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Runs On Imodium Before The FDA Clamps Down

ACSH - Jan 30 2018 - 13:01

It's all over the news. Runs on Imodium, the anti-diarrheal medicine. The FDA has it in its sights because it is being abused and is also REALLY dangerous. How dangerous? You have a 4.6X greater chance of dying from getting hit on the head with a coconut. 

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Compassionate Doctors Don't Start Making Fentanyl

ACSH - Jan 30 2018 - 07:01

A Florida orthopedic surgeon charged with possession and distribution of an analog of fentanyl called furanylfentanyl which resulted in the death of a young woman has had his trial postponed until April. 

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MLB Star Shows 'Cupping' as Placebo, Still a Big Hit

ACSH - Jan 30 2018 - 07:01

In some precincts of Major League Baseball the placebo effect is alive and well. To that, there can be no dispute, especially given one of the most extreme examples of "cupping" that you are ever likely to see. 

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Bacteria May Block Spread of Zika and Dengue Viruses from Mosquitoes

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 22:01

Stopping the transmission of viruses like Zika and dengue is the goal of many infectious disease researchers around the world who work to develop new strategies to rid the world of these nasty diseases.

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In California, Coffee Causes Cancer and Lawyers Collect the Fee

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 21:01

A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer.

Think about that. We live in a society where judges and lawyers -- not medical doctors, scientists, or even a group of really clever AP biology high school students -- get to determine the credibility of biomedical research. The stakes are high: If coffee is deemed carcinogenic, then the State of California will be required to give up all pretense at common sense and sanity.

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What’s The Most Important Question A Patient Should Ask?

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 16:01

We all tend to do certain things because “it’s just what you do” or out of passive acceptance of conventional wisdom. In the medical realm especially, it's important not to overlook issues that could be of even greater importance.

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Naked Mole Rat is Methuselah of the Animal World AND They don't get Cancer

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 10:01

Naked mole rats, which are neither moles nor rats, have unusually long lifespans compared to other rodents, and also seem to not develop cancer. Researchers are diligently searching for the key(s) to their success, and recent work sheds some light on how these critters manage to avoid both.

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Honey Bees Have Gone From Endangered To Dangerous - And That Is A Science Journalism Problem

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 08:01

How did the honeybee go from poster insect for environmental concerns to invasive species in a year? It's because environmental groups change the story as they are debunked.

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This Year's Flu Is Different - It Kills In Two Ways

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 08:01

This year's flu season is a nightmare. If that weren't bad enough, there are instances where it kills within hours, just like it's 100-year old ancestor, the Spanish Flu of 1918. What is going on here? 

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When Will The Organic Movement Turn On Sexist Gary Hirshberg And His Stonyfield Yogurt?

ACSH - Jan 29 2018 - 06:01

Stonyfield Farm, an organic corporation started by Samuel Kaymen in 1983, really rocketed to prominence when its then president, Gary Hirshberg, discovered a way to increase his market share with not much marketing cost at all: where most companies marketed by saying all the benefits and improvements they have, Hirshberg began marketing what it did not have. And that missing thing was one aspect of biology.

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"...the Strands that Connect Us Are Frail" - Fractures In The Elderly

ACSH - Jan 28 2018 - 03:01

Fractures in the elderly result in significant dysfunction, with many not recovering their full function, with up to 25% requiring permanent institutional care and an eightfold increase in mortality within three months of a hip fracture. Treatment has been directed at strengthening bone with Vitamin D and calcium as well as assistance in ambulation and balance. A new paper brings an engineering perspective to the issue comparing structure fatigue to bone “fatigue;” suggesting that upwards to 25% of these fractures represent bone fragility or what I term orthopedic frailty.

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When It Comes To Surviving Freak Accidents, Real Estate Matters

ACSH - Jan 27 2018 - 03:01

A 13-year old boy pierced his skull with a 6-inch screw after an accidental fall - and has been discharged from the hospital. With unintentional injury the 4th leading cause of death, learn more here about how best to avoid a negative outcome.

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Clean Eating: Your Organic Food Still Contains Cockroaches, Hair, & Poop

ACSH - Jan 26 2018 - 21:01

One of the worst junk science trends in recent years is for grocery stores and restaurants to claim that they serve "clean food." Obviously, the not-so-subtle message is that everybody else is serving poison, so to be safe, you better eat their food. It's well past time to put aside the snobbish notion that eating clean, local, organic food makes you a superior, healthier human.

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A Cluster of Startling Lyme Disease Cases in the Upper Midwest

ACSH - Jan 26 2018 - 13:01

There are approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme disease annually in the United States.

Most of them consist of fever, headache and fatigue. They are frequently identified by the characteristic skin rash that looks like a bull's eye called an erythema migrans - a telltale sign of the presence of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi. 

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Physical Fitness Key for Healthy Obesity

ACSH - Jan 26 2018 - 12:01

While obesity has been reliably linked to a number of serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, there is a minority of obese individuals who are metabolically healthy. A new study points to physical fitness as being a key component in these folks' avoidance of some of the usual obesity-linked health issues.

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Ear Infections: Are They Common With The Flu?

ACSH - Jan 26 2018 - 09:01

You probably haven't had an earache or ear infection since you were a child, but adults are not immune to infections in the middle ear, especially after they've been exposed to the flu.

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The Worst Thing Since Sliced Bread - Your Sandwich Will Doom The Planet

ACSH - Jan 26 2018 - 09:01

As if there aren't enough ridiculous things to study (and worry about). A group in Britain thinks that sandwiches are causing the earth to warm. There's a baloney sandwich for you.

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Doomsday Watchers Gleeful that It's Two Minutes to Apocalypse

ACSH - Jan 25 2018 - 22:01

In what has become an eagerly anticipated tradition, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warns us that our families and children are all moments away from annihilation. The international media uncritically and gleefully reports this nonsense, despite the fact that the Doomsday Clock has been around since 1947. Yet, we're all still here. There must be something wrong with the clock.

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Soccer Training 'is Medicine' that Treats Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

ACSH - Jan 25 2018 - 12:01

When a doctor's solemn advice is to workout or exercise frequently, the mandate can easily be viewed as necessary drudgery. You might not want to do it, but since remaining sedentary is not an option and you know you must – it's off the couch and begrudgingly into the gym you go.

However, what if that mandate was to go out and play?

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Fentanyl Front And Center In The Lethal Injection Battle

ACSH - Jan 25 2018 - 07:01

Fentanyl is in the news once again, but for a different reason - the always-controversial lethal injection. A controversy erupted because Nevada wants to use a new combination of drugs - Valium and fentanyl - to execute Scott Raymond Dozier, a twice-convicted murderer. Opinions abound. See who's right and wrong.

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