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Guardian.UK: Hope for Alzheimer’s treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degenerati

The scientists have chosen not to name the two drugs, which are currently used for conditions unrelated to dementia, to avoid the possibility of patients seeking to use them ahead of any clinical trial to prove their efficacy.” I say, that’s hardly fair.

06/30/15 • 02:38 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?

Look, Boo-Boo! Spam in a can! Got a can opener?

06/30/15 • 10:55 AM • EnvironmentalHealthNatureTravel • (8) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Researchers Study 3 Promising Anti-Aging Therapies.

Of interest.

06/25/15 • 02:15 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein.

Been consuming it for years. I’ve graduated to the purest, lowest-cost form I can find: Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Unflavored.  Two scoops, a small teaspoon of instant coffee to knock back the flavor, milk. Blend. Done.

06/25/15 • 02:12 PM • ConsumptionFoodHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Freeze sperm at 18, bioethicist urges men.

... the risks from fathering children later in life were ‘really quite small’.” Yet in America, you can’t donate to sperm banks over the age of 39. So who’s right?

06/24/15 • 07:04 PM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: New report estimates enough natural gas is leaking to negate climate benefits.

The leaks are the equivalent to the greenhouse gases produced by 5.6m cars.” Man, I don’t doubt any of it.

06/24/15 • 05:05 PM • EnvironmentalHealthPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Mummified 17th century bishop a unique time capsule.

An unexpected discovery that emerged from the CT scan was a four- or five-month old foetus ...” Well now that’s creepy.

06/24/15 • 12:49 PM • HealthHistoryReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PubMed/NCBI: Effect of antiperspirants on whole body sweat rate and thermoregulation.

Our data show clearly that although antiperspirant prevents sweat production in the axillary area, this does not impact the ability of the body to thermoregulate following a rise in body core temperature. Thus, recent consumer questioning over this aspect of antiperspirant use appears to be unwarranted.”  I wondered. I was out doing physical things over the (hot) weekend, and got a touch of heatstroke. I wondered if antiperspirant contributed. Apparently not.

06/24/15 • 10:21 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Exposure to mixture of common chemicals may trigger cancer, scientists find.

The finding supports the idea that chemicals may be capable of acting in concert with one another to cause cancer, even though low-level exposures to these chemicals individually might not be carcinogenic.

06/23/15 • 12:34 PM • HealthScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: How to Stay Productive While Working From Home.

I’ll add some NM flavor. With our current heat wave, cook dinner at breakfast, in the cool of the morning.

06/22/15 • 11:28 AM • FoodHealthHome & LivingSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Searchers find body of missing ex-White House chef.

I suppose I’d wager a heart event. Less than two miles from the trailhead. The Taos Ski Valley trails start at 9,200 feet. Noting of course that I can and probably will be abundantly wrong, I just thought couching it in a word of caution about acclimatization would be the best way to introduce the item.

06/22/15 • 10:46 AM • GeneralHealthSanta Fe Local • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Atlantic: The Hospitals That Overcharge Patients by 1000 Percent.

On average, all U.S. hospitals charged patients (or their insurers) 3.4 times what the federal government thinks these procedures cost.

06/09/15 • 11:10 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Lost Posture - Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain.

Hell, I’ll try anything.

06/09/15 • 10:57 AM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness.

Results imply creative people are 25% more likely to carry genes that raise risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But others argue the evidence is flimsy.Ugh. Here we go again.

06/08/15 • 11:26 AM • ArtsHealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Breast cancer spread ‘trigger’ discovered.

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh said they have discovered a “trigger” that allows breast cancer cells to spread to the lungs. They found that blocking those signals in mice with breast cancer greatly reduces the number of secondary tumours found in the lungs.

06/08/15 • 11:10 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Study shows many US canned goods still contain cancer-linked BPA.

Less than one-third of the 252 brands surveyed by EWG use BPA-free cans for all products. Of those companies questioned, 43% gave ‘ambiguous or incomplete’ answers to EWG queries. Some companies did not respond entirely.” I’ll assume you already know to check EWG for sunscreen recommends, yes?

06/03/15 • 10:55 AM • FoodGeneralHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Statins could halve risk of dying from cancer, says major study.

Statins did not have a protective effect among those who took them, say researchers, but once a patient had cancer, they were less likely to die from it.” My italic emphasis.

06/03/15 • 10:51 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Why Washing Chicken Before Cooking Is Unsafe (Video).

Interesting! I’ve been a chicken-washer. Time to put that practice to bed.

06/02/15 • 10:48 AM • FoodHealthScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN: Enrique Iglesias injures hand in concert drone mishap.

Dumb. The toy/tool dichotomy strikes. A pro drone isn’t benign. Even with blade guards, the professional models tend to have extremely sharp carbon fiber blades. Surprised he still has his fingers; I didn’t see blade guards in the videos online, he may be lucky he still has eyes.

06/01/15 • 10:06 AM • EntertainmentHardwareHealthMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vanity Fair: Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil.

What if Guillot-Guyard had been more experienced in her role? What if she had not ascended so quickly, or had been in a fetal tuck? What if the rigger on the grid hadn’t had trouble hooking into his S.R.L.? What if the wire had not jumped the pulley wheel? What if the wire had been stronger?” Many different weaknesses, all in synchrony. I have to say, seeing “O” at the Bellagio in Vegas, was a religious experience.

05/29/15 • 03:14 PM • ArtsDesignEntertainmentHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico seeks premium hike.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that the insurer made a request for increases of an average of 51.6 percent ...” Affordable? Really?

05/28/15 • 08:38 PM • HealthSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers.

God help them if they get addicted to benzos ... probably all too easy, in a college environment.

05/27/15 • 11:27 AM • ChildhoodHealthPsychologyScholarly • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Yahoo: Actor Sam Shepard arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe.

The second actor in short order.

I have to say, some joints mix powerful drinks. There’s a particular place I’ve gone to, where a single margarita successfully socked me between the eyes and rendered me unable to walk. [I’ve not returned. And no, I didn’t drive.]

05/27/15 • 10:35 AM • HealthLawNewsPersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: No to Vaccination - A Cultural Explanation.

Opposition to vaccination becomes, for many, intertwined with their perception of themselves as intelligently skeptical (a.k.a., superior) parents.” Los Alamos has this problem. Tons of PhD’s, tons of antivaxxers.

05/26/15 • 11:27 AM • ChildhoodHealthPsychologyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Chronicle of Higher Ed: Mortal Motivation.

While thinking about death directly [snip] folks do rational things to get away from it, like trying to get healthy. It’s when death lurks on the fringes of consciousness that they cling to worldviews and seek self-esteem.

05/26/15 • 11:01 AM • HealthLawPsychologyScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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