Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Public Health: From the American Council on Science and Health

A re-warmed coffee scare brought to you by Prop 65 activists - Activists are suing Starbuck's because their coffee contains acrylamide a supposed carcinogen. But it's not really about public health at all just a move to generate funding and attention. Read more.

Number of smokers in NYC surpasses one million - As smoking rates fall across the country, the percentage of New Yorkers who smoke is paradoxically on the rise. This is a wake-up call to the city's public health officials that the time has come to try novel approaches to helping smokers quit. Read more.

Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle - The use of labels to differentiate between GM and non-GM foods is arbitrary, but they are effective in generating unnecessary fear in consumers. And who benefits? Whole Foods and other like-minded organic food companies looking to make a profit. Read more.

Water pollution not from fracking, it seems - neither are "health" effects - Fracking news, pro (water "contamination" not frack-related from a group based at Ohio State University) and con (junk "survey" of residents of Pennsylvania alleging health effects from nearby natural-gas wells and drilling). Read more.

Important discussion elucidates the forces behind "chronic Lyme" scams - The beat goes on: "chronic Lyme disease" quacks and scammers exploit minimal knowledge and maximal greed to "treat" ingenuous patients indefinitely for a condition they do not have, and likely does not exist. Read more.  

Want testosterone? Grow your own - Should men who have testosterone levels within the normal range be taking drugs to boost them? No, says the FDA. The only use of testosterone replacement should be in specific, rare instances such as hypogonadism (low T). Read more.

Medicare coverage for CT-lung screening in high-risk individuals - Lung cancer kills 435 people in the US each day, making it the leading cancer killer in America among both men and women. CT-lung screening can potentially save lives, but Medicare does not as yet provide coverage for high-risk individuals. Read more.

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