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Dear Aromatherapy Fans, You're Inhaling a Carcinogen

Jun 19 2018 - 12:06

The good news: Aromatherapy won't give you cancer. The bad news: It won't do anything else either. But it is full of chemicals, some of which are considered to be carcinogens. In California, that is. 

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Dear Aromatherapy Fans- You Are Inhaling A Carcinogen

Jun 19 2018 - 12:06

The good news- aromatherapy won't give you cancer. Bas news - it won't do anything else either. But it is full of chemicals, some of which are considered to be carcinogens. In California. 

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World Cup Goalies, Don't Dive During Penalty Kicks. Just Stand There

Jun 19 2018 - 10:06

Soccer goalies usually dive to the left or right during a penalty kick, despite the fact that the statistically best option is to stand in the middle of the goal. So why don't they? Because there is a strong bias toward "doing something."

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Is Sitting the New Cancer?

Jun 19 2018 - 10:06

"Sitting is not the new cancer," but it is worthwhile to see how the meme was born.

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Alternative Medication Use Doubling In Kids, With Teen Rates Highest

Jun 19 2018 - 06:06

Overall, over a third of kids are using dietary supplements. Due to the many preventable adverse drug reactions they cause (e.g. arrhythmias, cardiovascular events), researchers set out to quantify pediatric and adolescent intake.

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Americans Want Cancer Screens, Even If Told Screen Is Worthless

Jun 18 2018 - 12:06

Humans suffer from "do something syndrome." New research shows that 51% of Americans want to be screened for cancer, even if explicitly told that the cancer screen is worthless.

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Dioxane?

Jun 18 2018 - 10:06

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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Fecal Transplants Beat Antibiotics In Treating A Lethal Form of Diarrhea

Jun 18 2018 - 08:06

There is an arms race apace, a war of attrition between humans and bacteria that has lasted millennia. However, with the discovery of penicillin in 1928 the scale was tipped. Pneumonia, tuberculosis, and diarrhea – the 3 leading causes of U.S. deaths in 1900 – were greatly reduced. We were winning.

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Debunking Myths About The Past, Present And Future of Opioids

Jun 18 2018 - 07:06

First fallacy: the mere existence of an opioid pill is why there is a crisis. Finding solutions requires proper identification of a problem, the time is now for the public narrative to follow suit.

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At HHS, We're in the BBC, Hungary's '60 Minutes' And More ACSH Outreach

Jun 18 2018 - 07:06

1. The BBC was into poop - the still-ongoing trend of public serial poopers - and linked to work by Dr. Jamie Wells on it. That wasn't the only place this fad was noted

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Flavor and Vaping, Is It a Gateway to Tobacco?

Jun 18 2018 - 06:06

In the current phase of the tobacco wars vaping and flavored tobacco products are seen as the latest gateway to nicotine addiction. San Francisco has banned all flavored tobacco product earlier this month. A new study looks at flavorings, “deemed safe” for ingestion in food, but with unknown cardiovascular effects. The target tissue is the cellular lining of our blood vessels, vascular endothelium, the cells that interact the most with compounds in our blood.

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Can Religion Extend Your Life?

Jun 16 2018 - 08:06

There is increasing evidence that a correlation exists between a person’s social support and engagement and their longevity. At a bare minimum, it makes sense because it is challenging to manage chronic disease or recovery from hospitalization on your own. A new study looks at religious participation as a marker for that social integration and to avoid the bias of self-reported religious activity; the researchers measured religious involvement noted in obituaries. (Of course, they might also have induced a bit of bias on the report of grieving family members writing those obituaries)

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Instead of Antidepressants, Should Doctors Prescribe Nicotine?

Jun 15 2018 - 12:06

We always knew when our PhD advisor was applying for a grant. He would pace the hallways, then go outside and smoke. A lot. (Thankfully, he's quit since then.)

Why do smokers find such solace in cigarettes? It may be the nicotine. Several years ago, a small experiment suggested that people who were intentionally provoked into becoming angry were less likely to retaliate if they were wearing a nicotine patch.

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Herpes Vaccines Flop. What About Drugs? Pritelivir: A Page From The AIDS Playbook

Jun 15 2018 - 12:06

Based on the recent demise of experimental vaccines from Genocea and Vical the prospects for a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes look mighty bleak at this time. So, for most patients who need treatment valacyclovir (Valtrex) is the only choice (1,2). It works well for most people, but not for everyone.

DRUGS VS. VACCINES FOR TREATMENT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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EPA Secret Science: No More Rationalization, It's Time For That To Go

Jun 15 2018 - 09:06

The American Council on Science and Health has long been concerned about the decision-making process at organizations like EPA and especially National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where baffling secret meetings have led to unreal levels of weight for solitary statistical analyses that defy the pattern of available empirical data. Epidemiology has become a secret trump card over science, while risk experts, toxicologists and other experts who care about public health have been routinely ignored. 

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Chlorophyll-f Discovery: New Type of Photosynthesis

Jun 15 2018 - 08:06

Most life on Earth -  plants, algae, and even some microorganisms - gain energy due to photosynthesis, a process where sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide are used to make glucose, a type of food for them just like it is us. 

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Abilify MyCite: Mental Health Drug With A Sensor Embedded Raises Troubling Questions

Jun 15 2018 - 07:06

Moments after Neo eats the red pill in “The Matrix,” he touches a liquefied mirror that takes over his skin, penetrating the innards of his body with computer code. When I first learned about the controversial new digital drug Abilify MyCite, I thought of this famous scene and wondered what kinds of people were being remade through this new biotechnology.

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Waiting For Dr. Godot To Fix My Hip Fracture

Jun 14 2018 - 20:06

Waiting for surgical care is more common than you think, and can result in more complications. A Canadian study sheds light on the factors involved in waiting to get your hip fracture fixed. 

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5 New Snail-Sucking Snakes Discovered

Jun 14 2018 - 13:06

Lovers of escargot, you have company. Newly-discovered company. But they eat a bit differently than you do.

Herpetologists working in South America say they have come across five new species of snakes, and their meal of choice is the snail. These tree snakes have been uncovered by researchers from the American Museum of National History, located in New York, and the discovery was made public today in a paper published in the peer-review journal, Zookeys.

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New York Times: Pseudoscience and Sleeping with Sources

Jun 14 2018 - 13:06

The Gray Lady has gotten raunchy in her old age. News has just broken that the New York Times's national security reporter, Ali Watkins, was sleeping with a source who worked as an aide to the Senate Intelligence Committee. That source has now been arrested as part of an investigation into leaks of classified information.

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