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Rotavirus Vaccines Do More Than Prevent Diarrhea

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 09:01

It's another vaccine success story, this time about rotavirus vaccines. Not only do the vaccines prevent the sometimes dangerous dehydration that accompanies this infection, they are also associated with a decreased occurrence of non-febrile seizures in infants and young children.

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Fugu: Attack Of The Killer Blowfish

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 09:01

For those of you who have deluded yourselves into believing that you can eat a natural, "chemical-free" diet and live to be 2 million years old, I hate to burst your bubble. But, as we at the American Council have said time and time again, there is no such thing as life without chemicals, nor is there an innate difference in toxicity (or any other property) between naturally occurring chemicals and those that were made in a lab. Chemicals in either group can be safe or deadly; this depends solely upon the chemical structure of any given molecule.

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While Controversial, Kentucky's Medicaid Overhaul is Worthy of Debate

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 07:01

Gov. Matt Bevin is trying something new in Kentucky, and as we know brash ideas have a way of stirring up controversy, especially in this hyper-partisan political climate. And as it pertains to establishing new requirements for poorer citizens to receive Medicaid benefits, this is what we're seeing right now.

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How Chemistry, Microbiology Could Help Catch a Killer

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 02:01

A new report on expanding the use of science to estimate time of death better in suspected homicides was just published. 

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Want To Catch A Killer? Know Your Science.

ACSH - Jan 18 2018 - 02:01

A new report on expanding the use of science to estimate time of death better in suspected homicides was just published. 

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Fake News Award for Science Goes To... The New York Times!

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 18:01

Much buzz has surrounded President Trump's "Fake News Awards." Given that part of our mission is debunking pseudoscience and bogus health claims, we felt obliged to offer our own Fake News Award... for junk science.

Websites like Food Babe, Mercola, InfoWars, and Natural News are perennial contenders. But giving them the award is too easy and predictable. Anyone with a halfway decent frontal lobe knows that these websites are pure garbage.

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Diagnosing President Trump's Medical Statement: 'Fit For Duty'

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 16:01

President Donald Trump completed his first periodic medical examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His White House physician, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, released a statement of his findings and held a protracted press conference. His conclusions discussed here. 

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Babies' Crawling Cleans Floors And Strengthens Immune Systems

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 14:01

Babies who crawl can double up as your own personal sweeper. That's because they kick up all sorts of microbiomes and dirt from what you thought were your clean carpets and rugs. But worry not, all this gunk will just make them stronger.

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ProPublica Is Wrong In Charging Racial Bias In An Algorithm

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 14:01

ProPublica accused a predictive algorithm, used in sentencing criminal defendants, with being racially bias. A new study suggests that the narrative is wrong.

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Your Dishwasher is Disgusting, But It's OK

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 13:01

Bacteria are everywhere, surviving in even the most extreme environments like hot springs and ice cubes. 

So, if you think that your appliances that use hot water, like a dishwasher, are sterile - you are wrong. In fact, they are not even that clean. 

Bacteria can survive a lot

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Fake Honey Is A Problem And Science Can Solve It - If Government Gets Out Of The Way

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 11:01

Adulterated honey, meaning it has been diluted with other substances, has been an issue for as far back as honey has been sold.(1) One of the reasons we know so much about the composition of the sweetener is due to efforts from the 1960s on to fight fraud. Today, it is most likely to be mixed with high fructose corn syrup because, as you probably know, that is about the same in fructose.

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Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Fox News, NPR, And More Media Links Last Week

ACSH - Jan 17 2018 - 10:01

1. NPR linked to our work on the flu, which we predicted would be a concern for the US after seeing it go through Australia, with 5 Things You Need To Know.

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Honey Bees: The #1 Pollinator of Both Crops and Wild Plants

ACSH - Jan 16 2018 - 23:01

On average, across natural habitats all over the world, the western honey bee is the most common pollinator, responsible for 13% of flower visits. The researchers also found that 5% of the plant species they studied were exclusively visited by the western honey bee.

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Panicked After Touching a Bat? Here's What to Do

ACSH - Jan 16 2018 - 15:01

A 6-year-old boy tragically died this week after he contracted rabies after touching a bat. But dying from rabies is preventable ... if you know the correct steps to take. So here's what to do if you come into contact with a potentially rabid animal. 

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Atrial Fibrillation Risk Assessment Changes Over Time

ACSH - Jan 16 2018 - 07:01

Atrial fibrillation affects lots of Americans and can result in debilitating strokes. Risk calculators help physicians identify those patients at risk for stroke, but the calculation can be improved by remembering that risk changes over time.

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Atrial fibrillation

ACSH - Jan 16 2018 - 07:01

Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heartbeat, affecting 2.7 million Americans. Up to 15% of patients with atrial fibrillation can experience a debilitating stroke, so prevention is important. Unfortunately, prevention comes with its own risks so physicians have developed “risk calculators” to determine who should be treated. A paper in Journal of American College of Cardiology suggests that the current scheme can be improved – and without any more significant effort or expense.

Atrial fibrillation

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In Medicine, Words Matter (And Not In The Ways You Might Think)

ACSH - Jan 15 2018 - 19:01

With Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' release of preliminary statements by the White House physician over President Trump's first routine medical exam in office, social media is going wild over word selection. But, are they using the right lens?

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Dear NY Times, Your Opioid Coverage Has Been Terrible. Here's Why

ACSH - Jan 15 2018 - 16:01

The New York Times just surveyed readers to ask about the paper's coverage of the "opioid epidemic." Lots of boxes to check and pre-fab questions. Instead, I used *one* sentence from a Times article to point out what is wrong. The answer - plenty. 

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Progressive Eugenics Is Still With Us - It Has Just Politically Evolved

ACSH - Jan 15 2018 - 12:01

Eugenics has been science’s toxic brand since the end of World War II. The point was driven home yet again recently when Toby Young, appointee to the UK’s newly established Office of Students, was denounced in the House of Commons for having written favorably of “progressive eugenics”. Young resigned from the post the following day amid complaints about a series of other tweets and comments made in the past.

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The Ants Treat Infections with "Extreme Prejudice" - Destructive disinfection

ACSH - Jan 15 2018 - 10:01

The flu season should remind us that as social animals pathogens can kill both individuals and large segments of our population. A recent study sheds some light on how ants, social insects, cope with infections that endanger their colony.

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