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Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevalence Much Higher in Men

Oct 20 2017 - 12:10

HPV-associated head and neck cancers are disproportionately higher in men.  A new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine investigated the prevalence of HPV infections in the U.S. population and how prevalent oral HPV infections were in those with concomitant genital HPV infections.

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More Bad News On Herbal Supplement

Oct 20 2017 - 10:10

If you're tempted to use an "all natural" supplement containing aristocholic acid to cure your insomnia or other ailments, best think again. Not only can that particular component destroy one's kidneys, new data implicates it in causing liver cancer. No, Virginia, natural is not always safe!

 

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And The Best States To Practice Medicine Are...

Oct 20 2017 - 09:10

Where is the best state to practice medicine? Though the latest study on the topic does little to answer the question given the metrics chosen, the result provides a starting point to guide your thought process when making such decisions.

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Surviving Post-Op Pain Without Opioids - Thanks to Chemistry

Oct 20 2017 - 07:10

It is hardly news that opioid drugs have a downside, even though many people have no choice but to use them. But suppose you could get out of surgery without needing any pain meds at all? Sometimes you can, thanks to the sciences of chemistry and drug formulation. A long-lasting drug that blocks pain may be the answer. 

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Surgical Pain Should and Could Be Managed Better

Oct 20 2017 - 07:10

I want to spend a moment talking about the opioid crisis from a physician prescriber perspective and what surgeons can do now to help our patients.

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Reversal of Decision in Baby Powder Case

Oct 19 2017 - 18:10

A Missouri court of appeals reversed the decision of a jury to award $72 million to a plaintiff who had alleged her use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer.  But the decision was not because of the lack of scientific evidence to validate this claim.

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Teens Are Sleep-Deprived, and Screens Are Why, Study Suggests

Oct 19 2017 - 16:10

So often when we take a closer look at a particular concern, inevitably we conclude that the biggest influencer at play is the smartphone. Whether it's to assign blame, dispense praise or explain any range of human behaviors, so frequently this ubiquitous device finds its way into the center of the discussion.

And given the wide range of services the device can perform – web access, photography, voice communications, and more – that's understandable.

Distracted driving? Yes. We examine the role that texting plays when we're behind the wheel.

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If the Endangered Species Act Doesn't Adapt, It Will Go Extinct

Oct 19 2017 - 12:10

A mixed success record, abuse, regulatory mismanagement, and unintended consequences. Combined, these make the case that the Endangered Species Act is not working as intended. It must adapt or face extinction.

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Older Folks At Greater Risk In Natural Disasters

Oct 19 2017 - 11:10

The recent wildfires in northern California caused dozens of deaths — and most were people over 65. Diminution of mobility and hearing acuity, for example, make older folks more vulnerable in natural disasters such as fast-moving fires, floods and earthquakes.

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How Chinese Organic Chemists Get Away With Murder - Literally

Oct 19 2017 - 07:10

Two organic chemists in China are in all sorts of trouble after being charged with running factories that make fentanyl, the drug this is killing Americans in droves, and its stronger chemical cousins. The chemists based their choice of drugs to make upon the legality of the drug in the US. Most of them are now legal. Here's why.

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ACSH Explains 'Confounding': Why Correlation Does Not Mean Causation

Oct 18 2017 - 19:10

Isn't it odd that Florida has so many people living with Alzheimer's Disease? If Erin Brockovich was investigating the case, she probably would conclude that it's something in the water.

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UC Irvine Cherry Picks which Pseudoscience to Embrace

Oct 18 2017 - 13:10

Last month, we were among many scientifically minded groups that were critical of UC Irvine's decision to accept a $200 Million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli, a couple who have deep pockets and even deeper beliefs in the power of alternative medicine. 

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A Mea Culpa Regarding Nutritional Research

Oct 18 2017 - 12:10

The misuse of meta-analysis begins with the differing methodology, populations, and comparisons that are frequently present in nutritional research. The authors explain their concerns and recommendations. 

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Focus on Staying Active, Not 'Feeling Old'

Oct 18 2017 - 12:10

If one thing's for certain, it's that there's never enough money to take care of all the needs of older adults. That holds true on the local, state and federal level, and costs, as they always have, only go up.

While there's no way to completely avoid the costs associated with the social and medical needs of adults as they age, there is an effective way to substantially reduce them by shortening the period in one's life when they're needed.

And that way is staying physically active – in whatever way – for as long as possible.

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'Grazing' Eating Pattern Associated with Greater Obesity Risk in Australian Women

Oct 18 2017 - 10:10

Does it make a difference to your body weight or weight loss attempts whether you eat 3 meals per day or just graze on mini-meals throughout the day? Some new data from Australia suggests that for women, at least, grazers run a bigger risk of being overweight or obese.

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'Chem Guevara?' -An 'Anarchist' Wants To Help You Make Your Own Rx Drugs. Pfft.

Oct 18 2017 - 07:10

Thanks to the 1970s there was the Ford Pinto and Nehru jackets. The 1980s brought us pet rocks and the mullet. We can thank the 1990s for body piercing and tattoos. Since then we've been treated to house flipping, speed dating, Honey Boo Boo, and gluten-free everything. Pretty dumb, no? Not when compared to making your own prescription drugs at home. That's *really* dumb. And real. Sort of. 

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'Chem Guevarra?' -An 'Anarchist' Wants To Help You Make Your Own Rx Drugs. Pfft.

Oct 18 2017 - 07:10

Thanks to the 1970s there was the Ford Pinto and Nehru jackets. The 1980s brought us pet rocks and the mullet. We can thank the 1990s for body piercing and tattoos. Since then we've been treated to house flipping, speed dating, Honey Boo Boo, and gluten-free everything. Pretty dumb, no? Not when compared to making your own prescription drugs at home. That's *really* dumb. And real. Sort of. 

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Should We Ban Fake Health News?

Oct 17 2017 - 18:10

President Trump caused a controversy when he said that it is "frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write." He is absolutely right, but what can be done about it? His emotive and knee-jerk solution of revoking media licenses is deeply problematic.

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For Defibrillator Use, Be Aware of Good Samaritan Laws

Oct 17 2017 - 17:10

Coming to the aid of strangers in need of urgent medical attention following sudden cardiac arrest is the primary motivation for bystanders using AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. 

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Kidney Donation To Son Delayed Due To Father’s Arrest

Oct 17 2017 - 13:10

The story of a two-year-old toddler in need of a kidney transplant has made the news. Apparently, A.J. Burgess’ father is a match and was set to donate his organ and begin the steps necessary to do so when a parole violation threw a wrinkle into the plan.

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