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Sin Taxes Go Global

Apr 24 2018 - 12:04

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?

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Fox, Reason, Capitol Hill, And More Outreach Last Week

Apr 24 2018 - 10:04

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.

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The Man Who Overdosed on Placebo

Apr 23 2018 - 22:04

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"?

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President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

Apr 23 2018 - 19:04

Having just buried his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George H.W. Bush is admitted to the hospital.

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Why The World’s First Total Penis And Scrotum Transplant Is A Very Big Deal

Apr 23 2018 - 13:04

Blast injuries in combat can cause more damage than what can readily be seen.

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Not Surprising: Bad Doctors Use Homeopathy, Study Shows

Apr 23 2018 - 11:04

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. 

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Time To Throw The Fish Oil Back

Apr 23 2018 - 10:04

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.

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E-Cigarettes, JUUL And The FDA -Seeing Through Smoke and Mirrors

Apr 23 2018 - 06:04

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. 

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FDA And USDA Clash Over Definition Of Genetically Modified Food

Apr 23 2018 - 06:04

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.

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What Do Perm Chemicals and Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Have In Common?

Apr 21 2018 - 10:04

 

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...

 

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Celebrate 420 Day by Pondering the Harmful Effects of Cannabis

Apr 20 2018 - 14:04

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.

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Keeping Livers Warm, Not Ice-Packed, May Improve Transplant Success

Apr 20 2018 - 14:04

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.

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Killer Kemicals In Kitchen Kabinets

Apr 20 2018 - 10:04

PCBs have been detected in the air from kitchen cabinets. Does it matter? Or is what inside the cabinets more dangerous. Answer: Neither.

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Alex Azar's Hospital Readmission Is Costly Not Just Embarrassing

Apr 20 2018 - 09:04

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. 

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Suicides Outnumber Murders 6 to 1 for Whites; Murders Outnumber Suicides 3.5 to 1 for Blacks

Apr 19 2018 - 19:04

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.

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H.R. McMaster’s Father’s Death From Head Trauma ‘Accidental’ And ‘Suspicious’

Apr 19 2018 - 17:04

Investigation underway into the death of former National Security Advisor's father.

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Taking the 'Strep' Out of Strep Throat

Apr 19 2018 - 07:04

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.) 

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Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar: The Psychology of Pure Hate

Apr 18 2018 - 22:04

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.

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Nuts May Not be as Amazing as Previously Thought

Apr 18 2018 - 13:04

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.  

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No - Wounded Soldiers Should NOT Be Given Acupuncture

Apr 18 2018 - 10:04

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. 

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