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New Study Refutes the 'Wine Will Kill You' Nonsense

May 03 2018 - 00:05

A few weeks ago, a paper claimed that an extra glass of wine will shorten your life. It circled the globe in minutes. A new paper, with better methodology, concluded what we all knew: Moderate alcohol consumption can be integrated into a healthy lifestyle. It, however, won't receive nearly as much attention as the sensationalist paper. Such is the power of the academic PR hype machine combined with a gullible, sensationalist press.

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Will Science Solve Mystery Of World’s Likely Largest Ritualistic Killing of Children?

May 03 2018 - 00:05

More than 140 children and 200 llamas, dating back to the 1400s, were discovered along the northern coast of Peru. Why is it believed this was likely an unprecedented child sacrifice?

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Why Ice Makes This Odd Sound

May 02 2018 - 12:05

During a research trip to Antarctica, Dr. Peter Neff, a postdoctoral associate in the University of Rochester’s Ice Core Lab, recorded the sound ice made when dropped 90 meters into a glacier borehole. He and his colleagues began to do it over and over and speculated as to what caused the crazy sounds.

The recording got about 8 million hits across various platforms, with many people wondering about what caused the odd sounds made by the plummeting ice.

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A CRISPR-based Home Test for Zika

May 02 2018 - 09:05

On an almost weekly basis, a new scientific discovery is being introduced with CRISPR technology at the heart of it. This week is no exception.

Normally, CRISPR is synonymous with gene editing to correct mistakes in the genome. However, this new CRISPR-based tool is using CRISPR in a whole new appllication - to detect the presence of a specific DNA or RNA. In doing so, it may help millions of people determine if they have been infected with an infectious disease such as Zika or Dengue viruses. 

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Another Trump Physician In The News

May 02 2018 - 08:05

Dr. Bornstein may have violated patient privacy when discussing Donald Trump's medications, but that was not the case in the "raid."

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California's Legislation to Control Health Care Costs is Misguided

May 02 2018 - 06:05

Assembly Bill 3087 wants to put a cap on health care costs. If you ignore the yelling from proponents and opponents you will see it creates the same marketplace we have for drug prices that continue to rise with little benefit to the real purchasers, you and I. 

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California's Legislation To Control Health Care Costs Is Mis-Guided

May 02 2018 - 06:05

Assembly Bill 3087 wants to put a cap on health care costs. If you ignore the yelling from proponents and opponents you will see it creates the same marketplace we have for drug prices that continue to rise with little benefit to the real purchasers, you and I. 

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On Glyphosate, Carey Gillam Keeps Lying Early and Often

May 01 2018 - 22:05

Carey Gillam is a well-known anti-GMO activist who rejects the scientific consensus, regularly reports easily provable lies, and works for an organization that gets most of its money from 9/11 truthers.

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FDA: Stop Selling Nicotine Liquid In Juice Boxes And Whipped Cream Canisters

May 01 2018 - 18:05

After cracking down on deceptive marketing by some nicotine liquid companies last week, the FDA has gone after the most egregious violators of common sense, who are clearly targeting children. To name and shame the bad actors who are doing a great harm to legitimate harm reduction and smoking cessation efforts, they are listed below. One snippet of a warning letter is also included below.

Candy King Batch/Candy King Sour Worms

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Is Vical’s VCL-HB01 Genital Herpes Vaccine Ready For Big Time?

May 01 2018 - 17:05

During the past 9+ decades, vaccines for genital herpes have come and gone. Make that gone and gone. This is because, despite nearly a century of research, there is still not a single vaccine that can treat or prevent either HSV-1 (commonly known as oral herpes) or HSV-2 (genital herpes) (1). The two viruses together infect about two-thirds of the people in the world. 

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Chasing Perfection: Air Quality Improvements Have Slowed ... Because Our Air Is Clean

May 01 2018 - 14:05

A new paper in PNAS expresses concern that decades of progress in cleaning up U.S. air quality mean improvements for two pollutants have slowed in recent years.

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Laetrile, Amygdalin, Vitamin B17 - Different Names. Same Poison.

May 01 2018 - 13:05

Laetrile, which is found apricot seeds, has been used by quacks to "treat" cancer for 70 years. It works, assuming that your goal is to poison yourself, but cancer claims, which were ridiculous in the 1950s continue today. Psst. Keep this secret. It's cyanide, no more, no less. Don't let the screwballs tell you otherwise. 

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Are We Looking for High Blood Pressure In All The Wrong Places?

May 01 2018 - 12:05

The diagnostic criteria for high blood pressure are evolving. Should patients who are fine in the office, but hypertensive all the rest of the day be considered as having high blood pressure? Should they be treated? 

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Are We Actually More Paternalistic Or Patient-Centered These Days?

May 01 2018 - 12:05

Consider how forced, mandatory electronic medical records were implemented or the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recent strategy to make it okay for doctors, as a last resort, to refuse allowing families who decline vaccination to be a part of their practice.

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In China, Jail Awaits Critics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Apr 30 2018 - 22:04

A hot rock massage and herbal tea might make you feel nice, but they don't actually cure anything. Pointing that out in China, however, might land a person in jail.

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He's Very Qualified, So Why Cut the CDC Director's Salary?

Apr 30 2018 - 16:04

Criticism directed at the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in regards to his salary, seems misguided at the very least. Troubling, bordering on hypocritical, is probably closer to the truth.

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Dissension Emerges Over The Results Of A 30-Million-Dollar Federal Study of BPA

Apr 30 2018 - 15:04

Last week, a day-long meeting was held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to discuss the results of a 30-million-dollar federal study designed to assess the safety of bisphenol A, or BPA.

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Introducing ACSH in 40 Seconds

Apr 30 2018 - 10:04

Want to know what the American Council on Science and Health does and why we do it? If you have a minute, that's all you'll need to learn about our mission as pro-science consumer advocates who separate health scares from health threats.

We've been making it safe to go into the refrigerator again, and outside, since 1978. And thanks to your support, we'll be able to do it for the next 40 years also.

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Protecting Patients Treating Opioid Addiction With Buprenorphine

Apr 30 2018 - 10:04

Regulations regarding the use of buprenorphine to help with opioid addiction do not hinder care - they are designed to protect patients and train physicians who did not have formal education in addiction management. 

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Stomach Flu Closes College Campus

Apr 30 2018 - 07:04

For any student, the news that classes are canceled is like hitting the jackpot. An unexpected day off with no worries, no exams, and nothing to do.

Unless, of course, the reason for the cancellation is that a significant portion of the campus has fallen ill with norovirus - sometimes referred to as the "stomach flu." That is a different type of day off altogether and one that happened at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) last week. 

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