Saturday, July 30, 2016

American Council on Science and Health

Posted By Rich Kozlovich

Here's my weekly wrap for the American Council on Science and Health.   Some articles I published in full so they're not here and one I just didn't like.  Please enjoy this week's offerings from the American Council on Science and Health.

Infants Prefer Toys By Gender - Gender may be a social construct, according to modern sociological thinking, but biologically infants prefer toys by sex long before gender identity is demonstrated, according to a paper in the journal of Infant and Child Development. Read more

Z-Pak: Lifesaver or Safety Threat? - Any person who has ever visited a doctor’s office is likely to have taken a course of azithromycin, an antibiotic also commonly known as Zithromax or Z-Pak. The carefree days of prescribing azithromycin came to a screeching halt in 2012 when an observational study found increased risk of sudden cardiac death. Those finding are now being refuted. Read more

Olive Oil Is Better For Frying Fish — Here's The Chemistry Reason Behind It - Some cooks swear by different oils when it comes to cooking fish.  Deconstructing common wisdom and finding the science basis for  it is a lot of the fun of chemistry and now you can learn about  lipids, oils and fish for your weekend science experiments.  Read more

A Big Advance in Personalized Medicine: Ovarian Cancer - Personalized medicine is the rage everywhere. But beyond the  BRCA genes, estrogen receptor and the genomic promises of 23  and Me and its wannabes, actual personalized medicine has yet to  realize much of its potential. That is why a study that was recently  reported on “liquid biopsy” for ovarian cancer surveillance was an excellent exposure to personalized medicine’s adjacent possibility. Read more

Significant Pain Significantly Increases Risk of Opioid Addiction - Chronic pain is debilitating; it takes over your life, according to  patients. One of the struggles in modern pain mitigation is how to  prevent opioid addiction without adding to the suffering of those with  chronic pain, such as cancer patients. Read more

What Pee And Poo Colors Say About Your Health - Beetroot, artificial colors, vitamin supplements and medications can  change the color of your urine or bowel motions. Knowing which color  changes are due to food or medicines can save you worry, or provide  an early alert to get to the doctor. Read more

Save Global Warming By Putting a Carbon Tax On.. Meat?- Our ancestors dreamed  of a world where science and technology  would make it possible for  meat to not just be a special occasion for  the poor. Why would  anyone claiming to be ethical insist we should  send poor people back to the past, when we have better parity in every single way today than at any point in world history? Read more   (Editor's note:  Over the years I've seen these claims by activists promoting vegitarianism regarding cow flatulence causing global warming.  No activist worth his salt will fail to jump on the latest left/green philosopical flavor of the day to promote their own personal agenda - no matter how unrelated it may be.  My response has been: So you feel wiping out the buffalo was a good thing for the overall health of the planet....is that right?)

New Slippery Surface Prevents Deadly Bacteria Roll Call - Unwanted microorganisms are a fact of life. Bugs grow everywhere  we don’t want them, from our showers and sinks to our toilets and  toothbrushes. When they form on medical devices, such as  catheters and implants, they can be life-threatening. Read more

Organic vs. Conventional Farming: Which Has Less Environmental Impact? -  Swedish researchers looked at environmental impacts separated  into the subtopics of climate, over-fertilization, acidification, eco-  toxicity, energy use, and land use. Read more

A Closer Look at Dementia — Beyond the Memory Loss - In the fight against Alzheimer’s, memory loss has kept its place as  the frontrunner of early warning signs, but that may no longer hold  true. Experts unveil that sharp changes in behavior and personality  could signal warning signs. Read more

Our Nervous System: When It Comes To Behavior, Is It a Democracy or Dictatorship? -   How does the architecture of our brain and neurons allow each of us  to make individual behavioral choices? Now government is in our  metaphors too! Read more

Netflix Linked to Cancer - Using statistics, you can show almost anything is correlated. Last  week, alcohol can be beneficial to health. This week, it causes  cancer. Which is it? If you are in media, it doesn’t matter; which is  why we can just as easily do a study linking Netflix and cancer —  in ten easy steps. Read more

The Ancient Chinese Secret For Removing Age Spots May Be Mercury - Using statistics, you can show almost anything is correlated. Last  week, alcohol can be beneficial to health. This week, it causes  cancer. Which is it? If you are in media, it doesn’t matter; which is  why we can just as easily do a study linking Netflix and cancer —  in ten easy steps. Read more

The Scarlet E — For Error - Failure is a given in medicine; it is impossible to aspire to the ideal  and settle for the possible without failing some of the time. While  all doctors ‘strive for perfection’, the hands-on nature of surgery,  makes it more evident when failures occur. Read more

Statins Could Help Prevent Some Pregnancy Ills -  By now most folks are aware that the class of drugs called statins  can lower levels of blood cholesterol by their action on the liver and  thus help prevent heart attacks. But they may be able to do more  than that. Read more

If ACSH Is a Corporate Shill, We're Really Bad At It - Even though there is an awful lot of money (to the tune of billions  of dollars) to be made peddling vitamins, organic food, alternative  medicine, brain-training games, motivational speakers, and other  nonsense, we reject all of it in favor of evidence-based science and  health. Read more

Calico Cats Are a Walking Genetics Lesson - In order to appreciate the power of genetics, you only need to take  a good look at a cat. Not just any cat – it has to be a calico,  specifically. Read more
Pediatricians Should Provide Sex Ed, But Many Don't - The recommendation is not a new concept, yet one out of three adolescent patients still do not receive any sex education from  their pediatrician. Those who did discuss it, spent only about 40  seconds on the topic. Read more

Happy World Hepititis Day! -In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared July  28th World Hepatitis Day (yesterday, we know) — one of only four  official days dedicated to specific diseases. This declaration  signals  a serious health hazard posed by viral hepatitis B and C  throughout  the world. Read more

The Flavor Enhancing Molecule in Roasted Garlic Powder - Cooking should be thought of as edible organic chemistry. For  instance, what toasted bread, grilled steak, and crème brûlée all  have in common is the Maillard reaction, a chemical process that  combines sugars and amino acids into delectable, brown  goodness. Read more

Blood Test For Alzheimer's: Close Or Hype?- Blood tests are relatively inexpensive and reliable. It is therefore  not surprising news that a possible blood test for dementia, in  particular Alzheimer’s disease, gets much public attention.Read more

USPSTF Advisory on Skin Cancer Screening Provokes Concerns From Docs - Although the Task Force is essentially remaining neutral on the  issue of whether screening for skin cancer is useful for detecting,  preventing or minimizing mortality due to skin cancer, some  caveats must be noted. Read more

Bariatric Surgery May Reverse Obesity Associated Premature Aging - Although the Task Force is essentially remaining neutral on the  issue of whether screening for skin cancer is useful for detecting,  preventing or minimizing mortality due to skin cancer, some  caveats must be noted. Read more
 

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