NYC’s Reduced Sodium Diet

According to the New York Times, “On Monday, the Bloomberg administration plans to unveil a broad new health initiative aimed at encouraging food manufacturers and restaurant chains across the country to curtail the amount of salt in their products.”

“They claim that this will reduce the incidence of high blood pressure, and therefore strokes and heart attacks,” says ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. “That is an excellent goal, but only a small percentage of people with blood pressure problems are salt-sensitive. Instead of going after salt in food, I’d promote more regular testing for high blood pressure.”

ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross...

DISPATCH 6/13/08: Scary Curtains, Diarrhea, Expired Medicine, Floods, and Fat

Honorary seat at the table goes to Dr. Marvin J. Schissel
We would like to offer Dr. Schissel a seat at the ACSH breakfast table for his response to an article touting the health benefits of organic food in Harvard Medical School's Healthbeat Extra. Dr. Schissel wrote to tell them, "no evidence has ever supported the allegations that organic food is healthier, more nutritious, or superior in any way to conventionally produced food." ACSH hopes more people like Dr. Schissel speak up on behalf of sound science.

Quote of the day
"The claims that are being made on shower curtains are phantasmagorical." --Julie Vallese, spokesperson...

Irradiation planning of a glioblastoma, Source: Klinikum der Universität MünchenIrradiation planning of a glioblastoma, Source: Klinikum der Universität München

Researchers have developed a new method of predicting disease progression in gliobastoma patients who have undergone standard treatment.

Roughly one fifth of all brain tumors diagnosed by doctors are gliobastomas. This aggressive and most common type of brain tumor continues to present doctors with huge challenges. Molecular markers could help them to make the right treatment decision but few prognostic factors for glioblastoma...

•In March 2009, venues noting ACSH included TCSDaily, Marie Claire, Washington Times, Visalia Times-Delta, WKRC-TV, Bajo el Sol, Internal Medicine News, CongressNow, Wall Street Journal ( ), Calgary Herald ( ), Bipartisan Alliance, Heartland Institute, Paradigms and Demographics, the Vicki McKenna radio show, Minnesota Daily, National Center For Policy Analysis, Reason, Atomic Insights, the Salt Institute,

•In Feburary 2009, venues noting ACSH included...

MORNING DISPATCH 9/5/08: McCain vs. Pharma, Science vs. Cancer Claim, plus Smoking, Shots, and Obesity

McCain's anti-pharma stance is misguided
ACSH staffers were extremely disappointed by John McCain's promise to "take on the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries" if he becomes president. "It's offensive and preposterous to equate an industry that kills over 400,000 Americans annually with an industry that saves countless lives," says ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan.

McCain has a contentious history with...

December 17, 2007 : Of Drugs--Real and Not--and Kidneys

• Quote to Note: “Theoretically, kidneys should be in booming supply. Virtually everyone has two, and healthy individuals can give one away and still lead perfectly normal lives. Yet people aren’t exactly lining up to give.” – ACSH advisor Dr. Sally Satel in the New York Sunday Times Magazine.

• ACSH friend Dr. Scott Gottlieb, an AEI fellow, echoed ACSH’s position on the importance of allowing scientific communication regarding off-label drug use in today’s in an op ed in the Wall Street Journal. Dr....

Our recent report on the role of beef in the American diet noted some beef benefits, but that didn't please everyone. Below is a prime example of how some of beef's detractors react to such news but we will not be cowed.


February 11, 2003

As a group of scientists and administrators charged with reporting facts, your consortium should have been more forthright vis-à-vis the facts regarding the various health risks associated with the American beef industry and its roll in the American diet.

I might point out, given the fact your review failed to mention any substantive counterpoint, that European health agencies...

A new study suggests that, when treating locally invasive prostate cancer, patients response to hormone therapy which is the standard treatment may be significantly improved by adding radiotherapy to the treatment regimen.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men around the world, right after lung cancer; it kills over 250,000 men globally (about 32,000 in the United States) each year. Recently, a study just published in The Lancet, looked at more than 1,200 men with locally advanced prostate cancer. From 1995 to 2005, half of the men were treated with hormone therapy (the current standard of care), which blocks...

Beef is a wholesome, safe food that makes nutritious contributions to the American diet. This is the conclusion of a literature review recently conducted by physicians and scientists associated with the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).

The scientific facts on beef and health are detailed in a new ACSH publication, The Role of Beef in the Diet.

Despite the positive news about beef, nutrition, and health, many Americans are misinformed and think that including beef in their diets will have negative health consequences. But, as the ACSH report explains, many of the supposed health risks...

chemotherapyA study published online in Annals of Surgical Oncology reports that a week-long course of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) after lumpectomy reduced rates of breast cancer recurrence and led to a 10-year survival rate of 96 percent. APBI is a localized form of radiation treatment meant to eliminate breast cancer cells that may remain after lumpectomy surgery.

Lead author Dr. Mitchell Kamrava, MD, of UCLA, and colleagues analyzed 10 year outcome data for APBI in the form of multicatheter brachytherapy which involves placing...