DesignYouTrust: Iris Grace, The Five-Year-Old Autistic Art Prodigy.
Guardian.UK: Aspirin and a stiff upper lip are best remedies for a broken heart.
SciAm: Dry Roasting May Up Peanut Allergic Potential.
“... here’s a finding that could start to thwart the peanut threat: peanuts that are dry roasted may be more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than do their raw counterparts. At least that’s the case in mice. ” My italic emphasis.
SciAm: How Big Animals Deter Cancer.
NY Times: Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls.
So then ... what’s the point?
NY Times: F.D.A. Panel Weighs Restrictions on Testosterone Drugs.
“A fifth to a quarter of men who are prescribed testosterone have not had a baseline test for their testosterone level. And 60 percent of the prescribing is done by primary care doctors, while just 20 percent of the drugs are prescribed by specialists like endocrinologists and urologists.” So it’s treated like the depression pharmaceutical market then. So what’s the problem? (tongue in cheek)
$3 Million Gift Creates Stuttering Institute at UT Austin, Provides Free Treatments.
ProPublica: A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick.
“Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses — including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and epilepsy — to pay more for their drugs.” Aha. I wondered why some rudimentary generic drugs had gone exponential in price.
ABC: Experts - Chopin’s Heart Shows Signs of TB.
“The experts said heart is ” very well preserved,” but they did not open the jar.” The benefits of a long soak in quality cognac.
Annals of Family Medicine: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the US and India.
New Scientist: Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain.
“Problems in the cerebellum can lead to severe mental impairment, movement disorders, epilepsy or a potentially fatal build-up of fluid in the brain. However, in this woman, the missing cerebellum resulted in only mild to moderate motor deficiency, and mild speech problems such as slightly slurred pronunciation. Her doctors describe these effects as ‘less than would be expected’, and say her case highlights the remarkable plasticity of the brain.”
SciAm: Testing Males and Females in Every Medical Experiment Is a Bad Idea. [Men ONLY?!!!]
“In their Nature commentary, the nih officials argue that scientists exclude females by ‘convention’ or to avoid variability caused by hormonal cycles in females.” Um ... ladies, what do you think about this? This sounds as bad as taking an adult dose and reducing it by weight proportion for children, rather than separate studies (children are *not* ‘small adults’).
Time: Salt Doesn’t Cause High Blood Pressure? Here’s What a New Study Says.
“We’ve reported before that the science surrounding salt is crazy confusing, and conflicting studies come out with some frequency. In keeping with the frustrating reality of so many nutrient groups, no one side has definitively won the debate.” Yes, no. Yes, no. No, yes. Listen to your body. Having a BP cuff at home isn’t a bad thing to have anyway. I’ve been surprised how many times I’ve used mine (inherited when my grandmother passed away). Fun to check BP before/after working out, cycling, etc.
Forbes: Early Intervention In Babies May Eliminate Autism Symptoms By Toddlerhood.
“The study was extremely small, and will need to be replicated in a randomized trial of a larger sample of infants. But if the results stand up to more testing, it would suggest that screening in infancy might not only be beneficial, but it might need to be standard.”
SciAm: We Now Have the Cure for Hepatitis C, but Can We Afford It?
SciAm: Sunscreen Floods Oceans as Warmer Waters Boost Tourism.
Now here’s something I haven’t ever thought about before ... the millions of gallons of Sea & Ski [et al] that have gotten dissolved in the oceans over the last 50 or so years ...
DesignByHumans: Human Nutrition Facts T Shirt.
Perfect. Needs an option for “gluten free”, methinks. Don’t want to make any celiac grizzlies ill.
The Atlantic: The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles.
One of the lesser-known details of L.A. I was quite surprised when I found out about this a couple of decades ago.
Past Horizons: Roman wooden toilet seat found at Vindolanda.
“Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate – their drains often contain astonishing artefacts. Let’s face it, if you drop something down a Roman latrine you are unlikely to attempt to fish it out unless you are pretty brave or foolhardy.” I have to ask, who’s the poor sod who has to fish it out of the very-well-ripened bog? I mean, look at that photo. Eeee-yuck. I’d wear noseplugs.
Dazed: Grimes turns down her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination.
“Last Friday, Pamela Anderson declined her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination on the grounds that the ALS Association has a poor record of testing on animals. Over the weekend, Grimes has followed suit and turned down Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin’s nom, announcing that she’d be happy to give the money to a charity – just not the ALS organisation that kickstarted the charity challenge.”
Vox: Five fascinating charts on the plummeting teen birth rate.
I’d just heard about the dropping rates via radio on the way home, and here’s extra info. Saves me having to go dig.
NY Times: Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World.
(Raises hand.) I’m one of those folks. The 90’s fave, ‘shaky cam’ technique makes me puke. Plain and simple. Remember the movie, “Breaking the Waves”? I made five minutes before bailing out and sitting in my car, listening to music and hoping my head and stomach would stop roiling, waiting for everyone else to finish the movie. I just can’t do VR until this effect is fixed.
FastCo: Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity.
I beg to differ. A little cold, fingerless gloves work a treat. Too hot? No A/C? Miserable. Cold’s relatively easier to deal with.
ProPublica, Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack.
“For many years fracking industry groups insisted their member companies never used diesel fuels in their operations. Then, in 2011, a congressional investigation found that in fact between 2005 and 2009, 12 companies had injected 32 million gallons of diesel fuel or fracking fluids containing diesel fuel in wells in 19 states.” This has been known, and ignored and/or buried, for at least a half-dozen years. Companies rely on semantics to dodge legal bullets.
NY Times: Caffeine May Reduce Tinnitus Risk.
Musicians, slug down that coffee.