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Ignore the doomsday prophets claiming that chemicals are ruining us, sausage is killing us, and violence is out of control.

It makes for great fundraising but the reality is that the world is safer, we are living longer and better than ever, and thanks to advancements like natural gas, people have energy without harming the poor. The poor are doing better than ever - fewer than 10 percent...

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On a Sunday in November 2006, with the day going her way and the lady Gauchos leading 4-0, Austen Everett didn't know she d die young. Parents and classmates cheered as the freshman goalkeeper once considered one of the top five in the nation walked off the UC Santa Barbara soccer field, victorious.

It didn't occur to Everett that the sport she loved might contribute to her death a few years later, bringing her parents...

The UN s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) predicted yesterday that worldwide cancer deaths would increase to 13.2 million by 2030, nearly twice the 2008 figure. IARC s new database also projects a shift of the cancer burden from wealthier to poorer nations.

Reuters scary headline, Cancer will kill 13.2 million a year by 2030 is misleading, as is often the case, says ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross. The world s population, by becoming healthier, is also aging and thus susceptible to increasing cancer rates. Further, reducing the rate of childhood and infectious diseases in developing countries allows more people to survive to adulthood and get cancer.

ACSH's Jeff Stier agrees: It s hard...

1. Discussing Vermont's bizarre and arbitrary GMO warning label law, set to take effect July 1st, Congressman Bob Gibbs of Ohio takes the evidence-based approach, and notes that thanks to biotechnology, the lives of the world's poorest are being saved - and the lives of everyone are being made better:

Numerous studies have been conducted to analyze the safety of GMOs. Countless reports show that GMOs are perfectly safe for humans while the American Medical Association even states “there is no scientific justification for special labeling of genetically modified foods.” The National...

Good science journalism is hard to find. In a world of fake news, the public needs trusted guides to help them understand complex issues.

The website Undark, whose stated mission is "true journalistic coverage of the sciences" seems a promising venue. Its editorial staff and advisory board contain some fairly well-known and respectable names.

That's what makes the website's publication of a Monsanto conspiracy article so troubling and, quite frankly, bizarre. The piece, written by Carey Gillam, deploys distortions and half-truths early and often. Literally, the very first sentence is a...

A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer.

Think about that. We live in a society where judges and lawyers -- not medical doctors, scientists, or even a group of really clever AP biology high school students -- get to determine the credibility of biomedical research. The stakes are high: If coffee is deemed carcinogenic, then the State of California will be required to give up all pretense at common sense and sanity.

To give just a small flavor of the level of insanity California has reached, attorney Raphael Metzger and his group's trial lawyer NGO Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT - founded by U.C. Berkeley Professor Martyn...

A study that was just published in Environmental Science and Technology claims that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are a significant contributor to indoor air pollution because the chemicals are emitted from kitchen cabinets. Chemically, this is plausible because a chemical called 2,4-dichlorobenzoyl peroxide, which is used in the manufacture of sealants, can indeed decompose to give a mixture of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) (1) (Figure 1). Since PCBs are considered to be carcinogens in rats, this raises a cancer scare in humans. But is it really something to worry about?

PCBs ARE OMNIPRESENT

Nicholas J. Herkert and colleagues at Department of Civil and Environmental...

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) today released a summary of its report on the likelihood that excess body fat is linked to cancer. IARC is the cancer agency of the World Health Organization.

The summary is published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Led by Dr. Béatrice Lauby-Secretan, the IARC Handbook Working Group evaluated the current research findings linking excess fatness (overweight status and obesity) to various types of cancer.

They primarily included epidemiological data on 1000 human studies and also some animal studies. Most of the human studies were...

In the modern cultural climate, where the belief is you are what you eat, sometimes you can become convinced you get what you don't pay for -- and then sometimes you just go ahead and pay for self-identification.

If only there existed a large body of experts that acted in the interests of the public.

There are, in groups like the American Council on Science and Health, Genetic Literacy Project, ...

Bloomberg Businessweek has written another anti-Monsanto article, nothing special about that, but this time they did something new; they consciously sought to interfere in an environmental lawsuit against Monsanto in California and to promote fear and doubt about the science community and regulators who overwhelmingly accept the science consensus on genetically-modified foods - colloquially called GMOs, because Monsanto received a patent on that one kind of genetic engineering.

It's not the first time members of this team of Peter Waldman, Lydia Mulvany, Tiffany Stecker, and Joel Rosenblatt have...