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NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.

One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?

Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.

10/27/14 • 10:17 AM • HealthHuman RightsLawScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Romano British burials show less gum disease than modern population.

We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today.

10/26/14 • 09:43 PM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mental Contrasting – Effectiveness, Uses, and Precautions.

Saw a related article on the NY Times, but couldn’t link because of the paywall. Hopefully this will be of interest.

10/25/14 • 07:45 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DiscoverMag: Most Autistic People Have Normal Brain Anatomy.

As far as it goes, though, it’s a bit of an earthquake – and I’m not sure how much of the field is left standing.

10/25/14 • 07:36 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters: Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients.

This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century.” During the European cholera epidemics, they’ll haul sick folks out to the pyres before they’d expired. Frightened humans do some pretty horrific things.

10/24/14 • 11:36 AM • HealthHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Aeon: The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.

Hmmm. Isn’t the European joke, “You must be from America. That’s the only place they manufacture such perfect teeth.”?

10/23/14 • 11:06 AM • GeneralHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.

Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?

10/22/14 • 12:27 PM • HealthVehicles • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.

Drinking an 8-ounce daily serving of soda corresponded to 1.9 years of additional aging, and drinking a daily 20-ounce serving was linked to 4.6 more years of aging.” Be canny of the source.

10/21/14 • 01:08 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.

Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.

10/21/14 • 11:12 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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
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