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Heads In The Sand — The Real Cause Of Today's Opioid Deaths

Aug 16 2017 - 09:08

More than one hundred people are dying of opioid overdoses every day in the US, which has formed the basis for new policies and laws that are supposed to address the problem. Yet things continue to get worse. Not only are new policies failing to help, but rather, they are making an already-bad situation worse. Part one: understanding the real killer. 

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Heads In The Sand Part I - The Real Cause Of Today's Opioid Deaths

Aug 16 2017 - 09:08

More than one hundred people are dying of opioid overdoses every day in the US, which has formed the basis for new policies and laws that are supposed to address the problem. Yet things continue to get worse. Not only are new policies failing to help, but rather, they are making an already-bad situation worse. Part one: understanding the real killer. 

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Skin Cancer Free With Each Pair of Lululemon Leggings

Aug 15 2017 - 13:08

Lululemon makes it easy to find great yoga pants and tote bags. Sound health advice - not so much. Perhaps Lululemon should stick to what they are good at and leave the science and medicine to the experts. 

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Baby Wipes Contain Chemicals For Good Reason

Aug 15 2017 - 11:08

Ever wonder why baby wipes contain chemicals and preservatives? There is a very good reason.

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Is Peri-Menstrual Chocolate Craving A Cultural Artifact Or A Biological Urge?

Aug 15 2017 - 10:08

Does menstruation really increase the likelihood that a woman will crave chocolate, as is commonly believed? Or is that craving just an excuse to eat a forbidden food? Recent research finds that women from other countries don't seem to have the same peri-menstrual urge — so it's more of an American phenomenon than a biologically-based imperative.

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Misinformation lingers 'like a haunting refrain'

Aug 15 2017 - 06:08

Misinformed people will adjust their views when given correct information. What could be simpler? This study suggests that it is a bit more complicated, information is not always a 'corrective.' 

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A Video Game With a Lot of Nerve

Aug 14 2017 - 23:08

A new online game is designed to trace neurons in the brain. It is designed to clarify the types of neurons found in the brain and the connections between them. It is, at the same time, blurring the lines between gaming and scientific discovery. 

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No, Brian Williams, Your Job Isn't to Scare People

Aug 14 2017 - 19:08

To make our society better informed, we have to fight back against the Fear Industry. We can do so by publicly identifying those people who spread misinformation. And then we encourage people to never listen to them again.

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WHO, UNICEF Breastfeeding Policy Political Move, Not Necessarily Health One

Aug 14 2017 - 15:08

When not one country in the world meets the “breastfeeding standards” set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it might be time to question their value. Are they attainable — more importantly, should they be?

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Neil Tyson And Geoffrey Kabat Lumped Into A Conspiracy Tale, And More Outreach Over The Past Week

Aug 14 2017 - 14:08

1. On Science Codex, a take on how anti-science groups who are all working together, and even funded by the same groups, such as Organic Consumers Association and its vassal sites like Sourcewatch and US Right To Know, mobilize its bloggers for their clients. In this case they allege that Dr. Geoffrey Kabat, an advisor here who is an epidemiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Dr.

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Orthorexia: How "Clean" Should Our Food Be?

Aug 14 2017 - 11:08

Orthorexia, or "clean eating" is as much a belief system as it is a dietary prescription. Believers eschew "normal" eating, thinking that only their particular restrictive versions of proper diets will provide optimal health. But the restrictions that such diets adhere to could be unhealthful, to say the least.

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A Molecule in Bees' Royal Jelly Promotes Wound Healing

Aug 12 2017 - 21:08

Royal jelly contains a molecule that promotes wound healing. But don't rush to the local natural remedy store quite yet.

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Rough Week For Government-Run Healthcare

Aug 11 2017 - 16:08

Yesterday, I published an article More Bad News for Single Payer Health System detailing the reasons for a disastrous report from the National Health Service (NHS) about poor quality of care for the sickest patients. Then, news came out from NHS England that the number of people waiting for routine surgery hit more than 4 million.

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Study Finds Vitamin B3 Prevents Birth Defects and Miscarriages

Aug 11 2017 - 08:08

When those two little red lines pop up on a pregnancy test, it does not take long for most mothers to shift into full ‘operation healthy pregnancy’ mode. The standard list of things to do to shift the odds in your favor of having a healthy baby have not changed much over the decades and it's rare that a new recommendation gets added. However, a new study may do just that - adding take vitamin B3 (also called niacin) to the list. 

It is rare that an entire story gets neatly wrapped up in one paper, but that is the case with this new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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The Many Names And Faces Of Vitamin B3

Aug 11 2017 - 08:08

Vitamin B3 is in the news because of findings that it may prevent birth defects. But B3 (aka niacin) has a number of different names and also is similar in spelling and pronunciation to other molecules. We try to clarify things.

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African-American Homicide Rate Nearly Quadruple the National Average

Aug 10 2017 - 20:08

Compared to the U.S. national average, the homicide rate was 54% lower for whites, 14% lower for Hispanics, and 267% higher for blacks. Put another way, the homicide rate among African-Americans is nearly quadruple that of the national average.

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Refugee Doctors a Wasted Resource?

Aug 10 2017 - 16:08

There are fully trained doctors amidst the influx of refugees from war-ravaged countries.  Many of them are relegated to menial tasks.  Allowing them to practice medicine in this country is close to impossible but are we wasting what could be a valuable resource?

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Scientist Says "Eat More Salt" — Should We Believe Him?

Aug 10 2017 - 11:08

Although governmental and medical advisories warn the population to "eat less salt" on the theory that this will help deal with hypertension, there are some holdouts who avoid giving such wholesale advice. That includes ACSH, and a Doctor of Pharmacy who says it's sugar, not salt that is the root of all (vascular) evil. And, he says, we should eat more salt. Who to believe?

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More Bad News For Single Payer Health System

Aug 10 2017 - 08:08

A recent report generated out of London by the National Health Service (NHS) paints a grim picture about systemic failings in healthcare of the sickest patients. It is not rocket science as to the "why," in fact the reason is rather simple.

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Copper: A Seriously Cool Element — Especially If You Like Colors And Money

Aug 10 2017 - 08:08

Copper isn't just a pretty metal. It plays a part in minting coins (although in ways you wouldn't expect), can substitute for iron in the blood of some creatures, and is responsible for the changing color of the Statue of Liberty. And some artists pee on it. Seriously.

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