Popular Archaeology: More on the violent death of Pharaoh Senebkay.
Perhaps horses were widely used earlier than previously believed.
The Register: Churchill’s blood valued at £560,000.
“Dukes Auctions is estimating the phial of his blood obtained by a nurse in 1962 could fetch £1,000, although a spokeswoman from the auction house said that due to the age of the specimen it now resembles a congealed orange-red blob.” One can safely assume Hayley Atwell will not be choked up and dumping this in the Thames from Tower Bridge.
BBC: The pioneering female astronauts who never saw space.
“[Jerrie] Cobb was bought out the tank after nine hours and 40 minutes ‒ a record at the time, as no man had endured more than six hours and 20 minutes and no woman more than six hours. On top of that, Cobb had not suffered any hallucinations.”
Mashable: 11 Wesleyan students hospitalized after apparent Molly overdoses.
Molly often gets cut with compounds that ... compound .. the negative effects. It’s all an affair of the heart - you’ll go from feeling love for everything, into full cardiac arrest.
AuthorityNutrition: Gluten Sensitivity is Real, and “Wheat-Free” is Not Just a Fad.
“This study made headlines all over the world, claiming that gluten sensitivity had been disproved and that gluten was safe for anyone except people with celiac disease. However, this is completely false. What this study does show, is that gluten probably isn’t a very big factor in irritable bowel syndrome, in which case FODMAPs are the main player. This study also happens to support the fact that many people (IBS is very common) are intolerant to wheat, and should make an effort to avoid it. It’s just that the mechanism is different from what was previously believed. The solution, a gluten/wheat-free diet, is still the same, and just as effective as before.” My italic and underlined emphases. I got into a dustup over this study on FB; this reinforces my contentions there.
Discover/Neuroskeptic: Right-Wing Brain Surgeons - The Case of Surgical Neurology International.
Good lord. I suppose we’re used to climate change/GMO science being perverted, but health now, too? In such a particularly difficult field, it seems extremely inappropriate and wasteful.
Daily Mail.UK: American Benjamin Miller gored by bull at Carnaval del Toro in Spain yesterday.
“Benjamin Miller of Georgia underwent a three-hour operation to repair damage to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles after being tossed and gored by a bull.” Darwin Award winner for the weekend. I now have a new mental image of ‘head butt’.
BBC: HIV vaccine that transforms cell DNA brings fresh hope.
After so many false alarms, let’s wait and see how long this one lasts before debunking.
PS Mag: When It Comes to IVF, Who Should Call the Shots?
Mother Jones: By Age 40, Your Income Is Probably as Good as It’s Going to Get.
“Real earnings pretty much plateau after age 40.” Gee, thanks. Continuing that youth-supremacy thing. But with larger numbers of active older Boomers? These stats will change, I guarantee it.
Guardian.UK: Alzheimer’s researchers find molecule that delays onset.
“It doesn’t stop the initial formation, but it stops it becoming a chain reaction.” Unfortunately (you knew this was coming), “Brichos is unlikely to be suitable as a drug because it would be absorbed by the body before having the chance to work in the brain.” It’s another step in the right direction though.
RT: Massive protests in Turkey after student murdered & burnt in attempted rape.
“... the driver of the minibus attempted to rape Aslan, and stabbed her to death after she resisted with pepper spray. He then sought the help of his father and a friend to get rid of the body, which they burnt.” Ladies, *incapacitate* your attackers. Make sure he can’t get up while you get away.
NY Times: Brain Wound Eliminates Man’s Mental Illness.
I worry for those who read articles with information such as this, and then become copycats. This is a little bit more serious than homeopathics or grapefruit diets ...
Past Horizons: Forensic pathologist discovers trauma evidence for killer blow to Richard III.
Bent his head forward, and some soldier piked almost clear through his skull with a halberd, sliding under the edge of his helmet.
Vox: Steven Brill on Obamacare, how to write a book, and the future of media.
The Atlantic: Where Have All the Construction Workers Gone?
“One morning, after waking up at 4 a.m. and doing his stretches, he had an idea. He opened the Sunday careers section in the newspaper, called on a higher power, and then closed his eyes and put his finger down on a random place on the page, deciding that whatever career it suggested, he’d pursue. His finger landed on an ad for a massage-therapy program at a local career college.” My italic emphasis. Anything in health care seems to be a good bet, as Boomers continue to face seniority.
HuffPo: Michael Gambon Retires From Theater Acting Due To Memory Loss.
Age, not Alzheimer’s. I assume movies will not be a problem, yet.
Pacific Standard: The Entire Indian Subcontinent Needs a Stool Transplant.
“Many medical tourists, who have traveled to India for cheaper procedures, have returned with highly resistant infections.” A huge problem, one that hasn’t hit the newswaves nearly hard enough.
The New Yorker: How Not to Test a Dietary Supplement.
“... industrial processing can destroy a plant’s genetic material without affecting its supposed health benefits.” This sounds disturbingly like the theory behind homeopathy.
Early Modern Medicine: Beauty Spots and French Pox.
“The beauty spot is the trademark of the eighteenth-century’s powdered beauties, both male and female. To achieve a beauty spot when one did not occur naturally, people took to wearing false ones made from velvet and stuck on to the face.” I’ll volunteer to check Cindy Crawford’s.
Past Horizons: Ill-fitting teeth began with earliest farmers.
Gee, thanks great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather-who-was-a-farmer ...
WaPo: You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop.
“Of the 1,000 or so potential donors who’ve expressed interest on his Web site over the past two years, only about 4 percent have passed the extensive medical questioning and stool testing.” I can see the ads now, “Pooped out? Earn $13k a year!”
Vox: Study - suffering at end of life is getting worse, not better.
“Take a cancer patient who has stopped eating and is writhing in pain, he said. An oncologist might recognize the person is going to die, but rather than telling the patient, he or she begins another round of treatment that causes more pain and suffering.” Medicine really needs to get on board with assisted suicide and much better end-of-life management.
BuzzFeed: Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson’s Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died.
“... it took the administration’s own surgeon general, Dr. C. Everett Koop, issuing his groundbreaking ‘Surgeon General’s Report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome’ — without giving advance notice to the White House — and the Senate pressing for a presidential commission on AIDS for the White House to take steps toward action.” Koop was no fool; gagged by the Reagan White House, he routed around them. Read here.
Daily News Egypt: New mummies discovered floating in sewage in Upper Egypt.
“... the ministry believes that the tombs were most likely discovered through illegal digging by some citizens residing in the area. Due to the severe security restrictions present, the residents simply got rid of the mummies in the sewage, despite realising their cultural value, particularly regarding antiquities.” What a way to go.