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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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UK Parliament Endorses E-Cigarettes to Help Smokers. Will U.S. Follow?

Aug 17 2018 - 21:08

U.S. public health agencies struggle to endorse an obvious solution to a true public health menace. Hopefully, the UK Parliament will provide a much-needed boost to the forces of common sense.

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What Humans Can Learn From The Mating Habits Of Armadillos

Aug 17 2018 - 19:08

Armadillo reproduction can teach us a rather wise guiding principle.

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NYU Med's Mega Tuition Gift May Not Alter Career Choice, ACSH Veteran Physician Says

Aug 17 2018 - 13:08

With drastic shifts taking place in the medical profession over the last decade, those weighing whether to enter it have had to grapple with two figurative anvils hovering overhead: immense debt and choice of career specialty.

But in a remarkable demonstration of generosity Thursday, NYU's School of Medicine addressed both of those weighty concerns simultaneously with its announcement that it will waive tuition for all of its students, present and future, starting immediately.

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Free Market Win: FDA Approves Competition In The Allergy EpiPen Space

Aug 17 2018 - 12:08

Allergies can be annoying but in some instances they are life threatening. That situation, anaphylaxis, is a medical emergency and occurs in up to two percent of Americans. 

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A $289M Hit Job on Science in Jackpot Verdict on Monsanto's Glyphosate

Aug 16 2018 - 13:08

Jurors in California have awarded $289 million to a man who claimed that his cancer was due to Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, even though that is biologically impossible. Even the judge acknowledged that there was no evidence of harm. Yet, trial lawyers manipulated a jury’s emotions and the public’s misunderstanding of science to score another jackpot verdict.

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Urban Exposome: Defining Deviant Air Quality Down For Pregnant Women

Aug 16 2018 - 12:08

Poorer people often live in areas with more pollution and crime, that is no surprise, but pollution is relative in 2018. American air is incredibly clean, (1) so clean epidemiologists and activists have tried to define harmful smog all the way down to 2.5 μm (microns) in diameter in hopes of showing air quality is still a worry. And they have begun to consider noise the same as smog for harm, along with lots of other things.

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Swoosh - Carbohydrates Join Salt, Moderation Is Best

Aug 16 2018 - 10:08

Quickly following on the heels of news that salt should be used in moderation it turns out that the same is true for our latest dietary villain, carbohydrates. Turns out too few can be just as bad as too many

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Swoosh - Carbohydrates Join Salt

Aug 16 2018 - 10:08

Quickly following on the heels of news that salt should be used in moderation it turns out that the same is true for our latest dietary villain, carbohydrates. Turns out too few can be just as bad as too many

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Is It Cancer or Is It Abnormal Cells? Explaining Risk

Aug 16 2018 - 10:08

One study tells us we can predict a 3 fold risk of cancer at birth, another tells us that we frighten patients when we use the term cancer, for low-risk situations. Discussing uncertainty can be a risky business. 

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For Male Fertility, Boxers Provide Edge Over Briefs. Possibly.

Aug 16 2018 - 07:08

Men, if you're trying to help your partner conceive a child and also interested in tilting the odds in your favor as best you can, making an apparel switch might prove helpful. Maybe. That's because there were a few limitations to the study. 

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Yes, You Can ‘Break’ Your Penis

Aug 15 2018 - 18:08

Learn how not to fracture your penis and what to do if it happens.

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Disorder In The Court - A Supernaturally Dumb Lawsuit Over The Word 'Natural'

Aug 15 2018 - 16:08

A lawsuit recently filed in Brooklyn against an OJ company that uses the term "natural" on its label is ridiculous but provides the perfect example of how meaningless the term is. Taken to its logical conclusion, nothing on earth is natural. Except *maybe* drinking milk directly from a cow. Udder stupidity.

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The Natural History of High Blood Pressure

Aug 15 2018 - 04:08

High blood pressure, hypertension, is a pervasive health problem in the U.S. and globally. It consumes significant amounts of health dollars and is a co-morbidity or risk factor for many of the chronic diseases that ‘plague’ Western society. Given all the costs and concerns you think we could easily describe the natural history of the onset of hypertension, Because we tend to think in moments rather than longitudinally high blood pressure is defined as crossing some, arbitrary and often controversial threshold (the current guidelines are 130mmHg for the systolic, or upper number).

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American Air Is Clean and Getting Cleaner

Aug 14 2018 - 17:08

The air is nasty in Seattle today. A white smog has settled all over the city, as far as the eye can see.

But this is rather unusual. Prevailing winds have swept in wildfire smoke. (This happened last year, too, and it was all Canada's fault.) Typically, Seattle's air is pretty clean, despite the city having some of the worst traffic in the nation.

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College Students' Sleep Article Proves Much More Popular Online

Aug 14 2018 - 15:08

A terrific story on college students and sleep deprivation was tucked inside the science section of the printed version of The New York Times. But online, it was the #1 trending story. Not just science story, but the newspaper's top story overall.

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