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Hey CDC, Please Stop Pathologizing Infancy

ACSH - Jan 06 2018 - 23:01

When it comes to infant feeding, recent survey data from the CDC does more to add to the guideline burden than benefit a baby--let alone the parent. 

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Putrescine and Cadaverine: Two Chemicals That Earned Their Names

ACSH - Jan 06 2018 - 08:01

Organic chemists are mostly deranged on a good day. But this is not entirely our fault. Simply learning how to name the chemicals we work with is tough enough. But every so often we'll see a name that has little to do with chemistry. Two of these are putrescine and cadaverine. If they seem descriptive and ghoulish there is a reason. Welcome to the crazy world of organic nomenclature. 

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Anti-Vaxx, Quackery, and Rape: What Is Going on at Cleveland Clinic?

ACSH - Jan 05 2018 - 20:01

The Cleveland Clinic is held in extremely high regard. If there was an Ivy League of hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic would be in it. At about this time last year, however, the scientific community's faith in the Cleveland Clinic was shaken.

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Eating Fiber Might Help Prevent Osteoporosis

ACSH - Jan 05 2018 - 16:01

The nutrients that typically come to mind in connection with osteoporosis are calcium and vitamin D. But if a mouse study is translatable to humans, we may have to add dietary fiber to that list. Fiber is broken down by some gut bacteria to form short chain fatty acids that prevent bone breakdown.

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Build It and They Will Come ?- Food Deserts and the Entry of New Supermarkets

ACSH - Jan 05 2018 - 15:01

Food deserts are communities that lack a supermarket. Does a supermarket entering this neighborhood improve nutritional purchases? Food policy experts say yes, but our purchases say no. 

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UV Light Could Save the Bats by Ending White-Nose Syndrome

ACSH - Jan 05 2018 - 14:01

If bats had a recurring nightmare, white-nose syndrome (WNS) is it.

WNS is caused by a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, and causes death in a somewhat torturous way. The fungus colonizes and grows on body parts (wings, ears and snouts) of hibernating bats. This growth is irritating and causes the bats to wake during their normally hibernation-dominated winter.  

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Food Additive May Be Worsening Clostridium Difficile Epidemic

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 21:01

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes a life-threatening infection. According to the CDC, it is responsible for about 500,000 infections and 15,000 to 29,000 deaths every year in the United States.

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With So Many Guidelines, How Does a Physician Practice Evidence-Based Medicine?

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 14:01

You would think a physician could advise a patient about screening using guidelines. But what if the guidelines are good for society, but not necessarily as good for the patient sitting in front of you. Three separate articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine clarify the dilemma, but not the solution.

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How Is Organic Decaf Coffee Made? Hint: Chemicals

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 13:01

All coffee comes from trees, and all of it contains caffeine. Since there is not a "caffeine-free coffee tree," there must be some way to get rid of it. There are four methods used, the most common involving extraction of the caffeine from the beans with a solvent. But one of the solvents employed, ethyl acetate, illustrates the madness of the organic movement. 

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Viruses May Help in the Fight Against Hard to Treat Cancers

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 12:01

Advancements in cancer treatments are not easy to come by. The movement over the last year that pushed immunotherapies into the realm of treatments for such cancers as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and large B-cell lymphoma  have marked a new future for the treatment of those cancers. 

But, other cancers remain with far fewer treatment options. 

New research published in Science Translational Medicine this week introduced a new potential treatment for some of the most difficult to treat cancers - brain and triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). 

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Did You Know That Was Even Physically Possible?

ACSH - Jan 04 2018 - 10:01

With snow days making some stir crazy, delving into what can be physically possible seemed an essential, compelling escape. 

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With Orrin Hatch Retiring, Alternative Medicine Is Losing Its Biggest Senate Supporter

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 20:01

Alas, the $37-billion dietary supplements industry likely will remain unregulated for the foreseeable future. The fight against junk science and bogus health must soldier on.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Perhaps A Breakthrough In Treating Tinnitus

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 11:01

Tinnitus, a humming or ringing sound you hear when no sound is actually present is a clinical condition that affects about 15% of the US population. It is the most common service-connected disability of our veterans. Like most diseases, it too lives on a spectrum, from annoying to disability. A new study in Science Translational Medicine offers what might be an effective treatment for a disease that has few good treatment options.

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Hypothermia: Identify, Prevent, And Save A Life

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 10:01

Brutal cold temps have been circling the U.S. for some days now, with a "bomb cyclone" headed for the East Coast this week. This arctic chill brings about a very real and scary scenario: hypothermia. Since Tuesday, 11 people in the U.S. have died, after succumbing to the cold. 

Do you know how to identify and/or prevent hypothermia, and potentially save a life? Let's talk about some important points..

 

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Human Cadavers in Hotel Ballrooms

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 08:01

Two troubling articles, one on using cadavers in hotel ballrooms to practice medical procedures; the other on the fact that Chinese physicians rarely disclose the diagnosis of cancer to their patients.

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"It's not one world" Medical Edition

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 08:01

Two troubling articles, one on using cadavers in hotel ballrooms to practice medical procedures; the other on the fact that Chinese physicians rarely disclose the diagnosis of cancer to their patients.

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Before Taking Icy Plunge, Just Know 'Cold-Shock' Health Risks

ACSH - Jan 03 2018 - 07:01

Three days before human hoards rushed into the Atlantic from a Brooklyn shore on New Year's Day, three sharks up north, in the same ocean off Cape Cod, wound up doing something that doesn't usually happen. That would be ... freezing to death. 

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'Video Gaming Disorder' Is Just Like 'Dinosaur Obsession Disorder'

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 15:01

Society has been blind to the secret suffering of many children. What appears to the rest of us as a cute albeit slightly annoying phase is actually a serious mental illness: Dinosaur Obsession Disorder.

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The Latest Health Crazy- Raw Water

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 13:01

Let's start off the New Year with some pure madness. Raw milk, a silly fad that my colleague Dr. Julianna Lemieux has written about, (1) is plenty stupid enough. But a company called Live Water, based in (where else?) Los Angeles, has taken suckerdom to a new level. The company is selling "raw water," (2) and if there ever were a topic put up on an American Council batting tee, this is it. 

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Some Bad Flu News: H3N2 is a Major Player this Year

ACSH - Jan 02 2018 - 13:01

Although the flu season is just getting started, the cases that have already occurred are being used to make predictions on what will be coming down the pike how the peak of the flu season will look when it hits in a month or two.

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