Policymakers argue about whether sin taxes affect the poor more than the wealthy, are they regressive? But no one argues the health benefits they are assumed. Wouldn't a bit of evidence about the benefit of sin taxes to someone other than the government been helpful?
1. In Fox News, Henry Miller, MD, and Alex Berezow, PhD, note the uncomfortable truth a whole lot of people attending science march did not want to admit before the second science march - it was first about being against Trump, second about being against Pruitt, third about being against Republicans, and finally about being for the science issues Democrats accept more readily than Republicans.
Have you noticed that drug commercials always conclude with some ominous warning like, "This drug may cause headache, anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, and erectile dysfunction"?
Having just buried his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George H.W. Bush is admitted to the hospital.
Blast injuries in combat can cause more damage than what can readily be seen.
Sometimes, a study serves to uncover something completely unknown before. However, many times, it confirms something that we already suspected to be true. In the case of a recent report, the news out of the United Kingdom that homeopathy is more frequently recommended by bad physicians is something that we could have easily predicted.
Another one bites the dust.
At some point perhaps dietary supplement fans are going to wonder why they spent so much money on a bunch of stuff which ended up being useless once properly evaluated in human trials. Probably just about the time that Niagara Falls changes direction. Which would make it a whole lot easier for the fish to swim upstream.
In the drive to end tobacco smoking, new nicotine delivery systems from the FDA's "low to no" nicotine cigarettes to JUUL nicotine vaporizers are getting a lot of media attention. As a physician, I use the scientific evidence and my experience in counseling my patients. Here is what you need to consider.
Does deleting a gene make an organism genetically modified? Not if the organism in question is a plant, only if it is an animal. The contradictions of that definition are now a subject of Congressional concern.
If you ask a chemist "What element with a one-letter symbol should really have a five-letter symbol instead?" many would say sulfur.
Its atomic symbol is S, but one could argue that "tink" should be tacked on to the "S" because many sulfur-containing chemicals are all kinds of nasty. Take a sniff at these...
It's time for marijuana advocates to admit what is plainly obvious: Pot is a recreational drug. But let's stop pretending that cannabis is a miraculous painkiller or wonder drug. Most people who use it simply like getting high. And let's stop denying that legalizing marijuana will come with some serious public health consequences.
Instead of livers being transported to transplant recipients packed in ice, researchers sent them hooked to a machine at normal 98.6o F body temperature, in a warm bath of nutrient-infused liquid. And in this small European study, that difference produced encouraging results.
PCBs have been detected in the air from kitchen cabinets. Does it matter? Or is what inside the cabinets more dangerous. Answer: Neither.
The Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was readmitted for diverticulitis two days after he was discharged. It was most likely due to his disease getting worse, but it does highlight the concern about readmission which is both common and costly.
When we discuss our "gun violence" and "suicide" epidemics in this country, these statistics should help clarify where public health and safety resources are best spent. Suicide disproportionately affects whites, while homicide disproportionately affects blacks.
Investigation underway into the death of former National Security Advisor's father.
You have most likely had the test. When the super dry tongue depressor presses your tongue down so that the Q tip can reach the back of your throat - so far in the back so that you gag a little.
The Q tip will either reveal the presence of Streptococus pyogenes, the main cause of strep throat, or not. Sometimes, in about 5% of cases, the cause is another type of strep (Streptococcus C or G.)
Randa Jarrar, an English professor at Fresno State, is rightfully in hot water. In a Twitter tirade, she called the recently deceased Barbara Bush an "amazing racist" and said she was "happy the witch is dead." For good measure, she wished death upon the rest of the Bush Family.
Nuts have increasingly been viewed over the years as very beneficial, delivering a range of health benefits by the handful.
However, according to the findings of a new study, that reputation may be fairly misleading because a nut-eater has to be inclined towards a healthy lifestyle in order to enjoy their benefits.
Is using acupuncture to treat pain in soldiers, even in combat, a good idea? No, it's not, for reasons that I will explain below. But first, in case you're in the mood for some propaganda that is worthy of Pravda then take a look at an article in Health.mil, which recommends that acupuncture should be used to "help" injured soldiers, even during combat.