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CWD: Is 'Mad Cow Disease' in Deer a Threat to Humans?

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 23:01

Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a condition nearly identical to mad cow disease, has been detected in deer all across the United States.

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It's The Flu Season From Hell. Should We Take Tamiflu?

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 11:01

This flu season is turning out to be very bad, something that my colleague Dr. Julianna LeMieux has been keeping us informed about. (See: here and here). Unfortunately, influenza is difficult to avoid or treat. This year's vaccine is (at best) moderately effective, and the alternative - flu drugs - is not great.

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Vegans Save Animals, Hurt People?

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 10:01

Vegans avoid eating animal products for many reasons — including supposed nutritional and environmental benefits. But while animals might be grateful, some people who are getting priced out of the market for high protein grains and some vegetable products most likely are not.

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Things I Didn't Know Happen Before Baby

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 10:01

Ana Dolaskie had nine months to read everything there is to know about having a baby. But she missed a couple things; and she's learning about them now. 

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CTE Research on Combat Vets, 'Invisibly' Injured by Bomb Blasts

ACSH - Jan 10 2018 - 07:01

The important topic of traumatic brain injuries has recently focused on football players and other concussion-prone athletes. But in a welcomed shift of the spotlight, CBS News redirected the discussion to include many military veterans, who researchers learned post-mortem, had CTE, likely acquired from bomb blasts.

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Study Suggests Most Clinical Trials Are Scientifically Unjustified, Unethical

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 22:01

"Clinical trial" is a nice way of saying "human medical experiment." Experimenting on humans is ethical, so long as the people who volunteer give informed consent and receive a treatment that is thought to be medically beneficial.

That latter criterion makes some clinical trials ethically impossible. We could, for instance, prove definitively that vaccines do not cause autism by randomizing a group of children to receive vaccines and another group not to receive vaccines. But not vaccinating children is unethical, so this experiment could never be done.

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Early Surge in Severe Flu Cases Swamps California's ERs

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 16:01

We may sound like a broken record when it comes to flu season, but, the number and severity of the tragic stories emerging about the flu this season are reason for concern. 

The case seems especially bad in California where 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu since October (seven of them were in the week before Christmas). At this time last year, that number was three.

The difference between last year and this year can also be seen on the graph below, where the number of positive flu tests in California is currently much higher than at this same time last year. 

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Sauna Therapy as Cardiovascular Protectant

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 10:01

The Finnish people live a bit longer than those of us in the United States. While the reasons are multifactorial, a study in the Journal of Human Hypertension [1] wants to give some credit to the cardiovascular benefits of – the sauna. No pills to remember or special dietary injunctions, just a 30-minute time-out in the sauna.

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Severe Obesity Prevalence Among Poor Kids Down Slightly

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 10:01

Obesity, especially severe obesity is a harbinger of numerous health problems, and the longer a person is obese, the greater the chance of developing such problems. Thus, there is great concern about the prevalence of obesity among the very young. The good news is that severe obesity prevalence among children in the WIC program has come down, compared to that seen at the turn of this century. 

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In A New York State Of Pain

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 07:01

New York State is proposing a change in the rules that determine what drugs workers compensation patients may receive and when. The new rules are nonsensical and harmful to patients. American Council friend Dr. Aric Hausknecht weighs in.

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Weighing the Cost of 'Better' Sleep

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 07:01

The business of sleep continues to break new ground. To what end, that's hard to say.

And it's a good thing the Boston Celtics learned about the latest sleep-enhancing technology just before they jet off to London later this week. Cause who knows how they would have fared without it.

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The Steady Demise of Pediatrics

ACSH - Jan 09 2018 - 05:01

New study confirms trend that adult care is more available than definitive pediatric hospital care. The declining capability is surging interhospital transfer rates and regionalizing care with even common conditions.

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Google Searches Correlate with Suicides

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 20:01

A 1% increase in suicide-related search terms resulted in 54 additional suicides in the United States. Do search engines like Google or social media outlets like Facebook have any responsibility to monitor the mental health of their users?

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Media Discloses Mitt Romney's Health Info from Sources; Why is That Okay?

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 15:01

Why would the media release personal health information based on so-called sources? If without Romney's consent, then this is quite disturbing and unethical.

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Media Discloses Mitt Romney Health Info From 'Sources.' Why Is That Okay?

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 15:01

Why would the media release personal health information based on so-called sources? If without Mitt Romney's consent, then this is quite disturbing and unethical.

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Boy or Girl? There May Be More to Sex Determination than We Thought

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 13:01

Sex determination, or whether someone has a boy or girl, is not a commonly understood phenomenon. Just ask anyone who has been pregnant after having a string of boys. It's hard to count the number of times that she will hear, "oh - this one must be a girl!" (trust me on this one.) 

Why, exactly, must this one be a girl? 

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To Gain Muscle Eat Whole Eggs, Not Just the Whites

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 09:01

Some new research may fuel a diet craze — for whole eggs of all things. A study in young men indicates that after resistance exercise, eating whole eggs promotes new muscle formation better than just eating egg whites — even when the amount of protein is the same.

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A Swallowed Pill Could Monitor Your Gas

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 06:01

A swallowable capsule may be useful in identifying transit time in the gut as well as the bacteria present. It is a new, simpler way to investigate our gut microbiome. 

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Blowing in the Wind

ACSH - Jan 08 2018 - 06:01

A swallowable capsule may be useful in identifying transit time in the gut as well as the bacteria present. It is a new, simpler way to investigate our gut microbiome. 

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Self-Exam Avoidance Linked to Breast-Size Issues, British Study Finds

ACSH - Jan 07 2018 - 15:01

Critical self-perception plays a significant role in why women choose not to engage in breast self-examinations, an essential tool in breast cancer prevention.

That's the conclusion of a new study of British women, which found that dissatisfaction with breast appearance leads to an avoidance of self-exams, and consequently, a delay in seeking a medical evaluation. Researchers wrote that this dynamic tends to occur "because it involves exposing one’s physical and emotional self to others."

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