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In Alaska, Getting Mumps Is Preferable to Getting Vaccinated

Aug 23 2018 - 15:08

A mumps outbreak has infected nearly 400 people in Alaska -- because apparently being stubborn and getting mumps is preferable to getting vaccinated.

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Claims That Criticism of IARC Are Industry-Driven Do IARC More Harm Than Good

Aug 23 2018 - 11:08

In seeking to defend IARC by invoking conspiracy theories, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, shows how little confidence there is in IARC science.

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Facilitating the Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops: The Role of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Aug 23 2018 - 11:08

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), part of UN Environment, asked for articles on key issues of the Protocol, an international agreement which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology.

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Sunscreen Pills Work - But Only If You Take Them And Stay Inside

Aug 23 2018 - 07:08

FDA chairman Dr. Scott Gottlieb has warned us once again that sunscreen pills are nothing but a worthless supplement. But, is it possible that he is wrong on this one? Let's see what Mr. Melonhead has to say.

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A Brief History of the Opioid Epidemic

Aug 22 2018 - 22:08

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. That's a staggering number -- almost double the number of car crash fatalities and nearly quadruple the number of homicides. Most drug overdoses involved some type of opioid.

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It Is A Sad Day When Pediatricians Need To Prescribe ‘Play Time’

Aug 22 2018 - 16:08

When the American Academy of Pediatrics has to issue a report for pediatricians to write a "prescription for play" at every well-visit, our culture is in crisis.

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Anosognosia: Can You Treat Someone Who Doesn’t Accept They Are Ill?

Aug 22 2018 - 12:08

Laws are being passed in the USA that make it possible to compel people to receive treatment for health problems they don’t believe they have.

On 3 July 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. Desperate to escape her hometown of Modesto in Stanislaus County, 300 miles north in California’s Central Valley, the 41-year-old thought the 4th of July fireworks in LA would be the perfect antidote.

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Was Napoleon Defeated By The Weather In 1815?

Aug 22 2018 - 11:08

In 1812, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France was considered unstoppable. The weather did not get the memo and he slunk out of a Russian winter, defeated.

Three years later, he again attempted to conquer Europe and lasted for 111 days. He was hindered by poor military judgment, an inability to maneuver, and superior odds against him. Unless it was the weather again, which is the premise of a new article in Geology.

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As We Age, There’s No Place Like Home

Aug 22 2018 - 06:08

Aging at home rather than in a nursing home can be more satisfying for individuals and their family and may reduce the cost of care. But what to do when Mom and Dad are not at the top of their game? Passive monitoring will play an increasingly larger role. 

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According to PETA, Veggie Burgers Cause Cancer

Aug 21 2018 - 23:08

According to PETA, veggie burgers cause cancer because of their iron content. Using their logic, so does soy and spinach.

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Do You See A Baby Bottle As Half Full Or Half Empty?

Aug 21 2018 - 12:08

With the release of the CDC's 2018 breastfeeding scorecard, it is time to add common sense into these failed policies that actually supports women and families.

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Osmium - The World's Rarest And Densest Metal

Aug 21 2018 - 12:08

You've probably never even heard of osmium (no relation to Donny Osmond). That may be because 1) You are not a dork, and 2) It is the rarest metal in the world. It also has some interesting properties. It is an unreactive, very hard metal, which is used in fountain pens but add four oxygens and it becomes a different beast - one that can blind you.

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Science and Environmental Litigation

Aug 21 2018 - 12:08

How is science used in environmental litigation, and by whom? A new study finds patterns in the litigants and their strategies. 

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ACSH 40th Anniversary Gala

Aug 21 2018 - 11:08

Please join us as the American Council on Science and Health celebrates 40 years of separating science from hype. 

When: October 24th, 2018

Where: The legendary Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Tickets: $250 per person, $400 per couple.

Table or Sponsorship: Starting at $5,000.

Contact Thom Golab, 301-980-4579 or email

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Opioid Epidemic's Global Spread Explained

Aug 21 2018 - 07:08

The US has been in the grips of an “opioid epidemic” since the 1990s, with massive rises in the use – and misuse – of opioids such as morphine and codeine. There has also been a parallel rise in the number of opioid-related deaths, from 8,048 in 1999 to 42,249 in 2016. Now, there are signs that the problem is spreading to other nations – including the UK.

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Time To Embrace Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To End Their Disease Transmission

Aug 20 2018 - 09:08

Mosquitoes are some of the most deadly creatures on the planet. They carry viruses, bacteria and parasites, which they transmit through bites, infecting some 700 million people and killing more than 1 million each year.

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John Oliver Exposes Himself, CNN Uses Us To Debunk EWG, Newsweek And More Media Last Week

Aug 20 2018 - 07:08

1. If you don't have HBO, and if you have HBO but you don't watch John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight", and if you do ordinarily watch but missed the August 13th episode...well, you didn't miss much.

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Somethings We Cannot Rush - Like Training Physicians

Aug 20 2018 - 05:08

The Krebs cycle explains how the body's biochemistry produces energy. It is an intellectual rite of passage that many feel we can eliminate from physician's education. Perhaps so, but in our haste to "eliminate wasteful knowledge and compress time to "create more doctors," what kind of doctors do we create? 

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Shades of Tuskegee - Oregon's Monstrous Experiments On Poor Pain Patients

Aug 19 2018 - 22:08

Oregon is widely seen as a progressive state. It was the first to permit physician-assisted suicide. The state has voted for the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since 1988. It was rated the third most liberal state by Business Insider in 2103. And a recent Gallup poll showed that now more people self-identified as liberals than conservatives for the first time.

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Should Alzheimer's Patients Have The Right To Choose Physician-Assisted Suicide?

Aug 18 2018 - 11:08

Medical ethics can be thorny even with a relatively benign topic being considered. But physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is anything but benign. It contains elements of personal beliefs, religion, human rights, end-of-life-care, the law, and euthanasia -  a very provocative issue in its own right, one which has been brought to international prominence by the recent suicide of David Goodall, a 104-year-old scientist from Australia. Goodall decided that he had enough.

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