Guardian.UK: Harrison Ford could have died in Star Wars set incident, court hears.
Han Solo’s tough. Plane/helicopter crashes, having the Millenium Falcon door dropped on him, he prevails.
AuthorityNutrition: Meat - Good or Bad?
As with most things, moderation seems to be key. And don’t prefer well-done (as I tend to).
SciAm: Brain Training Cuts Dementia Risk a Decade Later.
“There is growing evidence that remaining intellectually engaged (‘lifelong learning’) and certain forms of cognitive training can reduce the risk of plain old cognitive decline. But the new ACTIVE findings ‘are evidence that [that] may hold true for dementia, as well,’ said Maria Carrillo, chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Association.”
Guardian.UK: Stem cell trial suggests damaged heart tissue could be regenerated.
“One of the trial’s most dramatic results was a 40% reduction in the size of scarred tissue. Such scarring occurs during a cardiac event such as a heart attack, and can increase the chances of further heart failure. The scarring was previously thought to be permanent and irreversible.”
SF New Mexican: Zika carrier mosquito found in 4 New Mexico counties.
It’s in-state. Clear off your water-holding junk in the yard.
Art Newspaper: Name of mystery woman who received Van Gogh’s ear revealed for first time.
“Gabrielle, an innocent victim of a rabid dog and the temporarily deranged artist within the same year, later married and lived well into old age ...” Good for her. The tales she could tell, later on ...
JAMA: United States Health Care Reform - Progress to Date and Next Steps.
“The law has also greatly improved health insurance coverage for people who already had it.” An outright lie, in my own case. Sure, caps and preexisting conditions are gone. But I had to go from a $500 deductible to a $5,000 deductible to maintain my near-identical monthly payment. My wallet is not a fan.
Mashable: Brits not happy about advice to take vitamin D supplements.
Silly. Take it. Esp. if you’re male and advancing in years. Your weight will be lower, your T levels slightly higher, your mood better. Saves me from the depths of SAD every winter, too.
CBSNews: California’s Obamacare premium sticker shock.
“Come this fall’s open-enrollment period, which starts just a week before the election, exchange customers can switch to a cheaper plan.” Yeah, the supporters of the ACA keep pushing this. Look at the copays, the deductibles. Insta-bankruptcy if you get seriously ill. Pushing ‘affordable health care’ into science fiction territory. It’s like using fix-a-flat on a tire; works, but it’s not equal to a functioning patched tire.
SciAm: Human Brain Mapped in Unprecedented Detail.
Vox: America’s health care prices are out of control. These 11 charts prove it.
Not the whole story [this is a Vox link, after all], but pointing directly at things Congress should already be talking about and proposing legislation to correct.
In These Times: Many Pro-Bernie Groups Still Don’t Trust Clinton. Here’s Their Plan.
“the bulk of People for Bernie’s efforts, Wong says, will be devoted to advocating for policies like single-payer health care and debt-free college that formed the core of Sanders’ platform—by holding Clinton accountable to the commitments she made during negotiations over the Democratic platform and pushing her to the left on issues where she and grassroots activists remain divided.” Well, that’s their only move at this point. Let’s hope they all stick to the agenda.
FishbowlNY: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Lively Celebrity Journalism Discussion.
“Jennifer, I wish you had spoken out earlier. I wish you hadn’t given all those interviews over the years where you described your diets and exercise regimen with the implication that we should all follow your lead if we wanted to be beautiful and acceptable.” Biting the hand ... ?
Bicycling: Heart Health - Why Fitness Alone Isn’t Enough.
I agree. Don’t waste time with an EKG or Holter monitor setup. Go straight to the stress echocardiogram. It’s the only test that gives physicians actionable information.
San Antonio Exp/News: Woman falls to her death at Grand Canyon after posting image on cliff’s edge.
“She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon.” Frankly, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Ever been there to see a sunrise? People climb out all over the cliffs, hanging on by fingernails. I almost couldn’t watch the sunrise for worrying about multiple imminent deaths. It’s one thing for an adult to endeavor to win a Darwin Award, but when they take their toddlers/babies with them? [*shudder*]
Atlas Obscura: Found - Exactly How Much of His Ear Van Gogh Sliced Off.
Dude was serious. I understand his agony, though ... I’m reading the wails of the Sanders faithful post-Clinton endorsement ... (wink) ...
NY Times: For Effective Brain Fitness, Do More Than Play Simple Games.
SciAm: Do Statins Produce Neurological Effects?
“In 2015 my colleagues and I observed that women taking statins, on average, showed increased aggression; men typically showed less, possibly because of reduced testosterone levels. Some men in our study did experience a marked increase in aggression, which was correlated with worsening sleep.”
Guardian.UK: Allergic to life - the Arizona residents ‘sensitive to the whole world’.
Long and interesting. I thought Santa Fe’s anti-wifi, anti-cell-tower folks were the extreme.
NY Times: How America Heals After Dallas.
There have to be solutions other than ‘put three in the center of body mass’. How we’ve gotten to this point, I can’t fathom. Police training is clearly inadequate, civilian response unpredictable. I myself only recently learned (the hard way) that we’re supposed to keep our two hands on the steering wheel until the officer taps on the window. How I missed this all these years, bespeaks how others behave in unpredictable (to law enforcement) ways. Take your hands off the wheel, the officer will put their hands on their weapon. Given the last couple of days, you really, REALLY don’t want that.
Pacific Standard: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Happens Around the World.
ANN: First fossil facial tumor discovered in a dwarf duck-billed dinosaur from Transylvania.
Hah. Well, not for the hadrosaur. For those new-agers who claim modernity causes tumors and cancers ...
The Coolist: Prevent Office Death with 12 Desk Stretches That Help You Live Longer.
Not terrible suggests, these. The “Seated Figure 4” is not terribly effective for the piriformis. You might have better luck lying down and putting a tennis ball under your buttocks. And never, ever round your back doing any of these. Ever.
Guardian.UK: Eating more saturated fats raises risk of early death, says US study.
Duelling pistols at dawn. Is it ill-advised to recommending listening/looking at your own physique and digestion? I eat bad things, I pay for them one way or another ...