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Why Would the EU Put the Kabash on Bayer's Acquisition of Monsanto?

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 17:08

Mergers may be a great business decision, but they may not be great for society. If the EU is not distracted by politics and anti-GMO activists -- and if it is able to focus solely on the economic pros and cons of a merger -- it is engaging in appropriate regulatory oversight. But that's a big "if."

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HIV's Cut and Paste Inspires Cancer Cure

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 15:08

Cancer immunotherapy is generating a level of excitement in the medical and scientific community, the likes of which are unprecedented.  One scientist's research on HIV led him to consider using the HIV virus to kill cancer cells.  Cancer immunotherapy could very possibly be the cure for cancer.

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Fascinating Findings Linking Muhammad Ali's Speech to Head Blows, Includes Concerns

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 14:08

A fascinating presentation is taking place today in Stockholm, and the subject is the neurological brain damage suffered by Muhammad Ali over the course of his legendary boxing career.

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Big Brother's Latest Blow To Patient Privacy

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 13:08

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a 2014 U.S. District Court ruling that affirmed patients had a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to their prescription records and mandated a court order be required before allowing federal agents the ability to obtain such data. The medical consequences are unfavorable.

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Will Winning The Lottery Make You Happier? It Depends On Your Disposition

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 11:08

Whether you end up a multi-millionaire for life or lose all your winnings and become homeless within the first year of winning the lottery is already predetermined — by your disposition. So if you buy a ticket for this week's Powerball, ask yourself first, "Am I a negative Nancy or a positive Pete?"

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Mosquitoes' Sweet Tooth Could Be Their Downfall

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 10:08

The scourge of mosquito-borne illnesses — from malaria to Zika — has plagued mankind from time immemorial.  From DDT to GMOs, we've been searching for the best, or at least most effective way to eliminate the pests. Some innovative scientists have come up with a way to use the mosquitoes' own attraction to nectar to do them in.

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Innovative Use Of Platelets Could Improve Early Lung Cancer Detection

ACSH - Aug 23 2017 - 07:08

Platelets, those minuscule white blood cells that are crucial for normal blood clotting, may be useful as an early screening test for lung cancer — thus possibly avoiding the necessity of extensive surgery and long term treatments. An innovative use of so-called Tumor-Educated Platelets seems potentially valuable for the early detection of lung cancer — and maybe for other cancers as well.

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Tired of Science's Mumbo-Jumbo? Use the De-jargonizer!

ACSH - Aug 22 2017 - 22:08

Communication skills do not always come as naturally to scientists as being curious innovators and brilliant problem solvers. One of the main reasons for this is our reliance on jargon - specific words that are difficult for non-experts to understand. A new tool, the "de-jargonizer" - identifies jargon and translates it into language that can be understood by everyone - having the potential to blur the line where science and society meet. 

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ACSH: A Conspiracy of Scientists

ACSH - Aug 22 2017 - 20:08

Peer review is not a corporate conspiracy, even though at least one biology professor thinks so.

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Things My Mother Did That We Now Know Not To

ACSH - Aug 22 2017 - 15:08

As she prepares for motherhood, ACSH's Ana Dolaskie says she is grateful to have her own mother by her side. But does mom always know best? Most of the time. And sometimes, daughter knows best, perhaps when it matters most. 

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Not Blowing Smoke - Vaping Works

ACSH - Aug 22 2017 - 13:08

It is no secret smoking is one of the chief contributors to death and disability on a global scale.  Thankfully, e-cigarettes have provided many smokers an avenue to quit.  Data from a recent study reveals that daily e-cigarette use is strongly correlated to the prevalence of smokers who quit.

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Arkansas Has An Alternative Lethal Injection? Dead Wrong

ACSH - Aug 22 2017 - 12:08

Lethal injection is a hot-button issue under any circumstances but has become more so in the past five years since prisons can no longer get the drugs they need. Some states have tried alternatives resulting in some ghoulish failures. And Arkansas is about to make the same mistake. 

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‘At All Costs’ Health Campaigns Undermine Women

ACSH - Aug 21 2017 - 15:08

With the recent doubling down of the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urging breastfeeding at all costs despite no country meeting their standards, has the latest reversal of the normal birth campaign in the UK due to deleterious outcomes taught us anything? Value-laden ideology should not drive health policy.

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Warming Oceans Will Reduce Fish Size? Here's 2 Schools of Thought

ACSH - Aug 21 2017 - 14:08

If the oceans continue to warm, a new study postulates that the size of fish gills will face new limits, with many species subsequently shrinking in size by 20-to-30 percent due to the intake of less oxygen in warmer water. But a recent study, published in the same journal, believes it's nothing more than a fish tale. 

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New Lyme Disease Test Hits the Bullseye

ACSH - Aug 21 2017 - 13:08

New research, published in Science Translational Medicine, may lead to a new test that takes the guessing game out of diagnosing Lyme disease. Even better, it could distinguish Lyme disease from other tick-borne illnesses that share many of the same symptoms. 

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Manscaping's Hidden Dangers - Who Knew?

ACSH - Aug 21 2017 - 07:08

Did you know we can characterize people at high risk for pubic hair grooming injuries? You know you're curious at what medical science can tell you. 

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Putting the scalpel down - When should physicians retire?

ACSH - Aug 20 2017 - 08:08

Airline pilots are tested, increasingly drivers are tested as they age, but with physician shortages and an aging work force are their rules for physicians regarding retirement?

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Penis Transplant in Tip-Top Shape After Two Years

ACSH - Aug 18 2017 - 19:08

The authors claim that this is the world's first truly successful penis transplant because all functions were restored to normal. They are now recruiting for clinical trials.

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Here's How The Solar Eclipse Will Affect Your Animals

ACSH - Aug 18 2017 - 11:08

Stories circling around the web caution having your pets outdoors during the ultimate solar eclipse this Monday due to risk of damaging their eyes if they just so happen to look up. (Spoiler alert: Your dog doesn't typically look up on a normal day, and on this day, he probably won't either.)

But, if you do have pets, or live on a farm and have livestock, here's how the solar eclipse may affect them.

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Breakfast Can Be Important — Though Probably Not Most Important

ACSH - Aug 18 2017 - 11:08

Skipping breakfast has been linked to increasing the risk of overweight and obesity. But a new study finds that the main problem in breakfast skipping children is a deficit in some pretty important nutrients.

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