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Lawsuit Against Anthem Aims To Protect Patients From Insurer’s Bad Policy

Jul 31 2018 - 11:07

When health insurers keep trying to practice medicine without a license, we all lose. 

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Upside To Tariffs: Fewer Supplements in the U.S.

Jul 31 2018 - 10:07

While trade groups and economists debate the merits or impacts of tariffs designed to create more equality in U.S. trade, one group of barnacles that remain a free rider on the ships of commerce using FDA exemptions, a lack of common sense, and a tariff imbalance is really nervous: The $45 billion American dietary supplement industry.

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Smokers Likely To Have Worse Diets Too

Jul 31 2018 - 09:07

A new study using data from 5,293 U.S. adults determined that smokers consumed around 200 more calories a day than non-smokers or former smokers, despite eating smaller portions of food. That means more snacking, treating treats like meals. This is in contrast to a time when smokers gained weight after they stopped, because they ate more to occupy their hands and mouths.

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Does Case Volume Promote Safety While Reducing Access? CMS and Physicians Wrestle With The Trade-Off

Jul 31 2018 - 08:07

Greater patient volumes result in more experience and better outcomes. But for rural and underserved areas there may not be enough volume to maintain a clinically safe practice. The trade-off of access and outcome is at the heart of a discussion of TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a replacement for open surgery. 

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Bromopropane?

Jul 31 2018 - 07:07

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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Humanities Enrollment Is in Free Fall

Jul 31 2018 - 01:07

Enrollment in the humanities is collapsing. Why? Probably because (1) There is a widespread belief that humanities degrees should be avoided; (2) the humanities generate too much nonsensical research; and (3) the humanities, and academia in general, are politically biased.

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Humanities Enrollment Is in Free Fall

Jul 31 2018 - 01:07

Enrollment in the humanities is collapsing. Why? Probably because (1) There is a widespread belief that humanities degrees should be avoided; (2) the humanities generate too much nonsensical research; and (3) the humanities, and academia in general, are politically biased.

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Two Anti-Opioid Zealots Run Into A Biostatistician. Here's What Happened.

Jul 30 2018 - 15:07

Dr. Stan Young is a man on a mission. So when the renowned biostatistician happened across a substandard paper by two anti-opioid zealots, Young spoke up. Just like he always does.

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"Seasoning" A Frying Pan Leads To A New Approach For Food Safety

Jul 30 2018 - 12:07

In the same way one "seasons" a cast iron frying pan, scientists have found a way to create a slippery coating, improving food safety and reducing bacterial contamination. Mother was right again.

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From the Cast Iron Frying Pan To Better Food Safety

Jul 30 2018 - 12:07

In the same way one "seasons" a cast iron frying pan, scientists have found a way to create a slippery coating, improving food safety and reducing bacterial contamination. Mother was right again.

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When You Have a Hereditary Disease, Who Has The Right To Know?

Jul 30 2018 - 07:07

In 2007, a middle-aged British man shot and killed his wife. He was declared mentally incapacitated, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to hospital care. Two years later, he was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain, causing both mental and physical deterioration until finally proving fatal – which may have contributed to his diminished mental state at the time of the shooting.

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Minnesota Public Radio Believes Science Is A Vast Corporate Conspiracy, And More Media Links

Jul 30 2018 - 06:07

1. In Puget Sound Business Journal, Dr. Alex Berezow takes Seattle to task for engaging in Californication - desiring to play nanny state to the rest of the country while ignoring its problems at home. Like it's runaway homeless drug user population that is driving people and businesses away. You can read it here.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Goes Crybaby Over 'Scary' Chemicals

Jul 28 2018 - 23:07

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy statement which is riddled with chemophobic nonsense. Why are they being crybabies? We explain.

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Geosmin: Why We Like The Smell Of Air After A Storm

Jul 28 2018 - 10:07

I'm in New York City and a storm just finished. Though the forecast had only shown a slight chance of rain a few hours earlier, suddenly there were flash flood warnings and the Yankees went ahead and postponed their game.

After it had passed, I immediately wanted to go outside. One of my favorite smells is the air after a storm. It is a smell so profound and distinct that a word had to be invented for it - and so it was In 1964, when chemists Isabel Bear and R.G. Thomas coined "petrichor" from the Greek "petros" (stone) and "ichor", the blood of the gods.

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When an English Major Becomes a Health Editor

Jul 28 2018 - 00:07

The Guardian's health page is scaremongering about e-cigarettes and pushing bizarre solutions to obesity. This is what happens when political activists write about public health.

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When an English Major Becomes a Health Editor

Jul 28 2018 - 00:07

The Guardian's health page is scaremongering about e-cigarettes and pushing bizarre solutions to obesity. This is what happens when political activists write about public health.

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Another Concern From Playing Contact Sports (And it's Not CTE)

Jul 27 2018 - 14:07

Findings of a new study show that increased exposure to contact sports raises the chances of developing Lewy Body Disease, a condition that can trigger the onset of Parkinson's disease. 

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Legal Liver Transplant Focuses Attention On The Human Organ Trade

Jul 27 2018 - 07:07

In surely one of the most bizarre stories of recent weeks, former FC Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, was forced to deny claims that he illegally purchased a human liver for ex-Barcelona defender Eric Abidal in 2012, after a report in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claimed police had intercepted phone calls of Rosell allegedly admitting the purchase.

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Genome-Wide Association Studies - ACSH Explains

Jul 27 2018 - 06:07

Genome-wide Association Studies are increasingly found in the literature, but for many of us the research approach is new, and it is hard to separate the good from the bad. Here are the basics of how these studies work and what are their benefits and limitations. 

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Asia, Africa Cause 90% of Plastic Pollution in World's Oceans

Jul 26 2018 - 20:07

Plastic pollution in the ocean is almost exclusively due to the actions of Asia and Africa, not the United States. Banning straws and plastic bags will do nothing to solve the problem.

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