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Location, Location, Location

Oct 15 2018 - 08:10

Location is everything. Hospital-based outpatient care is far more expensive than the same care provided in a physician's office. $2.7 billion more expensive, why?

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Will Machines Take Your Job? Yes, I'm Talking To You, Mr. Professional

Oct 15 2018 - 08:10

Automation has decimated mid-level jobs, and much of the current talk is about machine learning replacing professionals, like doctors and attorneys. An opinion piece in Science brings some useful perspective on how machines learn and their economic impact.

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Dietary Supplements Work: When You Add A Real Drug To Them

Oct 15 2018 - 07:10

The dietary supplement folks are still going stong. Between 2007 and 2016 there were 776 FDA recalls because whatever was supposed to be in the bottle was spiked with real drugs, legal and not. Almost all of the recalls were supplements for erectile dysfuntion, weight loss, and muscle building. People are being tricked into taking prescription drugs without their knowledge.

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Fraud: Farmers Caught Selling Conventional Crops as Organic

Oct 12 2018 - 21:10

The organic industry is built upon a gigantic lie: that is, the notion that "natural" farming methods are safer and healthier while "unnatural" methods are dangerous. It should surprise no one, therefore, that such a deceptive industry would attract its fair share of hucksters.

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'Sight' for Blurry and Blind Eyes

Oct 12 2018 - 14:10

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Is Theory Necessary For Improvement?

Oct 12 2018 - 10:10

Does our technology improved in an evolutionary way, a random walk of trial and error, with false starts and breakthroughs? Or can a theory accelerate improvement and eliminate the needless dead ends?

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Jet Lag With No Vacation: How Daylight Savings Time Impacts Health

Oct 12 2018 - 07:10

The U.S. has to change clocks again in a few weeks. It's a useless junk science government policy that has lasted 52 years too long. Here are its admittedly minor health effect risks. It's still annoying.

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Confidence in Academia Falls Nine Points in Three Years

Oct 11 2018 - 19:10

Academia is in meltdown. A new survey by Gallup shows that only 48% of U.S. adults have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in academia, down from 57% in 2015. And it's not just due to partisanship; confidence has fallen among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Maybe this wouldn't happen if academics were held accountable for their behavior.

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Though A Concerning And Serious Condition, AFM Is Rare

Oct 11 2018 - 15:10

Media reports of a polio-like condition mostly impacting children sound pretty scary, but let's give acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) some context.

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Genetic Searches Are Another Nail in Privacy's Coffin

Oct 11 2018 - 14:10

A new paper in Science examines the implications of the genetic search that found a serial killer last April. A bit of genetics, a few basic demographics and you can identify that needle in the haystack. What can we do?

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Medical Students Learn From Patients

Oct 11 2018 - 11:10

Medicine is a skill, and it is impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn out to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?

   
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Science Skepticism - It takes a village of concerns

Oct 11 2018 - 11:10

 

 
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Even Oprah Can Fall Prey To The Allure Of ‘Dr. Google'

Oct 11 2018 - 10:10

Information is like any other medical therapy. When in a therapeutic range, it can be curative. At toxic levels, it can be destructive. Its quantity will never trump its quality.

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‘A Star Is Born’ For World Mental Health Day

Oct 10 2018 - 17:10

With today being World Mental Health Day, the film is an important reminder of the profound suffering of those challenged in this arena, and the struggles shared by their loved ones. Optimizing mental health in life is worthwhile for everyone.

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Guess What? There's Drano In Your Eye Drops

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

The chemophobia-for-profit crowd has a very good trick up their sleeve and they play it constantly because it works. Let's use this trick against them and show why a very scary chemical may not be scary at all.

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Trans Fats - A Global Problem

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

The World Health Organization is soliciting global views on trans-fats. It remains a problem for the middle and lower income countries and what to do remains a problem - after all, the devil is in the details. 

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Dietary Advice Worth Considering

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

Diets and dietary advice is everywhere. Medical nutrition therapy slows the progression of failing kidneys. Why is it prescribed so infrequently? 

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Smirnoff Rejects GMOs... and Science, Too

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

The famous vodka company cashes in on the anti-science movement.

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Poor Dental Health Associated with Other Serious Health Risks

Oct 10 2018 - 14:10

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The Flu Is Here

Oct 10 2018 - 10:10

Kentucky just reported its first flu-related death of the season. With last year’s overall hospitalization rates, among all ages, the highest recorded by the CDC surveillance system, it's time to clarify confusion.

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