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Halloween Means More Pedestrian Deaths - But Don't Freak Out About Absolute Risk

Oct 31 2018 - 11:10

Statistics show that on Halloween pedestrian deaths increase among kids, but a few accidents per year compared to walking other dark evenings is no reason to spoil the holiday. Just use more caution about pre-schoolers and some common sense.

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In California, Trees Have A Prop 65 Cancer Warning

Oct 31 2018 - 07:10

Since everything in California needs a cancer warning label, we need to ask; 'where are the bodies?'

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Adopting Stray Cats: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Hint: Rabies)

Oct 30 2018 - 21:10

Sometimes, the cute stray animal at your doorstep has rabies.

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Sierra Club's Ignorance Of Chemistry Reaches New Heights.

Oct 30 2018 - 14:10

Sierra Club's adventure and lifestyle editor wrote about toxic chemicals in food (which aren't even toxic). With help. From a bug expert and shampoo salesman.

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National Survey Finds 40% Believe Cancer Can Be Cured Without Medicine

Oct 30 2018 - 10:10

Americans benefit from the terrific advancements science and health have brought - which is ironically how NGOs and alternative hucksters have gained ground. If you don't know anyone with Polio you can be convinced it was never real, or that acupuncture can fix it.

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California Votes on Price Fixing "Excessive" Health Care Profits

Oct 30 2018 - 09:10

California has a ballot proposal to cap profits by dialysis companies. And by the state's own economic analysis, the effect is unknown. Will it help patients, lower costs; or will it harm patients and return money to insurance companies to use as they wish? No one knows but of the 155 ballot measures nationwide, this one has garnered over 14% of all lobbying spending close to $130 million.

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Perchloroethylene?

Oct 30 2018 - 07:10

The EPA is evaluating 10 chemicals under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. To guide their decision-making, we have created explanations for each, with recommendations when the science is clear. Here is the science story on Perchloroethylene.

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1 in 4 Statisticians Say They Were Asked to Commit Scientific Fraud

Oct 30 2018 - 03:10

As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." We know that's true because statisticians themselves just said so. A jaw-dropping study reveals that nearly 1 in 4 statisticians report being asked to remove or alter data to better support a hypothesis, which is scientific fraud.

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Lowering Drug Prices in 3 Easy Pieces

Oct 29 2018 - 14:10

The Trump administration made a big splash last week with proposals to curb drug costs. But their benefits may not match the rhetoric from either the Administration or Big Pharma. As is often the case, it is a bit more complicated than a first impression or the media guardians on the right or left suggest.

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Lowering Drug Prices in Three Easy Pieces

Oct 29 2018 - 14:10

The Trump administration made a big splash last week with proposals to curb drug costs. But their benefits may not match the rhetoric from either the Administration or Big Pharma. As is often the case, it is a bit more complicated than a first impression or the media guardians on the right or left suggest.

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Dogs Accurately Sniff Out Malaria Parasite, Promising Study Shows

Oct 29 2018 - 13:10

What if malaria, which affects hundreds of millions worldwide each year, could be sniffed out before it began delivering its debilitating, flu-like effects? Well, that is what's literally happening, with researchers utilizing dogs' keen sense of smell in a recent study to determine malaria's presence in humans.

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What Should We Really Worry About For Halloween?

Oct 29 2018 - 12:10

Substitute the word "Halloween" for any celebratory event and pervasive worry lists abound. Fun also matters.

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USDA's National Organic Program Won't Answer Questions About Organic Food

Oct 26 2018 - 22:10

I asked the USDA's National Organic Program three straightforward questions about the integrity of the organic certification process. They refused to answer them. It seems clear that the USDA's National Organic Program is less of a regulatory body and more of a taxpayer-funded cheerleading squad. It should be eliminated.

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Big Fears Little Risks - Help Fund Our Documentary

Oct 26 2018 - 09:10

"Big Fears Little Risks" is a documentary, but unlike most of what you see on places like Netflix, it is pro-science, and not scaremongering trace chemicals, food, or the modern world.

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Ethanol Is Bad Science And Bad Policy

Oct 26 2018 - 07:10

Ethanol is bad science and bad economics, and that makes it bad energy policy.

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Influenza Vaccination is Global, But Not the Same

Oct 26 2018 - 07:10

Our national experience of influenza, as one disease with a set season, makes it difficult to recognize that flu is not a monolith. The global exposure to influenza has a lot more variation, and vaccination rates are influenced by much more than we might expect.

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IARC Retraction Watch Begins: They Faked Images In Controversial Claims

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has been caught manipulating reports, and even images inside reports. At what point should the United Nations step in and fix this?

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IARC Retraction Watch Begins: They Faked Images In Controversial Claims

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has been caught manipulating reports, and even images inside reports. At what point do the U.N. step in and fix this?

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Rethinking Diabetes

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

It turns out that Type 2 diabetes is not one monolithic disease, there are at least five identified genetic dispositions affecting our metabolism in different ways. Precision medicine may be more difficult than we are lead to believe.

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Does Your Medical School Influence Whether Your Patients Live or Die?

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

Could it be that where we go to medical school makes us better, or worse, physicians? Or rather, is the old joke true? "Q: What do you call the student graduating at the bottom of their medical school class? A: Doctor."

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