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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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Is Soaking Your Nuts In Chlorine A Good Idea?

Jun 14 2018 - 12:06

Despite the intentionally misleading title, soaking your nuts in chlorine isn't such a bad idea in this case. If you read about the "hygienic practices" of the Orangeburg Pecan Company, chlorine sounds pretty good. Hope you have a strong stomach.

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Many 1st-Time, Post-Op Users of Painkillers Stay on Them. But Addiction? Not Quite.

Jun 14 2018 - 07:06

As a closer look at this study reveals, it's important to note an essential distinction between implying that this behavior is an addiction – which it isn't necessarily – as opposed to saying medication is being used "beyond the normal recovery period." 

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Are You Woke About Drug Co-payments?

Jun 14 2018 - 05:06

Drug co-payments are meant to share costs, but for many drugs, they cover not just the entire cost, but a "little something" for pharmacy benefits managers who structure the deals.

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Mom-Shaming Got So Bad, Not Doing So Had To Become Official Policy

Jun 14 2018 - 01:06

The negative impact of "at all costs" breastfeeding campaigns, the political zeal of lactivism and societal pressures have done a proven disservice to women and families. So much so, formal health policy had to be changed.

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Academia in Meltdown: Pro-GMO Prof Fired, Anti-GMO Prof Gets Honored

Jun 13 2018 - 12:06

Though widely touted, there is no such thing as "free speech" in academia. Instead, there are two sets of standards: There is one standard for a largely far-left-wing, postmodernist type who reject science and basic decency, and there is another standard for everybody else.

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Accountable Care Organizations Want The Rewards But Few Want The Risk

Jun 13 2018 - 06:06

Accountable Care Organizations want to share in the profits, but not the risk of providing health care. Will being forced to take on risk result in the end of this "innovative payment" program?

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Targeted, Regional Approach Likely Best To Improve Vaccine Rates

Jun 12 2018 - 14:06

New study analyzes U.S. vaccination rates in children, specifically focusing on nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) in states and counties. Their recommendations fall short of realities of medical practice.

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Urushiol, the Poison in Poison Ivy

Jun 12 2018 - 11:06

Summer is approaching, which means that all sorts of life forms will be out to get you. Possibly the worst is poison ivy. It contains a nasty chemical called urushiol, which is perfectly designed to make your life an itchy hell. And it's all because of chemistry.  

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Could a Single Vaccine Prevent Multiple Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes?

Jun 12 2018 - 11:06

Mosquitoes transmit a wide variety of nasty microbes, from viruses like dengue, yellow fever, and Zika to parasites like malaria. The sheer number and diversity of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes makes vaccine development a challenge. But what if a vaccine could target the mosquito, instead?

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When It Comes to Food, We Act More Like Dogs than Cats

Jun 12 2018 - 06:06

A study of the dietary preferences of dogs and cats show distinct differences when palatability is constant. Are there lessons for us about our eating choices?

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Dogs, Cats, Palatability and The "Crisis of Obesity"

Jun 12 2018 - 06:06

A study of the dietary preferences of dogs and cats show distinct differences when palatability is constant. Are there lessons for us about our eating choices?

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The One Thing Alternative Medicine Gets Right

Jun 11 2018 - 11:06

Every time I'm in Poland, I make several trips to our favorite massage therapist. Because of the exchange rate and the lower cost of labor, I can get an hour-long massage for just over $30.

Our massage therapist is also a bit kooky. She opposes much of what I accept, such as genetically modified food, and she believes in alternative medicine of all types, particularly reflexology. When she pinches your toe, she thinks she's fixing your liver, or something.

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Vical’s Herpes Vaccine Bombs. Company To Exit HSV Research

Jun 11 2018 - 08:06

Once again, the news is bad for the millions of people who are suffering from herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), much the same as I reported in September 2017, when Genocea's experimental herpes vaccine GEN-001 was dropped after Phase II clinical trials.

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ConFabulous - 'Smoothing Over' Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s

Jun 11 2018 - 06:06

The stories patients with Alzheimer's Disease tell, show us how entwined memory is with our sociability. 

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ConFabulous - “Smoothing Over” Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s

Jun 11 2018 - 06:06

The stories patients with Alzheimer's Disease tell, show us how entwined memory is with our sociability. 

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Genetic Testing Isn’t What It Has Been Sold As

Jun 11 2018 - 00:06

It is no surprise that controlling your future by stopping the development of medical conditions draws a captive audience. But, is that what genetic testing actually does?

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The Tipping Point

Jun 08 2018 - 20:06

The FDA using Tipping Point Analysis to show that an important study of cholesterol-lowering medications is incorrect. Who got it wrong, the FDA or the New England Journal of Medicine that peer-reviewed the work.

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Crimean-Congo: The 'Asian Ebola' Virus

Jun 08 2018 - 18:06

Ebola is the most famous of the hemorrhagic fever viruses, but it’s not the only one.

What is commonly called "Ebola" is more specifically the species Zaire ebolavirus, which belongs to the genus Ebolavirus. This group also contains nasty species called Bundibugyo, Sudan, and Taï Forest ebolavirus. Marburgvirus, a separate genus, contains the human pathogenic viruses called Marburg and Ravn. These diseases are largely limited to Africa.

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Teen Pregnancy Rate Falls to All-Time Low in Minnesota

Jun 08 2018 - 14:06

Continuing a positive trend that's in its third decade, pregnancy rates in the state for teens aged 15 to 19 have again fallen, dropping 5% to a level never before reached. And among other encouraging news, Minnesota's teen pregnancy rate has plummeted nearly 71% since 1990.

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