Discover Mag: Duct tape can do everything - including cure your warts.
The Atlantic: Should Stuttering Be Treated, or Embraced?
“If you had a magic pill, would you take it? And for me, the answer is no.” Hard one to swallow; the average listener is getting more and more impatient. I leave just a second open, and I’ll never get back to the point I was trying to make.
Mashable: Town comes together to give elderly man a heartwarming makeover.
Needed this today.
SciAm: Antibacterial Soap Has Poor Killing Power.
“It does no better than plain soap against 20 strains of bacteria.” I was happy to see in the local grocery, that Lava is still available.
Vox: 7 terrifying medical “treatments” that never caught on.
Atlantic: How Clinton Hopes to Make American Drug Prices Sane Again.
At least she’s not letting it go. I was afraid the 24/7 media machine would move on, all too quickly.
Catapult: Dying Is More Difficult Than It Seems.
Vox: Why critics are worried about the FDA boss Obama just nominated.
Obama continues to favor the pharmaceutical industry.
ABQ Journal: It’s a cover-up! Hot tub high jinks prompt change in clothing-optional policy.
“I do recall a friend telling me many years ago of a visiting friend who went to the communal tub, was blissfully soaking away her cares, only to have a man approach and ask, “May I touch?” Well, at least he was polite enough to ask. But still. Creepy.” Having lived here for so long, one hears all sorts of stories about that tub.
SF New Mex: Trinity downwinders decry secrecy in new federal study of atomic test’s health imp
“This new uneasiness was apparent as they met in Santa Fe last week with National Cancer Institute researchers who are making the first attempt to document possible doses of radiation received by individuals across the state and assess the health risks.” Looking after seventy years? The worst cases are probably already six feet under.
NY Times: A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug’s Price Raises Protests.
“Doxycycline, an antibiotic, went from $20 a bottle in October 2013 to $1,849 by April 2014, according to the two lawmakers.” This pullquote is not the drug mentioned in the title, but a common script folks will be completely outraged over - or should be.
This is not capitalism. This is criminal.
Mr President, Congress ... this shall not stand.
SciAm: Analysis of Antidepressant Paxil Finds Data on Teen Risk Was Held Back.
“The re-analysis used previously unseen data from records of patients involved in the trial and found that at least 12 out of 93 children taking the drug had developed suicidal thoughts.” As you know, I was an A/V tech who worked drug rollouts regularly. You have *no idea* the amount of information held back. “Cut off all research charts at 6 weeks in my presentation.” Why? Because placebo began to outperform the drug of choice ...
Vox: CBO says 630,000 women could lose access to care if Planned Parenthood is defunded.
“CBO, for its part, says it would be a mixed bag: Of Planned Parenthood’s 2.6 million patients, the agency estimates that between 130,000 and 630,000 ‘would face reduced access to care.’” Even the smaller # is concerning.
Guardian.UK: Kim Cattrall’s nearly 60 – what can she teach me?
“Cattrall replied that she considers that after 50 you live your life ‘on the balcony’. By which she meant that you are so self-aware that you’re able to look down on yourself and your life as if it were all happening to someone else. So you make better decisions and live a happier life.”
NY Times: Obama Calls Out Republicans on Planned Parenthood.
The Repubs won’t be happy until everyone under the age of 21 is ignorant of the actual mechanics of sex. More cannon fodder.
PS Mag: Why Are People Looting Clear Lake?
“Methamphetamine addicts are more or less ideally suited to looting archaeological sites.” Jeez. In the UK, all you have to worry about is pensioners with metal detectors. Here, we get crazed youths with rotting teeth digging in the middens. No wonder zombie-themed armaments are popular.
NY Times: Uninsured Numbers Drop as Poverty Rate Holds Steady.
“In its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage, the Census Bureau said that the percentage of people without insurance was 10.4 percent last year, down from 13.3 percent in 2013.” So, you blew away my decent-but-already-expensive health insurance to gift me with doubled monthlies and huge deductibles, in order to drop the uninsured rate by less than 1/4 (2.9%). Unsurprisingly, the poverty rate hasn’t changed. Excuse me if I clap with one hand. This small change is coming at a huge, huge price. Who is this helping, other than insurance companies and pharmaceuticals?
Vox: I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry.
“It makes me burn when people assume I could give something up and then I wouldn’t need assistance.” And there is a very good point within - one can’t forget the preparation time for so-called ‘healthy meals’. Having to be gluten free, I can tell you even without foodstamps I can fully understand this argument.
Mashable: Colorado park closes because people can’t stop taking selfies with bears.
“We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears.” Rank stupidity knows no bounds.
NY Times: ‘Lifesaving’ Study Urges New Goals on Blood Pressure.
I’d be very careful with this one. Lowering BP below 120, you can run into brain-fog and other significant issues. There’s a sweet spot between health and healthy function. Don’t let your doctor drug you into zombie-hood. And if they do, be bloody careful with vitamin supplements, which can tank your BP further. [Opined as a person who has had to care for a chronic low-blood pressure individual.]
SciAm: Evidence for Person-to-Person Transmission of Alzheimer’s Pathology.
“... the possibility remains that certain medical procedures, such as transplants and neurosurgery, may expose individuals to amyloid-beta seeds, and the possibility of transmitting them through blood will likely become an avenue of further research.” The usual research-warnings apply; don’t freak out. Followup studies often prove such things wrong.
Authority Nutrition: Red Wine, Good or Bad?
naked cap: Obamacare to crapify health insurance for employers.
“First, the tax was designed to slow the rising cost of health care and put pressure on employers to restructure employee health plans by increasing cost sharing on the part of employees. This would encourage employees to consume less health care, resulting in lower medical spending in the long-term.” I’ve seen some stupid statements, but this one takes the cake. Your buddy, fellow Dems. Looking out for your best interests.
NY Times: Is Ben Carson Really the Anti-Trump?
Good lord. Another hot mess.