Saturday, September 17, 2011

American Council on Science and Health, 2011: Week 37

The presence of linked articles here are merely a way of showing what is going on, whether I agree or disagree with the positions presented. Rich Kozlovich

FEATURED ARTICLES

Gates Foundation embraces GM foods, despite some foolish opposition
Though most of her recent article for the online magazine Fast Company is dedicated to criticizing genetically modified (GM) foods, writer Ariel Schwartz does bring up some poignant facts.

Dr. Tu honored for her marvelous malaria medication
About fifty years ago, Dr. Tu Youyou began her research in China, which led to the discovery of an improved treatment for malaria.

JUNK SCIENCE AND A JUNK SCIENTIST

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
Dr. Oz is at it again. On Tuesday, his "Dr. Oz Show" warned parents that the apple juice they're giving their children may be harmful.

Dr. Oz compromises his medical ethics to promote his arsenic quackery
As we reported in yesterday's Dispatch, TV's Dr. Oz has been under fire for his season-opening publicity stunt, in which he claimed that the arsenic levels found in apple juice may be cause for concern.

See My Take on the Land of Oz.

CANCER

Women and the wild west lead the nation in decreasing lung cancer rates
As the nation works to curb smoking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented some statistics on lung cancer rates that serve as inspiration for all who work in the trenches of public health: National lung cancer rates have declined, particularly among women, who witnessed a 2 percent decrease between 2006 and 2008.

Intrauterine devices found to decrease risk of cervical cancer by almost half
The results of an international study - comprised of data from 10 case-control studies of cervical cancer and 16 human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence surveys - show that women who used an intrauterine device (IUD) had a 50 percent lower risk of cervical cancer, as compared to women who never used one.

HPV vaccine may be as easy as just 1-2 Proven to be the leading cause of cervical cancer, the human papillomavirus (HPV) has recently been linked to anal and oral cancer as well.

DIET

Dinner hour is of the essence for those with heartburn
Traditionally, doctors have been advising patients with heartburn to avoid eating a meal within three or four hours of bedtime - but is this just a medical old wives' tale, or is the recommendation founded on real scientific evidence?

No simple solution to solving the complex obesity problem
Fed up with the public's misperception that consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is unhealthy, the corn industry launched a new ad campaign last year with a catchy tag line informing people that, when it comes to HFCS or regular sugar, "Your body can't tell the difference. Sugar is sugar."

High fructose corn syrup by any other name would be just as sweet
Fed up with the public's misperception that consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is unhealthy, the corn industry launched a new ad campaign last year with a catchy tag line informing people that, when it comes to HFCS or regular sugar, "Your body can't tell the difference. Sugar is sugar."

FOOD SAFTEY

Foodborne illness stats not as sickening as we thought
The results of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - just published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - have corrected a long held misconception of the number of fatalities associated with foodborne illnesses.

CDC’s foodborne illness stats subject to interpretation
In yesterday's Dispatch, we reported on new statistics from the CDC on foodborne illness, noting that the latest numbers of such illnesses were far lower than we expected.

THIS AND THAT

Take a deep breath: COPD is worse than you thought
Every year, about 36 million people die from non-communicable diseases worldwide.

One pill, two pills. Old pills, new pills
When it comes to pills, newer is not always better, though according to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the majority of Americans still think so.

Patients seeking help with depression shouldn’t fear approaching their doctors
In a survey of 1,000 adults in California, 43 percent expressed some reservations about talking to their primary care physician about depression symptoms.

TOBACCO

U.K. public health team “nudges” smokers to use smokeless cigarettes
Finally a bit of sound science and common sense seems to be percolating from an official governmental agency - unfortunately, not in our country.

Smoking rates continue to decline in the Empire State
More good news on the anti-smoking front strikes closer to home, as the latest statistics reveal that adult smoking rates in New York fell to a record low of just 14 percent in 2010, compared to 22 percent in 2002.

Russian federation initiates cold war against smokeless tobacco
Unfortunately, not all the news is good news: A recently proposed measure in the Russian Federation, much to our (and all others devoted to reducing the toll of smoking) chagrin, aims to ban the manufacture, sale, and importation of smokeless tobacco products.

VACCINES

HPV vaccine may be as easy as just 1-2
Proven to be the leading cause of cervical cancer, the human papillomavirus (HPV) has recently been linked to anal and oral cancer as well.

HPV vaccine: Safe and necessary
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been getting a lot of press lately, largely due to infighting among Republican presidential

Employee vaccinations up, flu outbreaks down
It would come as no surprise to us to learn that the number of flu outbreaks has decreased in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities whose workers have higher rates of vaccination.

If there is a health scare today, the American Council on Science and Health will most likely have the answer by tomorrow; and for members it will appear in your e-mail. No effort on your part, except to read the answer. All that the ACSH is interested in are the facts and they are prepared to follow them wherever they lead. Who can ask for more?  Please Donate Now!


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