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Any Scientific Value from Those Believing They Have CTE?

ACSH - Dec 15 2017 - 16:12

Medical researchers studying CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, are working to learn more about this degenerative brain disease. While definitive diagnosis is currently only possible post-mortem, the study of this ever-more visible disease includes the push to learn about its presence in the living.

The recent revelations from Larry Johnson, a 38-year-old former NFL running back, who says he thinks he's currently experiencing symptoms of CTE, may shed light in that regard. 

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Finding My Waze

ACSH - Dec 15 2017 - 08:12

Waze, a driving navigation app has moved from traffic advisor to traffic director as it's user base grows. Does this new algorithmic overlord have special responsibilities?

   
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Nonsense About Science From Celebrities: We Were There First

ACSH - Dec 15 2017 - 07:12

Just about 10 years ago, ACSH published the first edition of our booklet  Celebrities VS Science, calling out a number of well-known personalities for promulgating non-scientific nonsense. Unfortunately, that trend has continued, as a new essay points out.

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Idiocy on Ice: Speed Skaters Believe They Go Faster Wearing Blue

ACSH - Dec 15 2017 - 07:12

Somebody is pulling a conceptual fast-one over those gullible enough to believe it, both on and off the ice. It's the selling of a false reality, rooted in a baseless premise that changing a uniform's color can make athletes skate faster. Absurd doesn't begin to describe this.

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Medications Should be Labeled "Gluten Free" Says FDA

ACSH - Dec 14 2017 - 16:12

For people living with celiac disease, everything that goes into the body has to be assessed for gluten. Even tiny amounts (trace amounts) of gluten can cause illness in some people with celiac disease. In order to do that, people need to know what they are putting into their bodies. 

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The FDA Endorsing Acupuncture: No Way, Right?

ACSH - Dec 14 2017 - 15:12

The FDA really doesn't want you taking pain meds. How strong is the agency's position on this? Pretty strong. Enough so to recommend that physicians receive extra education in alternative pain management methods. That's fine, but one of them is acupuncture, which is not at all fine. Dr. Paul Offit explains. 

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Top 8 Medical & Tech Innovations of 2017

ACSH - Dec 14 2017 - 12:12

Recently, ACSH 's Director of Medicine Dr. Jamie Wells filmed a segment on the top medical, science and technology innovations of 2017 at Reuters TV in Times Square, New York with host of CCTV Bianca Chen.

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French Kiss Food Waste Goodbye

ACSH - Dec 14 2017 - 01:12

Wasting food, a precious resource, is bad. Does French regulation make for less waste or could there be an equally simple free-market solution?

 
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Sen. John McCain At Walter Reed Medical Center For 'Side Effects' Of Cancer Therapy

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 21:12

Senator John McCain, diagnosed with brain cancer in July, was hospitalized for "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy." What does that mean?

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Bruises and Scars Tell Their Own Story (Which Might Not Be What You Think)

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 12:12

Images aren't always what they seem when it comes to the mechanism of injury of the subject. Not all scars and bruises are the same. They can tell a very different story. Are you so sure that piece you re-tweeted of suspected abuse actually reflected abuse?

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Is Peer Review Fair when it is not Blinded?

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 08:12

Before scientific literature is accepted, it has to undergo the peer review process. For an explainer of how that process works, please read here

Typically, the peer review process is a "single-blind" one, meaning that the reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors of the paper and the institutution where they work. However, the authors of the paper are not privy to who reviewed their paper. 

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Why We Stutter: Right Brain Activity Halts Left's, Study Shows

ACSH - Dec 13 2017 - 07:12

Researchers say they have "gained crucial insights" as to the brain's inner-workings and how stuttering manifests itself. This moves the scientific community one step closer to a cure for a condition that affects 1 in 100 adult Americans, and 5 percent of all children for stretches of at least six months. 

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Barbara Demeneix Could Link Autism To Touchdown Passes

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 19:12

Barbara Demeneix, a team leader at The Paris Natural History Museum holds a Ph.D. in endocrinology and physiology, so she really ought to know not to publish something so stupid. Fireworks cause autism? Seriously?? Then I can argue that touchdowns cause autism.

 
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Is Autism Caused By Touchdown Passes?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 19:12

Barbara Demeneix, a team leader at The Paris Natural History Museum holds a Ph.D. in endocrinology and physiology, so she really ought to know not to publish something so stupid. Fireworks cause autism? Seriously?? Then I can argue that touchdowns cause autism.

 
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Big Tobacco is Big Baby Food's Boogyman

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 11:12

The Boogyman was a means to control children's behavior. It has no role in the debate over public health policy.

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Can Personalizing Diabetes Care Reduce Costs?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 08:12

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, from the University of Chicago presents a cost analysis of personalized blood sugar goals for diabetic patients. As with most studies of this type, it is a computer model using cost estimates. So while its numerical conclusions make not be as accurate or precise as the numbers would make you believe, it does contain some interesting information.

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How Can you Spot a Predatory Journal?

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 08:12

 

 
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A Bacterial Role in High Blood Pressure - the Microbiome Speaks

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 08:12

We cannot digest fiber but some researchers believe fiber helps lower our blood pressure and maintain cardiovascular health. It turns out that the fiber is being digested by the bacteria of our gut and may play a role in controlling blood pressure.

   
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For Game of Thrones Fans. Some facts about dwarfs (Don't call them elves!)

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 07:12

If you're not a Game of Thrones fans, you should change that status immediately. Yes, it is that great. And one of the many things that makes it great is the character Tyrion Lannister, who is played by the incomparable Peter Dinklage.

Photos: IMDb (left), NY Daily News (right)

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All I Want For Christmas Is For People Not To Hurt

ACSH - Dec 12 2017 - 07:12

For a civilized nation, we can be mighty uncivilized. If you are a pain patient and cannot get the meds you need you know this only too well. What do I want from Christmas? How about a return to sanity and compassion where people don't have to beg for relief? We have precious little or either right now. 

 
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