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Dr. Wells Interviews POTUS' Doctor, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, At The White House

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 07:02

As the first physician to serve three administrations AND be the appointed Physician to the President for two presidents, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is a historical figure. Find out here: Are presidents difficult patients? Can his team operate on Air Force One? How does he feel about his recent press conference over President Trump's physical or the politicizing of a candidate's health, in general? And more...

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Machines Learn to Mimic Physician's Thought - Kicking It Old School

ACSH - Feb 05 2018 - 05:02

Researchers have found a way to model the thinking of experts that could allow machines to explain their "thinking." That would be a great step forward in the deep learning of medical diagnosis by computers.

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Does our Biology Determine Who we Find Attractive?

ACSH - Feb 03 2018 - 16:02

Why we are attracted to some people and not others is a complicated question. Of course, the reasons are multifaceted. But, is there part of the equation that is purely biological?

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DNA-Based Dating Using 'Attraction' Genes Attracts Questions

ACSH - Feb 03 2018 - 16:02

With the online dating market exploding into a multi-billion dollar business, it's no surprise that entrepreneurs crave a piece of the action. To do that each rolls out their own app, which purportedly is greatly better than the one that came before. 

But with would-be dater satisfaction hovering even below the job approval ratings of our elected officials in Washington, tens of millions seeking true romance remain poised to leap to the latest technology – like using an individual's DNA – that promises to deliver that long-desired partner. 

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How to Eat to Lose Weight

ACSH - Feb 03 2018 - 07:02

If you want to lose weight, how should you eat (all fad diets excluded)? It seems that it's more effective to choose foods with lower calories, than simply try to eat less of everything, suggests a new study.

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Wikipedia Erases Scientist from History

ACSH - Feb 02 2018 - 23:02

Woe unto you who hold politically incorrect beliefs. With the push of a button, Wikipedia can make you disappear.

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Smoker's Bargain

ACSH - Feb 02 2018 - 14:02

Smokers, like the rest of us, believe that a small reward today is worth a bigger penalty in the future. Smokers also believe that this future is further away than non-smokers. In sum, "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."

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Influenza Vaccination is Global But Not the Same

ACSH - Feb 02 2018 - 05:02

Our national experience of influenza as one disease with a set season makes it difficult to recognize that flu is not a monolith. The global exposure to influenza has a lot more variation and vaccination rates are influenced by much more than we might expect.

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Girls' False Start: Unlike Boys, Young Girls Don't Think They Will be Brilliant

ACSH - Feb 01 2018 - 23:02

At some point during our upbringing, the stereotype that men are more intelligent than women is likely to set in.

Even though I do not believe it, I do not accept it and I certainly do not condone it, I can see that this stereotype exists. 

Like most stereotypes, it is extremely powerful despite being false. One of the many negative outcomes of this stereotype is that it guides girls' choices and behaviors, resulting in, for one, the lack of women in fields where being perceived as brilliant is more important than other traits like hard work. 

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Groundhog Says Six More Weeks of Flu Season

ACSH - Feb 01 2018 - 21:02

Flu season most often peaks in February. Buckle up, says the little rodent from Punxsutawney.

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Breastfeeding Linked to Less Diabetes in Moms: The longer the better

ACSH - Feb 01 2018 - 11:02

The benefits of breastfeeding for a mom include quicker recovery from delivery and, according to a new study, less risk of developing diabetes. Both white and black women seemed to benefit, and the longer the duration of lactation the stronger the link.

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Headaches: What's Normal, What's Not

ACSH - Feb 01 2018 - 09:02

Headaches are so common we can certainly accept them as part of life. If you can attribute your headache to dehydration, a hangover, stress, weather changes or else, you can probably manage tha pain. But there are times when headaches may signal something more serious. 

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Dr. Wells Goes To Washington

ACSH - Feb 01 2018 - 07:02

ACSH Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells traveled to Washington, DC to spend the afternoon with White House Physician to the President Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson. 

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Priorities Magazine Winter 2018

ACSH - Jan 31 2018 - 09:01

The Winter 2018 issue of Priorities magazine is now available from the American Council on Science and Health, since 1978 America's premier pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit,. You can't subscribe and you can't buy it on newsstands.

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Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan Chase Getting into Health Care. Or Are They?

ACSH - Jan 31 2018 - 07:01

The media persist in conflating health care and its finances. The breathlessly announced new collaboration is solely about reducing health care costs for business. 

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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase - What could go wrong?

ACSH - Jan 31 2018 - 07:01

The media persist in conflating health care and its finances. The breathlessly announced new collaboration is solely about reducing health care costs for business. 

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60 Years Ago Today, U.S. Starts Exploring Space

ACSH - Jan 31 2018 - 07:01

Although it's easy to become blase about liftoffs, and orbits, and missions, and spacewalks and the intermittent hubbub emanating from the International Space Station, maybe a moment of reflection is warranted to recognize NASA's first satellite launch and "America’s very first space science discovery" on January 31, 1958.

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Listeria in 'Clean Food': Panera Bread Goes Full Chipotle

ACSH - Jan 30 2018 - 22:01

Foodborne illness happens. It's one of the hazards of eating. But when a company makes a concerted effort to claim that their food is holy and righteous while everybody else serves poison, they shouldn't be surprised when the public backlash is severe. It is entirely predictable, deserved, and self-inflicted.

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Should the Flu Vaccine be Required for School?

ACSH - Jan 30 2018 - 17:01

The flu is the lead story on the evening news and on the front page of newspapers.

The flu is big news because it's bad this year. People all around the country are sick, and some are dying from the infection. For an explanation of why some people die very quickly see my colleague Josh Bloom's piece: This Year's Flu Is Different - It Kills In Two Ways.

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Parents Making Autistic Children Drink Bleach To 'Cure' Of Disease

ACSH - Jan 30 2018 - 14:01

It sounds like something right out of a horror movie, but it's real life. Parents in the United Kingdom — desperate to cure their children of autism — fall prey to snake oil, and to the con men that sell it. But this type of snake oil — doing away with autism by drinking bleach, is deadly. 

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