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Measles Vaccine Has Saved More than 20 Million Lives Globally Since 2000

Nov 01 2017 - 20:11

It's a shocking number. Last year, nearly 90,000 people around the world died from measles. This is the same disease that anti-vaxxers mocked as "Mickey Mouse measles" following the Disneyland outbreak, implying that the viral infection isn't serious.

But it is serious. Deadly serious. As recently as the year 2000, more than 500,000 people died from measles every single year. The reason for the dramatic decrease in deaths is because of a concerted global effort to eradicate the virus through vaccination. And it is clearly paying off.

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Despite Being Contagious, Health Care Workers Often Treat Patients

Nov 01 2017 - 16:11

It appears that a significant portion of those tasked with keeping us from getting sick, are putting us at risk of getting sick.

That's a key finding of a new study released today, which determined that more than 40 percent of healthcare professionals treat patients when they are sick and contagious, instead of staying home. And with the increasing numbers of elderly patients, or those with immunosuppression or severe chronic diseases, the risk created is significant.

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Broadway's 'Dear Evan Hansen' Captures More Than Teen Angst And Tony Awards

Nov 01 2017 - 14:11

This musical serves a surprise that compels an overdue societal conversation.

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Congratulations To Dr. Stan Young - And EPA

Nov 01 2017 - 11:11

Halloween was last night and so I watched "Ghostbusters" once again, like I have every year since it came out. If you know the movie, the ostensible enemy is a Sumerian "god" who wants to colonize New York with his followers, but the real villain is the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Just over a dozen years after it had been founded, the EPA was already regarded as a group manufacturing problems to solve - and that was even in a big-budget Hollywood movie which, let's face it, is not exactly a pro-business culture.

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Are Pesticides The New Birth Control?

Nov 01 2017 - 09:11

A recent study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals a supposed association between high pesticide exposure and fewer pregnancies and fewer live births in women receiving fertility treatments.

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ACSH Explains: What Are Vitamins?

Nov 01 2017 - 08:11

The term 'vitamin' is so common that you'd expect most people would know what they are. If that were true, we wouldn't have phony vitamins like "B17" being sold on the Internet. But, you can't just call something a vitamin, though, and have it be one!

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Are You A Conservationist?

Nov 01 2017 - 06:11

A short while ago, despite two hurricanes and a shooting in Las Vegas, advocacy journalists in North Carolina were spending time attempting to Gerrymander the word "conservationist" in order to make sure an expert in favor of natural gas could be excluded from a committee. Mostly because he lacked their key criterion, a donation to Sierra Club.

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ACSH Explains 'Hill's Criteria': Determining Causality from Correlation

Oct 31 2017 - 23:10

It is oft-repeated that correlation does not imply causation. But it does. That's precisely why epidemiologists and economists are so fascinated by correlations. Thus, it is far more accurate to say that correlation does not prove causation.

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New York Post Hits All-Time Low 'Reporting' Today's Terror Attack

Oct 31 2017 - 20:10

When "journalism" goes too far in tragedy.

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Halloween Candy is Not a Trick

Oct 31 2017 - 17:10

Halloween is a holiday of unadulterated fun. What could be better than dressing up in costumes and carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns? 

Perhaps what kids look forward to most, however, is the candy. Collecting it, sorting it out afterward, trading with friends, and then, after all of that, eating it. 

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Oh, Yes ... That. The Kettlebell. (Guess What? You Should Try It)

Oct 31 2017 - 13:10

The kettlebell. 

You know what this is, and what it does. Of course, right?

Actually, just kidding. You probably don't, since it's one of the least known, most mysterious pieces of exercise equipment there is. The website Live Science flatly calls it "weird."

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Food Waste - How About Those Starving Children in .....

Oct 31 2017 - 10:10

Food waste is a real problem, but this study of what happens to household food doesn't provide answers. It does tell us a bit about what we do with our food. 

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FDA Suggests Dis-Approving A Health Claim. It's Never Happened Before.

Oct 31 2017 - 09:10

Since 1990 when health claims on foods were first authorized, the FDA has never reversed a decision to allow one. But it's in the process of doing so now — the one that links soy protein to a reduced risk of heart disease.

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Europe Is Reducing Antibiotic Use In Animals Ahead Of Schedule

Oct 31 2017 - 08:10

Proper use of antibiotics in animals, just like in humans, can slow bacterial resistance. Europe leads the way in cutting antibiotic use. The US lags behind. 

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A Service Dog Bit My Dad in the Butt. Here's What to Do Next

Oct 30 2017 - 19:10

Truth is stranger than fiction. House of Cards has been cancelled. MSNBC fired journalist Mark Halperin. The long-anticipated Russia investigation has resulted in its first charges. And a dog bit my dad in the butt. What do you do when a dog bites you?

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The Death of Fun

Oct 30 2017 - 14:10

When misguided "healthy" Halloween restrictions do nothing to combat obesity, but do everything to steal joy. 

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Sustainability Threatens Public Health In The Developing World

Oct 30 2017 - 14:10

Current conservation policies often clash with public health initiatives in the developing world but they get little attention. There are real harms in advocating water and energy conservation over people.

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Marijuana Leads to More-Frequent Sex? Don't Be Misled

Oct 30 2017 - 13:10

Given that this new research centers around both sex and drugs – two topics that attract instant attention in our culture – you'll no doubt be hearing a lot about these results in the coming days. So before you're repeatedly told that smoking more pot leads to having more sex (and doesn't that sound appealing?!), that connection is not as strong or direct as the headlines might suggest.

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For 20 Years, These Volunteers Have Made Halloween Costumes For Babies In ICU

Oct 30 2017 - 11:10

For 20 years, babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai have gotten a special treat: handmade Halloween costumes.

That's due to the work of Dorothy Williams, who says she was inspired by a nurse when she had her own premature twin babies nearly 40 years ago - on Valentine's Day a nurse left a tiny heart on the incubator that read, "Happy Valentine's Day. I love you Mom."

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CVSHealth Takes $66 Billion Page from Amazon's Playbook

Oct 30 2017 - 10:10

This week CVSHealth [1] offered $66 billion to purchase Aetna. Let that thought wash over you for just a moment; the corner pharmacy is about to buy the 3rd largest health insurance company, the largest merger of 2017.

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