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As Seen on TV! Age Your Wine in 10 Seconds!!!!
…ould be aged! All wines actually go bad over time, including many of the usual types you may see in the store. That time may be pretty long, but you don’t want to just buy any bottle, stick it in your basement, and wait 20 years to drink it – most of them won’t taste good. According to my source, the days are gone where you might buy bottles of wine and put them in a cellar for your children. (Who has a wine cellar now anyway? I live…
Authored by Matthew R Francis on May 14, 2012
As Seen on TV! Restoring Hair with LASERS!!!!!!
The author’s rapidly-expanding forehead. Anyone who watches TV, reads magazines, or flips through catalogs has seen some interesting products. Maybe they seem plausible to you, maybe they don’t. However, a little investigation shows they are based less on science and well…actually working, and more on wishful thinking. At worst they’re actual con-jobs, designed to separate you from your money as efficiently as p…
Authored by Matthew R Francis on September 28, 2012
Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…ll selection of different materials: bricks, mortar, iron, glass, and wood. Arranged in different ways, these few materials can yield a huge variety of structures. We encountered functional groups and the SPHONC in Chapter 3. These components form the four categories of molecules of life. These Big Four biological molecules are carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. They can have many roles, from giving an organism structure to be…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
After Newtown missteps, journalists get guidelines
…almost twice as likely to say that they don’t want to live or work near a person with mental illness if they read an article about a person with mental illness involved in a mass shooting, according to a study published March 20 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Interestingly, this tendency is the same even if the article avoids any mention of mental illness. This may be because this link between violence and mental illness is deeply engrain…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 27, 2013
Plan B now available to younger teens
The age group that needs it most. by Emily Willingham In December of 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services secretary, shocked the reproductive health community by blocking a bid to make Plan B, or “morning after” contraception, available over the counter (OTC) to teens under age 17. The much-anticipated OTC availability of this intervention to this age group had already received FDA…
Authored by Emily Willingham on April 5, 2013
Science, health, medical news freaking you out? Do the Double X Double-Take first
…larger picture showing a biological pathway by which Variable 1 leads to Outcome A. That’s not generally a process that’s particularly newsworthy, and the pathways can be both too specific and extremely confusing. 4. Look at the original source of the information. Google is your friend. Is the original source a scientific journal? At the very least, especially for original research, the abstract will be freely available. A news story…
Authored by Emily Willingham on April 27, 2012
Sesame Street helps unlock the secrets to the brain during children’s learning
…ame as what’s seen in the brain while a person builds a treehouse? In this study, the researchers found a partial answer to exactly that kind of question, and the answer is no. The children in study, ranging in age from 4 to 11 and all typically developing, watched the same 20-minute montage of short clips with Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Count, Oscar and the rest of the gang teaching numbers and letters, shapes and colors, planets and co…
Authored by Tara Haelle on January 4, 2013
Is the bar high enough for screening breast ultrasounds for breast cancer?
…ve dense breasts and lobbying to roll out all sorts of imaging studies quickly, no matter how well they have been studied, it would not be worth posting. Dense breasts are worrisome to women, especially young women (in their 40s particularly) because they have proved a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Doing ultrasound on every woman with dense breasts, though, who has no symptoms, and a normal mammogram potentially encompasses as many a…
Authored by Emily Willingham on September 21, 2012
How large is a proton?
…eads us to the deepest mysteries of the Universe. I for one find that thrilling. Reference: Aldo Antognini et al., Proton structure from the measurement of 2S-2Sp transition frequencies of muonic hydrogen. Science 339 (2013), 417. Link (for subscribers to Science): DOI 10.1126/science.1230016…
Authored by Matthew R Francis on February 13, 2013
Pertussis: Get the vax or at least listen to why you should
…e biggest pertussis outbreak since 1959. Not surprisingly, the majority of the states leading in pertussis cases are also among those that offer personal belief exemptions. Washington, despite their new law, is sitting at 4,190 cases, quadrupling their 2011 count of 965. This is the state where 7.6 percent of parents opted for exemptions (among all grade levels, not just kindergarten) in 2008-09, more than four times the national rate of abou…
Authored by Emily Willingham on October 10, 2012