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The Misperceptions of Getting ‘Tested For Everything’ In Medicine

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 09:09

Can doctors or current diagnostics test for everything? 

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Tylenol Isn't So Safe, But At Least It Works, Right?

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 07:09

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is very widely used for various types of pain and to reduce fevers. The drug is widely perceived as safe and effective. I have already written that it's not all that safe. But does it work well? Not even close. Multiple Cochrane reviews make this clear.

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Switzerland, Hollywood, And The Rest Of Our Media Efforts Last Week

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 06:09

1. Miami Herald, Asheville Courier-Tribune and Australia's News Observer covered our work on this year's flu vaccine. We may be the American Council on Science and Health, but our reach has always been intern

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Peer Review Congress Tries to Solve Publishing Issues

ACSH - Sep 18 2017 - 01:09

It is easy to see how the peer review process has flaws. How to fix them is a bit more difficult. However, a group of scientists meets every four years to do just that at the "Peer Review Congress." Here, they consider ongoing problems with the quality and credibility of science and discuss potential improvements. 

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Like Politicians, Scientists 'Spin' Their Data to Make It Sound Better

ACSH - Sep 17 2017 - 02:09

Scientists are not above hyping data to make themselves look good. Contrary to popular wisdom, studies funded by industry were no likelier to have spin than studies that were not funded by industry.

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Why Florida Nursing Home Death Count So High After Hurricane Irma

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 16:09

Among the reverberating issues post-hurricane Irma created is a particularly disturbing one: multiple deaths at a Florida nursing home. This article will explore why those over 65 are especially susceptible to such scorching conditions.

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Being Tan Makes You Look Thinner – Tanning Fat Makes You Thinner

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 14:09

There are two different types of fat, white and brown.  White fat is a fat storage depot whereas brown fat is transforms energy into heat.  Researches have successfully created a patch containing microneedle that deliver sustained release drugs in nanoparticles - stimulating white fat to turn into brown fat.

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FDA's New Frontier: Approves App to Help Treat Substance Abuse

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 11:09

The agency just gave the green light to Pear Pharmaceuticals, which developed reSet, a digital device that delivers therapy assistance to those suffering from cocaine, marijuana, alcohol or stimulant abuse. It is not intended to be a standalone approach, but rather used in conjunction with standard outpatient addiction therapy.

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Hormone Receptor Status And Obesity Affect Risk Of Breast Cancer

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 11:09

Both obesity in general and central obesity are associated with a higher risk of some breast cancers, finds a new Chinese study. The strength of the association was affected by whether the tumors carried receptors for estrogen or progesterone.

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Pregnancy Gingivitis Is A Thing

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 09:09

Of all the dreadful pregnancy symptom ACSH's Ana Dolaskie thought she would endure, she did not predict this one. Heartburn, what heartburn? Backaches? Step aside. There's a pregnancy symptom in town we didn't even know existed — until now.

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Pregnant Moms - Please Get your Flu Shot

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 09:09

The media has been having a field day with a paper published this week. That's not atypical when a scientific paper has a splashy result. Big scientific discoveries deserve a lot of attention. 

The problem is that this paper is not a big scientific discovery. In fact, it is somewhat surprising that it was published in the journal that it was (Vaccine) - let alone be written up in major newspapers. 

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Pregnant Moms - Don't Believe the Hype About the Flu Shot

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 09:09

The media has been having a field day with a paper published this week. That's not atypical when a scientific paper has a splashy result. Big scientific discoveries deserve a lot of attention. 

The problem is that this paper is not a big scientific discovery. In fact, it's not a discovery at all. The work was not even good enough to get published in the journal that it did (Vaccine) - let alone be written up in major newspapers. 

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Helium Beer And Hilarity? Maybe

ACSH - Sep 15 2017 - 06:09

Gases are being now infused into various beverages, especially coffee and beer for a variety of reasons. But there is a viral video of two maniacs who tried "helium-infused beer." If they were looking for laughs they succeeded mightily. But is it real?

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Longer-Lasting Shingles Vaccine Unanimously Approved by FDA Advisory Panel

ACSH - Sep 14 2017 - 13:09

There is only one shingles prevention vaccine currently on the market. And while it is effective, it does have a glaring drawback: over time it becomes less so – even to the point of uselessness – beginning less than a decade after vaccination.

However, there appears to be a better alternative on the horizon, with Wednesday's advisory panel approval from the Food and Drug Administration of a new vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline.

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In Treating Breast Cancer, Less Can Be As Good As More

ACSH - Sep 14 2017 - 12:09

It used to be that a diagnosis of breast cancer often meant a radical surgery — removing the breast as well as underlying muscle. But in the last few decades, we've learned that such extreme measures are usually not necessary, and recent research indicates that minimal surgery (along with radiation and systemic treatment) may be all that's necessary in some cases.

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Selena Gomez Knows All Too Well About Lupus and Kidney Disease

ACSH - Sep 14 2017 - 11:09

Singer Selena Gomez just published to her instagram account that she was the recipient of a kidney transplant. The 25 year-old previously revealed her Lupus diagnosis and attributed this latest development to complications of that condition. This article addresses the complicated clinical course of patients with more severe disease along with the wide spectrum of severity individuals experience.

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Homeopathic Teething Company Can't Dilute Violations Found By FDA

ACSH - Sep 14 2017 - 07:09

An ongoing FDA investigation into allegedly harmful homeopathic teething products revealed (surprise!) a heap of significant violations found at a second facility. Not only that, but, the company's sheer sketchiness - like preventing photography - is enough to make you question what they're hiding.  

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Sushi, BPA, Coffee? Why Sometimes We Tell Pregnant Women To Adopt The Precautionary Principle

ACSH - Sep 14 2017 - 06:09

Mothers have always been put upon culturally when it comes to how kids turn out. The physical costs of gestation are literally borne by mothers while fathers are basically done at conception, so moms have all of that on their shoulders. (1) And then there are the psychological aspects.

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Instagram ‘Guidelines’ in Need of Medical Review

ACSH - Sep 13 2017 - 19:09

Instagram set off a social media firestorm by removing a photo deemed “offensive” of a young boy with a congenital syndrome replete with facial deformities. And, it wasn't the first time.

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Surgeons Heavily Influence Patients' Breast Cancer Decisions

ACSH - Sep 13 2017 - 14:09

A new study in JAMA Surgery reports that a crucial decision – whether a breast cancer patient should undergo a double mastectomy when only one breast is affected – is heavily influenced by her surgeon's recommendation.

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