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Pothead Grandpa Poisons Class of 5th Graders with THC-Laced Gummy Candy

ACSH - Jan 22 2018 - 22:01

It is immoral and reckless to leave drugs within the reach of children. That five kids were poisoned makes grandpa an irresponsible pothead.

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Hospital Systems Getting Into The Big Pharma Game

ACSH - Jan 22 2018 - 15:01

Intermountain Health just announced it will be leading a multi-system collaborative effort that controls 450 U.S. hospitals in making a strategic play in the generic drug market. But, will fighting a consolidated industry with consolidation reduce drug costs?

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MERS Virus Likely to Stay in Camels, for the Most Part

ACSH - Jan 22 2018 - 13:01

When an infectious agent (viruses, primarily) transfer from an animal host to humans, it's referred to ask a spillover event. Most of the time, it occurs when there are close interactions between those two groups (ie. people sleeping in a pen where pigs sleep) and it can be disastrous. 

For example, human immunodeficieny syndrome (HIV) spilled over from non-human primates in West Africa to humans through bushmeat handling. More frequent occurrences are spillovers from bats to humans.

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Zooey Deschanel Wants You To Stop Buying Produce

ACSH - Jan 22 2018 - 10:01

Actress Zooey Deschanel has a new startup — The Farm Project. In her latest video episode she urges consumers to stop buying produce from the grocery store — unless it's organic.

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Which Bariatric Surgery Procedure is Best? It Depends.

ACSH - Jan 22 2018 - 08:01

Bariatric surgery is the most effective means of dealing with severe obesity — but there are several types of surgery which involve more or less alterations of the gastrointestinal tract. Choosing among them depends on a variety of factors such as the presence or absence of GERD.

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The Next Sin Tax - Meat

ACSH - Jan 22 2018 - 06:01

In America, we have abdicated our personal responsibility regarding food to the government. With FDA and USDA we are guided by bans, subsidies, and taxes, lest we be rudderless about how to eat breakfast. Our parameters are food pyramids and nutritional guidelines and IARC warnings and activist groups promoting scary agrichemical stories and newspapers touting miracle vegetables.

But evidence? That's lacking. 

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CNN Treats Your Health & Government Shutdown Like a Game Show

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 23:01

One of the biggest problems of our hyperpartisan culture is that everything has been turned into a morbid game show.

Gone are the days when politicians and the media acted in the best interest of the American people. Instead, we have manufactured controversy and faux outrage over the most mundane of events. Instead of world news, we get 24/7 coverage of the President's Twitter feed. And instead of serious analysis, we get programming that resembles some horrifying merger of Family Feud, Hunger Games, and Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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Surprisingly, 'Hot' Yoga Just as Healthy as Standard Class

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 12:01

If there's one sector of the health and fitness market that's experiencing explosive growth, it's yoga.

This activity has clearly struck a chord with American adults, serving as a vehicle towards achieving better health, relaxation and general well-being. In 2016, a reported 37 million people practiced yoga (10 million of them, men) to some degree, a significant increase from 20 million in 2012. These participation levels include attendance in both "hot" yoga, where the studio's heat is raised significantly, classes held at room temperature and individual engagement at home.

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When It Comes To Flu Vaccine, Buyer Beware. Especially if You're Older.

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 09:01

It is known that elderly people benefit by receiving a high-dose flu vaccine, but residents of assisted living facilities are not getting it. Why not? American Council advisor and infectious disease expert Dr. David Shlaes tells us how his inquiry began with his own family.

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The end of AIDS in Africa?

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 07:01

Two decades ago Africa was considered to be a lost cause. The continent was being decimated by AIDS (as well as "normal" fatal infections like malaria) and there seemed to be no way to slow, let alone stop this new, unprecedented epidemic. Little did we know what would happen within 10 years. Life could not be more different today. 

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Science Pushed to Back Burner, as Swiss Outlaw Live Lobster Boiling

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 07:01

Switzerland believes the practice of throwing a live lobster in a pot of boiling water is mean-spirited, and most of all, cruel. Lawmakers in that landlocked European country actually passed a law recently, banning that particular crustacean toss – even though science has shown that lobsters cannot feel pain. 

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Science Pushed to Back Burner, as Swiss Outlaw Lobster Boiling

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 07:01

Some find it strange, while others, simply fascinating. And others still put it on their dinner menu because they're drawn to its preparation in a macabre sort of way.

But the government of Switzerland believes the practice of throwing a live lobster in a pot of boiling water is unnecessary, and most of all, cruel. As a result lawmakers in that landlocked European country have actually passed a law recently, banning that particular crustacean toss.

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Riots, Fake News, and the Flu – Going Viral!

ACSH - Jan 19 2018 - 06:01

An infectious virus or idea plus a susceptible population can cause the flu, a riot or fake news. A study of the 2005 riots in France finds an epidemiologic explanation.  

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Is a PhD Still Useful to Society?

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 21:01

One of my favorite movie lines comes from 10 Things I Hate About You. The father, Walter Stratford, is giving advice to his oldest daughter, Kat:

"You're 18, you don't know what you want. And you won't know what you want 'til you're 45, and even if you get it, you'll be too old to use it."

There is much wisdom in these words.

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New York: Taxing Health Care To Pay For Health Care

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 15:01

A number of unions and activist groups are worried that New York is receiving less money due to changes in the Federal government’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) (1), and others are concerned that New York will burn through its Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reserves, unless Congress comes to a budget agreement by tomorrow.

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Not all Bacterial Infections are Created Equal

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 15:01

Three people can have a Strep infection caused by the same strain of Strep. Person A could have no symptoms. Person B could be laid up in bed for a week with Strep throat. And, person C could end up in the ICU. Why? 

When studying "host-pathogen" interactions, or how bacteria and humans interact, one big question is how much of the infection is caused by the characteristics of the "host" and how much is due to the "pathogen?" 

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Flavonoids And Eye Health? We Don't See The Benefits

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 14:01

Flavonoids: a group of phytonutrients mostly responsible for the vivid colors in fruits and veggies. But they're also touted as antioxidants that have some health benefits, most recently in the prevention of glaucoma. Let's take a look at the evidence.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Peacock Feathers

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 14:01

Ever familiar with the puffing of peacock feathers having started my career in neurosurgery before switching fields, watching CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta question Trump's White House physician brought back memories.

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Red Bull Is Not Going To Destroy Our Youth And Kill Us All

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 11:01

There’s a new scary poison in town. It comes wrapped in a thin, shiny can, and tastes like someone mixed cough syrup and Coke and then poured it over a few kilos of sugar.

I’m talking, of course, about energy drinks.

This week, energy drinks have again been in the news as probably the worst thing that you could do to your body, causing everything from nausea to seizures. They are apparently going to destroy our youth and kill us all.

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Canada Is A Vampire Country Purchasing U.S. Blood Products

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 11:01

Why would Canada spend $512,000,000 on blood products from the U.S. when they have perfectly good sources of their own?

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