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The Disease-Mongering of the American Diet

4 hours 2 min ago

For most of our evolutionary history, humans worried about food — finding and eating food were constant and dangerous struggles. Death was always near.

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FDA Targets Kratom Supplement Hucksters Claiming To Tame Opioid Addiction

5 hours 2 min ago

Three companies involved in kratom supplements have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for illegally selling unapproved drug products containing kratom, not to mention claims that they help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal, treat pain, and can aid in other medical conditions like lowering blood pressure, treating cancer and reducing neuron damage caused by strokes.

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A New Drug May Keep Those With Celiac Disease Gluten Free

May 22 2018 - 21:05

For people with celiac disease, gluten enemy #1. For some celiac patients, an exposure to gluten can make them sick for days with pain, vomiting and diarrhea while causing intestinal damage. And, maintaining a 100% gluten free diet can be challenging, creating a great need for therapeutics to help keep the body free of gluten, even if a mistake happens. 

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NSF Gets Huge Funding Boost, Yet Won't Thank a Republican Supporter

May 22 2018 - 19:05

The ingratitude expressed by the National Science Foundation over a huge funding increase for an important project is inexplicable.

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The Ultimate Irony: China Pushes Alternative Remedies For Pain. While It Makes Our Fentanyl.

May 22 2018 - 14:05

There is crazy and there is crazy. This is both. Researchers in China are exploring herbs and acupuncture to treat pain and perhaps mitigate the carnage of the opioid fentanyl crisis. Where does the fentanyl come from? China. Go figure. 

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Secretary Gottlieb's Proposals on Drug Prices Need To Be Grounded In Reality

May 22 2018 - 09:05

We need to control pharmaceutical prices and Secretary Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.

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Plagues from the Permafrost: Will Thawing Ice Bring Back the Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb?

May 22 2018 - 07:05

Nearly a century ago, Lord Carnavon, who attended the opening of King Tut’s Tomb, died shortly afterwards, in April 1923. At the time, the sensational media linked his death to supernatural causes activated by the curse of the mummy’s tomb. More recently, this tale was rationalized by suggesting that his death was due to ancient disease causing microbes, lurking in the tomb, rather than supernatural influences.

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The War On Ebola Moves To Offense

May 22 2018 - 07:05

Throughout its history, ebola has caused humanity to hunker down and hope for the best. It is a three-tool implement of devastation; a contagious, hemorrhagic, deadly virus.

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Crazy-Steep LA Street to Get New Safety Measures

May 22 2018 - 07:05

With scores of unwitting drivers in Los Angeles, using navigation apps, being re-routed to one of the steepest streets in the country – and not having any idea of the frightening toll they'd pay for taking the road less traveled – city officials just announced new safety measures that are being put in place.

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Add ADHD Meds To Call Burden For Poison Control Centers

May 21 2018 - 22:05

A new study details the call burden on US Poison Control Centers of unintentional and intentional exposures to medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Just substitute the substance and read why it's the same story, different day.

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For Healthy Aging, We Need To Fight The Dark Side of Evolution

May 21 2018 - 14:05

Science, technology, engineering, and medicine have brought wonderful improvements in our lives. We have greater longevity and lower infant mortality thanks to plentiful food, clean water, affordable energy, antibiotics, vaccines, and more.

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Five Days. 50 Events. Go to Know - World Science Festival is Almost Here

May 21 2018 - 08:05

Every year since 2008, the World Science Festival (WSF) has brought cutting edge science programs to New York City. If you love science and are looking for something to do next weekend (May 30th - June 3rd) check out the website at www.worldsciencefestival.com to take a look at the wide array of events. After taking a deep dive into the program this weekend, to choose which events I will be attending, I can say that they really seem to have outdone themselves this year. There is truly something for everyone.

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Are Most Clinical Trials Unethical?

May 21 2018 - 07:05

A premature infant is born with a form of severe lung injury that carries a 20% chance of survival. Her physician decides to throw a medical “Hail Mary” and try an untested adult technique to bypass the injured lungs. The infant survives, and after a few more tries, the physician realizes that the survival rate may be as high as 80% with this new treatment. Does he know enough that the treatment should become standard practice, or is a randomized clinical trial required?

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Are You Crazy? Why Patients Use Complementary Medicine

May 21 2018 - 06:05

A recent study in JAMA reported on the possible effects of acupuncture on women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 848 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Australia and New Zealand with half receiving three treatments with acupuncture during an IVF cycle and the other half undergoing sham acupuncture with less invasive needles at body points unrecognized as credible acupuncture points. The results, 18.3% live births in the acupuncture group, 17.8% in the sham control group. Acupuncture made no difference.

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Pediatric Cancer Care - The Empathy Would Work For Adults Also

May 20 2018 - 10:05

A cancer diagnosis is a firestorm that turns lives upside down. It may not be life-ending, but it almost always is life-changing. Few life experiences are crueler than childhood cancer, but this blatant unfairness motivates some of the best, kindest and most heartfelt medical care.

Clinicians in adult oncology can learn a lot from pediatric cancer practices.

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Allergy Skin Prick Test Could One Day Be Replaced by 'Sniff-and-Pee' Test

May 18 2018 - 22:05

Anyone who has ever been subjected to an allergy skin prick test can verify that it is not a pleasant procedure, particularly if you happen to be allergic to several different substances.

When your humble correspondent was a wee child, he underwent a skin prick test on his back. As its name implies, a doctor pricks the skin with a tiny amount of a suspected allergen, like cat hair. If an itchy, red bump appears, that means you're allergic to the substance. My back lit up like a Christmas tree because I was allergic to just about everything... except goats.

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Allergy Skin Prick Test Could One Day Be Replaced by Urine Test

May 18 2018 - 22:05

Anyone who has ever been subjected to an allergy skin prick test can verify that it is not a pleasant procedure, particularly if you happen to be allergic to several different substances.

When your humble correspondent was a wee child, he underwent a skin prick test on his back. As its name implies, a doctor pricks the skin with a tiny amount of a suspected allergen, like cat hair. If an itchy, red bump appears, that means you're allergic to the substance. My back lit up like a Christmas tree because I was allergic to just about everything... except goats.

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Tackling The Many Myths Surrounding Hospital Length of Stay

May 18 2018 - 14:05

With First Lady Melania Trump's hospitalization, public misperceptions about how long someone should be admitted have run amok.

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Rolled Out During Outbreak in Africa. But, Will it Work?

May 18 2018 - 13:05

It's been three and a half years since the last Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when 28,600 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were infected and over 11,300 killed. Despite the WHO declaring the region Ebola-free two years later, there is a new wave of cases, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.) 

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EPA to Ban Methylene Chloride in Paint Strippers: Science or Scaremongering?

May 18 2018 - 09:05

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has moved to place a ban on methylene chloride (dichloromethane, DCM) citing associations to a higher risk of cancer and neurological and liver problems.

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