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Flava Flav Is Not A Food Preservative, But Flavonoids Are

ACSH - Sep 04 2018 - 08:09

Some people have unfounded fears of food preservatives; after all, they do have chemical names that sound bad. Who would want sodium benzoate when we could have flavonoids do the same job. Just the name is relaxing.

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A Stinking, Pathetic Double Standard at the Heart of Scientific Journals

ACSH - Sep 04 2018 - 08:09

Scientific journals discriminate against industry scientists, unless they happen to work for the environmental or organic industries. Those scientists don't have to follow the same rules governing the disclosure of conflicts of interest that everybody else does.

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The WSJ Helps Pathologize Infancy

ACSH - Sep 04 2018 - 07:09

It is normal for a baby to be difficult to get to sleep which is clearly exhausting for new parents. But, expensive "sleep consultants" aren't the answer.

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Sorry, Your Diet Coke Is Not Calorie-Free

ACSH - Sep 03 2018 - 20:09

Contrary to popular belief, Diet Coke does not contain zero calories. It doesn't have much - the same as about 0.9% of an M and M, but the chemical structure of aspartame, the artificial sweetener in the drink, show us why there are any calories at all.

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Phytoplankton

ACSH - Sep 03 2018 - 08:09

It turns out that tiny phytoplankton, that can cause massive "blooms," may actually affect our weather. As we will see, there is more to climate than just warming.

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We're On History Channel, NYU Journalism Goes Anti-Vaccine, and More Media Outreach Last Week

ACSH - Sep 03 2018 - 07:09

Anti-science activists continue to scramble to shore up their clients, who have become increasingly unnerved that we're pushing them back to the fringes where they belong. And then legitimate media linked to us as well.

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Get Checked: Even Fit, Middle-Aged Athletes Can Have Heart Disease

ACSH - Aug 31 2018 - 14:08

summary needed

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Linking Genetics To Disease - The View From Our Chemical Messengers

ACSH - Aug 31 2018 - 09:08

There are very few genetic diseases, but there is increasing evidence that our genes can predispose us to specific problems. Our chemical signals provide the linkage. 

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Study on Oral Cleaning Before Cancer Surgery Lacks Bite

ACSH - Aug 31 2018 - 07:08

summary here

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FDA Fires Warning Shot at California over Coffee-Cancer Controversy

ACSH - Aug 30 2018 - 18:08

Like a broken clock that accidentally gets the time right, the State of California has finally stumbled upon the correct approach to coffee. Sort of. After widespread mockery and condemnation, the Golden State has had an epiphany: Maybe coffee doesn't cause cancer. The FDA agrees.

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To Get Your Medical Bills Covered, Be The Squeaky Wheel

ACSH - Aug 30 2018 - 10:08

A man is hospitalized for a heart attack. Insurance pays $55,000 and he is left with a nearly $110,000 bill. Could you, too, have gotten it dropped below $800?

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Privacy Is An Increasing Illusion

ACSH - Aug 30 2018 - 08:08

Simply removing "identifiers" from our data does not ensure privacy. We willingly give information through our phones and transactions that can be used to re-identify our information.

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Testosterone May Make Men More Honest

ACSH - Aug 29 2018 - 23:08

Men given a testosterone gel were more honest than men given a placebo gel. Though the results of this experiment were not statistically significant, they were when combined with a similar study.

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How Much Privacy Will You Give Up to Tighten Your Butt?

ACSH - Aug 29 2018 - 13:08

For those looking for another way to sculpt their bodies, there's a new, high-tech device that has great promise. But to use it, you'll need to get naked in front of a full-length mirror-scanner-computer that sends all your measurement data to the Cloud. Is this amazing – or is the idea so intrusive that, in the name of getting in better shape, this has really gone too far?

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WebDumB's Insane Germaphobic Advice

ACSH - Aug 29 2018 - 11:08

Just when you think they've reached their peak WebDumB comes through once again. They have taken a look at places where germs lurk. But wisdom does not.

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The "Bionic Pancreas" Begins Clinical Trials

ACSH - Aug 29 2018 - 09:08

Maintaining blood sugar within a normal range is part of the work of the pancreas, and humans with diabetes just do not do it as well. An advanced technology mimics the function of the pancreas far better and is entering clinical trials. We are witnessing a tremendous advance in treatment.

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The French Are Scared of Vaccines, as Measles Ravages Europe

ACSH - Aug 28 2018 - 21:08

Municipalities may feel justified in trying to up the ante in the vaccine wars. Drunk drivers who kill somebody can be charged with manslaughter. Perhaps they have a point in saying this law should be extended to those who, through negligence, sicken or kill another person with a vaccine-preventable illness. That is certainly a far more palatable option than filling up tiny coffins.

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Which OTC Painkillers Can You Take Together?

ACSH - Aug 28 2018 - 14:08

The pain relief counter in your pharmacy can be a confusing place - enough so to give you a headache. But it's all very simple. There are four OTC painkillers, some of which can be taken together and some of which can't. Here's the scoop. 

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We Are Now Harming Ourselves To Death (More Than Diabetes Is)

ACSH - Aug 28 2018 - 12:08

Self-injury mortality, albeit by suicide or lethal intoxication, spans a continuum that represents two sides of the same coin.

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Marijuana A Gateway To Health or Perdition?

ACSH - Aug 28 2018 - 08:08

Marijuana, the 30's gateway to hell has become both an accepted sin and a new sin tax. Irrespective of how you may view the change, we know little about marijuana's long-term health effects or what the states are doing with all this new revenue. Our dysfunctional Congress is proposing a reasonable means of informing our discussion. 

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