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My Christmas Wish: You Won't Go To The Doctor

Dec 21 2017 - 06:12

This year, I don't want you to go to the doctor.

That seems obvious. Most people go to the doctor when they are ill, and I don't want you to be ill or have an accident. But I don't want you go to the doctor even if you are well. 

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All I Want For Christmas Is Truth In Medical Advertising

Dec 20 2017 - 14:12

How about companies just telling it like it is – in all its forms? We need to do better than Theranos, and the hubris of 23andMe that warranted FDA intervention and sanctioning of the firm. 

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Air Pollution Lowers IQs - Of Reporters Who Write About It

Dec 20 2017 - 10:12

It is no secret that air pollution is bad news (but no longer in the US). It's also no secret that people write sensationalized junk that poses as science to drive home a point or support an agenda. Today we are having a two-for-one special. You get both. No - small particulate matter does not affect IQ. Beyond ridiculous.

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Decline of Chickenpox a Problem for Millennials?

Dec 20 2017 - 10:12

Millennials don't have it easy, contrary to popular belief.

Globalization, automation, and other permanent structural shifts in the workforce have conspired against this generation. According to the advocacy group Young Invincibles, and reported in USA Today, "millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated."

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Rattlesnake Pills Worse Than Snake Oil?

Dec 20 2017 - 10:12

Snake oils are useless nostrums promoted to treat and/or cure virtually any type of ailment, but they don't have to come from snakes. Some, however, do — such as the rattlesnake pills recently dinged by the CDC for being contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Kind of ironic — instead of curing, they actually make the user sick.

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Don't Worry Serena, You Will Ace Teething

Dec 20 2017 - 07:12

When the best tennis player in history asks for teething advice, we're happy to oblige. Unfortunately, there is only one thing that can be done to help with a baby's teething, and it's probably not what you think.   

             
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Using Eyes as Cursor: Helping ALS Patients 'Speak'

Dec 20 2017 - 07:12

First, your body betrays you. The muscles that you once relied upon for movement and so many forms of self-reliance begin to weaken, then wither. You are unable to write. Your world closes in on you.

Then, as the muscles which normally aid speech gradually fail to function, your world gets even smaller, and claustrophobic, as any ability to share your thoughts with your loved ones disappears. In a continuum of frightening moments for someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, that must be one of the most terrifying.

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Stopping Predatory Journals Takes Teamwork

Dec 19 2017 - 12:12

 

         
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An AI Breakthrough in Drug Discovery? Not So Fast

Dec 19 2017 - 12:12

Drug discovery is a long, tortuous and impossibly difficult job. A group at the  University of Warwick has come up with a mathematical model that seems to be a very big step in streamlining the process. But is it really? To answer this we need to take a look at how drugs are discovered. 

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Exploiting an FDA Regulatory Loophole

Dec 19 2017 - 11:12

The long-term problems of a transvaginal mesh shed light on a difficulty with the FDA's concept of 'substantial equivalence' in approving some medical devices. 

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10 Biggest Junk Science Stories of 2017

Dec 19 2017 - 10:12

It's the season for Top 10 lists. The challenge, as usual, is to narrow down all the junk science we debunked in 2017 to just the ten best (worst?) stories. It would be far easier to create a top 100 list.

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You Will Slip & Fall; 4 Ways to Avoid a Fracture

Dec 19 2017 - 07:12

Older folks are going to fall.

It's a fact of life, just like the emergence of slick sidewalks in the winter. And catching your shoe on a rug, which you've had for 30 years ago but somehow appeared out of nowhere.

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Wishing You A Ron Swanson Christmas

Dec 18 2017 - 15:12

Since this holiday season America is caught in the midst of a cultural miasma, where people are confused about what is acceptable sexual harassment and what is not, along with the usual recurring concerns about commercialization, I am compiling some practical guidance. I want to wish you a Ron Swanson Christmas.

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Top 8 Med, Tech Advances of 2017. Plus, Prediction For Future.

Dec 18 2017 - 14:12

Here are the final four exciting developments in science, health and technology of 2017. And, a prediction for what innovation could be truly disruptive in the future.

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All I Want for Christmas Is To Be A Physician, Not A Provider

Dec 18 2017 - 13:12

Words matter. I would like more patients and fewer healthcare consumers - it is such a harsh term, all about taking.

 
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Let's Make 'GMO' Politically Incorrect

Dec 18 2017 - 09:12

Over the past few days, a controversy has erupted following reports in the Washington Post that the Trump Administration has banned or otherwise discouraged the use of seven words, such as "fetus" and "transgender," by the CDC and other HHS agencies. For what it's worth, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald has denied these reports.

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How About A Career A Science? Don't Call Saul, Ask Chemjobber

Dec 18 2017 - 09:12

Earning in living in science has been "uneven" (let's be kind) over the past 15 years. In 2008, in the middle of what would be known as the Great Recession, a chemist with the pseudonym Chemjobber started a blog about finding science jobs. He is now widely followed and we thank him for speaking with us about his experience.  

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Repurposing Another Drug: Metformin Could Be Useful for Some Breast Cancer Treatments

Dec 18 2017 - 09:12

Drugs submitted to the FDA for approval must have safety and efficacy data for the condition they are designed to treat. Sometimes, however, a drug is found to be effective for another condition, and doctors are within their rights to prescribe it for such "off-label" uses. Such may soon be the case for metformin, which has been shown to be useful in preventing some types of breast cancer cells from developing resistance to the drugs used to treat them — at least in mice.

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Paltrow's GOOP goes International

Dec 18 2017 - 07:12

As if GOOP in the United States is not bad enough, Gwyneth Paltrow's "lifestyle" brand is crossing the northern border. Soon, GOOP products will be available, by shipping, to Canadians. 

What this means is that, despite serving as a late night talk show object of ridicule, GOOP is gaining in popularity. 

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CDC Channels George Carlin's 7 Banished Words

Dec 16 2017 - 07:12

The CDC is told seven words are no longer allowed in their documents. Banning words and thoughts doesn't work, just ask George Carlin. Do they think it will somehow work now?

 
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