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The Toll of Diabetes

Aug 14 2018 - 05:08

Diabetes is not one monolithic disease; a new study shows that age of onset and duration can make a big difference in the presence and effect of cardiovascular disease, diabetes' frequent companion.

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Woman Donates Her Heart And Lives To Tell About It! Now, THAT Is Innovation.

Aug 13 2018 - 22:08

Though we are told with every new digital health product, medication or device, biotech firm or health system launch how groundbreaking, revolutionary, or disruptive it is, here is an ongoing medical reality that actually is groundbreaking.

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No, CTE Didn't Make a Man Steal an Airplane from Seattle's Airport

Aug 13 2018 - 21:08

A man stole an airplane from Seattle's airport and crash-landed it, killing himself. One local news outlet suggested that it wasn't really his fault because he had CTE from playing high school football. This is sheer nonsense.

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If John Oliver Wants To Be Funny About Science Non-Profits, I Can Help Write Better Material

Aug 13 2018 - 10:08

I like comedy news host John Oliver. He was among the top nine funniest guys in the first season of "Community" and he even won an Emmy when Jon Stewart made the jokes of Oliver's colleagues sound hilarious. So I was excited on Saturday when I got to send an email to our Board of Trustees and the staff at the American Council on Science and Health giddy that Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight", was going to do a hit piece on us.

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Is a McCricket the Breakfast of Our Future?

Aug 13 2018 - 08:08

There is concern that our sources of dietary protein are not sustainable and alternatives are sought. Among them, insects. A new report looks at their benefits and risks as a dietary staple. 

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The New York Times And Chemicals - Amateur Hour Once Again

Aug 12 2018 - 09:08

Perhaps Nick Kristof, the New York Times' non-expert on chemical toxicology, was on vacation. But the paper had a backup - Niraj Chokshi - to replace him. Chokshi is a psychology major who interviewed a member of the United States Public Interest Research Group, a bunch of lawyers, about scary chemicals in school supplies which aren't really scary at all. 

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Sugarcane Genome Finally Gets Sequenced - 80 Percent Of The Sugar Market Rejoices

Aug 12 2018 - 07:08

The last major cultivated plant that didn't have its genome sequenced has finally gotten its day in the colinearity sun. The sugarcane genome has entered the modern molecular biology era.

The reasons it took so long were challenges with conventional sequencing techniques because the sugarcane genome is so complex. It has large number of copies of each chromosome category (high polyploidy), varying numbers of copies depending on the chromosome category (aneuploidy), structural differences and interspecific chromosome recombinants, and bispecific origin of the chromosomes.

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Most Dangerous Drivers Ranked by State, Age, Race, and Sex

Aug 10 2018 - 21:08

America's worst drivers are likelier to be men or people who live in the South, are either young or old, or identify as Native American. America's best drivers are likelier to be women or people who live in the Northeast, are aged 35 to 75, or identify as Asian.

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Can (And Should We Try To) Quantify The Complexity That Is Gender Inequality In Medicine?

Aug 10 2018 - 16:08

Another study, this time with female patients experiencing heart attacks, suggests female physicians have better survival outcomes than their male peers. What does this mean for pay inequity? 

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The Grande Armee Of Big Organic May Be Marching Toward Its Waterloo

Aug 10 2018 - 11:08

If you were living in Austria, Russia, and Sweden in August of 1805, declaring war on France, which was led by legendary Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, must have felt like a suicide mission. It basically was. He stomped through Europe and it was only seven years later, longer than all of World War II, when he finally made a mistake and tried to tough out a Moscow winter in the open.

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Another Untrue Study of Gender Disparity In Caring for Patients

Aug 10 2018 - 05:08

Gender disparity can and does occur. A study of the outcome of a heart attack based on both the gender of the patient and physician tries to make a case for outcomes disparities attributable to gender. It casts no light and is deeply flawed.

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Increase in Childhood Cancer Is Not Due to Pesticide

Aug 09 2018 - 22:08

Countries that use more pesticides don't have higher rates of pediatric cancer.

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A Spoonful of Salt Makes The Blood Pressure Go Down

Aug 09 2018 - 21:08

It seems that salt's association blood pressure and heart disease along with the recommended amount of salt needs to be reconsidered in light of this new study.

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Appeals Court Says EPA Needs To Ban Chlorpyrifos, Even Though Evidence For Harm Has Never Been Seen

Aug 09 2018 - 16:08

Trial lawyers are cheering that the the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California ordered EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos but the science is even less settled than the court case is. If you are not familiar with American law, the 9th is the most overturned appeals court by the Supreme Court of the United States, because their rulings are often overtly political, and therefore not grounded in evidence. 

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2.6 Million Studies On Exercise And Mental Health Weren't Enough, So Government Did One More.

Aug 09 2018 - 15:08

When does repeating research studies surpass confirming known findings, for the purposes of validating legitimacy, to entering the world of the redundant and wasteful? When does more become less?

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Carbon Tetrachloride?

Aug 09 2018 - 15:08

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and was signed into law June 22, 2016. It 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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Ketogenic Diet Linked To Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Aug 09 2018 - 11:08

Our bodies break down carbohydrates and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which is transported from the bloodstream into our cells by the hormone insulin where it can be used for energy. Insulin also signals the liver to stop producing sugar.

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Then They Came For My Xanax - Opioid Madness Metastasizes

Aug 09 2018 - 10:08

Some self-righteous busybodies, apparently not content with the carnage caused by their magnificently inept (mis)handling of the fake opioid crisis have taken up a new cause - one that will make many of you anxious. They want restrictions slapped on anti-anxiety drugs, like Xanax and Valium and don't seem to care that it's a terrible idea. 

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Could 'Smoking Gun' DNA Sequence Lead Detectives to Biological Terrorist?

Aug 08 2018 - 18:08

Just like fingerprints, we all have a unique set of behavioral quirks.

For example, I tend to drink triple shot, iced vanilla lattes. Before beginning my work, I clean off the table using water and a napkin. (Seriously, why are coffee shop tables always so disgusting?) And, oftentimes, I tip my glasses in a peculiar way as I write my articles.

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As Russians Target Our Electrical Grid, Here's What's Needed To Protect It

Aug 08 2018 - 07:08

The U.S. electricity grid is hard to defend because of its enormous size and heavy dependency on digital communication and computerized control software. The number of potential targets is growing as “internet of things” devices, such as smart meters, solar arrays and household batteries, connect to smart grid systems.

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