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Appeals Court Says EPA Needs To Ban Chlorpyrifos, Even Though Evidence For Harm Has Never Been Seen

ACSH - Aug 09 2018 - 16:08

Trial lawyers are cheering that the the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California ordered EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos but the science is even less settled than the court case is. If you are not familiar with American law, the 9th is the most overturned appeals court by the Supreme Court of the United States, because their rulings are often overtly political, and therefore not grounded in evidence. 

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2.6 Million Studies On Exercise And Mental Health Weren't Enough, So Government Did One More.

ACSH - Aug 09 2018 - 15:08

When does repeating research studies surpass confirming known findings, for the purposes of validating legitimacy, to entering the world of the redundant and wasteful? When does more become less?

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Carbon Tetrachloride?

ACSH - Aug 09 2018 - 15:08

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and was signed into law June 22, 2016. It created a mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines, to do so in a transparent fashion, and to do so using risk-based chemical assessments rather than rely on simple epidemiological correlations. 

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Ketogenic Diet Linked To Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

ACSH - Aug 09 2018 - 11:08

Our bodies break down carbohydrates and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which is transported from the bloodstream into our cells by the hormone insulin where it can be used for energy. Insulin also signals the liver to stop producing sugar.

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Then They Came For My Xanax - Opioid Madness Metastasizes

ACSH - Aug 09 2018 - 10:08

Some self-righteous busybodies, apparently not content with the carnage caused by their magnificently inept (mis)handling of the fake opioid crisis have taken up a new cause - one that will make many of you anxious. They want restrictions slapped on anti-anxiety drugs, like Xanax and Valium and don't seem to care that it's a terrible idea. 

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Could 'Smoking Gun' DNA Sequence Lead Detectives to Biological Terrorist?

ACSH - Aug 08 2018 - 18:08

Just like fingerprints, we all have a unique set of behavioral quirks.

For example, I tend to drink triple shot, iced vanilla lattes. Before beginning my work, I clean off the table using water and a napkin. (Seriously, why are coffee shop tables always so disgusting?) And, oftentimes, I tip my glasses in a peculiar way as I write my articles.

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As Russians Target Our Electrical Grid, Here's What's Needed To Protect It

ACSH - Aug 08 2018 - 07:08

The U.S. electricity grid is hard to defend because of its enormous size and heavy dependency on digital communication and computerized control software. The number of potential targets is growing as “internet of things” devices, such as smart meters, solar arrays and household batteries, connect to smart grid systems.

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Prevent Cancer?

ACSH - Aug 07 2018 - 22:08

A new study claims that artificial sweeteners decrease the risk of cancer recurrence or mortality by more than 20%. This result is intriguing but ultimately unconvincing.

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Neighbors Calling Cops On Kid Selling Cookies Speaks To Bigger Societal Ail

ACSH - Aug 07 2018 - 14:08

Due to the daily coarsening of civil discourse on social media, routine conflict resolution has gone out the window. If that is all kids see, then that is all they learn for their future.

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Too Much Information - TMI Comes To Health Care

ACSH - Aug 07 2018 - 10:08

A new clinical guideline indicates that EKG's are not a good screening tool for atrial fibrillation. But smartwatches are already screening their owners. Is this a new case of too much information?

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How To Prevent Increased Lung Cancer Risk For Young Breast Cancer Survivors

ACSH - Aug 07 2018 - 07:08

Women who have been lucky enough to survive breast cancer may face increased risk of lung cancers, according to a new study in Radiotherapy and Oncology. The study shows how this can be prevented — limiting the radiation dose to a lung, using a treatment which targets only a small part of the breast.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, with more than 266,000 new cases diagnosed in 2018 in the United States.

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Women Fear Afterlife More than Men

ACSH - Aug 06 2018 - 22:08

We have uncovered another gender disparity, not work or pay, but in beliefs about the afterlife and what awaits.

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Women Fear Afterlife More than Men

ACSH - Aug 06 2018 - 22:08

MedCure is a company whose mission is to get as many people to donate their bodies to science as possible. There's certainly no shortage of potential customers. The trouble is getting people to make the leap and sign up.

Presumably as part of the company's marketing efforts, it decided to conduct a survey to better understand how people feel about death, the afterlife, and donating one's body to science. Some of their results are utterly fascinating.

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Allergic To Vitamin B12? It's The Cobalt

ACSH - Aug 06 2018 - 11:08

A vitamin allergy? Sounds strange, but some people are really allergic to Vitamin B12, which is necessary for all cells in the human body. What's going on? There is a hint in an alternate name for B12 - cyanocobalamin. The allergy to B12 is really an allergy to cobalt. 

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The Boondoggle Money Grab That Is ICD-11 Will Not Help Patients (Or Healthcare)

ACSH - Aug 06 2018 - 11:08

It's time doctors and patients take charge of what goes on in the exam room or at the hospital bedside. Inane, tedious tasks that co-opt such visits are out of touch with real world medical practice.

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You'll Need To Re-Use That Cotton Shopping Bag 7,100 Times For It To Make Environmental Sense

ACSH - Aug 06 2018 - 10:08

Companies left and right are banning plastic straws because ocean critters are important - with no evidence getting rid of plastic straws is really helping marine critters at all. While I shake my head at that, I am not surprised. The free market has spoken, companies respond to what consumers think they want.

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Stem Cell Transplants For Treating Crohn’s Disease Goes Into Clinical Trial

ACSH - Aug 06 2018 - 10:08

A new trial to assess the benefits and safety of stem cell transplantation for treatment-resistant Crohn’s disease has started. The researchers will use stem cells to “reboot” the immune system so that it is more responsive to existing drugs used to treat the disease.

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that results in inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. It affects as many as two people per 1,000 and is becoming more common.

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Women's Soccer 'Heading' Study Comes Up Short of the Goal

ACSH - Aug 04 2018 - 07:08

Results of a study about soccer and the effects that "heading" the ball has on the brain delivered one key message: women's brain matter appears to be more sensitive than men's. While this may be true, it's important that we be somewhat cautious in making too much of this, given the many limitations of the study. 

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Phobias Predict Mental Health Problems

ACSH - Aug 04 2018 - 03:08

Phobias are associated with various mental health issues. The strongest associations were with anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and social phobia. This does not mean that phobias cause these other problems (or vice versa), but simply that if a person has a phobia, he or she is likelier to experience other mental health issues, as well.

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Getting Patients To Their Medical Appointments - Unnecessary Cost or Great Savings?

ACSH - Aug 03 2018 - 06:08

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation helps Medicaid patients keep their medical appointments. As some states expand Medicaid, they want to drop the service. A whitepaper by the industrial leaders tries to make a case for the benefit of the service using MathMagic. It doesn't, but should. 

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