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Are We Actually More Paternalistic Or Patient-Centered These Days?

May 01 2018 - 12:05

Consider how forced, mandatory electronic medical records were implemented or the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recent strategy to make it okay for doctors, as a last resort, to refuse allowing families who decline vaccination to be a part of their practice.

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In China, Jail Awaits Critics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Apr 30 2018 - 22:04

A hot rock massage and herbal tea might make you feel nice, but they don't actually cure anything. Pointing that out in China, however, might land a person in jail.

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He's Very Qualified, So Why Cut the CDC Director's Salary?

Apr 30 2018 - 16:04

Criticism directed at the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in regards to his salary, seems misguided at the very least. Troubling, bordering on hypocritical, is probably closer to the truth.

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Dissension Emerges Over The Results Of A 30-Million-Dollar Federal Study of BPA

Apr 30 2018 - 15:04

Last week, a day-long meeting was held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to discuss the results of a 30-million-dollar federal study designed to assess the safety of bisphenol A, or BPA.

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Introducing ACSH in 40 Seconds

Apr 30 2018 - 10:04

Want to know what the American Council on Science and Health does and why we do it? If you have a minute, that's all you'll need to learn about our mission as pro-science consumer advocates who separate health scares from health threats.

We've been making it safe to go into the refrigerator again, and outside, since 1978. And thanks to your support, we'll be able to do it for the next 40 years also.

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Protecting Patients Treating Opioid Addiction With Buprenorphine

Apr 30 2018 - 10:04

Regulations regarding the use of buprenorphine to help with opioid addiction do not hinder care - they are designed to protect patients and train physicians who did not have formal education in addiction management. 

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Stomach Flu Closes College Campus

Apr 30 2018 - 07:04

For any student, the news that classes are canceled is like hitting the jackpot. An unexpected day off with no worries, no exams, and nothing to do.

Unless, of course, the reason for the cancellation is that a significant portion of the campus has fallen ill with norovirus - sometimes referred to as the "stomach flu." That is a different type of day off altogether and one that happened at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) last week. 

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Cancer Beliefs Are Based On Myths - Way Too Often

Apr 29 2018 - 13:04

Given the widely varying belief systems about medicine and health, it should not be surprising that these also exist regarding cancer causes. But surprisingly with cancer, belief systems did not have a significant impact on lifestyle behaviors, even though a significant portion of the population has fears of cancer that are not based on evidence. 

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Kaiser, Chronicle of Higher Education and More Outreach Last Week

Apr 29 2018 - 06:04

We strive to make a difference, and when we do other organizations often take note. Here's a look at some of our recent pick-up. Take a look. 

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China's 'Ban' On Recycling Imports Shines A Light On Blue Bin Hypocrisy

Apr 28 2018 - 10:04

Australian Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg met with his state and territory counterparts this week. Top of their agenda? The recycling crisis precipitated by the China “ban”.

States and councils around the country have been struggling since the imposition of import restrictions that exclude 99% of the recyclables that Australia previously sold to China.

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Academic Freak Show: Univ. of Alberta Honors Anti-GMO Activist David Suzuki

Apr 27 2018 - 18:04

Awarding an honorary doctorate to an anti-GMO activist could only happen in an Orwellian universe -- where up is down, right is wrong, and the truth is just a matter of opinion. But that's the state of academia in 2018.

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Teen, Pre-Teen U.S. Birth Rates Again Fall to All-Time Low

Apr 27 2018 - 13:04

Births rates for mothers aged 10 to 14, as well as those 15 to 19, dropped to an all-time low, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control. As a result, births for the pre-teen demographic group have declined 67 percent over the last 16 years.

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If You're Going Green, Nix The Potatoes

Apr 27 2018 - 13:04

Nature is amazing. When potatoes go bad they sometimes turn green and produce a potent neurotoxin. But the chemical that is responsible for the green is chlorophyll, which is anything but toxic. How does the green color indicate that the potato is bad? 

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Bartender, I Don’t Mind Mouth Bacteria. Pour Me a Double

Apr 27 2018 - 13:04

Whether or not you drink alcohol has many effects on your health. An underappreciated effect has been revealed from the first comparison of bacteria found in the mouths of drinkers versus teetotalers. So, if you are a frequent drinker, you may want to pour yourself one before reading the results. 

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George H. W. Bush Puts Sepsis In The News Again: Why Is It So Dangerous?

Apr 27 2018 - 09:04

Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized April 21 with sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by complications of the body fighting back against an infection. The former fighter pilot was released from an intensive care unit at a Houston hospital on April 25.

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Diarrhea Outbreaks: A Glimpse into Anti-Vaxxer Utopia

Apr 27 2018 - 00:04

Despite the reality of measles, rotavirus, and a plethora of other infectious diseases, there is yet another anti-vaccine movement afoot in California whose aim is to turn the clock back to the 10th Century.

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The Bullies And Hypocrites of Congress Are Casting Stones Again

Apr 26 2018 - 15:04

Our culture is in crisis, ignoring that is malpractice.

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