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In the Concussion Research Saddle, to Protect Jockeys

ACSH - Oct 23 2017 - 11:10

Before the eye-rolling begins – "Oh no, not another concussion article" – let's remember that jockeys, who are largely overlooked if not relatively invisible in the sporting world, are people, too.

Since, as a group, these professionals are physically vulnerable and have few workplace protections, it seems reasonable to ask whether progress in concussion prevention is also taking place at the track.

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Bad Vibrations: Better Debug Your Butt Plug AS(S)AP

ACSH - Oct 23 2017 - 07:10

And you think you have problems *now*? Maybe so, but if you're at a job interview and someone takes over control of your butt plug (which you probably should have left home, but I don't want to be judgemental) things are not going to go well. High tech sex toys and the people who hack them. Oh, the humanity. 

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Priorities Magazine Fall 2017

ACSH - Oct 23 2017 - 07:10

The American Council on Science and Health, since 1978 America's premier pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit, is pleased to announce the fall edition of our Priorities magazine.

The print magazine is sent free of charge to donors and is available as a free download to all.

Page 1. Why We Fight by Hank Campbell, President of the American Council on Science and Health.

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Conservation Redefined, NPR, And More Media Links Last Week

ACSH - Oct 23 2017 - 06:10

1. Do you consider yourself a conservationist? A group of advocacy journalists and environmentalists in North Carolina don't. James Womack, on the American Council on Science and Health Board of Scientific Advisors, recently got scorn for being appointed to a state oil and gas commission. It wasn't because of his qualifications, he is arguably the most qualified person there, it was because he was filling a slot described as being for a "conservation" group - and Womack is not proactively endorsing bans on everything, which ticked off writers for anti-science groups.

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Parents May Rethink Football For Kids Under Twelve

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 20:10

Repetitive head injuries are par for the course for football players. And, more head injuries (with or without concussions) are associated with more long-term neurological damage.

What remains murky is how much is too much? Do factors such as the number of years played or the age when the athlete first started playing have long-term effects?

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Parents May Rethink Football For Kids Under Twelve

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 20:10

Repetitive head injuries are par for the course for football players. And, more head injuries (with or without concussions) are associated with more long-term neurological damage.

What remains murky is how much is too much? Do factors such as the number of years played or the age when the athlete first started playing have long-term effects?

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Gene Expression Patterns Linked to Suicide Attempts in Veterans

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 19:10

Genes in three different pathways were differentially expressed between veterans who attempted suicide and those who had not. One of the genetic pathways that showed substantial disruption is known as mTOR, the dysregulation of which has been previously linked to major depressive disorder.

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Lethal Jambalaya

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 16:10

In a fundraiser turned deadly, the folks of Columbia, Louisiana received a lot more than they signed up for.  The likely culprit was determined to be Salmonella contamination of Jambalaya.

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Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevalence Much Higher in Men

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 12:10

HPV-associated head and neck cancers are disproportionately higher in men.  A new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine investigated the prevalence of HPV infections in the U.S. population and how prevalent oral HPV infections were in those with concomitant genital HPV infections.

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More Bad News On Herbal Supplement

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 10:10

If you're tempted to use an "all natural" supplement containing aristocholic acid to cure your insomnia or other ailments, best think again. Not only can that particular component destroy one's kidneys, new data implicates it in causing liver cancer. No, Virginia, natural is not always safe!

 

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And The Best States To Practice Medicine Are...

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 09:10

Where is the best state to practice medicine? Though the latest study on the topic does little to answer the question given the metrics chosen, the result provides a starting point to guide your thought process when making such decisions.

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Surviving Post-Op Pain Without Opioids - Thanks to Chemistry

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 07:10

It is hardly news that opioid drugs have a downside, even though many people have no choice but to use them. But suppose you could get out of surgery without needing any pain meds at all? Sometimes you can, thanks to the sciences of chemistry and drug formulation. A long-lasting drug that blocks pain may be the answer. 

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Surgical Pain Should and Could Be Managed Better

ACSH - Oct 20 2017 - 07:10

I want to spend a moment talking about the opioid crisis from a physician prescriber perspective and what surgeons can do now to help our patients.

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Reversal of Decision in Baby Powder Case

ACSH - Oct 19 2017 - 18:10

A Missouri court of appeals reversed the decision of a jury to award $72 million to a plaintiff who had alleged her use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer.  But the decision was not because of the lack of scientific evidence to validate this claim.

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Teens Are Sleep-Deprived, and Screens Are Why, Study Suggests

ACSH - Oct 19 2017 - 16:10

So often when we take a closer look at a particular concern, inevitably we conclude that the biggest influencer at play is the smartphone. Whether it's to assign blame, dispense praise or explain any range of human behaviors, so frequently this ubiquitous device finds its way into the center of the discussion.

And given the wide range of services the device can perform – web access, photography, voice communications, and more – that's understandable.

Distracted driving? Yes. We examine the role that texting plays when we're behind the wheel.

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If the Endangered Species Act Doesn't Adapt, It Will Go Extinct

ACSH - Oct 19 2017 - 12:10

A mixed success record, abuse, regulatory mismanagement, and unintended consequences. Combined, these make the case that the Endangered Species Act is not working as intended. It must adapt or face extinction.

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Older Folks At Greater Risk In Natural Disasters

ACSH - Oct 19 2017 - 11:10

The recent wildfires in northern California caused dozens of deaths — and most were people over 65. Diminution of mobility and hearing acuity, for example, make older folks more vulnerable in natural disasters such as fast-moving fires, floods and earthquakes.

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How Chinese Organic Chemists Get Away With Murder - Literally

ACSH - Oct 19 2017 - 07:10

Two organic chemists in China are in all sorts of trouble after being charged with running factories that make fentanyl, the drug this is killing Americans in droves, and its stronger chemical cousins. The chemists based their choice of drugs to make upon the legality of the drug in the US. Most of them are now legal. Here's why.

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ACSH Explains 'Confounding': Why Correlation Does Not Mean Causation

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 19:10

Isn't it odd that Florida has so many people living with Alzheimer's Disease? If Erin Brockovich was investigating the case, she probably would conclude that it's something in the water.

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UC Irvine Cherry Picks which Pseudoscience to Embrace

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 13:10

Last month, we were among many scientifically minded groups that were critical of UC Irvine's decision to accept a $200 Million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli, a couple who have deep pockets and even deeper beliefs in the power of alternative medicine. 

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