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Why Sickle Cell Disease Still Needs Championing

May 17 2018 - 16:05

To underscore how important the battle for its eradication still is, misperceptions are clarified and key aspects of the inherited illness are addressed here.

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Priorities Magazine Spring 2018

May 17 2018 - 14:05

The Spring 2018 issue of Priorities magazine is now available from the American Council on Science and Health, since 1978 America's premier pro-science consumer advocacy non-profit,. You can't subscribe and you can't buy it on newsstands. The only way to get it is absolutely free.

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Environmentalists Win With New IARC Director Elisabete Weiderpass

May 17 2018 - 12:05

With the term of controversial International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Director Christopher Wild thankfully at an end, speculation about the new head of the embattled UN agency was rampant, probably for the first time in its history.

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Why Use Drugs In An Ambulance When Aromatherapy Will Do The Job?

May 17 2018 - 08:05

Just when you think you've seen it all... For reasons that remain unclear, an ambulance service in Wisconsin has decided to try aromatherapy, a bunch of nonsense, in ambulances. During calls (!). It's supposed to cut down on drug use in the ambulance. Which is one of the thing ambulances are for, right? 

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Yes, Volunteering is Rewarding. But Does it Also Protect Against Dementia, as Claimed?

May 17 2018 - 07:05

A recent study, seeking to measure the impact of volunteerism on cognitive health, concluded that older adults score somewhat higher on cognitive testing when they help others. But while that might sound encouraging, given the study's limitations it's hard to take the findings as overly meaningful, or causal.

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Flush the Misleading Labels on Flushable Wipes

May 16 2018 - 19:05

In the grand tradition of misidentifying problems and offering proposals that won’t work, the city council of Washington, D.C. wants to force manufacturers of flushable toilet wipes to change the label to “non-flushable.” This is wrong.

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Cardiologists, Public Disclosure of Outcomes and the Hawthorne Effect

May 16 2018 - 14:05

Do physicians act differently when their patient outcomes are reported publically? Some studies say yes and others no; a new study adds to the confusion. 

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Blaming Trans Fats For Developing World Health Problems Is Like Blaming A Spoon

May 16 2018 - 12:05

The head of the World Health Organization claims that trans fats - which are in things like margarine and donuts - are responsible for 500,000 deaths each year and WHO wants them eliminated from the global food supply by 2023. This is a dramatic flip-flop from the time when partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil in margarine was saving us from butter and meat fat, which were also linked to cardiovascular disease.

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For Prostate Cancer The Latest Recommendation is, Talk To Your Doctor

May 15 2018 - 16:05

The latest guidelines in screening for prostate cancer are a win for patients and physicians. Talking with your doctor about these issues is the ultimate in personalized medicine and patient autonomy.

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Is The First Family's Health Our Business?

May 15 2018 - 12:05

Is it time to re-examine concerns surrounding the intersection of patient privacy and a loved one seeking elected office?

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Getting Closer to a Much Needed RSV Vaccine

May 15 2018 - 02:05

We may be one step closer to saving thousands of newborns from a potentially nasty illness and death. A press release this month from Novavax, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, states that they have reached a milestone in their clinical trial for the highly anticipated vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV.)

What is RSV? 

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Melania Trump’s Hospitalization Reflects Medical Progress

May 14 2018 - 17:05

First Lady Melania Trump underwent a "successful" embolization procedure for a "benign kidney condition." Why intervene in a "benign" condition? 

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Speakers

May 14 2018 - 15:05

American Council on Science and Health doctors and scientists are available for speaking engagements. 

Because we are a non-profit we request an honorarium and expenses for events outside New York City or Washington  DC. 

To request a specific speaker, please provide details in an email to speakers@acsh.org

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Compromising Patient Safety Will Not Reduce The Cost of Drugs

May 14 2018 - 15:05

To protect their revenues, and as a result, keep drug prices high, brand-name drug manufacturers have tried several means to stop or slow the entry of comparable generics. They have attempted to extend their patent protection and have even bought the generic for themselves and just not manufacturer it. One of their more insidious approaches has involved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS); specific regulatory guidelines that the FDA requires to protect patients who use drugs requiring more supervision than merely providing a prescription. 

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CRISPR Chocolate Would Help Farmers in Developing Countries

May 14 2018 - 08:05

Some people are anti-GMO because they don't like the idea of their food being genetically manipulated. But, what about food that is altered using the gene editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9? And, what if the genetic change is one that would help the livelihood of farmers in developing countries? Lastly, what if the food that we're talking about is chocolate...? 

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One Opioid Crisis or Many?

May 14 2018 - 08:05

US news media headlines appear daily on the so-called “opioid crisis”.  A major thread in public policy discussions is an asserted need to “solve” the crisis by limiting production of opioid analgesics and reducing medical exposure to potentially addicting drugs.   But are such steps actually a remedy?   Will US addiction and overdose problems respond favorably to such a one-size-fits-all policy?  Almost certainly not.

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Mozart Wrote 27 Piano Concertos - Almost All The Same

May 14 2018 - 07:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered by many to be the greatest composer ever. And his 27 piano concertos may be his finest work. But Mozart had a formula for the 27 and he used it over and over again, so they were all similar in certain ways. A little music theory plus, a very special treat at the end.

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Mozart Wrote 27 Piano Sonatas - Almost All The Same

May 14 2018 - 07:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered by many to be the greatest composer ever. And his 27 piano concertos may be his finest work. But Mozart had a formula for the 27 and he used it over and over again. 

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Wine Drinkers Celebrate Us, Dope For Dogs, And More Media Links Last Week

May 14 2018 - 06:05

1. Tech Times seeks to inject some science into police violence discussions and uses our work to do it. In the ongoing debate over gun ownership, a lot of papers are produced but not all of them make sense. "Virtual lives lost" is one such metric. Like virtual water, virtual money, and virtual emissions, pretend assets can't be utilized. If someone dies young, is is correct to assume they will live to be 80? Not really, which is why average life expectancy is a flawed notion.

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More On Vical's Herpes Vaccine - An Interview With Larry Smith. Ph.D.

May 13 2018 - 10:05

Vical continues to push its VCL-HB01  herpes vaccine through development. Larry Smith, Ph.D., the senior VP of Research, answers some questions about where things stand now and what to expect in the near future. 

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