforcement. But we at ACSH have been writing about his crimes against science for years. Here are some examples.

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"Obstetrical Violence" A New Legal Phrase That Hurts More Than Helps

Aug 24 2018 - 08:08

Obstetrical Violence - coerced treatment of a mother during childbirth, without an informed, voluntary consent. But the coercion is by the State, not a physician; and the words will inflict unnecessary violence on the doctor-patient relationship.

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Twitter is Weaponized Once Again, This Time It's About Vaccination

Aug 23 2018 - 17:08

Russian meddling is not confined to politics; it now extends into public health. It is not about favoring one side or another, it's about sowing mistrust and divisiveness.

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