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Secondhand Marijuana Smoke May Damage Blood Vessels as Much as Tobacco Smoke

Breathing secondhand marijuana smoke could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. “Most people...Show More Summary

Someone Drowns Every 90 Seconds

It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports. The study points out some startling statistics: More than 40 people die,...

Only "Glassholes" wear Google Glass

Iterations of Google Glass have been around the military for decades in helmet head-up displays. But even ultra-geeky Scientific American eighteen months ago said that the device “is creepy.” With Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently...Show More Summary

New leadless pacemaker safe, reliable

A new self-contained leadless cardiac pacemaker is a safe and reliable alternative to conventional pacemakers, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. The new device reduces complications...Show More Summary

More children surviving dilated cardiomyopathy without heart transplant

More children with dilated cardiomyopathy are surviving without a heart transplant, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. Dilated cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart is enlarged (dilated) and the pumping chambers contract poorly (usually left side is worse than right). Show More Summary

CHOP experts highlight advances in pediatric cardiology at 2014 AHA Scientific Sessions

Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago. Among...Show More Summary

Study finds link between trans fat and memory impairment

It's not a secret that trans fats aren't good for your waistline, but a new study has found that they're also bad for your mind. The research, presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014 event, found a link between eating trans fats and higher rates of memory impairment. Show More Summary

Surgeons use 3-D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. Most heart surgeons use 2D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound and MRI for surgical planning. Show More Summary

'The Real Scientific Study of the Distribution of Wealth Has, We Must Confess, Scarcely Begun as Yet'

This is a small part of Irving Fisher's presidential address to the American Economic Association in 1919 (it is worth reading in its entirety, via Piketty's book and online notes): Economists in Public Service: Annual Address of the President:......

The best French fries in the Bay Area

I had lunch last week with Christopher Kimball, the culinary wizard behind Cook’s Illustrated and almost too many cookbooks to count. He has a very precise scientific mind, and in his magazine and American’s Test Kitchen he painstakingly tests and re-tests to come up with the best way to cook dishes. He loves to come […]

Rep. Rush Holt, PhD, Climate Hawk, To Head The World’s Largest Scientific Society

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named retiring 8-term Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), a physicist, as their next CEO. It's a good match. Both Holt and the AAAS are equally alarmed about our inaction on human-caused climate change. The post Rep. Rush Holt, PhD, Climate Hawk, To Head The World’s Largest Scientific Society appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Online Reources for the Study of Native American Religions

I'm happy to introduce another one of our new regular contributors: Sarah Dees. Sarah is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her dissertation examines the scientific study of Native American religions undertaken by a Smithsonian research office in the late-nineteenth century. Show More Summary

Home exercise can ease hopelessness in coronary heart disease patients

Home exercise can ease feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. Feeling hopeless can be dangerous because it can discourage people from taking healthful steps such as exercising or quitting smoking, said Susan L. Show More Summary

People who gained weight after quitting smoking still had lower death risk

In a small study in Japan, people who stopped smoking didn't face increased death risk if they gained weight, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. "Quitters had a significantly...Show More Summary

Patients counseled on genetic heart disease risk feel they have more control over fate

Adults counseled on their genetic risk of coronary heart disease believe they have more control over their fate, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. Researchers examined the impact...Show More Summary

Healthy diet linked to decreased blood-pressure measurements

A heart-healthy diet is related to decreased blood pressure measurements, researchers said in a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. read more

Physician suicide 101: Secrets, lies and solutions

This article adapted from a lecture presented by Pamela Wible, MD, at the 2014 American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly in Washington DC. Why did you go to medical school? I’m a family physician born into a family of physicians. My parents warned me not to pursue medicine. So I went to medical school. […]

The “Antidepressants” Work for Everything

On Oct 16 an enthusiastic piece was published in the Scientific American on “The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants.” It was simply thrilling, the author noted, that Prozac and its cousins turned out to be effective, not just in depression, but... read more

James Sublett Installed as ACAAI President, Bryan Martin Elected President-Elect

James L. Sublett, M.D., Louisville, Kentucky, was installed president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta on Nov. 10. Bryan L. Martin, DO, Columbus, Ohio, was elected ACAAI president-elect.

10 Scientific Explanations for Famous Ghostly Phenomena

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

According to a 2005 Gallup poll, 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and according to a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll, 45 percent believe in ghosts. These are surprising numbers, but the next time you hear a spooky sound, don't call the Ghostbusters—get a scientist instead. Show More Summary

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