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Last May, a body calling itself the President’s Cancer Panel issued a report blaming environmental chemicals for causing cancer in America and calling for stricter regulation of chemicals to protect Americans from these supposed dangers. Despite widespread scorn among experts — including the American Cancer Society — the 2010 President’s Cancer Panel report was used as a platform for a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece. The journal and the author decided to promote the Panel’s findings in order to “combat” the supposedly growing threat of “toxic” chemicals in the environment.

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At first glance, it might seem like urbanites would have a leg up on rural communities when it comes to science acceptance. Urban dwellers are generally better educated, which in the past has translated to greater wealth (1, see Notes below), and that translates into less thinking about basic needs and more about cultural issues.

That isn't really the case when it comes to science acceptance...

Gardening with pesticides

A large, U.K. government-supported study, The Pesticide Users Health Study, 1987-2005 (PUHS) was released this week. This huge evaluation of various health outcomes focused on mortality and cancer incidence data collected from 59,000 male and 4,000 female certified pesticide commercial users over almost two decades.

The results, which are sure to come as a welcome...

Third-Hand Smoke
A team of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that nicotine in the residue of tobacco smoke – “third-hand smoke” – accumulates on surfaces and can react with nitrous acid to form carcinogens (as defined by high-dose rodent experiments)....

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1. Bleacher Report notes that Pop Warner has become the first National Football Organization to ban kickoffs. Obviously kids should be kids, but with increasing concern about concussions in developing brains, this was just a matter of time. However, as we noted in the peer-reviewed document on concussions they referenced,...

I like comedy news host John Oliver. He was among the top nine funniest guys in the first season of "Community" and he even won an Emmy when Jon Stewart made the jokes of Oliver's colleagues sound hilarious. So I was excited on Saturday when I got to send an email to our Board of Trustees and the staff at the American Council on Science and Health giddy that Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight", was going to do a hit piece on us.

Maybe it's not a hit piece, maybe he is pro-vaccine, one replied, and is going to applaud our work on that. Or cheer our dismantling Dr. Oz and his supplement empire (along with half his audience) in 2015. Or note how we helped cause smoking in the US to collapse...

Right Or Wrong?An informative Washington Examiner article by T. Becket Adams hits the nail on the head in explaining the major problem plaguing science that ACSH has worked to combat: junk studies, and the sloppy media coverage that ensues. The piece also includes quotes from many experts associated with ACSH.

The article begins by referencing the now infamous chocolate health study that was deliberately faked to test if scientists and reporters would detect that it was total junk...

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...

Trial lawyers are cheering that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California ordered EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos but the science is even less settled than the court case is. If you are not familiar with American law, the 9th is the most overturned appeals court by the Supreme Court of the United States, because their rulings are often overtly political, and therefore not grounded in evidence. 

This seems to be another instance of it. Though Judge Jed Rakoff, an appointee of the Clinton administration, was joined by Obama appointee Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to create a 2-1 majority over George H.W. Bush appointee Ferdinand Fernandez, Fernandez is in the right, because he argued that the case...

If you are a progressive in science journalism, these are boom times again. A Republican is in the White House and you have the kind of salad days for partisan scorn not available since January of 2009.(1

But the public has lost a lot of trust in science media because of such partisan framing and they've stopped reading mainstream journalism, and so journalists have lost a lot of jobs. We can blame mean old capitalism, but companies are responding to the audience - and the audience has stopped trusting science in newspapers. (2) They still want science, the audience for information about new advances is 65 million Americans and our website traffic is up 800 percent in the last two years, they just don't want it from sources that seem more...