DiscoverMag: Liz Parrish Is Patient Zero in Her Own Anti-Aging Experiment.
PS Mag: Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young.
Perhaps. The research referenced is not as rock-solid guaranteed as this article makes it out to be.
NY Times: Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy With Universal Coverage.
“The system would be financed by payroll taxes of 3.3 percent for workers and 6.7 percent for employers. It would impose a 10 percent tax on investment income, people who are self-employed and some small-business income.” Sounds reasonable, if it can be supported on such. Yet 10% for self-employed ... ouch. Double-ouch. Compared to ‘workers’ and ‘employers’. We small businesses have a hard enough time. But if we could actually *use* it, we could bear it.
AuthorityNutrition: Are Oats and Oatmeal Gluten-Free?
They are, but cross-contamination is a huge problem. I eat oats only when I know I can ‘take a chance’ with my health.
I’ll take the opportunity to interject another interesting cross-contamination source. Coffee. I bought some mass market coldbrew coffee, and had some problems. I chalked it up to acidity (even though cold brew is supposed to be lower), kept drinking, and had worse problems. Doing research (I’m SO sick of researching things) ... coffee in America is of course not subject to cross-contamination in general. It’s the source countries. They use the same trucks for the coffee harvest that they use for hauling wheat and other grains. So some, especially cheaper coffees, can be significantly contaminated.
Unfortunately, everyone changes their sourcing all the time. I stick with one brand until symptoms start, and then start gently trialing others.
Celiac/gluten issues blow the big one. I hate it.
DJ: ‘All Belgians to get iodine pills’ in case of nuclear accident.
“The reactor pressure vessels at both sites have shown signs of metal degradation, raising fears about their safety. They were temporarily closed but resumed service last December.” Show some sense. Close ‘em down.
Neurodiversity.com: Screams, slaps & love (1965).
Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Therapists got angry with my stutter, but I never had to experience this. Perhaps I should count myself lucky.
Vox: More American children and teens aren’t just obese. They’re morbidly obese.
Gack. Well, I’ve pointed to this book before - expensive, but very much worth the price: Schooled on Fat. You will be shocked, I think. I was. It has the honor of being the first book I’ve ever reviewed on Amazon.
Random emotion on Prince’s passing.
I hope someone comes up with a will that states he’d prefer to not be autopsied. The thought of that uber-private man ... who used his body so divinely ... being spatchcocked on a well-used stainless gurney bothers me. He who breaks something perfect to learn its springs and levers has left the path of wisdom and all that. Leaving his cause of death a mystery could be seen as a mark of respect. IMHO. We really don’t need to know, do we?
BBC: Scientists say parechovirus causes brain damage in babies.
Now that Zika has everyone frightened, folks will realize that many viruses can cause brain damage in babies. Pregnant women should seek medical help to reduce fever any time they’re ill.
Autoweek: Another reason the roads were so scary in the 1950s - Booz Barometer!
I don’t know. Perhaps if there were a machine like this: You put your keys in. You put in enough cash or credit to buy a taxi/Uber ride home. You dine, drink. You have to blow below the legal limit to retrieve those keys and your deposit.
DiscoverMag: Life After Almost-Death.
Makes one wonder if this isn’t a pre-coded routine in the brain for death preparation. Easing the transition.
TechDirt: Optometrists Push For State Laws Blocking Online Eye Exams.
Civil Eats: FDA to Start Testing for Glyphosate in Food.
This is from February, but I deemed important to post. In the past, I’ve cast aspersions on GMO for celiac/wheat intolerance issues. Research is making stronger and stronger links to glyphosate, the herbicide inextricably linked with GMO, as a possible culprit. The increase in celiac diagnoses and the overabundant use of glyphosate to ‘dry out’ non-GMO wheat for harvesting - the increases seem to match very closely when you view them on a chart. We are getting larger doses than we would imagine, even while making ‘smart’ food choices. Some major research was done on this subject back in 2013, seems to have been a harbinger. Not ‘proven’ yet, but getting closer.
Scotsman.UK: Protein that works on mice could be key to treat Alzheimer’s.
Guardian.UK: Do hay fever tablets shrink your brain?
“New research has concluded that people regularly taking popular drugs including Clarityn and Piriton for hay fever and other allergies, the sleeping tablet Nytol, and Night Nurse Liquid containing promethazine did worse in cognitive tests and showed signs of loss of brain cells and connections.” Probably my vivid imagination, but I always felt mentally dull after taking Alka Seltzer Plus back when I’d commute to NYC (trains/subways/planes were petri dishes).
BBC: Head and neck cancer drug ‘game changer’.
Vox: My mother died of Alzheimer’s when she was 53. I don’t know if I’m next.
Heartfelt. Too many people are caregiving parents alone in America. The toll is devastating. If I start to go, give me a suicide option before I lose the will.
Discover Mag: Stuttering Mice Could Reveal New Clues About the Speech Disorder.
“Now that researchers have evidence that mice respond to the stuttering gene similarly to humans, they plan to test various drugs and procedures to see if they smooth out speech. And because the mechanism behind stuttering works the same in mice and humans, there’s a higher chance that a cure in mice will translate to humans.” Good news!
NPR: Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains.
“... you had the expectation that their brain - because their body looks like an adult - that their brain should also be structurally like an adult. Well, it’s far from the truth.” Even the medical community was slow to realize children are not small adults - you cannot medicate them by difference in weight or size. Now, when it should already be obvious, we find out teens are just as different. Earns another “Duh.” Second one in a week.
Vox: Hillary Clinton slams moderators for failing to ask a single abortion question.
It’s a great, important point. More of this, Hill.
NY Times: It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor.
Wise. I’d still check it regularly, though.
SciAm: Study Finds Evidence of Brain Injury in Living NFL Veterans.
*ahem* The sheer volume of ex-high-school football players could, in one fell swoop, explain the popularity of Trump ... ?
UC San Diego Health: Higher Levels of Vitamin D Correspond to Lower Cancer Risk.
If you’re a male over 40, you should be taking a goodly amount anyway.
Bicycling: This Piece of Gym Equipment Has 362 Times More Bacteria Than a Toilet Seat.
“But the worst offender? Free weights. Next time you go to pick up your favorite 15-pounders for bicep curls, keep in mind that researchers discovered that these babies had 362 times (!!!) more bacteria than a toilet seat. Excuse us while we go invest in some hand sanitizer …” ICK ICK ICK.
SciAm: Mysterious Antidepressant Target Reveals Its Shape.
For those who take SSRIs.