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Another False Vaccination Autism Linkage From The Fringe

Nov 20 2017 - 16:11

The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives - Mark Twain. The false linkage between autism and vaccinations continues.

 
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Some Amish Have A Genetic Advantage

Nov 20 2017 - 13:11

Some members of the Old Order of Amish carry a gene mutation that helps them live longer and avoid some of the health problems of aging. Having one copy of the mutation is associated with longer telomeres and less risk of developing diabetes.

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How Mice Help Discover New Anti-Depressants

Nov 20 2017 - 12:11

We need more information about depression, both to have a better understanding of the causes and exploration of new therapeutics. 

Like most scientific endeavors, depression is hard to study in humans or non-human primates. So, like many researchers, neuroscientists study depression in mice. But, how can you tell if a mouse is depressed or not? 

Believe it or not, there is a way to do it and its called the forced swim test. Here is how it works. 

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Apple Watch - The "Check Engine Light" For Our Bodies

Nov 20 2017 - 09:11

A new app, using heart rate and counting steps correctly identified patients with hypertension. Could wearable monitors in our smartphones be used as health early warning systems?

     
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It's The Calories In Thanksgiving Feasts That'll Kill You — Not The Chemicals

Nov 20 2017 - 07:11

We're entering the danger season — first Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally New Year's, all in the space of less than six weeks. Three chances to play havoc with all our good dietary intentions. How bad can it get? Pretty bad —  that one holiday dinner can provide more calories than most of us should consume in a day.

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Science Is A Vast Corporate Conspiracy And More Media Links

Nov 20 2017 - 06:11

1. In Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dr. Josh Bloom wrote about a worthwhile effort to combat deaths due to illegal opioids which has transformed into government interfering in the doctor-patient relationship. Though bad doctors have been arrested, and "pill mills" shut down, the overwhelming majority of harm has come from illegal purchases, not cancer patients in real pain.

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No, Newsweek, Obesity Isn't Caused by a Single Gene

Nov 19 2017 - 05:11

 

 
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World's First Cloned Dog Has Been Cloned Again

Nov 19 2017 - 05:11

Of the four "reclones" that were born, three are alive and well. They will be monitored (hopefully) for years to come in order to provide more data on the health of clones and their reclones. Stay tuned for a follow-up in 2027!

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7-Year-Old Future Brain Surgeon Better Science Communicator Than Many ‘Experts’

Nov 17 2017 - 16:11

What's the secret to a 7-year-old wowing the internet with her knowledge of neurotransmitters and synapses? How she communicates the message. Learn more here.

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As Algae Flourishes Nationwide, So Do Health Concerns

Nov 17 2017 - 14:11

For the most part, algae, that green ooze found floating on various bodies of water, has long been considered a temporary issue. It blooms into an annoyance and eventually dissipates, and disappears.

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Endangered Species Act: The Frog That Jumped The Shark

Nov 17 2017 - 11:11

How did a frog that doesn't live in Louisiana get a habitat there? It was part of a sue-and-settle agreement arrangement between the government an environmental group, and it could cause the Supreme Court to dismantle the Endangered Species Act.

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Some Swiss Doctors Prescribe Homeopathic 'Remedies'

Nov 17 2017 - 10:11

'Switzerland' brings to mind money, delicious dark chocolate, Alps, and watches. Now we can add homeopathy to the list, because  some Swiss doctors (regular MDs, not naturopaths) are prescribing homeopathic 'remedies' to their patients. Some are doing so for the placebo effect, but others actually appear to believe the hype!

 

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The Flu Will be Here Next Week – and It Can Kill You

Nov 17 2017 - 07:11

 

 
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The Flu Will be Here Next Week and it Can Kill You

Nov 17 2017 - 07:11

 

 
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Thanksgiving Dinner Chemical Terrors In Every Course - 'Organic' Or Not

Nov 17 2017 - 06:11

The traffic on Thanksgiving is killer. If you happen to be driving to Aunt Wilma's in Connecticut you will find this out for yourself. But what about when you arrive? Which is riskier? The trip or the meal (1)?

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Is The Wild West Of Stem Cell Therapies Coming To An End?

Nov 17 2017 - 04:11

Newly released guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest illegitimate, unproven stem cell uses might become a thing of the past.

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FDA Approves Pill With Tracking Sensor: Ingenious Or Big Brother?

Nov 16 2017 - 17:11

In an effort to combat patient non-compliance with medications, the FDA just approved the first pill with an ingestible tracking sensor. But, will it be used for good or evil? The old proverb the road to hell is paved with good intentions comes to mind.

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Big Score: CTE Positively Identified in Living Patient

Nov 16 2017 - 16:11

Researchers studying brain trauma are calling it a breakthrough. And it's creating significant hope that doctors will soon be able to reliably identify this severe degenerative brain disease, long before it plunges its sufferers into the throes of depression, rage, memory loss, and in some cases, suicide.

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Thanksgiving Turkey: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Nov 16 2017 - 15:11

The rise of the industrial turkey is a story large enough to contain many narratives -- from the salvation of agriculture to the rise of TV dinners. Indeed, it is a tale of American exceptionalism. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Since When Does Government Write Prescriptions?

Nov 16 2017 - 14:11

Lost in the noise of the "opioid crisis" is a pernicious shift in power from doctors and their patients to government. In a futile attempt to fight the unwinnable war on drugs, many states are now restricting what doctors can prescribe for their patients. In his opinion piece in the Las Vegas Tribune-Review Dr. Josh Bloom discusses this frightening trend.

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