Syphilis Rising in Newborns, Pregnant Moms: USPSTF Reaffirms Mandatory Testing

ACSH - Feb 08 2018 - 07:02

Recently the incidence of syphilis has been increasing in newborn babies and pregnant women, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force has suggested that it be universally mandatory for pregnant women to be screened for the disease. It's relatively easy to cure the disease with antibiotic treatment, and caught early it would prevent devastating effects on both babies and moms.

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Glyphosate: The Triumph of Post-Truth in Europe

ACSH - Feb 08 2018 - 06:02

In Europe, technical matters which should be science-based, such as the authorization of marketing for chemicals or genetically engineered plants, quickly turn highly political. Even after having received as a prerequisite a green light from the European safety agencies, their authorization is dependent on a vote under a “qualified majority rule” of the 28 members states. This usually opens the door to demagoguery and domestically focused political calculations, with little consideration on the advice provided by scientific agencies.

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No, Asparagus Won't Give You Cancer

ACSH - Feb 08 2018 - 03:02

One of the top trending Google searches at the time of this writing was "asparagine," one of the roughly 20 amino acids that make up the proteins in our bodies and in our food.

Why was this rather boring molecule that biology majors are forced to memorize grabbing international headlines? Because, according to the media, it causes cancer. And where can you find asparagine? It can be found in any food that contains protein -- which is a lot of foods -- including asparagus, the vegetable after which it was named.

Thus, asparagus causes cancer.

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Is Cancer Simply Karma? University of Texas Scientists Might Think So

ACSH - Feb 07 2018 - 21:02

One of the many problems with academia is that it allows nutcases to flourish.

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Gerber's New Spokesbaby Has Down Syndrome. And It's About Time!

ACSH - Feb 07 2018 - 17:02

Out of more than 140,000 contestants vying to become the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby, Lucas Warren from Georgia will be the first with Down Syndrome in the competition’s roughly 90 year history. What took so long!

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Cat Allergy Confusion is Clarified

ACSH - Feb 07 2018 - 08:02

Exposure at an early age might increase the likelihood of developing an allergy to the family kitty, according to some researchers. But according to others, it could be protective against such an allergy. Which is it? A recent study indicates it depends on the age at which the allergy is assessed.

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Guys ,The McDonald's Fries Hair Chemical Won't Work - You'll Still Be Bald. And Fat

ACSH - Feb 07 2018 - 07:02

Guys, don't eat Mickey D fries because you think your hair will grow back. It won't. You'll just look even more hideous than you do now. What's the deal with the magic fries chemical? Pretty clever, actually. 

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Supplements Don't Pass the Acid Reflux Test

ACSH - Feb 07 2018 - 06:02

Heartburn does not involve the heart or a burn, although the discomfort may be described as burning. What underlies this common complaint?

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The FDA Concludes That Kratom Is An Opioid - And...

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 20:02

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released a statement condemning the use of kratom - a plant-based mixture of chemical compounds, some of which are opioids. The evidence is strong that kratom does contain multiple opioid drugs and therefore carries with it some risk. But people who use the drug to treat pain are adamant about needing it. Who is right? Maybe both sides. 

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The Big Ideas in Medicine Often Come From The Front Lines, Not The Ivory Tower

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 15:02

An answer, in part, to physician job dissatisfaction.

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Going for the Gut: Norovirus Strikes the Winter Olympics

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 15:02

The Winter Olympic Games are set to begin this week, but, the organizers have been thrown a last minute headache - well more of a stomachache, actually. Dozens of members of the security detail in the Olympic facilities have come down with norovirus or "the stomach flu." This is making for a nail-biter of a finish - waiting to see if any of the athletes are affected - and the competition hasn't even started yet!

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Flu is a Tough Diagnostic Problem Even Now

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 10:02

It may be the height of the flu season but diagnosing flu remains a challenge for physicians. 

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Mortal Kombat E. Coli Edition

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 10:02

Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw

These words of Alfred Lord Tennyson have come to represent Darwinian "survival of the fittest." But how do you survive when you have neither tooth or claw? Bacteria use chemical weapons, and using E. Coli as a model; researchers sought to understand how simple regulators might produce multiple combat strategies. The investigation also asked whether strategy would provide a survival advantage.

E. Coli’s chemical defenses

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Breast Cancer Treatments Vary on Whether Others Close Have Died from Disease

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 07:02

A new study says that among high-risk women, how they approached treatment and prevention was clearly related to whether they personally knew of family members or friends who died of breast cancer. Those who did were more likely to take aggressive measures to battle the disease; those who didn't took a more conservative approach.

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‘Social Justice Warrior’ Vandana Shiva Is A Poor Advocate for the Poor

ACSH - Feb 06 2018 - 06:02

The recently-published “Social Justice Warrior Handbook,” which satirizes people who promote liberal, multicultural, anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, politically correct views, could have had Indian activist and mountebank Vandana Shiva on the cover.  She opposes the tools and practices of modern agriculture and science--and well, modernity in general—and advocates retrogressive policies that will cause widespread malnourishment, deprivation and death to the very people she claims to champion.

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NPR Is Seeking a Science Editor. Science Education Not Required

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 21:02

Why hire a PhD or a person with a bachelor's degree in science when it's cheaper and easier to hire a social media intern who has spent the last few years copying-and-pasting press releases about scary toxins and miracle vegetables?

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How do Thunderstorms Make Asthma Worse for Some?

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 13:02

In 2016, on one spring day in Australia (around November), which is also thunderstorm season there, thousands of people began to have trouble breathing, all at the same time.

It was a national asthma attack that ended up killing ten people. The culprit was something called thunderstorm asthma which was first identified in the 1980s. 

Why does thunderstorm asthma happen? 

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Seoul Virus — A Rat Double-Cross

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 11:02

James Cagney might call these "dirty double-crossing rats" but they're likely not dirty, and they don't mean to do it. But pet rats can carry and pass along a type of hantavirus, the Seoul virus, that can make their owners pretty sick, says the CDC.

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Want Your Partner To Slim Down? Start Losing Weight Yourself

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 09:02

Partner getting a little junk in the trunk? How can you get him/her to slim down? Start dieting yourself. Trust us, your partner will follow. 

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Hot Tea Does Not Cause Cancer - Despite IARC's Belief, It Never Did

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 08:02 much fanfare, the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that hot beverages are carcinogenic. But a new study shows that tea is not a culprit. 

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