MSG (Column A) is No Health Threat (Column B)
hasn't heard of the so-called "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" featuring
symptoms such as headaches, flushing, sweating and heart palpitations tied to
MSG consumption? Yet despite the supposed connection studies of MSG have not
been able to establish a causal connection. Read more.
Rico has a proposal on the table to, in effect, use the fallout from violent
crime to boost its country's standard of living, and to, in turn, reduce crime.
Lemons, meet lemonade. But is this smart or simply macabre? Read more.
genome editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 is changing many fields in
biology with its precision and simplicity. Bioagriculture is no different, but
many have feared the GMO label would slow its incorporation to this field.
However, researchers are finding ways around it, but that might not be a good
thing. Read more.
researchers analyzed groundwater from wells in several fracking-dense PA
counties where Marcellus shale drilling is taking place. In the largest study
of its kind they found no association between fracking and well water
contamination. Read more.
many years, nutritionists and many doctors have stressed the importance of
Omega-3 fatty acids as being a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, should you be
overpaying for it? Read more.
internal study of operating room procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital,
one of the nation's most preeminent healthcare institutions, determined that
some mistake or adverse event occurred in nearly half of all surgeries
performed during an eight-month period. Read more.
written repeatedly about dietary supplements — which contain ingredients that
range from ineffective to dangerous. But now Oregon has noticed, and the state
is suing General Nutrition Centers for selling supplements containing
ingredients that haven't been approved for sale in the U.S. Read more.
pain is one of the most common complaints involving those who visit the ER.
Meanwhile, healthcare costs associated with ruling out a heart attack are
exorbitant. But a new blood test could provide a more accurate diagnosis in
less time, while potentially saving billions of dollars. Read more.
vaccine against malaria, a scourge especially in sub-Saharan Africa, shows that
a series of three shots offers about 50 percent protection. It's one
small-to-medium sized step toward a truly protective malaria vaccine, which
would amount to saving many thousands of lives in the near term. Read more.
European Medicines Agency has recommended a novel drug therapy for patients
with metastatic melanoma. What's interesting is that this drug has been derived
from the herpes simplex virus. The FDA is scheduled to give its evaluation of
the drug this week.
study purports to link some pesticides with obesity. Really? This sloppy study,
based on both dietary and pesticide exposure while utilizing statistical
manipulations and ad-hoc, exposure-intensity criteria, should be relegated to
the junkpile of anti-pesticide zealotry. Read more.
report card shows that doctors are prescribing antibiotics for flu patients at
an alarmingly high rate, a trend that contributes to the spread of antibiotic
resistance. However, physicians shouldn't shoulder all the blame, as pushy
patients need to be held accountable, too. Read more.
Fibrillation, or A-Fib, is a heart disease affecting millions of Americans. But
researchers are looking to treat this condition with botox, one of the world's
most potent and lethal toxins. A recent study examines whether the
facial-treatment drug can also suppress heart arrhythmia. Read more.
York City has criminalized K2, or "synthetic marijuana." While this
is the right thing to do, the effect will be short-lived since five
psychoactive chemicals that give the dangerous street drug its properties can,
and eventually will, be easily tweaked to skirt the law. Read more.
Don't Lose Sleep Over Technology,
'Cause Actually We're Not
technology has frequently been blamed for preventing Americans from getting a
good night’s sleep. However, researchers studying isolated tribes in far-flung
parts of the world found they, like those of us in the modern world, sleep
roughly the same amount of time. Read more.