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Vox: Most Americans think miscarriage is rare. Most Americans are wrong.

Yes, but will Americans hear, understand and start to empathize?

07/31/15 • 04:45 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Lifehacker: This Infographic Shows What 25 Grams of Protein Looks Like.

Actually kind of handy. Many of these beat the 25 gram sweetener-filled protein bar.

07/31/15 • 04:29 PM • FoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: How the Brain Purges Bad Memories.

Drugs that alter the cannabinoid system could provide a way to modify the fear circuit, thereby—possibly—alleviating anxiety. Neurostimulation technologies, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and even optogenetics, could also potentially be used therapeutically to augment standard anxiety treatments.” A lot of people could see relief.

07/31/15 • 03:30 PM • HealthPsychologyScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Plane crashes into Blackbushe Airport car auction site.

At airport events, one still tends to focus on various cars being moved around (so as not to get hit) ... not the airplane traffic overhead. A helicopter still makes me pop up and look around. Really don’t want to be chopped to hamburger.

07/31/15 • 11:53 AM • HealthTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Tumblr/BestintheWest: I have gotten lots of questions these last few…

Great advice, if you’re going out riding in the wilderness.

07/29/15 • 07:46 PM • EnvironmentalHealthNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: Plague Death Confirmed - Santa Fe County woman died of plague.

Dr. Joan Baumbach, the deputy state epidemiologist, tells SFR that it’s the health department’s policy not to release information on the location of where the 52-year-old woman likely contracted plague.” I should think it would save lives to pinpoint the location, despite a certain amount of concern on the part of residents. Plague is usually concentrated around rodent nesting areas in specific locations; radiating outwards as the summer wears on and the fleas get transferred by breeding populations.

Later: Pets are the usual vector for human infection. As the CDC explains it, plague fleas sit at the entrance to packrat and ground squirrel holes. A dog sticks their head in, and if the pet has no proper repellents applied, the dog will pick up the fleas and transfer them to their owners (adults and children). Please, PLEASE don’t waste time with essential oils, brewer’s yeast or other ‘home remedies’. You are putting everyone’s lives at risk. And if you wonder why people don’t appreciate your dog coming up to them unbidden on walking trails ... well, now you know why.

07/27/15 • 04:18 PM • HealthSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

History Extra: Elizabeth I - The monarch behind the mask.

Very sad, actually.

07/27/15 • 03:39 PM • HealthHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

HowlRound: The Actor’s Body.

Greater lessons here.

07/27/15 • 10:13 AM • EntertainmentHealthPhysical FitnessPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

c|net: Man tries selfie with rattlesnake, gets snakebit for $150,000.

Another?!!! Okay, people. Wild animals do NOT do selfies. Just don’t.

07/26/15 • 01:05 PM • HealthInternetNaturePsychologySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: The Popular Blood Thinner That’s Causing Deaths and Injuries at Nursing Homes.

Rat poison. That’s what warfarin {‘Coumadin’} was created for. It needs careful dosing in humans. I hope I never have to take it. Those I’ve known who did, never really ever bounced back to any sort of robust health. It seems a treatment that ultimately makes conditions more complicated. Personal opinion - causation/correlation/all that - feel free to disagree.

07/24/15 • 07:15 PM • HealthPersonalScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Man jumps off Tower Bridge in London, calls it ‘stupidest idea ever’.

Ya think?

07/24/15 • 02:14 PM • HealthPsychologyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture.

If you didn’t read this the other day, you should. And now here we have Jeb Bush saying he wants to scrap Medicare. What kind of America do we want? We’d best speak up this election season.

07/23/15 • 02:23 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: There Are 22 Million Angry, Impulsive Americans With Guns.

... they advocate gun restrictions based on indicators of this personality type, such as convictions for misdemeanor violence, DUIs, and restraining orders. This, they think, would do a much better job of reducing gun violence than a focus on certified mental illness.” How about both?

07/22/15 • 05:25 PM • HealthHome & LivingLawPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

One of ours: Very upset to hear Hal Rager (‘Blivet’) has had a mini-stroke.

