Shopping bags destroy your finger capillaries.
We all carry too many bags, way too heavy, and have their handles cutting into our inside finger joints. I’ve just done it again, and bruised a vein in my middle finger. No more. I want to be able to type in perpetuity. Looking at these, and the various alternatives.
Shop around, you can save huge amounts of money. IF. If you have the time to choose.
The Art of Manliness: How to Pull an All-Nighter - Tips from the Special Forces.
Interesting. When I used to have to pull multiple all-nighters, naps and caffeine saw me most of the way through. Excitement did the rest (my A/V work was stimulating, at that time). So I’d add ‘thrill’ to the recipe.
SciAm: Bacterium Reverses Autism-Like Behavior in Mice.
Of course, more research needs to be done. There’s always that little (big) caveat.
Note the mention of leaky gut syndrome, which is commonly felt not to be a ‘real’ medical diagnosis. See Wikipedia for a quick overview.
Before you turn up your nose, as I almost did, I dug a little further on reputable research sites, and found that studies for my gluten intolerance - and other autoimmune disorders - are uncovering intestinal permeability as being a legitimate testable medical condition. So it is not, apparently, voodoo. Doctors (and alternative medicine, in spite of claims) are unable to, as yet, figure out how to treat it.
I tell you, once again, if I had life to do all over again, I’d get into research on gut bugs.
Later: Another study pointing to intestinal permeability as being one of three preconditions to onset of autoimmune disease.
Startin-Sport.com: BASE Jumper crashes against a cliff.
Nope. Won’t catch me BASE jumping. [Site is translated.]
New Yorker: Deathwatch.
Worse than that, as advancing age creeps up flexibility, strength, and other intangibles start to diminish. Wait too long, you’ll be trying to write your magnum opus through Coke-bottle glasses while sitting uncomfortably with an artificial hip (that’s likely been recalled). My advice: use it, or lose it.
Guardian.UK: The male pill? Here are some grim side-effects to expect.
“So when it comes to the introduction of the male pill, I’ve got some selfish demands. In the interest of empathy, and to help men and women understand each other a little bit better, I’d like the guys to experience the side-effects that we’ve been putting up with since our teens.” Payback time. But I don’t want to experience acne again!
CNN: Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges.
Really dumb to hand ammunition to the opposition.
NY Times: As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500.
Just read it. Even the best-intentioned ‘affordable’ health care reform doesn’t stand a chance against such market forces.
SciAm: When Harmless Bacteria Go Bad.
“When the body responds to a flu virus by raising the temperature and releasing stress hormones such as norepinephrine, the bacteria react in turn to those changes in their environment. They disperse from their colonies and begin expressing different genes that make them more deadly to respiratory cells …” Flippin’ little opportunists, they are. They like to kick a person when they’re down.
Hollywood Reporter: Animals Were Harmed.
Animals are apparently getting ‘Vic Morrow’d’ on a regular basis.
Guardian.UK: Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal.
“The scans showed greater connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain in women, while the connections in men were mostly confined to individual hemispheres. The only region where men had more connections between the left and right sides of the brain was in the cerebellum, which plays a vital role in motor control.”
The Dish: Did Healthcare.gov Meet Its Deadline?
Doesn’t look like a single person is asking what I’m asking: What did the ‘fix cost? What is the continuing work costing?
I suppose this information is either being obscured, or ‘saved up’ as the next great disaster-news-du-jour.
Men’s Health: Soy’s Negative Effects.
“In today’s supermarkets [snip] you can’t hardly get anything without at least some soy in it.” I’ve been warning about soy for almost a decade now, to much opposition here. Don’t take my word for it - go to any reproductive clinic, and ask them.
Nature: Study linking GM maize to rat tumours is retracted.
Wow. Now virtually half of the internet’s New Age/health segment is due for collapse. The type of rat this study used, the Sprague-Dawley rat, has been known to have significant spontaneous tumor issues since 1973. Their use for any long-term study guarantees invalidity. Given the date, one can’t argue a pro-GM conspiracy.
New Scientist: Are Alzheimer’s and diabetes the same disease?
Guardian.UK: White House delays small business healthcare market by one year.
“… some engineers will be working throughout the holiday week as the administration also revealed that further software and hardware updates were still necessary before the healthcare.gov consumer site could hit new capacity targets by Saturday’s deadline.” It’ll be real interesting to find out the $$ tab when all the fixing is done.
SciAm: How Happiness Boosts the Immune System.
Edgy; grain-of-salt time. No doubt the new age/self help commmunities will be reposting this (and variants) by the bushel.
Yahoo News: Dog-doo scofflaws get bagged through DNA testing.
Fan-damn-tastic. Some inconsiderate loon and his/her dog left a ‘present’ right in the middle of my driveway the other week. You bought the damned dog, not I - you clean up after it. I’m hoping this spreads far and wide. Our trails here in Santa Fe are disgusting when spring warmth hits … trails being the most convenient place to let dogs go, sans cleanup. The first 1/2 mile is a penance on just about any NM trail.
CNN: Princeton to make meningitis B vaccine available.
Wait just a sec … a lot of students live off-campus. As do the faculty. What about the rest of the town?
Slower than normal today; wrist brace impeding typing.
I did something funky to my left wrist. Not sure what, but it hurts like the devil. Pulled out an old wrist brace, and it slows down my typing speeds. I suspect it was caused by late-night burst of cleaning after dropping and breaking a glass the other night. Had to wrangle a heavy rug outside to shake all the bits of glass off. Well, it’ll heal shortly. No big deal. But if my posts are a little slower to come online, you now know why.
Mumanu: Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”.
“The nutritional benefits of the diet are not what the grievance is about, said Dr. Britta Hoyes, who organized the event. She agreed that a high-carbohydrate diet can have a detrimental effect on long-term health, as many studies have demonstrated. Instead, the group’s protest is a reaction to the biological and historical pediments of the diet, in particular the contention that pre-agricultural societies were only adapted to eat those foods existing before the Neolithic Revolution.” Personally, I’ve not met a single person going ‘paleo’ who gives a rat’s bum about what cavemen ate. It’s all about reducing carbs, and the digestive benefits thereof. Nasty gut bugs love sugars and carbs, and the diet’s very helpful to many. How about we call it the ‘Pretend Paleo’ diet instead, and all get on with our lives?
Later: More studies linking carbs to obesity, sans name-argumentation.
CNet: Does Facebook need a cemetery?
“Some people feel that remembering those they loved doesn’t quite harmonize with cat videos, political diatribes, and news of the latest boyfriend, job, or date. So on Thursday they launched Sanctri, an app that gives bereaved Facebookers their own area for grief, sorrow, and remembrance.”
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk: Nuts ‘cut 30-year death rates’.
“A daily handful of nuts cut death rates from any cause by a fifth, reduced those related to heart disease by nearly 30%, and lowered the chances of dying from cancer by 11%.” No discussion of type. I have a handful of almonds just about daily … just because they’re easy finger-food.
The Atlantic: How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?
“New research released this week has found that even people with phenomenal memory are susceptible to having ‘false memories,’ suggesting that ‘memory distortions are basic and widespread in humans, and it may be unlikely that anyone is immune,’ according to the authors of the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).” Memories are constantly under attack, really. No surprise that they distort after a while. All the more reason to weblog or write a journal.