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1. Now that the Science March is over, participants no longer have to pretend it wasn't about partisan politics. Up until Lenin's birthday...I mean Earth Day...I mean Saturday...there was at least a pretense that this was about making sure science remains a strategic resource. (1) Yes, the motivation even then was sketchy - the march had been planned to lament that science had declined before a new president even knew where the bathrooms were in the White House - but science advocates had been insisting this was not anti-Republican.

News outlets gleefully disagreed. While the majority of people attending had an earnest interest in science, they were also duped into believing science was suddenly in peril. Those non-partisan people did not get news coverage. What...

If the "Sky's the Limit" for someone whose ambitions know no bounds, what's the limit for someone who lives above the sky?

A curious soul might like to pose that existential question to Peggy Whitson, as her stay in space reaches record-breaking heights.

Or, better yet, maybe President Trump will do it during his upcoming call with the trailblazing NASA astronaut.

On Monday April 24, Whitson will log her 535th day in space, eclipsing the previous cumulative mark set by fellow U.S. astronaut Jeff Williams. To mark the occasion, Mr. Trump will personally congratulate Whitson by phone from the Oval Office. 

"The 20-minute call will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. EDT," the space agency...

When it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle, there are those would never touch a cigarette. Others avoid eating fast food or junk food under all circumstances. And the exercised-obsessed are another well-known sub-species of 21st century humans.

But many of those same people who are fixated on becoming increasingly healthy pay little or no attention to getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis. They might even boast that they don't need to sleep much at all, and anyway, they're simply too busy to dedicate the time to it.

However, what many people frequently overlook is that the proper amount of nightly sleep is essential to ward off illness and maintain overall good health. And lack of sleep is linked to a myriad of significant health problems....

In the last year, I have probably read more science articles outside my field than ever and it has opened up many interesting ideas and at times rocked my world(view). The internet makes it easier to follow my interests but, at times is less serendipitous, the routes I tread through cyberspace sometimes become ruts. So often I look at curated sites, where they gather articles on a more general topic, like, in fact, this website.

Today I want to share the biggest lesson from my wanderings, and for the neat summarizing of the concept, I want to thank Roman Mars, whose podcast 99% invisible, about design in our world, has its motto “Always read the plaque.” Yes, I am talking about those little brass signs affixed everywhere that tell us about where we are standing in both time and...

In late January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised parents to stop using and immediately discard certain homeopathic teething products for infants because they contain belladonna, a toxic chemical in amounts that cannot be verified as safe. Now due to FDA findings of inconsistent and sometimes excessive levels of the poison in such products, a newly published alert indicates Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets are being voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer Standard Homeopathic Company. 

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In my serendipitous wanderings, I ran across this article Maker’s schedules, Manager’s schedules.  Paul Graham, the author and a founder of Y Combinator describes schedules in two forms. The first is

“The manager's schedule is … embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one-hour intervals. …When you use time that way, it's merely a practical problem to meet with someone. Find an open slot in your schedule, book them, and you're done. Most powerful people are on the manager's schedule. It's the schedule of command.”

In fact, this is the typical office hours schedule, appointments broken into 15-minute blocks, perhaps with a lunch break, maybe not. Usually, the...

It's been an interesting week for people who work in public relations.

United Airlines dragged a screaming passenger off one of its planes, injuring and bloodying him in the process. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, claimed that Hitler didn't use chemical weapons, apparently forgetting that the Nazis murdered millions of Jews in gas chambers.

Not to be outdone, the national organizers for the March for Science said, "Hold my beer, and watch this."

March for Science Defends ISIS

Today, the official March for Science Twitter account criticized the Trump Administration for bombing ISIS, claiming that the gigantic bomb we dropped on the terrorists is an "example of how science is weaponized against marginalized people."

After...

Anxiety is something that most everyone has experienced on some level. Anyone who has stress in their lives (and who doesn't?) can relate to some amount of anxiety. The anxious feeling may come before a big meeting at work, while opening up bills, dealing with health issues, the list goes on and on.

In addition to the day-to-day anxiety, some people suffer from more serious anxiety disorders. For these people, their anxiety can impact daily activities such as work, school or interpersonal relationships. Anxiety can be a real struggle – one that needs to be taken seriously. 

That is the opposite of what Dr. Oz seems to be doing in a post from his website from last month,...

When it comes to higher usage of low-value CT Scans, MRIs and x-ray imaging along with increased specialty referrals, ownership and location of primary care practices appear to matter. So says a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine which further concludes the following:

“Ultimately, these results raise general concerns about the provision of low-value care at hospital-associated primary care practices. Because almost one-third of health spending is considered potentially wasteful, our findings have important implications for policymakers, health care practice leaders, and clinicians, who have an interest in providing the highest-quality care at the lowest per capita...

Legendary, Emmy-winning Fox TV anchor, Ernie Anastos -- who just had a day named after him by the mayor of New York City-- kicks off his new television show with this "Doctors on Call" segment.

Here, in the first installment of the recurring series, he had urologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Dr. David Samadi and me, ACSH's Director of Medicine, to answer viewer medical-related questions. 

We brought practical answers to viewer questions that ranged widely from acupuncture to sexual health.

Hopefully,...