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Conspiracy by Bigs (Tobacco, Sugar or Fats) Does Not Explain Why Science Makes Mistakes

Oct 18 2018 - 11:10

Errors in our scientific beliefs are not always due to Big Industry and their evil intents. Science is a human enterprise, constrained by human foibles. Sometimes we just get it wrong.

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'Blue Aproning' SNAP - A Modest Counter Proposal

Oct 18 2018 - 11:10

The Trump administration’s proposed to “Blue Aproning” the SNAP food program. We shouldn't let politics, on either side of the aisle distract us from talking about food distribution and how to help small, rather than large American business.

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Sea Salt: Possibly The World's Dumbest Product

Oct 18 2018 - 10:10

Among the latest fads are specialty salts, which are sold as if they are magic potions by the same people who are always selling magic potions. Sea salt is one of them. The real of the product should be "Throw Sea Salt and Money Over Your Shoulder."

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PNAS And Microbiomes: Will They Publish A 'Study' About Bee Chakras Next?

Oct 18 2018 - 07:10

Roundup can only affect the shikimate pathway in plants, so how can it be argued the weedkiller harms bees? By invoking the mystical, ill-defined "microbiome." What's next, their chakras?

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Guidelines Comes Under The Focus Of John Ioannidis - One of Medicine's Integrity Officers

Oct 18 2018 - 06:10

Clinical guidelines are increasingly influential but are written by experts in the field. Are guidelines a faithful compilation of evidence or biased, perhaps self-serving, self-regulation? Dr. John Ioannidis, one of medicine's important voices, weighs in.

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Requiring Prices in TV Drug Ads Is a Step in the Right Direction

Oct 17 2018 - 23:10

The Trump Administration believes that TV ads for pharmaceutical drugs should display the list price. This is a step in the right direction toward lowering the cost of healthcare. However, the Administration might want to consider banning direct-to-consumer advertising altogether.

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How Should A Baby Be Born?

Oct 17 2018 - 18:10

With continued refrains in the public forum of "too many" or "too few" being applied to manners of birth serving often to shame or assign blame, the focus is on the wrong question. A new study on delivery mode helps to inform.

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Ticks Feast, Death Rate Spikes for Young Moose, Study Finds

Oct 17 2018 - 16:10

Citing a trend towards warmer winters over the last decade, researchers in New Hampshire found that 70 percent of moose calves, monitored between 2014-16, were found dead. The cause of death for nearly all of them was attributed to the dramatic rise in winter ticks, which feast on the calves' blood.

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Dirty Sheets: In Case You Need Another Reason To Stay Out Of The Hospital

Oct 17 2018 - 10:10

As if hospitals aren't bad enough, a really dangerous bug called Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is all over the place. And it's not so easy to kill. Researchers looked at what happens when you wash contaminated sheets. The expression "it call comes out in the wash" does not apply.

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Could We Turn Insects into Biological Weapons?

Oct 17 2018 - 07:10

Genetic manipulation can be a force for good, but some voices raise concerns. Not about the unintended consequences, but about their possible, darker uses, as weapons.

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Weaponizing Genes

Oct 17 2018 - 07:10

Genetic manipulation can be a force for good, but some voices raise concerns. Not about the unintended consequences, but about their possible, darker uses, as weapons.

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Added Evidence for Older Drivers to Treat Their Cataracts

Oct 17 2018 - 07:10

need summary

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Should Men Who Identify as Women Compete in Women's Sports?

Oct 16 2018 - 22:10

Regardless of what postmodernists say, there are real, objective, measurable biological differences between men and women. That is why sports are segregated by sex.

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‘If It Bleeds, It Leads’ News Media Is Terrible For Vaccine Compliance

Oct 16 2018 - 11:10

When what is absent in a story carries equal or more weight than what is reported, the damage goes beyond ratings. It undermines public health.

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Why Some Drugs Make Other Drugs Last Longer (Or Shorter)

Oct 16 2018 - 11:10

Most people have heard the term "drug-drug interactions." But the term isn't really accurate. This is: certain drugs can result in an increase or decrease the blood levels of other drugs when they are taken together. For example, opioid blood levels can be significantly altered if taken with other drugs. It's all about your liver.

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Stress on Their Minds, Americans Turn to Search

Oct 16 2018 - 07:10

summary needed

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Humira’s Big Day – It's EU Patent Expires Today

Oct 16 2018 - 07:10

The world's best selling drug is coming off patent protection today in the EU. Will it mean big savings for us? Probably not, especially in the US where Humira is protected for another five years. It will mean money for attorney's as AbbVie files patent infringement suits and reaches out-of-court settlements to protect a $20 billion dollar market.

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Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test Tells Us Nothing

Oct 15 2018 - 19:10

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has taken flack for her claims to Native American ancestry, just released the results of a genetic test that definitively proves... well, nothing. She might be 1/32nd Native American. Or 1/1,024th. Nobody really knows.

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Sperm’s Baggage: What They Bring to the Party 

Oct 15 2018 - 15:10

We already offer pre-natal maternal vitamins. Should we offer pre-natal paternal ones? A study looks at the transmission of "health" from father to sons, making use of data from the U.S. Civil War and providing interesting support for sperm's acquisition of epigenetic information. Who knew they were so busy?

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Sperm’s Baggage - What They Bring To The Party 

Oct 15 2018 - 15:10

We already offer pre-natal maternal vitamins. Should we offer pre-natal paternal ones? A study looks at the transmission of "health" from father to sons making use of data from the U.S. Civil War and providing interesting support for sperm's acquisition of epigenetic information. Who knew they were so busy?

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