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Kenguru.

An electric car for wheelchair-bound folks. Pretty neat.

10/20/14 • 09:50 AM • ConsumptionDesignHealthHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Motherboard: Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die?

So the bad news is that, if you’re alive today, your death will probably be drawn out and pretty scary. The good news is that we’re a lot better at managing pain than they were in the Middle Ages.” Mental note: move to a right-to-die state, if necessary, when the time draws near.

10/17/14 • 09:55 AM • HealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.

Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.

10/16/14 • 01:27 PM • EntertainmentHealthScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Glen Campbell - I’m Not Gonna Miss You.

The famed singer is in the final stages of cognitive decline, and it seems his record company saved this for us.

10/15/14 • 05:18 PM • HealthHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: Where Germs Lurk on Planes. [Pre-Ebola link.]

The media seem intent on convincing everyone that airline travel is safe as can be. It’s not. H1N1 and SARS have exposed some of the weaknesses of airline travel. This article is from 2011, before the current spate of ‘safety’ bullsh-t you’re being fed by the 24/7 news cycle.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Later: I do not wish to fan the flames of panic and irrationality. I would like the media to be straight with people about risks on board a flight. Shep Smith of Fox News [quelle surprise] has a message I agree with. There is zero risk for anyone in the general population at this time.

10/15/14 • 02:22 PM • HealthTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ebola Deeply, Covering the Crisis.

EbolaDeeply.org, a curated list of articles on the crisis. I need to watch ‘em for a few days before I recommend ‘em.  The article “Ebola Threatens Chocolate” rings a bit off (in the changing ‘Around The Web’ sidebar).

10/15/14 • 11:36 AM • HealthInternetScienceWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.

Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.

10/14/14 • 11:30 AM • HealthHistoryPoliticsScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Amazon: Vapur Element Bottle.

Pretty cool idea. The included carabiner is a nice touch.  I’m always trying to figure out better ways of carrying water while shooting.

10/14/14 • 11:20 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHealth • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CBD: Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into California Aquifers.

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.” Woof. What a bunch of maroons.

10/13/14 • 09:32 PM • EnvironmentalHealthNaturePolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Highway Guardrail May Be Deadly, States Say.

If the ends aren’t properly installed and maintained, they become spears. It is truly amazing how many people manage to skewer themselves on the ends of guardrails. There’s been an uptick with smartphones and texting, in my observations.

10/13/14 • 02:06 PM • EconomicsGeneralHealthPoliticsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kickstarter: StandStand, the portable standing desk.

Clever.

10/13/14 • 10:42 AM • ComputingConsumptionDesignHardwareHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Planet Princeton: Princeton Police and Health Department Enforcing Quarantine of NBC Crew.

Snyderman and two crew members were quarantined Friday night after the New Jersey Health Department has issued a mandatory quarantine order. The mandatory order was issued after a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.” Journalists being stupid.

10/13/14 • 10:41 AM • HealthNewsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?

Of interest.

10/11/14 • 12:49 PM • HealthScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Neomatica: Molecular Origins Of Eating Disorders Found In Gut Microbe.

... researchers at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research and the University of Rouen in France have found strong evidence that a protein made by intestinal bacteria are a causative agent for the disorders.  Specifically, antibodies made by the host against this protein cross-react with a mammalian satiety hormone.  The severity of symptoms in ED patients was also found to correlate with levels of the neutralizing antibodies.  The researchers believe that this understanding will ultimately lead to a chemical therapeutic strategies to correct eating disorders.” Gut bugs. I’m tellin’ ya, if I had a second chance at life, I’d be a microbe researcher.

10/11/14 • 11:49 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discover Magazine: Stem Cell Breakthrough Puts Type 1 Diabetes Cure In Reach.

The researchers developed a 30-day, six-step process that transforms embryonic stem cells into pancreatic beta cells, the same sugar-regulating cells that are destroyed by the immune system of people with type 1 diabetes. The new cells can read the levels of sugars that enter the body after, say, a meal, and secrete the perfect dose of insulin to balance sugar levels.

10/10/14 • 01:31 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Annie Baker’s The Flick and the joy of reading plays.

One of the things I still do to stay fluent (in case my stutter ever comes back) is to read plays aloud. It’s fun. We used to have a small group of literati in college who’d get together every so often and just read (and act, of course) something off-the-cuff. Beats Trivial Pursuit. I was once told I sound like a mix between Robert Goulet and Yogi Bear when reading “Hamlet.”

