Friday, February 27, 2015

From the American Council on Science and Health

"Secret Science": it's everywhere, and nowhere, yet it rules our lives - This week, GOP Senators and Representatives re-introduced the so-called "Secret Science" bill, demanding federal agencies operate in the open, rather than the status quo: regulations based on data hidden from both public and scientific scrutiny. Read more.

Bariatric surgery associated with some improved pregnancy outcomes - In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, bariatric surgery was linked to less gestational diabetes and fewer larger than normal infants. But not all changes were beneficial. Read more.

A new approach to cancer treatment? Makes much sense. - There may be a tool for making better use of the increasing number and variety of cancer treatment options. Pioneering cancer centers look at treating the cancer according to the genetic mutation that caused it, rather than the type. Read more.

GMO labeling laws will do more harm than good - Earlier this year, a GMO labeling bill was introduced in Minnesota that would mandate the labeling of foods containing GM ingredients. College student Ronald Dixon hits the nail on the head with arguments as to why this bill will do more harm than good. Read more.

Silicone on Trial: A Review - ACSH trustee Dr. Jack Fisher wrote an informative, but disturbing book about the decades long Dow Corning silicone breast implant legal farce. Fisher, a surgeon and historian, was in the middle of the debacle. Read Dr. Josh Bloom's book review. Read more.

No link between labor induction/augmentation and autism - The prevalence of ASD seems to have increased significantly over the last 30 years. A new study - confirming prior research - has failed to find evidence of any role of labor induction/augmentation in the subsequent development of autism. Read more.

Why study implausible mental health modalities? - University of Toronto professor wants to study use of homeopathy for ADHD, but many disagree. Nearly 100 scientists and physicians have signed a letter questioning the validity of such a study. So do we. Read more.

Sauna use linked to better heart health - Finnish study (naturally!) finds a link between sauna use and better heart health - more frequent and longer use associated with positive health outcomes. Tempting - but no proof that saunas caused the improved results. Read more.

Can the risk of peanut allergy be reduced in infancy? - Introducing peanuts at an early age in those infants at high risk of developing peanut allergy may reduce their risk of developing this allergy, finds a new study. This research has led some to advocate for an immediate change in guidelines. Read more.

Atrazine back in the news, unfortunately, thanks to EU's precaution - An article in today's NYTimes business section references atrazine and trade problems that occur due to its ban by the EU. We note that whatever the byzantine precautionary EU says, atrazine is a safe, effective herbicide that has never harmed anyone. Read more.

How to misinform the public about antibiotics -The world is facing a scary scenario: Antibiotics are no longer working because of bacterial resistance, and there's a big hole in the pipeline of new drugs. In the NYTimes, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel tosses in his two cents, which is about what his op-ed is worth. Read more.

Vitamin D not a "miracle" supplement - Vitamin D has been widely touted as a "miracle vitamin," having a myriad of health effects beyond its basic function of enabling the absorption of calcium from food. However, this is not the case, and a new commentary published in JAMA points out that too much vitamin D can be detrimental to health. Read more.

Jane Brody's column spreads poisonous nonsense about e-cigarettes - The New York Times' Jane Brody spreads the false party line on e-cigarettes. She does take note that too many are smoking and too many dying from smoking. Her solution? More money for Quitlines. Right. Read more.

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