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A Mea Culpa Regarding Nutritional Research

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 12:10

The misuse of meta-analysis begins with the differing methodology, populations, and comparisons that are frequently present in nutritional research. The authors explain their concerns and recommendations. 

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Focus on Staying Active, Not 'Feeling Old'

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 12:10

If one thing's for certain, it's that there's never enough money to take care of all the needs of older adults. That holds true on the local, state and federal level, and costs, as they always have, only go up.

While there's no way to completely avoid the costs associated with the social and medical needs of adults as they age, there is an effective way to substantially reduce them by shortening the period in one's life when they're needed.

And that way is staying physically active – in whatever way – for as long as possible.

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'Grazing' Eating Pattern Associated with Greater Obesity Risk in Australian Women

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 10:10

Does it make a difference to your body weight or weight loss attempts whether you eat 3 meals per day or just graze on mini-meals throughout the day? Some new data from Australia suggests that for women, at least, grazers run a bigger risk of being overweight or obese.

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'Chem Guevara?' -An 'Anarchist' Wants To Help You Make Your Own Rx Drugs. Pfft.

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 07:10

Thanks to the 1970s there was the Ford Pinto and Nehru jackets. The 1980s brought us pet rocks and the mullet. We can thank the 1990s for body piercing and tattoos. Since then we've been treated to house flipping, speed dating, Honey Boo Boo, and gluten-free everything. Pretty dumb, no? Not when compared to making your own prescription drugs at home. That's *really* dumb. And real. Sort of. 

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'Chem Guevarra?' -An 'Anarchist' Wants To Help You Make Your Own Rx Drugs. Pfft.

ACSH - Oct 18 2017 - 07:10

Thanks to the 1970s there was the Ford Pinto and Nehru jackets. The 1980s brought us pet rocks and the mullet. We can thank the 1990s for body piercing and tattoos. Since then we've been treated to house flipping, speed dating, Honey Boo Boo, and gluten-free everything. Pretty dumb, no? Not when compared to making your own prescription drugs at home. That's *really* dumb. And real. Sort of. 

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Should We Ban Fake Health News?

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 18:10

President Trump caused a controversy when he said that it is "frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write." He is absolutely right, but what can be done about it? His emotive and knee-jerk solution of revoking media licenses is deeply problematic.

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For Defibrillator Use, Be Aware of Good Samaritan Laws

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 17:10

Coming to the aid of strangers in need of urgent medical attention following sudden cardiac arrest is the primary motivation for bystanders using AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. 

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Kidney Donation To Son Delayed Due To Father’s Arrest

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 13:10

The story of a two-year-old toddler in need of a kidney transplant has made the news. Apparently, A.J. Burgess’ father is a match and was set to donate his organ and begin the steps necessary to do so when a parole violation threw a wrinkle into the plan.

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Gerrymandering, 'Sociological Gobbledygook,' and a Bit of Observational Science

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 11:10

Last week the Supreme Court again took up the issue of gerrymandering. A measure used to test for this bias was described by the Chief Justice as "sociological gobbledygook." Here are the thinking and method behind the measure so you can decide for yourself.

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Latest Stats On U.S. Obesity Rates Are Disappointing

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 11:10

In spite of all the public health warnings about the negative health impacts of obesity, the prevalence of the condition in the U.S. has increased markedly since 1999. And the latest stats from the CDC indicate that trend has continued for both adults and youngsters between 2014 and 2016. But there is a glimmer of hope buried amid the otherwise depressing statistics.

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Not To Be Outdone, Pesticide Religion Now Has Its Own Doomsday Prediction

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 10:10

One religious group forecast an apocalypse a few weeks ago. They used the Bible as their source. More recently, a newer religion warned of their apocalypse. And they used Science magazine

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Big (Or Not So) News In Condoms

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 05:10

Bespoke condoms hit the market. With all that can be custom-made these days, why not them? Hoping to tackle the rampant fit and feel complaints of many men, will these actually reverse the declining trend in consistent use or disrupt the space as others have tried and failed to do?

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Marathon Lessons from a Novice: The Fastest, Oldest, Biggest

ACSH - Oct 16 2017 - 20:10

As I have written in my recent posts entitled "Marathon Lessons from a Novice," I am running my first marathon in less than one month. (1) With the event quickly approaching, I have been wondering a lot about marathons in general. How many people run one each year? What is the average finish time? What about the average age of runners? To answer these questions, I looked at the data from marathons run in 2016 in the United States and was surprised by what I found.  

How many people run marathons and how many marathons are there? 

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Air Pollution: How to Deceive People with Maps

ACSH - Oct 16 2017 - 19:10

It doesn't matter how bad or wildly untrue an idea might be; it is a near certainty that one can find an academic somewhere who is willing to embrace it. Alternative medicine, AIDS denialism, Holocaust denialism, communism -- all of these find a welcoming home within the ranks of academia.

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Know Your Ozone: It's Good, Bad and Bacteria-Blasting

ACSH - Oct 16 2017 - 13:10

There's ozone, and then there's ozone.

Is ozone good for us? Yes.

Is ozone bad for us? Yes.

All of which means that the next time the conversation turns to ozone, it's good to know the context before you weigh in.

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Some Good News On Vaccination Stats

ACSH - Oct 16 2017 - 09:10

In spite of the efforts of anti-vaxxers to scare parents away from childhood vaccines, recent data presented by the CDC indicates that the overwhelming majority of children entering kindergarten are being appropriately vaccinated. Using data from 48 states and the District of Columbia, researchers found that a median of over 90 percent of these kids are receiving the recommended vaccines.

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The Black Death Rages in Madagascar

ACSH - Oct 14 2017 - 10:10

The latest outbreak of the plague in Madagascar is worrisome. Since late August, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 501 cases of plague on the island. Even more concerning is the 11% death rate of those cases. 

The plague, also known as the Black Death for history buffs, is caused by the bacteriumYersinia pestis. Y. pestis lives in small animals (rats, primarily) and is present in many areas of the world.

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Zinc Lozenges May Triple Recovery Rate from Colds

ACSH - Oct 13 2017 - 16:10

When you feel a cold coming on, start popping zinc lozenges. That will do much more for you than vitamin C or Echinacea.

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Cord Blood Banking is Not Insurance for the Future

ACSH - Oct 13 2017 - 15:10

Umbilical cord blood banking has gained notoriety ever since it was discovered that umbilical cords are a rich supply of hematopoietic stem cells.  Operating on the premise that cord blood samples are a form of "biological insurance" against potential future illness, cord blood banks are really selling a false promise.

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The President Forces the Issue of Repeal and Replace

ACSH - Oct 13 2017 - 14:10

President Trump, frustrated in his attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare turned to two measures yesterday to force Obamacare to “implode.”

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