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Rehydrate to Satisfy Your Thirst – and No More

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 14:03

We hear people say it all the time, especially at the gym or where runners congregate, as if it's a proven work-out mantra: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The advice in all its forms flows like water itself: 

"Make sure you drink lots and lots of water to keep your system refreshed, so you can run cool." 

"Gotta drink 8 glasses of water a day."

Or this gem, paraphrasing the esteemed and world-famous internist, Thomas Brady, MD, quarterback of the New England Patriots: Drink enough water that equals half of your body weight, measured in ounces, every day.

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FDA Approves 23andMe Cancer Test for BRCA genes

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 12:03

There are millions of people receiving information about their DNA, regarding either their ancestry and/or health. A new test for three mutations in two genes that are associated with higher rates of certain cancers was recently approved by the FDA. But, what does the information provided really mean?  

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LSD Has Staying Power- Chemistry Explains Why

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 12:03

LSD has long had a reputation for staying in the brain for a comparatively long time - well after it is no longer in the blood. A group at UNC has figured out the reason behind this puzzling property by x-ray making use of crystallography and molecular modeling. It turns out that one very simple chemical interaction keeps LSD trapped in serotonin. A great example of structural biology. 

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Want To Increase Screening For CRC? There's An App For That.

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 09:03

Screening tests for colorectal cancer (CRC) are generally underutilized, and thus chances to decrease deaths from the disease are missed. An app that patients can use on an iPAD increases the use of CRC screening tests, new research demonstrates.

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Mother Jones, Breitbart, Self And More Places We Were Cited Last Week

ACSH - Mar 12 2018 - 07:03

In the 1990s, a term began to become propagated around the science community; watermelons. These were people who were 'green on the outside but red on the inside'. And those people were the new generation of environmentalists. Essentially, unlike their ancestors in environmentalism, they did not care about people, they only cared about tearing down institutions, like companies and universities and the free market itself. 

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Alcoholism May Be Linked to Living Further North

ACSH - Mar 09 2018 - 23:03

Our statistical analysis suggests that the further north Americans live, the likelier they may be to drink excessively. Is it due to the long, dark winter nights?

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Acetaminophen Often Taken In Excess During Cold and Flu Season

ACSH - Mar 09 2018 - 19:03

A new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests increased use and overdose of the common over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever and fever reducing medication, acetaminophen, happens during cold and flu season. Why is that?

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Nap Time For Toddlers Shouldn't Mean Supplements!

ACSH - Mar 09 2018 - 12:03

Three daycare workers in Chicago were arrested and charged with child endangerment after it was learned they fed their charges gummies containing the sleep-inducing supplement melatonin. What's wrong with that? Plenty.

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CDC: 1 in 12 Americans Has Moderate to Severe Depression. That Might Be an Underestimate

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 21:03

The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a quick, 10-question test that attempts to objectify an inherently subjective topic: depression. You can take the test here.

Each question asks about your mental health and various behaviors over the past two weeks. Based on your response, you receive a score of 0-3 for each question. At the end of the test, the responses are tallied and a "depression score" is assigned as follows:

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The Canaries in the Physician Workforce Coal Mine Died Years Ago

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 21:03

Rheumatologists are just one example of the problems society faces regarding the number of physicians we "need" and where they locate. Physicians make choices as we all do, based on what is best for us and our families. 

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Rheumatologists and Physician Maldistribution - How Can You Keep Them Down on the Farm, After They've Seen Paree?

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 21:03

Rheumatologists are just one example of the problems society faces regarding the number of physicians we "need" and where they locate. Physicians make choices as we all do, based on what is best for us and our families. 

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Your Body's Breakdown Is Not Inevitable, Study Indicates

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 14:03

Life's late stages don't have to be progressively difficult and depressing. A new study focusing on the activity of cyclists, researchers from two British institutions found that adults who regularly exercise – not just several times a week, but also year in, year out, for decades – can remain healthy and function as if they were much younger than their actual ages. 

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'People ... People Who Clone Puppies ... Are the Phoniest People in the World'

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 14:03

Barbra Streisand cloned her dog. Blah blah. It's all over the place. But has anyone stopped to consider what might go wrong? After all, if Streisand is afraid of biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of foods, a relatively simple process, perhaps she is unaware of the potential dangers she faces inviting an alien species onto the couch. Who knows what perils may lie within the genes of Foofie. Make that two Foofies (1).

So, it's a damn good thing that the American Council exists to set the record straight. 

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'People... People Who Clone Puppies...Are The Phoniest People In The World'

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 14:03

Barbra Streisand cloned her dog. Blah blah. It's all over the place. But has anyone stopped to consider what might go wrong? After all, if Streisand is afraid of biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of foods, a relatively simple process, perhaps she is unaware of the potential dangers she faces inviting an alien species onto the couch. Who knows what perils may lie within the genes of Foofie. Make that two Foofies (1).

So, it's a damn good thing that the American Council exists to set the record straight. 

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A Scientist is Leveling the Playing Field, One Load of Laundry at a Time

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 13:03

It is well known that women make less money than men. And, we know that, in general, women who spend the same amount of time in the office (or lab) as men also do more work in the home - a divide that only gets larger as children come into the picture. 

One scientist saw how this imbalance was affecting the female members in her lab and decided to do something about it.

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When A Tree Falls In The Woods, You Hear It!

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 13:03

The answer to “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” along with other ways to avoid unintentional injury.

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Zeroing in on What Causes Flesh-Eating Infections

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 10:03

What turns a relatively minor skin injury into the life-threatening horror show? That would be necrotizing soft tissue infection, otherwise known as a flesh-eating bacterial infection. New research suggests that a lack of antibodies against Streptococcus bacteria is a likely risk factor.

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Millennials Aren't Getting Tested For HIV, And That's A Problem

ACSH - Mar 08 2018 - 07:03

A recent report from the CDC shows about half of millennials aren't getting tested for HIV — a virus that was a sure killer in the 90s, but thanks to advancements in science has become a manageable illness. Still, millennials aren't taken it seriously. Why?

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Comorbidity, Our Disease "Baggage," Modify The Behavior Of The Medical Diseases They Accompany

ACSH - Mar 07 2018 - 23:03

Comorbidities are the other diseases a patient has, separate from the one of interest. The number of comorbidities for any given patient has increased, and their presence modifies how the "condition of interest" behaves clinically - personalizing medicine means defining "disease," very differently.

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Is There a Mental Health Crisis Among Graduate School Students?

ACSH - Mar 07 2018 - 20:03

Society told PhD students that the world would be theirs one day. In truth, after six (or more) years of grueling work, PhD's find themselves exhausted, indebted, and unemployable. Facing this reality, is it really any wonder that there's evidence of a serious mental health crisis among graduate students?

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