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ACSH Explains: What Is A Chemical Reaction?

Nov 06 2017 - 07:11

Chemical reactions are responsible for life as well as all the products that we use during our lives. But there are some common misconceptions about reactions, especially that the product of a chemical reaction retains the properties of the reactant(s). This misconception is the basis for many phony chemical scares. Here's why it is wrong.

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Algorithm Predicts if Twitter Users Are Becoming Mentally Ill

Nov 03 2017 - 20:11

An often toxic mixture of snark and narcissism, Twitter usually does not bring out the best in humanity. Amidst all the noise, however, scientists are searching for a useful signal: A predictor of mental illness.

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Authors of Spanking Study Deserve One of Their Own

Nov 03 2017 - 12:11

There are studies that provide fascinating insight, or perhaps unexpected and interesting findings. And then there are other studies that make you wonder why they were even conducted in the first place.

This is one that falls squarely in the second group.

The study's primary conclusion was that spanking "can lead to a host of mental health problems in adulthood," which include depression, suicide attempts, use of illegal drugs and moderate-to-heavy drinking. 

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ACSH Explains: Why Do Nutrition Recommendations Keep Changing?

Nov 03 2017 - 12:11

It’s a common complaint — How do you know what to eat when first a food is virtually poisonous, and then a couple of years later, no, it’s ok? Or just the opposite can also be heard — a food that was healthy last week is now not so good for you?  Here’s just a few examples.

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Chuck Norris, FDA and Gadolinium - Untangling The Lawsuit

Nov 03 2017 - 10:11

Chuck and Gena Norris are suing manufacturers and distributors of a contrast agent used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for ill effects on Gena’s health. Here is the background and some of the foreground on this legal battle. MRIs use magnetic energy to visualize our bodies. In short, large magnets are turned on and off rapidly. When the magnetic is on, all of the protons in the water we contain (and we are mostly water) align; when the magnet is turned off, the protons return to their former position, and the energy they give off in returning is used to create images of our bodies.

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Chuck and Gena Norris, the FDA and Gadolinium - Untangling the tale

Nov 03 2017 - 10:11

Chuck and Gena Norris are suing manufacturers and distributors of a contrast agent used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for ill effects on Gena’s health. Here is the background and some of the foreground on this legal battle. MRIs use magnetic energy to visualize our bodies. In short, large magnets are turned on and off rapidly. When the magnetic is on, all of the protons in the water we contain (and we are mostly water) align; when the magnet is turned off, the protons return to their former position, and the energy they give off in returning is used to create images of our bodies.

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Grading The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Nov 03 2017 - 08:11

A long-awaited report on strategies to combat the national opioid crisis has been issued by the White House. Will it make things better or worse? Some of the recommendations are no-brainers, while others are controversial with some being good and others being just terrible. Here's how we scored 'em.

 

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Grading The Presidential Opioid Commision's Plan

Nov 03 2017 - 08:11

A long-awaited report on strategies to combat the "opioid crisis" was just issued by The White House. Will it make things better or worse? Let's grade some of the recommendations. 

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Leapfrog Releases Hospital Safety Grades - New York's Best Is Not Good Enough

Nov 03 2017 - 04:11

It has been a tough few weeks for New York City. Masa, the most expensive sushi restaurant in the city, was found to have a serious health code violation for adulterated fish by the FDA. Jean-Georges, one of the city’s oldest and best French restaurants lost one of their three Michelin stars.

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Cardiology Rocked By New Report Calling Stents Into Question

Nov 02 2017 - 23:11

Stents, the bread and butter of cardiology, are put into place to keep an otherwise clogged artery open. But, a new study from The Lancet questions whether those tiny wire mesh tubes are as useful as previously thought.

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Cardiology Rocked By New Report Calling Stents Into Question

Nov 02 2017 - 23:11

Stents, the bread and butter of cardiology, are put into place to keep an otherwise clogged artery open. But, a new study from The Lancet questions whether those tiny wire mesh tubes are as useful as previously thought.

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The Worst Possible Faulty Product? Faulty Fire Extinguishers

Nov 02 2017 - 17:11

If your TV doesn't work properly it's annoying. If your air conditioner breaks during a heat wave this is both annoying and possibly dangerous. But when a fire extinguisher fails, that's a disaster.

There are 40 million potential disasters in North America right now. That's how many fire extinguishers were recalled by Kidde, a North Carolina-based fire safety company and a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Since there are about 1.3 million fires per year in the United States, that is a lot of people at risk.

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Marijuana Doesn't Prevent Cancer, Or Anything Else, And The FDA Has Had Enough

Nov 02 2017 - 16:11

If you want to find $23.9 billion in faux health nonsense, look at the $24 billion alternative medicine industry. And no alternative product has benefited from a health halo like marijuana has in recent years. There are claims it treats everything from glaucoma to pain to depression, and maybe it does for 10 or 20 percent of people or whatever else in the same placebo range as acupuncture does. Government bureaucrats are rushing to get it legally on the books to get more taxes so they turn a blind eye to the nonsensical claims about benefit. 

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Climate Scientist Mark Jacobson Sues Journal for $10M over Hurt Feelings

Nov 02 2017 - 16:11

We have never seen anything like this. Climate scientist Mark Jacobson has sued the National Academy of Sciences for publishing an article that disagrees with him. For his hurt feelings, he wants $10 million.

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Premature Birth Rates in Mississippi Increase Second Year in a Row

Nov 02 2017 - 13:11

According to the 2017 Premature Birth Report Cards by state, provided by the March of Dimes, not only did Mississippi rank the worst in preterm birth rates but saw an increase from last year.

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Hospitals Aren't Hotels. And You Wouldn't Want Them To Be.

Nov 02 2017 - 13:11

For the best in hospitality services, stick to The Four Seasons not hospitals.

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No More Surgery For Patients with Unhealthy Behavior

Nov 02 2017 - 12:11

The United Kingdom's National Health Service will not perform elective surgery on two groups of health sinners, smokers and the obese. At least in some parts of the country.

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IARC Activism Begins To Unravel - Congress May Be About To Pull Their Plug

Nov 02 2017 - 07:11

In 2015, the American Council on Science and Health joined every reputable science body in being critical of yet another International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph. In recent years they had become prone to selectively choosing studies to include in their analyses, almost as if they predetermined a conclusion and then found studies to match it.

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Turning Up The Heat on the Noble Lie

Nov 02 2017 - 06:11

The EPA insists that poor air quality in America is a terrible killer and must be regulated regardless of the economic burden imposed. But with no evidence to justify such a claim, this is nothing more than a Noble Lie.

Steve Milloy, a biostatistician and lawyer, conducted a study to examine if small particulate matter in air pollution was linked to acute deaths. Using publicly available death certificates, he found no such correlation. Furthermore, using hospital discharge data, he found no link between ozone levels and asthma attacks in the Sacramento area.

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Man Boobs From Hoppy Beer? An 'Earth Poet' Says Yes, Science Says No

Nov 01 2017 - 22:11

Stephen Harrod Buhner, an "earth poet" and herbalist healer claims that beer will give men "moobs" because of hormone-disrupting chemicals. But there is a much simpler explanation - obesity, something every boob should know. 

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