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Is Theory Necessary For Improvement?

Oct 12 2018 - 10:10

Does our technology improved in an evolutionary way, a random walk of trial and error, with false starts and breakthroughs? Or can a theory accelerate improvement and eliminate the needless dead ends?

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Jet Lag With No Vacation: How Daylight Savings Time Impacts Health

Oct 12 2018 - 07:10

The U.S. has to change clocks again in a few weeks. It's a useless junk science government policy that has lasted 52 years too long. Here are its admittedly minor health effect risks. It's still annoying.

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Confidence in Academia Falls Nine Points in Three Years

Oct 11 2018 - 19:10

Academia is in meltdown. A new survey by Gallup shows that only 48% of U.S. adults have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in academia, down from 57% in 2015. And it's not just due to partisanship; confidence has fallen among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Maybe this wouldn't happen if academics were held accountable for their behavior.

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Though A Concerning And Serious Condition, AFM Is Rare

Oct 11 2018 - 15:10

Media reports of a polio-like condition mostly impacting children sound pretty scary, but let's give acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) some context.

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Genetic Searches Are Another Nail in Privacy's Coffin

Oct 11 2018 - 14:10

A new paper in Science examines the implications of the genetic search that found a serial killer last April. A bit of genetics, a few basic demographics and you can identify that needle in the haystack. What can we do?

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Medical Students Learn From Patients

Oct 11 2018 - 11:10

Medicine is a skill, and it is impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn out to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?

   
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Science Skepticism - It takes a village of concerns

Oct 11 2018 - 11:10

 

 
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Even Oprah Can Fall Prey To The Allure Of ‘Dr. Google'

Oct 11 2018 - 10:10

Information is like any other medical therapy. When in a therapeutic range, it can be curative. At toxic levels, it can be destructive. Its quantity will never trump its quality.

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‘A Star Is Born’ For World Mental Health Day

Oct 10 2018 - 17:10

With today being World Mental Health Day, the film is an important reminder of the profound suffering of those challenged in this arena, and the struggles shared by their loved ones. Optimizing mental health in life is worthwhile for everyone.

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Guess What? There's Drano In Your Eye Drops

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

The chemophobia-for-profit crowd has a very good trick up their sleeve and they play it constantly because it works. Let's use this trick against them and show why a very scary chemical may not be scary at all.

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Trans Fats - A Global Problem

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

The World Health Organization is soliciting global views on trans-fats. It remains a problem for the middle and lower income countries and what to do remains a problem - after all, the devil is in the details. 

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Dietary Advice Worth Considering

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

Diets and dietary advice is everywhere. Medical nutrition therapy slows the progression of failing kidneys. Why is it prescribed so infrequently? 

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Smirnoff Rejects GMOs... and Science, Too

Oct 10 2018 - 16:10

The famous vodka company cashes in on the anti-science movement.

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Poor Dental Health Associated with Other Serious Health Risks

Oct 10 2018 - 14:10

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The Flu Is Here

Oct 10 2018 - 10:10

Kentucky just reported its first flu-related death of the season. With last year’s overall hospitalization rates, among all ages, the highest recorded by the CDC surveillance system, it's time to clarify confusion.

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Statistics Are Useful, But Not In The Way Popular Media Suggest

Oct 10 2018 - 07:10

Stats are useful, but not in the way that the popular media – and online data science degree programs – suggest.

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Is Medicare Advantage Three Card Monte?

Oct 10 2018 - 07:10

Just like the hapless victim in Three Card Monte, physicians will bear the brunt of financial risk in Medicare Advantage and other "risk sharing" plans. It is not that they shouldn't have skin in the game, it's just that all the skin should not be theirs.

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If You Accept Science, You Accept Roundup Does Not Cause Cancer

Oct 09 2018 - 14:10

Scientists don't like to be definitive the way activists are, which is why science loses a lot of culture wars. But we will state it plainly: Roundup cannot cause cancer. It only acts in plants.

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FDA Food Additive Ban Is Unscientific And Crazy

Oct 09 2018 - 12:10

The FDA just announced that it is no longer allowing seven chemicals to be used as artificial flavors in foods because of cancer concerns. Sounds reasonable, no? NO- it's not. The agency is allowing the same seven chemicals to be used as long as they are derived from natural sources, not synthetic - something that an Organic 101 student knows is a meaningless distinction because there is no difference. Let's give them an F in chemistry.

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Will Redesigning the Scatter Plot Emphasize Correlation, Not Causation?

Oct 09 2018 - 09:10

Despite the chant that correlation is not causation, some researchers believe the design of scatter plots nudges us to the wrong conclusions. Can a change in their design lessen that risk?

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