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Casual Lies: Is Postmodernism a Hallmark of Societal Decline?

Jul 05 2018 - 11:07

It's been said that truth is the first casualty in war. I think it could also be said that truth is the first casualty in a decadent and declining society... and journalists are leading the way.

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Biological Threats Against Americans: Where Are We Now?

Jul 05 2018 - 10:07

The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) exists “to improve the Nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural” and I have been attending hearings on the bipartisan effort to re-authorize an appropriation toward responding to biological attacks, pandemics, and emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

When it comes to biological agents, lots of hyperbole takes place, so here’s a review of what these hearings got right and wrong about biological threats.

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Scientists use Polio to attack Brain Tumors

Jul 05 2018 - 07:07

Polio, once a global killer, has had its toxic effect on cell's harnessed to treat recurrent glioblastoma with some encouraging results. Does this represent the beginnings of oncolytic virus therapy for cancer?

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Killings of Unarmed Black Americans And Increased Poor Mental Health: An Epidemiological Look

Jul 05 2018 - 07:07

A recent article published in The Lancet alleges that the number of police killings of unarmed black men is causing the mental health of black Americans to decline. Police killings of unarmed black Americans started to gain a lot of media traction in the past decade - with the rise of social media, perceived racial tensions, and the Black Lives Matter movement, news of these types of events travels far and fast.

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Blue Dots Color Our Thoughts

Jul 04 2018 - 21:07

It seems that when we compare the frequency of events we are influenced by its past prevalence. When fewer bad things occur, we simply expand the definition of bad to make up the difference.

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In Newborns, More Identifiers Like Gender Saves Lives

Jul 04 2018 - 11:07

Identifying characteristics are essential to ensuring patient safety - so that the right treatment meets the right patient. 

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Independence Day: America’s Deadliest Holiday?

Jul 04 2018 - 07:07

Explosions, alcohol, delicious grilled foods - those are all the things that made America great. But in combination, they make it America's deadliest day. Add in heat, swimming and cars and it's easy to recognize why hospital emergency rooms staff up for July 4th.

Here's a short rundown.

Fireworks

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Morons Gone Wild - Seriously Stupid July 4th Tricks

Jul 04 2018 - 06:07

It's July 4th and the fireworks roll out. So do the morons. Here's what can happen when they meet.

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Your July 4th Cookout Will Be Cheaper This Year - Thanks Farmers!

Jul 04 2018 - 06:07

The cost of the annual cookout is down. But as we thank our farmers we should remember that what is good for the consumer may not be as good for the producer.

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Glyphosate and Pesticides: Et Tu, Live Science?

Jul 03 2018 - 12:07

Normally a reliable source of information, Live Science published an article that is a dream for anti-pesticide and anti-chemical fearmongers.

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Genetics or Lifestyle - Where Is The Cause of Disease?

Jul 02 2018 - 20:07

Data mining genomic data is a growing trend. This study seeks to determine whether nature or nurture control who gets ill. Turns out, it's complicated and genes may not hold all or any of the answers.

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Are Hospital Harms From ‘July Effect’ Real Or Imagined?

Jul 02 2018 - 19:07

It is officially July! In the medical world that means fresh graduates become interns or fellows or attendings. Along with such promotions comes high turnover departures and the refrain "don’t get sick in July." But, does this annual transition actually make patients more vulnerable to adverse events?

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CNN's Christiane Amanpour Misleads on Flint Water Crisis

Jul 02 2018 - 12:07

CNN's Christiane Amanpour has a unique relationship with reality.

While she has made a very big deal of her adherence to the truth and nothing but the truth, the matter is a bit more complicated. Like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Ms. Amanpour is an incredibly intelligent person who paints highly distorted views of the world -- mostly by selectively providing or withholding facts -- and presents them as objective journalism.

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Fentanyl 101- Let's Clean Up The Terminology

Jul 02 2018 - 10:07

There is a fair amount of confusion about the terms "pharmaceutical fentanyl," "illicit fentanyl," and "fentanyl analogs." Read this and the confusion should go away. It is important to avoid inaccuracies here. Words can make a big difference. 

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Fad Diets Are Bad Diets

Jul 02 2018 - 07:07

Who doesn't love the idea of quick and easy weight loss? Imagine being able to eat nothing but ice cream, and still losing 10 pounds. It sounds a little too good to be true, and that's because it is. Weight loss is a $66 billion dollar industry, and one of the most advertised, according to U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market.

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Lead Paint: Eliminate the Threat or Reduce the Risk?

Jul 02 2018 - 07:07

Forty solid years after the Consumer Product Safety Commission implemented regulations for getting rid of lead-based paint, the US is still on the lead-based paint merry-go-round. This week, I attended a Congressional hearing entitled “Oversight of the Federal Government’s Approach to Lead-Based Paint and Mold Remediation in Public and Subsidized Housing”, which hoped to figure out how the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can finally be rid of the pesky threat of lead-based paint in federal housing.

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Vaping And Harm Reduction: Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good

Jul 02 2018 - 06:07

We all know that cigarettes increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, and early death, among other things. While the tobacco smoke of cigarettes contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are known carcinogens, nicotine itself, though highly addictive, is not a carcinogen. Tobacco harm reduction—the policies, programs, and practices that reduce the damage caused by smoking—must consist of viable alternative options to traditional cigarettes.

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Coffee, Mendel and Mortality

Jul 02 2018 - 06:07

In the ongoing battle over the benefits or risk of drinking coffee, a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine has enlisted a new variable into the fray, genetics. The study makes use of genotype data on 500,000 Brits contained in the UK Biobank.

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By Not Seeing The Same Doctor, You May Be Risking Your Life

Jun 29 2018 - 14:06

If health care fixes continue to undermine the doctor-patient relationship, financial costs won't be the only price paid.

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An Identity Crisis for Bob the Tomato

Jun 29 2018 - 11:06

Round. Red. Good in salads and great on a BLT. Tomatoes are a typical find in the kitchens of families in the United States, so popular we are the world’s third largest producer of them.

Though some people like to engage in the “tuh-MAY-toh” versus “tuh-MAH-toh” debate, the more popular question when it comes to tomatoes has to do with their classification. Are the circular plants vegetables or fruits?

We're going to answer that once and for all. Maybe. Because science, history, and law create a lot of confusion.

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