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If You Buy Organic Wine, You May Be Funding Far More Soil Damage

Nov 07 2018 - 09:11

One sure way to damage your wine business is to overdose the soil on chemicals. Yet that is what growers must do if they rely on copper sulfate, a heavy metal that accumulates in soil yet is certified by organic marketing groups.

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Algal Blooms Produce Heart Toxins

Nov 07 2018 - 03:11

Algal blooms are gross and bad for the environment. As the blooms die and decay, oxygen is consumed, and then fish die. Worse, some algal blooms produce toxins, such as neurotoxins, that are harmful to humans and other animals. Now, we can add another to the list: Heart toxins.

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There's Gold In Them Thar Mold

Nov 06 2018 - 21:11

A company named Concrobium sells a safe, environmentally-friendly mold killer. It seems to work pretty well, but comes with a hefty price tag. What's in it that makes it cost so much? It sure ain't the chemicals.

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In Giving or Receiving, Who Benefits From Advice?

Nov 06 2018 - 08:11

Your mother always said, "It is better to give than receive," and I know that is true for surgery; a new study suggests it true for advice as well. Can it help explain the value to support groups?

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80,000 Died from Flu (and Still 0 from GMOs)

Nov 06 2018 - 04:11

Only about 37% of American adults bothered to get a flu shot this past flu season, which is actually a decrease from the previous year, when about 43% got one. Partially as a result, 80,000 Americans died from the flu. On the flip side, we did buy more organic food than ever before.

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Who Is Telling The Truth About Prescription Opioid Deaths? DEA? CDC? Neither?

Nov 05 2018 - 07:11

The DEA, an arm of the Department of Justice, just came out with a 184-page report claiming that prescription opioid analgesics are the class of drugs which is killing the most Americans. Huh? This sure seems strange. But a deeper look suggests that the only thing strange is the manner that data in the report is used. The DEA spins and wins. Pain patients lose.

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A New Way To "Crowd-Fund" Pharmaceuticals

Nov 05 2018 - 05:11

Is there a way to 'crowd-source' funding medical research that allows more people to share the risk and the possible profit? A group of patients thinks there is, Bio-Bonds.

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Please, Beto O’Rourke, Drive Safely

Nov 04 2018 - 22:11

In an ill-advised Twitter ad, the candidate offers a teachable moment on the importance of not driving while distracted.

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Oft-Maligned Triclosan's Good Side: Treating Cystic Fibrosis Infections

Nov 02 2018 - 22:11

Triclosan has garnered a bad reputation due to its overuse, but it may still serve a purpose in treating cystic fibrosis infections.

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Not All Pain Is Bad

Nov 02 2018 - 22:11

Our culture is in a crisis of pathologizing pain.

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Weed Control: EPA Extends Registration, Sets New Guidelines For Dicamba Use

Nov 02 2018 - 07:11

EPA has extended registration for Dicamba for use on Dicamba-tolerant crops out to the end of 2020. Here's what that means.

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Trick or Treat? FDA Approves A New 23andMe Report

Nov 02 2018 - 06:11

Just in time for Halloween, the FDA and 23andMe announced a newly approved report on consumer's individual ability to metabolize commonly used medications. What a treat! But the trick was that it has, at this point, no clinical value.

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Homeless People Dying of Hepatitis A

Nov 02 2018 - 04:11

The CDC reports that four states in 2017 experienced outbreaks of hepatitis A, mostly among homeless people and/or intravenous drug users. Overall, 1,521 people got sick and 41 died. This is the predictable outcome of societal negligence and our collective unwillingness to adequately address the homelessness crisis.

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Do You Own Your Healthcare Data? Not According to Government or Healthcare Businesses

Nov 01 2018 - 08:11

After years, countless hours and dollars you'd think doctors could readily share a patient's records. You would be wrong. The latest excuse - sharing patient data may be an anti-trust violation, after all, patient data is valuable. But when do we, the people, lose ownership of our most personal of information?

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Do You Own Your Healthcare Data? - Not According To Our Government or Healthcare Businesses

Nov 01 2018 - 08:11

After years, countless hours and dollars you'd think doctors could readily share a patient's records. You would be wrong. The latest excuse - sharing patient data may be an anti-trust violation, after all, patient data is valuable. But when do we, the people, lose ownership of our most personal of information?

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Colorado Proposition 112: Anti-Fracking Law Gets Bipartisan Opposition

Nov 01 2018 - 02:11

There aren't many things today that unite both sides of the political aisle, but leave it to some environmental activists to achieve the impossible. There's bipartisan opposition to a proposed Colorado law that would severely curtail fracking in the state.

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Colorado Proposition 112: Anti-Fracking Law Gets Bipartisan Opposition

Nov 01 2018 - 02:11

There aren't many things that unite both sides of the political aisle today, but environmental activists have achieved the impossible. In Colorado, there is bipartisan opposition to a proposed law, called Proposition 112, that would severely curtail fracking in the state.

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The Slippery Slope Of Forgoing Informed Consent In Clinical Trials

Oct 31 2018 - 20:10

Did you know if you (or a loved one) had a cardiac arrest the decision to give you a potentially life-saving medication or placebo, in the fleeting moment where seconds matter, might be made at random by those coordinating a study? A little-known FDA exemption allows for it and a health system is in hot water for violating its strict standards intended to protect human rights.

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After Mass Shootings, Blood Provided by Well-Meaning Donors is Often Discarded

Oct 31 2018 - 15:10

A new study finds that more than 15 percent of blood donations often don't make it to shooting victims or other hospital patients at a later time, and must be poured out. In addition, when local officials announce a well-meaning call for donations after such a tragedy, many times it's unnecessary. But we have a suggestion that can address these issues.

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My Definition of a Scientist

Oct 31 2018 - 13:10

What is a scientist? Ask a dozen people and you will get eight answers, and that is even if the dozen people are scientists.

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