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To Disrupt Healthcare, Maybe Consider Listening To A Doctor

Nov 13 2018 - 17:11

The systematic erosion of continuity of care has financial and personal health costs. This is well-known, especially to health professionals, and supported by overwhelming evidence. Yet, it persists.

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I Sing The Body's Microbiome

Nov 13 2018 - 08:11

The bacterial symbionts living in our gut, the microbiome, is subject to the evolutionary pressures our body and by extension our diet, activity, and geography create. Nature provides good examples of both change and resilience. Can we learn from those examples?

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It's Not Just the Flu: Many Infectious Diseases Are Seasonal

Nov 12 2018 - 21:11

Polio peaks in the summer, measles during the school year, and chickenpox in the spring.

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ACSH in the Media: Healthline, New Zealand Radio, Seattle Radio, and More!

Nov 12 2018 - 21:11

One of our core missions is to spread the good news about science as far and wide as possible! Obviously, we do plenty of that here on the ACSH website, but we also regularly appear in various media outlets across the country. Here's where we appeared recently.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week - Talk vs. Action?

Nov 12 2018 - 13:11

American Council advisor and antibiotics expert Dr. David Shlaes has been fighting two very tough fights for more than three decades. One fight is against increasingly dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The other is against complacency. Dr. Shlaes is deeply concerned that antibiotic research and development is not even remotely adequate for keeping up with the bugs. Here are his thoughts on Antibiotic Awareness Week.

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What's the Blood-Brain Barrier & How Do You Cross It?

Nov 12 2018 - 13:11

The brain has evolved a method of protecting itself called the blood-brain barrier. But the BBB can backfire when it prevents drugs to treat brain diseases – for example, a malignant brain tumor – from reaching the site of the disease. Science has come up with some clever methods for defeating the brain's own defenses.

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What is the Blood Brain Barrier and How Do You Cross It?

Nov 12 2018 - 13:11

The brain has evolved a method of protecting itself called the blood-brain barrier (BBB). But the BBB can backfire when it prevents drugs to treat brain diseases, for example, a malignant brain tumor, from reaching the site of the disease. Science has come up with some clever methods for defeating the brain's own defenses.

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The Most Insidious Feature Of The Electronic Medical Record

Nov 10 2018 - 03:11

The litany of new problems these glorified billing platforms have created (and old ones they never solved) is discussed often today, ranging from their role in medication errors to job dissatisfaction. But, the most basic, fundamental harm is largely ignored.

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Cigarette Use Has Collapsed, So Media Scares People About Vaping Instead

Nov 09 2018 - 05:11

The prevalence of cigarette smoking among American adults is at an all-time low. Many media outlets decided to downplay or ignore this milestone public health achievement and scare people about vaping, instead.

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R&D Costs: Not a Simple Calculation

Nov 08 2018 - 14:11

Rare diseases are becoming the focus of more and more biomedical research and the cost of developing medicines to treat them takes center stage in the discussion. A new article in JAMA concludes that clinical trials for rare diseases should cost less than those that require a larger number of patients. But it's not that simple. Pfizer's Dr. Robert Popvian explains.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Breaks Ribs After Fall. What Does That Mean?

Nov 08 2018 - 10:11

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sustained a fall with multiple rib fractures. Let's unpack what that really means.

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The Radio Broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" Continues to Haunt Us

Nov 08 2018 - 08:11

It is ironic that a great science fiction story, The War of the Worlds, could be responsible for some of the science fiction passed off as health and science news today. The effect of that radio broadcast on the citizenry continues to be felt today.

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2018 Midterms: Science Won and Lost at the Ballot Box

Nov 08 2018 - 03:11

Not only did Americans vote on members of Congress this week, but citizens of several states also voted on various science- and health-related policy issues. How did those turn out? On the upside, an anti-fracking law was defeated. On the downside, workplace vaping was banned and bogus medical marijuana laws passed.

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Hit Hollywood Film ‘A Star Is Born' Creates Controversy Abroad

Nov 07 2018 - 21:11

The Chief Censor of New Zealand adjusts the movie's rating due to "triggering" content. Reasonable?

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Is The Fragility Index A Clinical Guide In Our Use of Guidelines?

Nov 07 2018 - 11:11

Physicians have to apply population-based guidelines to individuals. How do you know which to use? P-values don't work and eminence is not evidence. Can a measure of a studies "fragility" be an answer?

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If You Buy Organic Wine, You May Be Funding Far More Soil Damage

Nov 07 2018 - 09:11

One sure way to damage your wine business is to overdose the soil on chemicals. Yet that is what growers must do if they rely on copper sulfate, a heavy metal that accumulates in soil yet is certified by organic marketing groups.

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Algal Blooms Produce Heart Toxins

Nov 07 2018 - 03:11

Algal blooms are gross and bad for the environment. As the blooms die and decay, oxygen is consumed, and then fish die. Worse, some algal blooms produce toxins, such as neurotoxins, that are harmful to humans and other animals. Now, we can add another to the list: Heart toxins.

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There's Gold In Them Thar Mold

Nov 06 2018 - 21:11

A company named Concrobium sells a safe, environmentally-friendly mold killer. It seems to work pretty well, but comes with a hefty price tag. What's in it that makes it cost so much? It sure ain't the chemicals.

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In Giving or Receiving, Who Benefits From Advice?

Nov 06 2018 - 08:11

Your mother always said, "It is better to give than receive," and I know that is true for surgery; a new study suggests it true for advice as well. Can it help explain the value to support groups?

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80,000 Died from Flu (and Still 0 from GMOs)

Nov 06 2018 - 04:11

Only about 37% of American adults bothered to get a flu shot this past flu season, which is actually a decrease from the previous year, when about 43% got one. Partially as a result, 80,000 Americans died from the flu. On the flip side, we did buy more organic food than ever before.

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