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Urologists Keep Ordering Prostate Tests, Ignoring Fed’s Advice

In 2012, an official federal panel designated routine PSA testing a Grade D: don’t do it. Since then, doctors across the board have cut back on the testing. Not urologists, however: their use of PSAs has not budged. Why? Simply, the more PSAs, the more abnormal PSAs, the more urological procedures are done. Continue reading

Whooping Cough Booster Declines Rapidly Over 4 Years

A new study shows the rapid loss of protection against whooping cough among teens vaccinated with a booster shot. This decline, which takes place over less than four years, helps explain the recent outbreaks in California and Minnesota, and shows that a new vaccination approach is needed. Continue reading

California’s Prop 65: Bad For Public Acceptance Of Science, About To Get Worse

California’s law was ostensibly crafted to warn the public about potentially toxic substances in products. It has become a tool for predatory lawyers to sue companies for no valid reason — and it’s about to get worse. Continue reading

Zika Caught From a Blood Transfusion: What That Means

A case of Zika infection by transfusion has been reported by Brazillian health officials. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising, since if it can be transmitted by mosquitos, a pint of infected blood seems like a sure bet. Although this may be obvious, it raises a range of questions that are less so — but important. Continue reading

CDC Tells Women No Alcohol at All, ‘For The Babies.’ Really?

The CDC has issued a new, unnecessary warning to women of childbearing age. Essentially, it tells them that if they’re not using birth control, do not drink. At all. Not only does this seem unduly alarmist and hyper-precautionary, but it’s also not firmly rooted in sound science. Continue reading

Stopping Zika Virus in Its Tracks, by Unleashing DDT

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been declared a global public health crisis by the World Health Organization, but the agency did not say how to effectively fight it. One way would be to allow widespread use of DDT, which eradicated that same mosquito during the 20th century. Continue reading

In Cancer-Causation Case, Science Loses in South Korean Court

A South Korean court ruled that a plant worker’s death from ovarian cancer can be causally attributed to exposure from the “carcinogens” formaldehyde and phenol. But there is no evidence that phenol is a carcinogen, and her duration and level of exposure are also not realistic causes of her fatal illness. Continue reading

As Deadline Nears, Millennials Weigh Paying Penalty Over Buying Insurance

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While many Americans are scrambling to make last-minute changes to their 2016 healthcare plans by Sunday’s deadline, others are considering dropping their coverage altogether, especially millennials — young adults, who tend to be relatively healthy. Many may opt to pay a penalty instead of buying insurance they won’t use. Continue reading

New CDC Update On Zika

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The Zika virus is getting a lot of media attention so the Centers for Disease Control has issued an update. Continue reading

Federal Panel Recommends Screening For Depression

A new advisory report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all adults for depression, now to include pregnant women and those who recently gave birth. Drug therapy, talk therapy and behavioral therapies were recommended when appropriate. Continue reading


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