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US Department of Health & Human Services

(HHS) Government Department

The HHS is the health department of the U.S. Government. It head, the secretary, is a member of the US President's cabinet. The Surgeon General, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health, all report to the the HHS.
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US Department of Health & Human Services' Opinions

Disagree
[It is false that] pulling out is a very good way to keep from getting a girl pregnant. Some semen leaks before ejaculation. You can get a girl pregnant even if you withdraw (pull out). And it's difficult to withdraw just before ejaculating.
01 Jul 1999    Source


Disagree
No amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.
21 Feb 2005    Source


Sex

Agree
Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
02 Jun 2000    Source

Agree
intact condoms... are essentially impermeable to particles the size of STD pathogens including the smallest sexually transmitted virus... condoms provide a highly effective barrier to transmission of particles of similar size to those of the smallest STD viruses.
10 Oct 2003    Source


Mostly Disagree
We clearly associate media violence to aggressive behavior. But the impact was very small compared to other things. Some may not be happy with that, but that's where the science is.
11 Apr 2003    Source


Agree
...the health effects of smoking provides a startling picture of the damage to health caused by tobacco use. Smoking injures almost all bodily organs, and tragically this injury often leads to incurable disease and death. The comprehensive review process that is the foundation of this series of reports has found new causal associations of smoking with disease, reemphasizing the need for continued monitoring of scientific evidence on the health effects of smoking.
01 Jan 2004    Source


Agree
Today, massive and conclusive scientific evidence documents adverse effects of involuntary smoking on children and adults, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases in adults, and adverse respiratory effects in both children and adults.
27 Jun 2006    Source


Mostly Agree
[Yes, but] recent research suggests that sunscreen, by itself, is not an adequate strategy for UV protection. Many people use sunscreens if they intend to stay out in the sun for a long period of time, and they reduce the use of other forms of sun protection (e.g., clothing or hats). They thereby receive the same or even a higher amount of UV exposure than they would have obtained during a shorter stay with no sunscreen.
01 Dec 2004    Source


Agree
The relationship between skin cancer and ultraviolet radiation is well established. Behaviors such as seeking shade, avoiding sun exposure during peak hours of radiation, wearing protective clothing, or some combination of these behaviors can provide protection.
01 Dec 2004    Source

Neutral
It is not known [...] if reduction of exposure to UV radiation through the use of sunscreens and/or protective clothing or through limitation of exposure time can reduce the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer in humans. ... The relationship between UV radiation exposure and cutaneous melanoma is less clear ... A meta-analysis of 18 studies that explored the association between melanoma risk and previous sunscreen use [...] suggests an absence of an association.
10 Apr 2008    Source


Disagree
The world is obviously unprepared or inadequately prepared for the potential of a pandemic. ... Pandemics have been with us from the beginning of time and they will be with us in the centuries in the future. We haven't seen one for some 30 years and consequently we forget, but we cannot forget because ultimately they happen.
01 Jan 2006    Source


Agree
Vaccines have been so successful in preventing disease in the US that in recent years, the annual number of reports to VAERS have exceeded the total number of reports of routine childhood vaccine-preventable disease. This may lead some people to believe that the vaccines are dangerous. [In reality] the risk of a serious adverse reaction to an immunization is extremely small. The risk of the disease itself is substantially more serious than the risk of the immunization.
23 Apr 2007    Source


Agree
Since it was first approved for use in the United States, the safety of aspartame has been questioned by some. To date, however, the agency has not been presented with scientific information that would support a change in our conclusions about the safety of aspartame. Those conclusions are based on a detailed review of a large body of information, including more than 100 toxicological and clinical studies regarding the sweetener's safety.
08 May 2006    Source


Disagree
[No, for example] the safety and efficacy data for [the new sunscreen] Anthelios SX included information from 28 studies in over 2500 patients, ranging in age from 6 months to over 65 years old. In addition, the contribution of each of the active ingredients to sun protection was studied. Side effects reported during clinical studies were infrequent and non-serious.
24 Jul 2006    Source


Disagree
[Cancell] is a liquid that was promoted as a treatment for cancer and other diseases. Cancell was made using different mixtures of ingredients, mainly by two companies, since the late 1930s. None of the common chemicals in these products is known to be effective in treating any type of cancer. Since 1989, it has been illegal in the United States to make, sell, or give Cancell as a treatment for any disease.
09 Apr 2008    Source


Disagree
There have been no properly controlled research studies on the specific effects of these [hallucinogenic] drugs on the human brain, but smaller studies and several case reports have been published documenting some of the effects associated with the use of hallucinogens. [editor: the article then lists numerous negative effects of the drugs]
01 Jun 2009    Source


Agree
LSD users can also experience flashbacks, or recurrences of certain aspects of the drug experience. Flashbacks occur suddenly, often without warning, and may do so within a few days or more than a year after LSD use. In some individuals, the flashbacks can persist and cause significant distress or impairment in social or occupational functioning, a condition known as hallucinogen-induced persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD).
01 Jun 2009    Source


Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between US Department of Health & Human Services and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on US Department of Health & Human Services' coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Agree
Bill Gates
Microsoft Cofounder, Philanthropist
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Thomas Dodd
Former Senator
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Barack Obama
United States President
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Stephen Barrett
Psychiatrist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Office of National Drug Control Policy
(ONDCP) Department in U.S. President's Executive Office
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Michael Osterholm
Professor of Medicine; Policy Advisor
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Ida N. Damgaard
Researcher
75% agreement / 1 opinions

In-Between
Ron Paul
U.S. Politician, Libertarian
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Reproductive Health Organization
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Scientific American
Magazine
37% agreement / 2 opinions

Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
25% agreement / 1 opinions

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
(NICE) U.K. Government Department
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Jenny McCarthy
Actress
25% agreement / 1 opinions

David Abrahart
Researcher
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Disagree
Alexander Shulgin
Chemist who popularized MDMA
12% agreement / 2 opinions

David Pearce
Philosopher
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Bill Maher
Political T.V. Host, Comedian
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Gideon Koren
Professor of Medicine
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Steve Jobs
Founder of Apple
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Viera Scheibner
Geology Professor; Prominent Modern Medicine Skeptic
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

US Department of Health & Human Services' conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers US Department of Health & Human Services typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Agree Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
High Disagree Are we prepared for a pandemic?
Medium Disagree Does Protocell work?
Low Disagree Can hallucinogens enrich one's life?

Projected Opinions

US Department of Health & Human Services' projected opinions are opinions US Department of Health & Human Services is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
Low Disagree Should marijuana be legal?
Low Neutral Is hope good?
Low Agree Is development aid to Africa effective?
Low Agree Should the world embrace nuclear energy?
Low Disagree Is trying to "change the world" foolish?