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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Perchloroethylene?

Oct 30 2018 - 07:10

The EPA is evaluating 10 chemicals under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. To guide their decision-making, we have created explanations for each, with recommendations when the science is clear. Here is the science story on Perchloroethylene.

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1 in 4 Statisticians Say They Were Asked to Commit Scientific Fraud

Oct 30 2018 - 03:10

As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." We know that's true because statisticians themselves just said so. A jaw-dropping study reveals that nearly 1 in 4 statisticians report being asked to remove or alter data to better support a hypothesis, which is scientific fraud.

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Lowering Drug Prices in 3 Easy Pieces

Oct 29 2018 - 14:10

The Trump administration made a big splash last week with proposals to curb drug costs. But their benefits may not match the rhetoric from either the Administration or Big Pharma. As is often the case, it is a bit more complicated than a first impression or the media guardians on the right or left suggest.

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Lowering Drug Prices in Three Easy Pieces

Oct 29 2018 - 14:10

The Trump administration made a big splash last week with proposals to curb drug costs. But their benefits may not match the rhetoric from either the Administration or Big Pharma. As is often the case, it is a bit more complicated than a first impression or the media guardians on the right or left suggest.

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Dogs Accurately Sniff Out Malaria Parasite, Promising Study Shows

Oct 29 2018 - 13:10

What if malaria, which affects hundreds of millions worldwide each year, could be sniffed out before it began delivering its debilitating, flu-like effects? Well, that is what's literally happening, with researchers utilizing dogs' keen sense of smell in a recent study to determine malaria's presence in humans.

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What Should We Really Worry About For Halloween?

Oct 29 2018 - 12:10

Substitute the word "Halloween" for any celebratory event and pervasive worry lists abound. Fun also matters.

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USDA's National Organic Program Won't Answer Questions About Organic Food

Oct 26 2018 - 22:10

I asked the USDA's National Organic Program three straightforward questions about the integrity of the organic certification process. They refused to answer them. It seems clear that the USDA's National Organic Program is less of a regulatory body and more of a taxpayer-funded cheerleading squad. It should be eliminated.

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Big Fears Little Risks - Help Fund Our Documentary

Oct 26 2018 - 09:10

"Big Fears Little Risks" is a documentary, but unlike most of what you see on places like Netflix, it is pro-science, and not scaremongering trace chemicals, food, or the modern world.

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Ethanol Is Bad Science And Bad Policy

Oct 26 2018 - 07:10

Ethanol is bad science and bad economics, and that makes it bad energy policy.

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Influenza Vaccination is Global, But Not the Same

Oct 26 2018 - 07:10

Our national experience of influenza, as one disease with a set season, makes it difficult to recognize that flu is not a monolith. The global exposure to influenza has a lot more variation, and vaccination rates are influenced by much more than we might expect.

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IARC Retraction Watch Begins: They Faked Images In Controversial Claims

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has been caught manipulating reports, and even images inside reports. At what point should the United Nations step in and fix this?

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IARC Retraction Watch Begins: They Faked Images In Controversial Claims

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has been caught manipulating reports, and even images inside reports. At what point do the U.N. step in and fix this?

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Rethinking Diabetes

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

It turns out that Type 2 diabetes is not one monolithic disease, there are at least five identified genetic dispositions affecting our metabolism in different ways. Precision medicine may be more difficult than we are lead to believe.

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Does Your Medical School Influence Whether Your Patients Live or Die?

Oct 25 2018 - 07:10

Could it be that where we go to medical school makes us better, or worse, physicians? Or rather, is the old joke true? "Q: What do you call the student graduating at the bottom of their medical school class? A: Doctor."

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How Vaccines Help Prevent Another Flu Pandemic

Oct 25 2018 - 06:10

We haven't had a flu pandemic in a hundred years. And vaccines are why.

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How Vaccines Help Prevent Another Flu Pandemic

Oct 25 2018 - 06:10

We haven't had a flu pandemic in a hundred years. And vaccines are why.

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Our Statement to USDA on Food Labels for Animal Cell Culture Products

Oct 24 2018 - 13:10

Food labels serve one purpose and one purpose only: To provide nutritional information to consumers. The process by which a food is produced is not relevant to its nutritional content or safety profile and, therefore, products made using animal cell culture techniques absolutely should not require special labeling.

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The UK Government Says E-Cigarettes Are Good, the US Says They're Bad: What's The Truth?

Oct 24 2018 - 07:10

Though e-cigarettes gained a fast following, the number of people using them isn't increasing. So why has the U.S. government started spending taxpayer money to undermine them as a tool for smoking cessation and harm reduction? And why does the U.K. endorse them? A look through conflicting studies seeks to find out.

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Phantom Particles: Estimate Claims PM2.5 Air Restrictions In China Will Mean Virtual Lives Saved

Oct 24 2018 - 07:10

In discussions about pollution and lives saved, it's hard to get straight answers. But one thing is clear: exempting the biggest polluters as "developing nations" is a mistake. And focusing on PM2.5 instead of real smog is worse.

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ACSH Explains: What's The Story On Pigment Violet 29?

Oct 24 2018 - 06:10

The EPA is evaluating 10 chemicals under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. To guide their decision-making, have created explanations for each, with recommendations when the science is clear. Here is the science story on Pigment Violet 29.

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