It’s probably easiest for most of you to leave messages on his Facebook profile. Medicine’s come a long way with stroke recovery. Here’s hoping you’re back to full posting capabilities soonest, Hal! Note that Audrey says he’s resting, waiting for tests right now. My uncle went through this a couple of times. The month or so post-event can be frightening, waiting for the debilities to diminish, but he recovered well. It was only the second small stroke that took some of his facial expression on one side. My uncle was a smart man - a beard masked the issue, and noone was ever the wiser.

07/22/15 • 10:31 AM • HealthInternetWeblogs • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: 7 Nutrients That You Can’t Get From Plant Foods.

Vegetarian and vegan diets may be very healthy for some people. However, there are a few important nutrients that are impossible to get from commonly consumed plant foods.” Take note, veggies.

07/21/15 • 01:00 PM • FoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: The viral idea that kale is bad for you is based on incredibly bad science.

Killer Kale.” Hilarious. More often than not these days, linking any given “groundbreaking” science story is likely to require a debunk link in following days. I’m starting not to bother, unless I see proper studies done to back it up (double-blind, placebo controlled, etc. etc.).

07/20/15 • 10:05 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Link Between Religiosity, Good Health Debunked.

Any protective effect of religion is the result of fitting in comfortably with one’s surroundings — not the religious preference of those surroundings — and the reduced stress levels this alignment produces.

07/20/15 • 10:03 AM • HealthPsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: What happens when fat kids don’t know they’re fat anymore.

Adolescents, for instance, are 29 percent less likely to correctly perceive themselves as being overweight than they were almost twenty years ago, according to the study’s findings. And the drop-off is the most pronounced among younger children — overweight 12-year-olds are almost 40 percent less likely to understand that they are overweight today.” Baby fat can be persistent. I’d be cautious about ages. I was a stocky youngster who leaned out like a stringbean in high school ... but ‘stocky’ today has no relation to the BMI of some kids I see waddling about. Fat in my childhood did not resemble today’s pint-sized Michelin Men. What we called ‘stocky’ in the day wouldn’t even register on the scale of today’s BMIs. After 16, if the first part of you that enters a door is your bellybutton and not your nose, there’s likely a problem. Keeping kids trapped in houses and schools, under surveillance, is the most direct cause I can think of.

07/20/15 • 10:02 AM • ChildhoodHealthPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Prosthetic pin discovered in ancient Egyptian mummy.

This is simply astonishing.

07/19/15 • 10:53 AM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist: Exceptionally deadly.

... the most compelling explanation is that more American women are in poorer health when they become pregnant, and are failing to get proper care. Chronic health conditions, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, are increasingly common among pregnant women, and they make delivery more dangerous.

07/17/15 • 08:18 AM • HealthHistory • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNet: Jimmy Fallon raises awareness about horrifying injury called ring avulsion.

Always take the ring off. Some will recall Neil Armstrong did this also, ripping off the tip of his ring finger in a grain harvester. It’s extremely common, and all too easy to do. Take it off. I know what I do to watches; I’m religious about removing rings.

07/16/15 • 09:17 AM • EntertainmentHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN: One year later, your ALS Ice Bucket money goes to ...

I’d wondered.

07/16/15 • 08:47 AM • GeneralHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Calf pull remedy?

I have a new theory about why I blow out my calf tendons every spring/summer as I start back into walking/jogging/running. All winter I spend in front of the computer - significant hours working. I slide my feet behind the base of my chair, propped up on toes. Shortening my Achilles tendon as efficiently as women’s high heels, really. I’ve started the habit of stretching that tendon every time I get up from the chair ... and it seems to have provided nearly instantaneous improvement. It was terribly painful to stretch even a little bit beyond vertical when I started. Now I can stretch almost horizontal. How fast our bodies adapt!

Now I feel foolish I never noticed.

07/15/15 • 01:26 PM • HealthPersonalPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Mexico Department of Health Warns Residents about Tularemia

FYI, folks in NM. Earlier in spring we had a rabbit die-off locally. Luckily the coyotes and ravens did the cleanup for us. Be careful out there. Thanks, EMCampNM on FB.

07/14/15 • 08:31 PM • HealthNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Women rarely regret their abortions. Why don’t we believe them?

Yet for most women, according to this study, however complex their feelings are, they still believe abortion was the right choice.” Noone says it isn’t painful, heartrending. Choice needs to be preserved.

07/14/15 • 12:26 PM • HealthHuman RightsLawPoliticsPsychologyReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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