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FDA Suggests Dis-Approving A Health Claim. It's Never Happened Before.

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 09:10

Since 1990 when health claims on foods were first authorized, the FDA has never reversed a decision to allow one. But it's in the process of doing so now — the one that links soy protein to a reduced risk of heart disease.

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Europe Is Reducing Antibiotic Use In Animals Ahead Of Schedule

ACSH - Oct 31 2017 - 08:10

Proper use of antibiotics in animals, just like in humans, can slow bacterial resistance. Europe leads the way in cutting antibiotic use. The US lags behind. 

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A Service Dog Bit My Dad in the Butt. Here's What to Do Next

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 19:10

Truth is stranger than fiction. House of Cards has been cancelled. MSNBC fired journalist Mark Halperin. The long-anticipated Russia investigation has resulted in its first charges. And a dog bit my dad in the butt. What do you do when a dog bites you?

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The Death of Fun

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 14:10

When misguided "healthy" Halloween restrictions do nothing to combat obesity, but do everything to steal joy. 

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Sustainability Threatens Public Health In The Developing World

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 14:10

Current conservation policies often clash with public health initiatives in the developing world but they get little attention. There are real harms in advocating water and energy conservation over people.

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Marijuana Leads to More-Frequent Sex? Don't Be Misled

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 13:10

Given that this new research centers around both sex and drugs – two topics that attract instant attention in our culture – you'll no doubt be hearing a lot about these results in the coming days. So before you're repeatedly told that smoking more pot leads to having more sex (and doesn't that sound appealing?!), that connection is not as strong or direct as the headlines might suggest.

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For 20 Years, These Volunteers Have Made Halloween Costumes For Babies In ICU

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 11:10

For 20 years, babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai have gotten a special treat: handmade Halloween costumes.

That's due to the work of Dorothy Williams, who says she was inspired by a nurse when she had her own premature twin babies nearly 40 years ago - on Valentine's Day a nurse left a tiny heart on the incubator that read, "Happy Valentine's Day. I love you Mom."

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CVSHealth Takes $66 Billion Page from Amazon's Playbook

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 10:10

This week CVSHealth [1] offered $66 billion to purchase Aetna. Let that thought wash over you for just a moment; the corner pharmacy is about to buy the 3rd largest health insurance company, the largest merger of 2017.

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CVSHealth Takes A 66 Billion Dollar Page From Amazon's Playbook

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 10:10

This week CVSHealth [1] offered $66 billion to purchase Aetna. Let that thought wash over you for just a moment; the corner pharmacy is about to buy the 3rd largest health insurance company, the largest merger of 2017.

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Lessons from a Novice Marathoner: Last Minute Tips for Marathon Day

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 10:10

In preparation to write my fifth and final article in the "Lessons from a Novice Marathoner" series, I looked to my friends who know much, much more about running marathons than I do.

I asked a few people I know, who have run dozens of marathons between them, to give me some last minute advice as I approach the big day. Some of the advice is practical while some is sentimental. But every single piece of advice is very good and will be very helpful come marathon day. 

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ACSH Explains: What Does 'Organic' Really Mean?

ACSH - Oct 30 2017 - 08:10

There is no right answer to the question "what does organic mean?" That's because it depends on who you ask, a farmer or a chemist. And even then it's not always straight-forward. 

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Men with Slightly Longer Legs Are More Attractive to Women

ACSH - Oct 28 2017 - 21:10

It's hardly a secret that men find women with long legs attractive. What is less obvious is that the reverse also appears to be true: Even after controlling for height, women find men with slightly longer legs than average to be more attractive.

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Newsweek Plays The Fear Card With Pesticides

ACSH - Oct 28 2017 - 08:10

A recent article in Newsweek would have you believe that you're being poisoned by pesticides on apples. But you're not. It's just another example of "scare by omission of dose." Nothing new here. Nothing to worry about either. 

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Working Adults Use Fewer Cigarettes, But Still Use Tobacco Products

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 13:10

A recent report from the CDC provides targets for smoking cessation education. Overall, only about 15 percent of working adults are smoking cigarettes. But the prevalence varies by occupation, with over 20 percent of those in the construction and repair industries reporting cigarette use.

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Narcan in Pharmacies Will not Save Lives. Here's Why

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 12:10

In NYC, drug stores are both ubiquitous and the main source for buying anything and almost everything.

Diapers? check. Milk? I'll pick it up on my way home. Advil? A midnight run and I'll be back home with it in five minutes. Whatever we need, the 24-hour pharmacy on the corner is the place to go. 

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ACSH Explains: What's the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 10:10

The media often uses the words "opioid" and "opiate" interchangeably. However, there are subtle but important differences between them.

OPIOID

The term opioid refers to any drug that acts on opioid receptors in the brain1, resulting in a wide range of pharmacological effects, especially analgesia (stopping pain). Other common uses for these drugs are suppressing a cough and stopping diarrhea. The term opioid encompasses all drugs -- synthetic, semi-synthetic, or naturally occurring -- which act on opioid receptors.

OPIATE

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Furans: Europe Identifies Another Health Concern For Rats

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 10:10

Furans may or may not be in your food, but it gave some rats cancer when it was injected into them. Does that make it a health concern for humans? Science says no but EFSA says yes.

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Soda Taxes Raise Prices in Philly Airport: Even In Untaxed Stores

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 09:10

Philadelphia has opted to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, which, one might expect, will raise the price that consumers pay. But in the Philly airport, at least, stores that aren't in the taxation area also raised their prices.

 

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Why I Hate Labels

ACSH - Oct 27 2017 - 06:10

During a panel discussion I was once asked, if I could change one thing about agriculture in Canada what would it be? My answer, I would remove labels. I would get rid of the arbitrary distinction that separates “organic” from “conventional” so we can instead focus on the bottom line: sustainability. 

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NYT's Eric Lipton Is a Science Birther

ACSH - Oct 26 2017 - 18:10

Like an Obama birther, the NYT's Eric Lipton will continue spouting conspiracy theories about the biotech and chemical industries despite the evidence, ensuring that his boss's wife who serves on the board of Whole Foods remains wealthy.

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