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Can you hear me now? Perhaps a breakthrough in treating tinnitus

Jan 02 2018 - 11:01

Tinnitus, a humming or ringing sound you hear when no sound is actually present is a clinical condition that affects about 15% of the US population. It is the most common service-connected disability of our veterans. Like most diseases, it too lives on a spectrum, from annoying to disability. A new study in Science Translational Medicine offers what might be an effective treatment for a disease that has few good treatment options.

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New Year Resolutions Are Back, And So Am I

Jan 02 2018 - 10:01

After 13 weeks of maternity leave — lots of joy and little sleep — I am back at work. In true New Years fashion, I — like many others — am thinking of making some resolutions for the year ahead. 

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What to Do About Accidentally Finding Cancer

Jan 02 2018 - 09:01

As our diagnostic ability increases, we are finding more cancers that may be treated by watchful waiting. But doing nothing when told you have cancer is difficult for patients and physicians. 

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Tobacco Co's Can Still Reach Kids

Jan 02 2018 - 09:01

Advertising of tobacco products on TV and radio has been verboten since 1971 to reduce the appeal of such products — especially to kids. That, of course, was long before the age of the internet, and a new study finds that online tobacco marketing is linked to an increased risk that adolescents will start using these products.

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A New Year’s Resolution To Restart Your Heart

Jan 02 2018 - 05:01

The recent harrowing account of American Heart Association (AHA) President Dr. John Warner is a precautionary tale. It serves as a useful guide for all of us in selecting an achievable 2018 resolution.

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5 Simple Ways to Be Healthier in 2018

Dec 29 2017 - 16:12

As one year gives way to the next (making reflecting back practically unavoidable), one of the things I'm grateful for is the volume of health information that comes across my desk. Not only is it interesting to read, but it's quite practical, too, since I can incorporate some of the things I learn into my daily or weekly routine.

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President Trump To Have Customary Physical Exam in January. But, Does It Matter?

Dec 29 2017 - 15:12

With President Trump's imminent annual physical looming, what actually matters on the health front? What would make a president unfit to serve the office? 

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The supplements industry hits a new low - the lung cleanse

Dec 29 2017 - 14:12

Good news, folks. No need to worry about anything anymore. Not your health. Not your spouse's. Or even your kids. So let's all give a shout out to the fine people at RenewLife. They've got your whole family covered!

 

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It's Time for Those End-of-Year Lists

Dec 29 2017 - 10:12

Pollsters are always on the lookout for opinions and trends, and the waning days of 2017 provide a ripe opportunity for investigating  what we've thought about and our hopes for 2018. In the not-so-great category, what words or phrases irked the largest number of people? And of course there's all those New Year's resolutions — will we make them? Will we keep them?

 

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Two Lotteries worth more than $300 million

Dec 29 2017 - 10:12

We spend over $73 billion annually on state lotteries. What is that all about?

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Will Lawyers Destroy Science?

Dec 29 2017 - 09:12

Routinely, lawyers are required to solve problems that they themselves created. If something like this were to occur in any other area of life, it would be called racketeering. So beware, science. A lawsuit-happy nation turns its eyes to you.

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When it Comes to Toys, Less May Be More

Dec 29 2017 - 09:12

Having children means also having their stuff. For those of us who are organizationally challenged, this stuff tends to pile up. Clothes and toys, shoes, toys, books, toys, oh - and more toys.

This time of year, it's not uncommon for people with children to have "getting rid of old toys" somewhere toward the top of the list of New Year's resolutions. This year, there is science to motivate that resolution. 

A new study published in Infant Behavior and Development shows that cleaning out those old toys may actually improve kids' play.

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Everyone Wants Value in Healthcare, We Just Disagree on What That Means

Dec 29 2017 - 07:12

Value-based healthcare, everyone wants it. But like blind men touching the elephant, describing one part or another, what we mean by value depends on who we are. 

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Congress Is Forming a Bipartisan Alternative Medicine Caucus

Dec 28 2017 - 13:12

Open displays of bipartisanship are rare these days and, as such, should be applauded. Unfortunately, a recent example of bipartisanship promotes junk science and bogus health claims.

In a press release, Democratic Congressman Jared Polis and Republican Congressman Mike Coffman announced their intention to launch the Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus. That sounds nice, until you realize that "integrative" and "wellness" are code words for "alternative medicine."

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Healthcare's 2017 Bad Boys

Dec 28 2017 - 11:12

What'cha gonna do when they come for you? If "they" are the Department of Justice and you are a pharmaceutical or healthcare company or even a physician, you settle.

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Obesity-Associated Cancers Are Increasing

Dec 28 2017 - 10:12

This isn't really about fat cats — the real ones or the rich ones — rather it's about the results of being overweight or obese. According to the CDC, there are 13 types of cancer that are linked to obesity. As one might expect, as the prevalence of obesity increases, so does the prevalence of these cancers.

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Amazon cuts off the sale of home circumcision kits

Dec 28 2017 - 10:12

I'm not feeling a lot of love for Amazon right now. Used to be a great company. But it's a little disturbing that the company is cutting its inventory. You can no longer buy a circumcision practice kit in Britain! What's next?

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Motorcycle Deaths Increase During Full Moons

Dec 28 2017 - 07:12

More motorcyclists die in the United States when riding at night under a full moon.

A recent study analyzing decades of data show this to be the case, so it's not conjecture. But what is not absolutely known is whether full moons – and the attention they possibly draw away from a motorcyclist's main safety task – are the cause of the higher incidence of fatal accidents.

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Quack Alert! ACSH's Most Controversial Articles of 2017

Dec 27 2017 - 18:12

ACSH is in the business of promoting evidence-based science and debunking junk science. That rubs some people the wrong way.

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What Hollywood Taught (Or Didn’t Teach) Us About Disease This Year

Dec 27 2017 - 16:12

Those in Hollywood are in a unique position to do tremendous good given their substantial platform. Unfortunately, with that megaphone comes immense responsibility. So, let’s take a look back this year at what we learned from Tinseltown--good, bad and indifferent.

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