The Top Ten Unfounded Health Scares

1. http://www.acsh.org/publications/pubID.154/pub_detail.asp 2. Canadian Medical Association. Media coverage of health stories often inaccurate, MDs report. CMAJ 1999;161:361. 3. Campion EW. Medical research and the news media. N Engl J Med 2004;351:23. 4. Ibid. 5. Taylor B, Miller E, Farrington CP, Petropoulos M, Favot-Mayaus I, Li J, Waight P. Autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: …

The Facts about Bisphenol A

Based on the longer article “Bisphenol A: A Scientific Evaluation,” written for ACSH by Michael Kamrin, Ph.D. and published on Medscape General Medicine on September 3, 2004 and available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/484739?src=search. The American Council on Science and Health gratefully acknowledges the comments and contributions of the following individuals, who reviewed all or part of this …

Ratty Test Rationale

Rodents are an insidious health threat — but I am not talking about disease-carrying vermin. I am talking about rodents in our nation’s most prestigious research laboratories. These animals, through no fault of their own, have been scaring us to death for 50 years while restricting our pursuit of an improved standard of living and …

Preventing Flu Deaths

Re “Winter Is Flu Season, but Maybe It Doesn’t Have to Be” (Week in Review, Dec. 26): You say “it would be nice to know for sure” that immunizing schoolchildren against influenza is the most effective route to prevent flu-related deaths among the vulnerable. There is no need for a new national study, nor do …

Reassessing The Use of Animal Tests to Predict Human Cancer Risk

As we went to press with America’s War on “Carcinogens,” we had just passed a dubious national anniversary: November 2004 marked the forty-fifth anniversary of America’s first major “carcinogen” scare. Just prior to Thanksgiving, a federal official announced that there was a “cancer-causing” chemical in the cranberry crop — and the safety of one of …

Government Cancer Tips Are Misleading

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States (and quickly challenging heart disease for that ranking). Understandably, Americans are very concerned and fearful about cancer — and would welcome sound information on how to reduce the risk of the various forms of this disease. In an attempt to fill that need, …