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For Male Fertility, Boxers Provide Edge Over Briefs. Possibly.

3 hours 16 min ago

Men, if you're trying to help your partner conceive a child and also interested in tilting the odds in your favor as best you can, making an apparel switch might prove helpful. Maybe. That's because there were a few limitations to the study. 

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Yes, You Can ‘Break’ Your Penis

Aug 15 2018 - 18:08

Learn how not to fracture your penis and what to do if it happens.

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Disorder In The Court - A Supernaturally Dumb Lawsuit Over The Word 'Natural'

Aug 15 2018 - 16:08

A lawsuit recently filed in Brooklyn against an OJ company that uses the term "natural" on its label is ridiculous but provides the perfect example of how meaningless the term is. Taken to its logical conclusion, nothing on earth is natural. Except *maybe* drinking milk directly from a cow. Udder stupidity.

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The Natural History of High Blood Pressure

Aug 15 2018 - 04:08

High blood pressure, hypertension, is a pervasive health problem in the U.S. and globally. It consumes significant amounts of health dollars and is a co-morbidity or risk factor for many of the chronic diseases that ‘plague’ Western society. Given all the costs and concerns you think we could easily describe the natural history of the onset of hypertension, Because we tend to think in moments rather than longitudinally high blood pressure is defined as crossing some, arbitrary and often controversial threshold (the current guidelines are 130mmHg for the systolic, or upper number).

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American Air Is Clean and Getting Cleaner

Aug 14 2018 - 17:08

The air is nasty in Seattle today. A white smog has settled all over the city, as far as the eye can see.

But this is rather unusual. Prevailing winds have swept in wildfire smoke. (This happened last year, too, and it was all Canada's fault.) Typically, Seattle's air is pretty clean, despite the city having some of the worst traffic in the nation.

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College Students' Sleep Article Proves Much More Popular Online

Aug 14 2018 - 15:08

A terrific story on college students and sleep deprivation was tucked inside the science section of the printed version of The New York Times. But online, it was the #1 trending story. Not just science story, but the newspaper's top story overall.

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ACSH Is Fake News! So Says An Anti-Vax, Conspiracy Loving Screwball

Aug 14 2018 - 10:08

ACSH has made it! Big time. We have been accused of supplying fake news! All because we (and other "fake newsers") have spoken out about the many faults of the dietary supplements industry. But the critic is named Bill Sardi, who thinking cancer can be cured and that vaccinations make kids sicker. Dude has a Home Depot full of loose screws. 

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Cyclic Aliphatic Bromides Cluster (HBCD)?

Aug 14 2018 - 07:08

The EPA must evaluate the risk of existing chemicals and has selected the first 10 for review. As part of our role, the American Council on Science and Health is producing risk-based evaluations of each. Up today - Cyclic aliphatic bromides used primarily as flame retardants. 

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The Toll of Diabetes

Aug 14 2018 - 05:08

Diabetes is not one monolithic disease; a new study shows that age of onset and duration can make a big difference in the presence and effect of cardiovascular disease, diabetes' frequent companion.

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Woman Donates Her Heart And Lives To Tell About It! Now, THAT Is Innovation.

Aug 13 2018 - 22:08

Though we are told with every new digital health product, medication or device, biotech firm or health system launch how groundbreaking, revolutionary, or disruptive it is, here is an ongoing medical reality that actually is groundbreaking.

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No, CTE Didn't Make a Man Steal an Airplane from Seattle's Airport

Aug 13 2018 - 21:08

A man stole an airplane from Seattle's airport and crash-landed it, killing himself. One local news outlet suggested that it wasn't really his fault because he had CTE from playing high school football. This is sheer nonsense.

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If John Oliver Wants To Be Funny About Science Non-Profits, I Can Help Write Better Material

Aug 13 2018 - 10:08

I like comedy news host John Oliver. He was among the top nine funniest guys in the first season of "Community" and he even won an Emmy when Jon Stewart made the jokes of Oliver's colleagues sound hilarious. So I was excited on Saturday when I got to send an email to our Board of Trustees and the staff at the American Council on Science and Health giddy that Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight", was going to do a hit piece on us.

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Is a McCricket the Breakfast of Our Future?

Aug 13 2018 - 08:08

There is concern that our sources of dietary protein are not sustainable and alternatives are sought. Among them, insects. A new report looks at their benefits and risks as a dietary staple. 

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The New York Times And Chemicals - Amateur Hour Once Again

Aug 12 2018 - 09:08

Perhaps Nick Kristof, the New York Times' non-expert on chemical toxicology, was on vacation. But the paper had a backup - Niraj Chokshi - to replace him. Chokshi is a psychology major who interviewed a member of the United States Public Interest Research Group, a bunch of lawyers, about scary chemicals in school supplies which aren't really scary at all. 

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Sugarcane Genome Finally Gets Sequenced - 80 Percent Of The Sugar Market Rejoices

Aug 12 2018 - 07:08

The last major cultivated plant that didn't have its genome sequenced has finally gotten its day in the colinearity sun. The sugarcane genome has entered the modern molecular biology era.

The reasons it took so long were challenges with conventional sequencing techniques because the sugarcane genome is so complex. It has large number of copies of each chromosome category (high polyploidy), varying numbers of copies depending on the chromosome category (aneuploidy), structural differences and interspecific chromosome recombinants, and bispecific origin of the chromosomes.

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Most Dangerous Drivers Ranked by State, Age, Race, and Sex

Aug 10 2018 - 21:08

America's worst drivers are likelier to be men or people who live in the South, are either young or old, or identify as Native American. America's best drivers are likelier to be women or people who live in the Northeast, are aged 35 to 75, or identify as Asian.

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Can (And Should We Try To) Quantify The Complexity That Is Gender Inequality In Medicine?

Aug 10 2018 - 16:08

Another study, this time with female patients experiencing heart attacks, suggests female physicians have better survival outcomes than their male peers. What does this mean for pay inequity? 

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The Grande Armee Of Big Organic May Be Marching Toward Its Waterloo

Aug 10 2018 - 11:08

If you were living in Austria, Russia, and Sweden in August of 1805, declaring war on France, which was led by legendary Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, must have felt like a suicide mission. It basically was. He stomped through Europe and it was only seven years later, longer than all of World War II, when he finally made a mistake and tried to tough out a Moscow winter in the open.

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Another Untrue Study of Gender Disparity In Caring for Patients

Aug 10 2018 - 05:08

Gender disparity can and does occur. A study of the outcome of a heart attack based on both the gender of the patient and physician tries to make a case for outcomes disparities attributable to gender. It casts no light and is deeply flawed.

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Increase in Childhood Cancer Is Not Due to Pesticide

Aug 09 2018 - 22:08

Countries that use more pesticides don't have higher rates of pediatric cancer.

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