Friday, September 30, 2016

American Council on Science and Health

Will You Catch the Next Viral Outbreak?
For most of us, our first thought when a new pathogen causes an outbreak is: Will I get it? Epidemiologists estimate how many people will get different infectious diseases, by giving each of them a rank on the scale of how contagious they are. It's called the Basic Reproduction Number. Read mor
US News Cites ACSH President in Report on CrossFit’s War on Soda
When dealing with people who are either evangelists in a war they know little about or are simply anti-science, that's known as "moving the goalposts." Basically, you just keep changing your argument every time the old one is shown to be invalid. That, says Council President Hank Campbell, is what CrossFit's CEO is doing in his campaign against soda consumption. Read more

Wild Viruses Cocktail Treats Bacterial Wound Infections in Mice
With antibiotic resistance a growing threat, scientists are on the hunt for new ways to treat bacterial infections. One of these, called phage therapy, uses a special kind of virus that only infects and kills bacteria. Read more

New Organic Farming Research Creates Conversation & Controversy
In an article on the website Growing Georgia, Alex Berezow, the Council’s Senior Fellow of Biomedical Science, was featured in a debate about crop yields and the pros and cons of organic production. The article amplified Dr. Berezow’s position that "organic farming was neither sustainable nor suitable for making any significant contribution to feeding the world." Read more

Ben & Jerry’s Asks Us to Take Big Lick of Fear & Hype
Ben & Jerry's wants us to believe that global warming, while catastrophic enough, could also deprive us of some of our favorite dessert flavors. Immediate action is necessary, the company implores us, or the chocolate, nuts and coffee used as ingredients could vanish from the Earth. Using this disingenuous marketing gimmick, executives must think its customers are dimwitted rubes with no ability to engage in critical thinking. Read more

Herpes Vaccine Update: Exciting News, But Don't Throw Away Condoms Just Yet
In March, we learned about the first-ever effective vaccine against genital herpes. Now, there's news of two vaccines that may be as much as 100 times better. Although they haven't even entered human clinical trials, there's cause for optimism and here's why. Read more

Here's Your Flu Vaccine Update for 2016-17
This Saturday marks the beginning of flu season -- which spans the months of October to May -- so that means it's time to get your flu shot. The ideal time to get vaccinated is before the end of October. The CDC has issued immunization guidance with a few changes worth noting, which we have for you here. Read more

Celebrate Oktoberfest With Beer Chemistry
Beer is chemically complex. Many different molecules are responsible for its wide variety of tastes and colors. Some of the least studied are those produced as a result of the Maillard reaction. Famous in kitchens worldwide, this reaction is responsible for the browning of meats and bread that occur at high temperatures, when amino acids and sugars chemically combine. Read more

Carrying Twins Brings Risk; An Argument for Birth at 37 Weeks
Twin pregnancies are at high risk of stillbirths, as compared to mothers carrying just one baby. This risk increases five-fold when each has their own placenta, and 13-fold if twins share it. Complications can often happen in pregnancies near term that have otherwise gone well, with no single cause identified for this occurrence. Read more

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