Postmodernism Weaponized: Russia's Assault on American Science

ACSH - Aug 27 2018 - 22:08

Causing trouble keeps Russia relevant. It's as if nihilism and cynicism are the two guiding principles of Russia's foreign policy. And as part of its global mischief-making, Russia is assaulting American science and technology.

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Doctor Shopping Makes A Comeback In Opioid Crisis

ACSH - Aug 27 2018 - 15:08

In a trend described as shocking, people desperate to obtain narcotics are intentionally injuring their pets to divert and abuse the veterinarian’s painkiller prescriptions. This is no surprise, this is addiction.

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On N-Methylpyrrolidone?

ACSH - Aug 27 2018 - 09:08

EPA is evaluating 10 chemicals under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act so we have created explanations for each, with recommendations when the science is clear. This is on N-Methylpyrrolidone.

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Happy Meals Get A Nudge Or Is It A Shove From California's Legislature

ACSH - Aug 27 2018 - 08:08

California requires "Happy Meals" to offer water or milk as the default beverage. Now when your child asks for juice or soda, you can tell them "the Government won't allow it." It must be election time when our politician's concern themselves with "the children."

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Aspirin Flops Big Time In Heart Study. Is It R.I.P For ASA?

ACSH - Aug 26 2018 - 19:08

Baby aspirin just flunked the test of preventing cardiovascular problems in a big way. The results of the 'Aspirin to Reduce Risk of Initial Vascular Events" (ARRIVE) were just announced at the European Society of Cardiology 2018 meeting in Munich, it did nothing. Does this mean that recommendations for its use will change? Probably yes.  

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Zap! Laser Repair Of Your Torn Retina: An Interview With Royce Chen, M.D.

ACSH - Aug 26 2018 - 13:08

Tears of the retina are fairly common and can lead to blindness. Fortunately, there is a quick and nearly painless method of repairing retinal tears with a few zaps of a laser. Dr. Royce Chen, an ophthalmological surgeon at the Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology, explains how a beam of light can repair damage deep within the eye. 

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John Ioannidis Aims His Bazooka at Nutrition Science

ACSH - Aug 24 2018 - 23:08

Dr. Ioannidis is not just a bull in a china shop; he's a bazooka in a china shop. And now the bazooka is aimed at shoddy nutrition research, which he suggests is in need of "radical reform."

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Irony Alert: FDA Announces Recall of Homeopathic Products For Harmful Microbes, Not Unproven Health Claims

ACSH - Aug 24 2018 - 15:08

A dearth of truth in medical advertising is probably our greatest public health threat. With consumers bombarded by spurious claims, our agencies need to be proactive, not reactive in protecting the public.  

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Former CDC Head Tom Frieden Is Back In The News, And It Isn't For His Terrible Science

ACSH - Aug 24 2018 - 13:08

Tom Frieden has just been arrested for sexually harassing a Brooklyn woman in 2017. Whatever results from Frieden's alleged crime will be determined by law enforcement. But we at ACSH have been writing about his crimes against science for years. Here are some examples.

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"Obstetrical Violence" A New Legal Phrase That Hurts More Than Helps

ACSH - Aug 24 2018 - 08:08

Obstetrical Violence - coerced treatment of a mother during childbirth, without an informed, voluntary consent. But the coercion is by the State, not a physician; and the words will inflict unnecessary violence on the doctor-patient relationship.

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Twitter is Weaponized Once Again, This Time It's About Vaccination

ACSH - Aug 23 2018 - 17:08

Russian meddling is not confined to politics; it now extends into public health. It is not about favoring one side or another, it's about sowing mistrust and divisiveness.

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In Alaska, Getting Mumps Is Preferable to Getting Vaccinated

ACSH - Aug 23 2018 - 15:08

A mumps outbreak has infected nearly 400 people in Alaska -- because apparently being stubborn and getting mumps is preferable to getting vaccinated.

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Claims That Criticism of IARC Are Industry-Driven Do IARC More Harm Than Good

ACSH - Aug 23 2018 - 11:08

In seeking to defend IARC by invoking conspiracy theories, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, shows how little confidence there is in IARC science.

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Facilitating the Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops: The Role of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

ACSH - Aug 23 2018 - 11:08

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), part of UN Environment, asked for articles on key issues of the Protocol, an international agreement which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology.

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Sunscreen Pills Work - But Only If You Take Them And Stay Inside

ACSH - Aug 23 2018 - 07:08

FDA chairman Dr. Scott Gottlieb has warned us once again that sunscreen pills are nothing but a worthless supplement. But, is it possible that he is wrong on this one? Let's see what Mr. Melonhead has to say.

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A Brief History of the Opioid Epidemic

ACSH - Aug 22 2018 - 22:08

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. That's a staggering number -- almost double the number of car crash fatalities and nearly quadruple the number of homicides. Most drug overdoses involved some type of opioid.

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It Is A Sad Day When Pediatricians Need To Prescribe ‘Play Time’

ACSH - Aug 22 2018 - 16:08

When the American Academy of Pediatrics has to issue a report for pediatricians to write a "prescription for play" at every well-visit, our culture is in crisis.

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Anosognosia: Can You Treat Someone Who Doesn’t Accept They Are Ill?

ACSH - Aug 22 2018 - 12:08

Laws are being passed in the USA that make it possible to compel people to receive treatment for health problems they don’t believe they have.

On 3 July 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. Desperate to escape her hometown of Modesto in Stanislaus County, 300 miles north in California’s Central Valley, the 41-year-old thought the 4th of July fireworks in LA would be the perfect antidote.

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Was Napoleon Defeated By The Weather In 1815?

ACSH - Aug 22 2018 - 11:08

In 1812, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France was considered unstoppable. The weather did not get the memo and he slunk out of a Russian winter, defeated.

Three years later, he again attempted to conquer Europe and lasted for 111 days. He was hindered by poor military judgment, an inability to maneuver, and superior odds against him. Unless it was the weather again, which is the premise of a new article in Geology.

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As We Age, There’s No Place Like Home

ACSH - Aug 22 2018 - 06:08

Aging at home rather than in a nursing home can be more satisfying for individuals and their family and may reduce the cost of care. But what to do when Mom and Dad are not at the top of their game? Passive monitoring will play an increasingly larger role. 

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