10/10/14 • 09:12 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Aging Journal: Reversal of cognitive decline - A novel therapeutic program.

Of interest. They are not proposing diet-and-exercise changes alone will cure Alzheimer’s, but that it may go a long way to making existing drugs more effective by maintaining ‘plasticity.’  Of course this is an anecdotal study - a larger clinical trial is needed.

10/09/14 • 09:54 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks.

Dr. Flannery of the CDC says a key reason for Firestone’s success is the close monitoring of people who have potentially been exposed to the virus — and the moving of anyone who has had contact with an Ebola patient into voluntary quarantine.”  Money and procedure.

10/08/14 • 05:14 PM • EconomicsHealthHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salon: Fracking company teams with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits “for the cure&rd

Truly bizarre. Ammonia, benzine, toluene, diesel are all so very beneficial for cancer sufferers.  I remind those who say fracking fluids will not surface in our lifetimes because they’re deposited under ‘impermeable rock layers’, that Los Alamos National Labs is experiencing this exact scenario - chemicals injected that were not supposed to surface for hundreds of years are appearing in ever-greater concentrations in local wells.

10/08/14 • 04:59 PM • EnvironmentalHealthHuman RightsPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Why Americans Are Drowning in Medical Debt.

... patients have few options beyond attempting to research hospital charges ahead of time—which is probably the furthest thing from a person’s mind when they are most in need of a hospital.” A friend got caught in the ‘out-of-network’ scam. It was the physician who should have known not to send out for blood tests to an out-of-network lab. After a complaint, they soaked the cost themselves.

10/08/14 • 12:28 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

You’ve probably heard about Soylent.

Here. A whole lot of quasi-cerebral hoo-hah. The major ingredient is maltodextrin. Blech. And it uses sucralose, which is gathering more and more negative studies for the destruction of beneficial gut bugs. Even MetRx (a better alternative to the above, methinks, comparing ingredient lists) is using sucralose these days. Shame.

Back to Tang and Space Food Sticks.

10/08/14 • 10:49 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Science of Us: Ebola Fears Are Triggering Mass Hypochondria.

We tend to think of hypochondriacs as the irrational individuals who, after spending entirely too much time on WebMD, become convinced that a minor headache means a brain tumor, or that a lingering cough means lung cancer. But that anxiety and fear some of us are having over catching Ebola (a highly unlikely health outcome)? That’s hypochondria, too ...” The media is exacerbating this. Too much information can be worse than too little.

Later: *Sigh.*

10/08/14 • 09:39 AM • HealthNewsPsychology • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Ebola in the U.S.—Politics and Public Health Don’t Mix.

We don’t need high tech to control Ebola. This has been demonstrated repeatedly. In the 1995 Kikwit oubreak, we learned that transmission was not airborne and that the epidemic could be controlled with very basic personal protective equipment. PAPRs and HazMat suits may, in fact, be more of a risk, given they complicate care.

[Note: I hate to have to dive into the whole Ebola thing, but after watching a few silent minutes of cable news on a neighboring treadmill (mine was blank), I feel a little commonsense might help things along.  The cable newscasters were, on one hand, saying coughing and sneezing on airplanes was safe, but encountering it in your home, you need surgical masks.  The amount of wrong and disinformation getting broadcast, along with the thinly veiled ‘informative fear-and-panic’, is getting up my nose. There are no health hypochondriacs like American health hypochondriacs. Tell someone you have a fever, see what happens.]

10/07/14 • 10:31 AM • HealthPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CJR: Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola.

Really, if you’re going anywhere that requires personal protective equipment, you need to be under the supervision of someone who knows what he or she is doing. Proper removal requires about 20 sequential steps, with spraying and hand washing throughout.” In which we may see the act of feeding the 24/7 cable news behemoth is a suicide that involuntarily takes others along for the ride. Freelance journalists are free to go just about anywhere; the question is, should they? In this case, their barebones modus operandi and ill-preparedness can kill innocents.

10/07/14 • 10:18 AM • HealthHuman RightsNewsScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

If I hear one more newscaster ...

... trying to sew fear-and-panic over ‘the man in Dallas with a bowler’, I’m gonna implode. I know you want to be all PC and all, newsies, but if you can’t get the pronunciation correct, don’t even try. Most tourists are calling it eee-BOW-lah anyway.

Every time newscasters do it, I picture John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks.

10/06/14 • 06:27 PM • EntertainmentHealthNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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