SciAm: U.S. to Study Zika Link to Guillain-Barre in Puerto Rico.
Hey, some facts might actually be discovered. [Dry humor.]
SciAm: How Your Gut Affects Your Bones.
“In fact, the microbiome is now known to influence heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity - and scientists are discovering new links every year. The microbiome is no longer just a preoccupation of microbiologists. It’s finally getting the attention it deserves across all areas of medicine.” I tell you, if I had my career to do over ... researching gut bugs.
naked cap: Tax Breaks for Big Pharma on Top of Unreasonable Price Hikes.
“The Allergan merger enables Pfizer to move to Ireland and cut its taxes. As expected, Read claims that the money will go to increased R&D. He implies Pfizer doesn’t have enough money for R&D right now. Let’s see what Pfizer’s 2014 financial statements say about that. In 2014, Pfizer reported net income of $9.1 billion. P. 58. It paid dividends of $6.6 billion, and repurchased stock for $5.0 billion, a total return to shareholders of $11.1 billion. No wonder there is no money for an increase in R&D.”
AJ America: ‘Hot Yoga’ Guru Loses Sexual-Harassment Suit.
“One witness, Sharon Clerkin, is said to have testified that Choudhury once announced at a packed training session, the majority of whose participants are usually women, that ‘I should rape more girls, it’s good for business.’”
NPR: No Comment From Grinning Martin Shkreli At House Hearing On Drug Prices.
Everything that’s wrong with capitalism, in one human waste.
ForumOpera.com: Véronique Gens victim of a malaise in full concert.
Dramatic. You’ll have to translate it. Google humorously mistranslates ‘blood pressure drop’ as ‘voltage drop’.
Bicycling: First Look - Wahoo Fitness Standing Desk for Cyclists.
Cool, but beware for your sexual/urinary health. Sitting on a stationary trainer too long can damage the bloodflow in your pelvic floor permanently; you’ll be ‘Limp Larry’ for the rest of your days.
JAMA: Association of Seafood Consumption, Brain Mercury Level With Brain Neuropathology in Older Adu
“In cross-sectional analyses, moderate seafood consumption was correlated with lesser Alzheimer disease neuropathology. Although seafood consumption was also correlated with higher brain levels of mercury, these levels were not correlated with brain neuropathology.”
Entrepreneur: Union Plumbers Donate Time, Supplies to Flint Residents.
Brita’s don’t filter lead effectively. I hope they researched options before doing this. I mean, I really appreciate the gesture. But it should help fix the problem.
Discover Magazine: No, GM Mosquitoes Didn’t Start The Zika Outbreak.
Saw the original article on the ‘net, smelled more than one rat. A lot of allegations, with no discernible trail of breadcrumbs from one sensational fact to another. Jeremiah, your years of enforcing good skepticism paid off here.
Open Culture: Try the Oldest Known Recipe For Toothpaste.
“It was painful on my gums and made them bleed as well, but that’s not a bad thing, and afterwards my mouth felt fresh and clean. I believe that this recipe would have been a big improvement on some of the soap toothpastes used much later.”
SF New Mexican: Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements.
“The provision applies to able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49 who have no children or other dependents in their home. It requires them to work, volunteer or attend education or job-training courses at least 80 hours a month to receive food aid. If they don’t, their benefits are cut off after three months.”
And for those who do have children? They don’t have to work?
NPR: Researchers Who Need To Avoid Mosquito Bites Tell What Works For them.
DiscoverMag: The Race to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance.
NPR/TED: Jae Rhim Lee - Is There A Better Way To Be Buried?
Vox: Study - Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan is almost twice as expensive as he says.
Oh please. What is not mentioned - even if these cost increases are real, you could USE your health insurance and not risk bankruptcy. Over time, healthier people, lower overall costs - the things Obamacare was supposed to encourage, and has utterly failed at.
Later: And The Nation says he’s not resolute enough.
Keep getting everyone nervous and jerky, Bern. It’s a good thing.
NY Times: Zika Virus ‘Spreading Explosively’ in Americas, W.H.O. Says.
“One worry, Dr. Chan noted, is that there is no vaccine against the virus or a rapid diagnostic test to determine whether someone has been infected.” So, sewing fear and panic is doing exactly ... what?
WaPo: Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery.
“In patients with schizophrenia, a variation in a single position in the DNA sequence marks too many synapses for removal and that pruning goes out of control. The result is an abnormal loss of gray matter.” Bad news for sufferers, but good news for their children, if a cure is found.
NY Times: Concepcion Picciotto Dies; Kept Vigil Behind White House for 3 Decades.
“Ms. Picciotto was also familiar to five presidents, though they ignored her. ‘Not a single president ever walked across the street from the White House to meet her or to recognize her quest for peace and justice’ ...” One of those footnotes in history, that supply needed context to the era. RIP, good lady.
SciAm: More Evidence Emerges for ‘Transmissible Alzheimer’s’ Theory.
“But the scientists say that if the theory of amyloid seeding turns out to be true, it would have important clinical implications. In general surgery, for example, any amyloid-β proteins, which are very sticky, would not be routinely removed from surgical instruments; standard sterilization procedures cannot shift them.”
Drug Discovery & Dev: Strong Link Found Between Dementia, Common Anticholinergic Drugs.
“Three years of taking either daily Benadryl, Advil PM, Tylenol PM, or Motrin PM, for example, is associated with about a ten percentage point increase in the probability of experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s compared to no use.” Jesus. Via Rebecca Blood on FB.
SciAm: Is Dementia Risk Falling?
“What could be driving the apparent downward trend in dementia frequency?” Rather than guess, a study or three might be good.
Authority Nutrition: Oxalate (Oxalic Acid) - Good or Bad?
If you’re healthy, no problem. If you or your family has a history of kidney stones, limit your intake.
f.lux Forum: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Interestingly, I believe I experienced this effect. Correlation is not causation, but it was the only factor that was altered in my normal daily routine. My SAD got significantly worse after about a week of use. I think f.lux is great - I was sleeping peerlessly - but I’m saving it for summertime. If you’re using it, and you notice an uptick in melancholy/depression/‘downs’, you might want to experiment a bit over a few days.