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Slower Yields and Other Benefits of Organic Agriculture

Nov 14 2017 - 10:11

A review paper (1) recently found that organic crop yields are 19-25% lower than conventional systems.

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Knee Dislocations More Common And More Expensive In The Obese

Nov 14 2017 - 10:11

Obesity is hard on knees. It's well-known that excess weight can lead to arthritis in the weight-bearing joints — knees and hips. Less understood is the risk of knee dislocations and subsequent vascular damage, which is also increased in the obese and morbidly obese populations.

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During Sex, In Public - Why Are We So Afraid Of CPR?

Nov 13 2017 - 14:11

New research is showing compromising circumstances in the bedroom and being a female in public play a role in who we choose to give CPR.

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Reason, WaPo, Men's Health And More Media Outreach

Nov 13 2017 - 13:11

1. Medicare Part D was controversial during its passage yet now is regarded as a success - and it may be the future of Obamacare. Making that case was no less than a Senator who was against Medicare Part D at the time, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, whom I met at the American Action Forum meeting.

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What Kills the Most Young Children Around the World?

Nov 13 2017 - 12:11

The answer to the question is not an obvious one. You might think malaria or malnutrition? But, no - the answer is pneumonia. Pneumonia kills ~ 1 million children under the age of five around the world - more than HIV/AIDS, diarrhea and malaria combined. However, it does not get the same attention as other infections that are a challenge for global health. As November 12 was World Pneumonia Day, some attention on this relatively unrecognized killer is in order. 

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Move Over, Golden Rice — Golden Potatoes Are On The Way!

Nov 13 2017 - 10:11

If the fear mongers about GMO foods don't get their way, new strains of potatoes genetically engineered to contain beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol (vitamins A and E) could potentially assuage vitamin A and E deficiencies in areas of the developing world (such as some parts of Africa) where potatoes are staple foods.

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What Is The Flu, Who Should Get The Flu Shot, And Why

Nov 13 2017 - 06:11

It’s that time of year again. People around you are getting the sniffles and experts are beginning to speculate on this year’s prevalent strains of flu.

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Volunteer Tourism: How Doing Good Is Doing Harm

Nov 12 2017 - 06:11

Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to “doing good”. Yet these efforts to help people and the environment have come under heavy criticism – I believe for good reason.

Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They simply don’t have the skills. And they can inadvertently perpetuate patronizing and unhelpful ideas about the places they visit.

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Breast Cancer Recurrence After Hormonal Treatment Linked To Initial Status

Nov 11 2017 - 07:11

Women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancers are commonly treated post-surgery for five years with drugs that interfere with the hormone-tumor interaction. But sometimes the cancer reoccurs, and the initial tumor and lymph node status seems to be important in determining who would be at the greatest risk of recurrence.

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Do Any Sports Supplements Actually Work?

Nov 11 2017 - 06:11

Whether your goal is to increase strength, decrease body fat or improve overall performance, adding supplements to your daily regimen can give you that extra edge. But with thousands of products on the market, choosing the ones that are right for you can be overwhelming.

That said, here are some of the more popular supplements on the market today, separated into three categories:

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Malpractice or Murder? How Law Enforcement Chooses to Prosecute Doctors

Nov 10 2017 - 14:11

More and more doctors are being prosecuted for murder for inappropriately prescribing opioids to patients that have resulted in patient deaths.  How is it determined that a physician's actions have gone beyond malpractice to murder?

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Have a 'fentanyl on a shopping cart' question? Call ACSH

Nov 10 2017 - 11:11

A story out of Miami about children being poisoned by fentanyl on supermarket shopping carts is all over the place. So are the answers. We give you the correct ones.

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Vegetarian Men are More Depressed - Are Steaks a Treatment?

Nov 10 2017 - 11:11

From the data that told you vegetarian mothers create drug-addled children we now learn that vegetarian fathers are depressed. Is it the kids or the diet?

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How Science Repaired a Boy's Skin and Saved his Life

Nov 10 2017 - 08:11

It is not every day when the most exciting scientific story of the year comes across your desk. But, this week that is exactly what happened. A team of researchers from Germany, Austria, and Italy gave a young boy with the genetic disease junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) new skin cells that saved his life.

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How Chemistry Can Create 10-Year Whisky In Weeks - Or Days

Nov 10 2017 - 06:11

Over the past few years the whisky-drinking world has been introduced to several new products that claim to produce high-quality liquor in just a fraction of the time usually required to age single malt spirits. Instead of maturing the whisky for a decade or more in oak barrels, some distillers say they can replicate the quality and taste in a matter of weeks.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls - End of Life Concerns Affect more Patients

Nov 10 2017 - 06:11

As our care improves, more patients have end of life concerns and issues. Sadly, physicians are not necessarily meeting those needs.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls - End of Life Concerns Effect more Patients

Nov 10 2017 - 06:11

As our care improves, more patients have end of life concerns and issues. Sadly, physicians are not necessarily meeting those needs.

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Grow Your Mustaches Gents, It's Movember!

Nov 09 2017 - 14:11

Grow out your mustaches men, it's Movember! Let's help the men in our lives take control of their health and fight against preventable diseases.

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Senator Rand Paul With Significant Injuries After Assault

Nov 09 2017 - 13:11

Senator Rand Paul's medical difficulties evolve after being assaulted while mowing his lawn.

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Not Even Wrong: Seneff And Samsel Debunked By The Seralini Crew

Nov 09 2017 - 12:11

Upon seeing what he deemed a poorly-constructed paper by a colleague in physics, Wolfgang Pauli is apocryphally said to have, "This isn't right. This isn't even wrong."

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