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Criminal Conduct by Rational Vaccines Co-Founder?

ACSH - 3 hours 27 min ago

What was the co-founder of Rational Vaccines thinking when he injected eight patients with a live herpes virus formulated as a vaccine at the Holiday Inn? What was previously a sordid tale, lurches towards the criminal.  

 
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Chemotherapy may Lead to Antibiotic Resistant Infections

ACSH - 6 hours 47 min ago

A new role for chemotherapy is emerging, and it's not a good one. It is thought that the same drugs used to treat cancer patients may also lead to sepsis with antibiotic resistant bacteria, resulting in infections that may be lethal.

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3rd Grade Teacher Shows Kids How to Be Environmental Activists

ACSH - 7 hours 33 min ago

By encouraging her students to do incomplete research on a scientific topic and to lobby politicians for political change, a 3rd grade teacher is showing kids how to be environmental activists. What a shame.

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Black Friday Bioterrorism: If Tom Clancy's 'The Division' Were Real, How Could It Happen?

ACSH - 8 hours 33 min ago

In March of 2016, a game called "Tom Clancy's The Division" was released. Unlike other "shooter" games such as "Destiny" and "Call of Duty", "The Division" has a compelling science story.(1) And the plot began on "Black Friday", the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Raw Cat Food Could Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

ACSH - 9 hours 32 min ago

The craze of 'all-natural foods' has been extended to pets, with some companies providing raw meat products for dogs and cats. Recent research makes us query the wisdom of such a practice, since some raw cat foods are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria — which of course could spread to the pets' owners.

 
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Unauthorized Touching: It's Not What You’re Thinking

ACSH - 11 hours 24 min ago

Unauthorized touching has been in the news quite a bit, but many of us engage in a different form when we disobey the Do Not Touch signs in the museum. 

 
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Unauthorized touching – It is Not What You’re Thinking

ACSH - 11 hours 24 min ago

Unauthorized touching has been in the news quite a bit, but many of us engage in a different form when we disobey the Do Not Touch signs in the museum. 

 
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The Neo Malthusians Return

ACSH - 11 hours 26 min ago

CO2 emissions have replaced food resources for the Neo Malthusians who are calling for immediate action before the cataclysm. 

               
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Boy with Cancer, Whose Early Xmas Wish Spurs Worldwide Outpouring, Dies

ACSH - Nov 21 2017 - 15:11

Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old suffering from cancer, whose request to help him celebrate his last Christmas went viral – and was met with a global outpouring of love – has died. His death was due to neuroblastoma. What exactly is it?

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Can You Dodge The 'Stomach Flu?': A Look at 'Expert' Advice

ACSH - Nov 21 2017 - 08:11

Flu season is upon us. But so is another bug, which is misnamed the "stomach flu," (1) is about to hit. It's called norovirus, and it is one evil dude. Not only is it the most contagious virus in the world (2), it is also the second most common infectious disease in the US (20 million cases per year), which is topped only by the common cold. And this hideous entity is coming to get you as we speak!

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PLoS Biology Senior Editor Liza Gross: An Activist with No Biology Education

ACSH - Nov 21 2017 - 08:11

That a person with such a hostile view toward industry-funded science serves on the editorial board of a major scientific journal is disturbing. That she possesses no academic qualifications to justify her position as "senior editor" is a scandal.

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Only 1 in 40 Can Perform CPR; High Schoolers Can Help

ACSH - Nov 21 2017 - 07:11

When just over 2% of the U.S. population knows how to administer CPR, there's plenty of room for improvement. And progress in this area wouldn't be just slightly helpful – it can potentially save countless lives.

Armed with statistics such as this, a national medical association is calling for a renewed push across the country for training, with high school students being the primary instructional targets of CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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How The Thanksgiving Cranberry Scare Of '59 Created The Chemophobia Movement

ACSH - Nov 21 2017 - 06:11

Nearly 60 years ago, a government regulation designed to assure the public about the safety our food supply did just the opposite; it set off a panic that was completely unwarranted. Thanksgiving was ruined for millions because the government created an invalid distinction between the natural world and the synthetic one.

The regulation was called the Delaney Clause. In simple form, it said that if a synthetic chemical could be shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals, it must be banned.

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Another False Vaccination Autism Linkage From The Fringe

ACSH - Nov 20 2017 - 16:11

The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives - Mark Twain. The false linkage between autism and vaccinations continues.

 
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Some Amish Have A Genetic Advantage

ACSH - Nov 20 2017 - 13:11

Some members of the Old Order of Amish carry a gene mutation that helps them live longer and avoid some of the health problems of aging. Having one copy of the mutation is associated with longer telomeres and less risk of developing diabetes.

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How Mice Help Discover New Anti-Depressants

ACSH - Nov 20 2017 - 12:11

We need more information about depression, both to have a better understanding of the causes and exploration of new therapeutics. 

Like most scientific endeavors, depression is hard to study in humans or non-human primates. So, like many researchers, neuroscientists study depression in mice. But, how can you tell if a mouse is depressed or not? 

Believe it or not, there is a way to do it and its called the forced swim test. Here is how it works. 

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Apple Watch - The "Check Engine Light" For Our Bodies

ACSH - Nov 20 2017 - 09:11

A new app, using heart rate and counting steps correctly identified patients with hypertension. Could wearable monitors in our smartphones be used as health early warning systems?

     
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It's The Calories In Thanksgiving Feasts That'll Kill You — Not The Chemicals

ACSH - Nov 20 2017 - 07:11

We're entering the danger season — first Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally New Year's, all in the space of less than six weeks. Three chances to play havoc with all our good dietary intentions. How bad can it get? Pretty bad —  that one holiday dinner can provide more calories than most of us should consume in a day.

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Science Is A Vast Corporate Conspiracy And More Media Links

ACSH - Nov 20 2017 - 06:11

1. In Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dr. Josh Bloom wrote about a worthwhile effort to combat deaths due to illegal opioids which has transformed into government interfering in the doctor-patient relationship. Though bad doctors have been arrested, and "pill mills" shut down, the overwhelming majority of harm has come from illegal purchases, not cancer patients in real pain.

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No, Newsweek, Obesity Isn't Caused by a Single Gene

ACSH - Nov 19 2017 - 05:11

 

 
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