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

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?

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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New Ocean Secrets Revealed, Powered by Great Tech

Mar 07 2018 - 14:03

“All life on our planet depends on the oceans, yet they remain one of the last great frontiers. Today, a new generation of marine scientists with a pioneering spirit of ingenuity and adventure, and an explosion of technological and imaging advances, are creating a golden age of ocean exploration," and they are uncovering "enormously important creatures living at previously unseen ocean layers.”

– Ellen Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History

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Cell Phones and Talking to Passengers Both Lead to Distracted Driving

Mar 07 2018 - 08:03

Hoping against hope, cell phone conversations hands-free or not continues to distract drivers. But so does talking to the other occupants of the car. 

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The New Mosquito Emoji is Much More than a Winky Face

Mar 07 2018 - 07:03

There are 2,666 emojis available for tweets and texts.

They communicate effectively and quickly, a process that public health experts are always looking to improve in their field. A new emoji could provide just the help that they need, at least when it comes to a certain category of infectious disease - those that are transmitted by mosquito. 

The mosquito emoji, which will be available in mid-2018, will hopefully provide a new means for communication about mosquitoes, in the realms of both science communication and health implications.

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Pandemic Flu: Beware the Herald Wave

Mar 07 2018 - 00:03

The Spanish Flu of 1918, which caused a pandemic, is estimated to have killed about 2% of the world population, a death toll greater than the military deaths of World War I and World War II combined. Though they obviously would have lacked the technology and healthcare to do much about it, was there any way that public health officials could have foreseen that global plague?

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Environmental Working Group Abandons Independent Pretense And Puts Another Industry Executive On Its Board

Mar 06 2018 - 16:03

Environmental Working Group, which promotes fear and doubt about the (non-organic) American food supply each year with its so-called Dirty Dozen list, tries to pretend they are not industry-driven. But they are totally industry-driven, they just engage in meaningless anti-science virtue signaling while doing so. 

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Kidney Transplants From Hep C Infected Donors - Amazing

Mar 06 2018 - 13:03

There is a perennial shortage of donated kidneys in this country. But the donor pool just got larger. The 3+ million people in the US who are infected with the hepatitis C virus could not be donors. Now, thanks to incredible new drugs, infected kidneys can be successfully transplanting. Give the pharmaceutical industry a tip of the hat for this miracle. 

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Should Medical Textbook Authors Have To Disclose Industry Payments?

Mar 06 2018 - 13:03

A newly published study thinks the answer to this question, Should authors of premier medical textbooks be required to disclose industry payments or patents?, is yes. But, is it?

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Super CRISPR Wheat

Mar 06 2018 - 13:03

Wheat is the second most important food crop in the developing world. It's not just in pasta, either. Wheat is found in more food than you can imagine (1). Like corn and soy, we need it, and lots of it. 

But, contrary to what you may think, GMO wheat is not sold or used. In fact, although seed companies have produced it, GMO wheat is not grown commercially for a myriad of different reasons, most of which are for another story on another day. 

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Election Polls Improved with One Question: Who Will Your Friends Vote For?

Mar 05 2018 - 22:03

Pollsters have taken a beating the last few years. Getting Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election wrong were spectacular failures that shook the public's faith in prediction models.

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No, Modern Furniture Is Not Burning 8X Faster In A House Fire

Mar 05 2018 - 14:03

Despite claims that organic furniture is less likely to kill you in a house fire, chemicals have a track record of making your safer.

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The Mystery of the Paralyzed Children. Case Solved?

Mar 05 2018 - 13:03

You may remember a mystery that had health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) perplexed a few summers back. We covered the story here

During the summer of 2012, people (mostly children) in California were getting sick and some, as a result, were becoming paralyzed. This had not been seen since the introduction of the polio vaccine in 1955. 

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Almost All Anti-GMO Articles In The US Are "Clickbait" Promoted By Russian Propaganda Sites

Mar 05 2018 - 12:03

At Iowa State University Crop Bioengineering Center's annual meeting, a team of scholars showed their research validating what the scientific community has long suspected - that some anti-GMO groups are either sending information to Russian propaganda sites to assist in their efforts to undermine American agricultural dominance or they are acting as what Joseph Stalin called "useful idiots" by promoting concern about Americ

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Earth Sciences Provide Insights Into Tooth Decay

Mar 05 2018 - 10:03

Oral bacteria attack teeth in more ways than we knew. Bacteria that sequester phosphate in the ocean also do so in the mouth. Since phosphate is an integral component of enamel its removal can weaken the teeth and make decay more likely. Keep flossing, folks!

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We're Doomed: Standing Desks As Bad As Sitting, Study Says

Mar 05 2018 - 09:03

Standing desks are all the rage; after all, we all know sitting is bad for your health. But now, recent studies suggest standing desks could be the biggest sham ever. Say it ain't so!

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New Guidelines for Managing Diabetes Tries to Re-Balance Harms and Benefits

Mar 05 2018 - 08:03

The allure of evidence-based medicine is that it sounds so objective, free of bias, free of judgment. But the ACP evidence-based recommendations are at their core a subjective judgment, a balancing act of tradeoffs. 

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NYT's Nicholas Kristof Would Flunk an 8th Grade Science Test

Mar 03 2018 - 07:03

Veteran New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fancies himself an expert in chemistry and toxicology. Chemists and toxicologists disagree.

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Grass Fed Cows And Better Milk: Is Industry Funding A Bad Thing When It's An Organic Corporation?

Mar 02 2018 - 16:03

A new paper which claims that cows fed "organic" grass provide nutritionally superior milk is sure to set off cheers among the organic customer base who have long wanted to believe that buying organic was not just a process choice, but a health one. There is just one problem.

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Missed for Decades, 1.5 Million Penguins Found in Antarctica

Mar 02 2018 - 15:03

Biologists studying animal life on Antarctica believed that a particular species of penguin was in peril, undergoing a precipitous population decline since the 1970s.

New findings, however, show a massive discovery of the black-and-white seabirds – mainly because researchers missed looking on one group of islands on the tip of the continental peninsula. 

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