Saturday, November 28, 2015

American Council on Science and Health

Mechanical Heart Valves: Longer Life for Younger Patients - A new Swedish study shows improved survivability in relatively young heart patients opting for mechanical valve replacement, versus those receiving the bioprosthetic version. This validates previous evidence supporting the use of mechanical heart valves in middle-age patients. Read more

Glyphosate Safe To EFSA, Despite IARC’s Finding - Genetically modified salmon has finally gotten approval from the FDA, making it the first GM animal in the United States to be cleared for human consumption. But what does it mean for you? A whole lot more sustainable, locally-grown fish. Read more

Flu-Shot Frequency: Annually Beats Occasionally - A recent Boston Globe article about flu vaccinations raised the notion that those who receive a flu shot every year to have less protection than those who get it less frequently. What does science make of this? It's hard to say. But we say that some protection is better than none at all. Read more

Nomophobia – Is Your Cell Phone Like A Service Dog - A new questionnaire assesses fear of not having your smartphone - they call it nomophobia - no mobile phone phobia. Read more

First Uterine Transplants in US Set to Begin - The Cleveland Clinic will soon be the first institution in the United States to perform uterine transplant surgeries.  Transplantation surgery is performed in women who are born without a uterus, or have had uterine damage from infection or a procedure. These scenarios present the inability of a fertilized embryo to implant in the uterus where it needs to grow and develop. Read more

Mechanical Heart Valves: Longer Life for Younger Patients - A new Swedish study shows improved survivability in relatively young heart patients opting for mechanical valve replacement, versus those receiving the bioprosthetic version. This validates previous evidence supporting the use of mechanical heart valves in middle-age patients. Read more

Glyphosate Safe To EFSA, Despite IARC’s Finding - Genetically modified salmon has finally gotten approval from the FDA, making it the first GM animal in the United States to be cleared for human consumption. But what does it mean for you? A whole lot more sustainable, locally-grown fish. Read more

Flu-Shot Frequency: Annually Beats Occasionally - A recent Boston Globe article about flu vaccinations raised the notion that those who receive a flu shot every year to have less protection than those who get it less frequently. What does science make of this? It's hard to say. But we say that some protection is better than none at all. Read more

ACSH Invited to White House to Advise on Tobacco Harm Reduction - The American Council was invited to the White House on the day of the 2015 Great American Smokeout, to discuss regulating cigarette-smoking cessation and harm-reduction tools that are available to smokers looking to kick their deadly habit. Here are the recommendations we made in the public's interest. Read more

20 Years Later, GM AquAdvantage Salmon Approved - Genetically modified salmon has finally gotten approval from the FDA, making it the first GM animal in the United States to be cleared for human consumption. But what does it mean for you? A whole lot more sustainable, locally-grown fish. Read more

Alarming Rise in 3 Sexually Transmitted Diseases - The CDC reports that all three reportable sexually transmitted diseases -- gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis -- are on the rise, some alarmingly so. One health-care advocate says part of the problem is that effective HIV drugs are creating a climate of safety, and that "we're a victim of our own success.” Read more

Antibiotic Use in Animals Attacked by Pediatricians - Some bacteria have become resistant to many antibiotics, leading many health officials to express concerns that soon we may not be able to cure diseases that used to be susceptible to such drugs. Another possible reason for this resistance is the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals. Read more

Black Tea May Protect Bone Health for Elderly - A recent study suggests that drinking three cups of black tea per day may strengthen otherwise fragile bones among the elderly, as well as reduce the risk of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Findings were linked to powerful flavonoids in tea that contain antioxidants. Read more

The Tryptophan-Sleepiness Link is a Big Turkey - It's irrelevant whether you like turkey or not, because someone is going to be handing you a plate of it very soon. And after the meal there's a good chance that you'll get sleepy. But will the cause of your drowsiness be the turkey, the booze or your brother-in-law's tedious commentary about his golf game? We explain. Read more

First Great Chemical-Cancer Scare? Cranberries - The first great chemical carcinogen scare put a damper on many folks' Thanksgiving celebrations in 1959. A chemical used in cultivating cranberries was found to cause cancer at high doses in rodents, and the Federal health agency advised consumers to avoid cranberries. Utter nonsense, then and now. Read more

Your Turkey May Be Organic, But It’s Not Natural - Sorry grocery shoppers, but all of today's domestic turkeys -- even the ones labeled "organic" -- are actually GMOs. Years of artificial selection, have made the genome of the turkey we eat significantly different than the genome of wild ones. So unless you shot yours in the woods, the turkey heading to your table isn't natural. Read more

Does Holiday Feasting Affect Obesity Rates? - The holidays are challenging for everyone's midsection but they are a factor in the actual obesity rather than seasonal weight gain? Read more

Apple Pie, Mashed Potatoes and Natural Formaldehyde - Formaldehyde is a known toxin and a carcinogen. We know this from real science, as well as hysteria-based groups like IARC which designated the compound as a known carcinogen in 2004. So why in 2015 are all Americans guaranteed to ingest this carcinogen on Thanksgiving day? Read more

China Uses CRISPR To Create Hulked-Out Animals - Chinese scientists have used CRISPR gene-editing tools that have created animals with more muscle mass and hair. These experiments have caused major debates and most people want to know what’s next? And what is the limit? Read more

Cracking The Case Of Cage-Free Eggs - Taco Bell will join other fast food companies in the movement towards cage-free eggs, but what does this label really mean? Read more

Should the New Hep C Drugs Be Used Sooner? - It is hardly news that Sovaldi and Harvoni, the enormously effective new hepatitis C drugs, are quite costly. This has caused some debate about when it is best to start using them. But, a new study says: "The sooner the better." It is better to treat patients before liver fibrosis is present. Read more

FDA Adheres to Science: No Mandatory GMO Labels - In 2012 the Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the FDA asking that the agency require that foods produced from genetically engineered (GMO) crops be labelled as such. Finally, the FDA has responded. It said "no." Read more

I, Humanity Book Review - Astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Bennett has a new book, iHumanity, geared towards 7-9 year olds; We reviewed it. Read more

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