Guardian.UK: ‘Suppressed’ EU report could have banned harmful pesticides worth billions.
Received my Warby Parker frame try-out kit.
Most convenient! I’ve already narrowed down to three styles. I might even set up an online vote for you folks to help me choose.
BBC: Dementia ‘linked’ to common over-the-counter drugs.
Hmmm. “The study estimated that people taking at least 10 mg/day of doxepin (antidepressant), 4 mg/day of diphenhydramine (a sleep aid), or 5 mg/day of oxybutynin (a urinary incontinence drug) for more than three years would be at greater risk of developing dementia.”
Art of Manliness: WWII Workout Week - Posture Training.
NY Times: A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago.
Now there’s a story. Now I know Mercury is retrograde.
Globe and Mail.CA: Are we taking the flu (shot) too seriously?
“We (the authors) got our flu shots last year, as we have done every year. The vaccine is safe and some protection is better than none. We’ll get our shots this year. too (in the fall when they do the most good) because the vaccine components will be new. But the year after that? We’re not so sure.”
SciAm: BPA Exposure May Change Stem Cells, Lower Sperm Production.
“BPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men ...” Familiar contention. Testing in humans, how ... ?
Authority Nutrition: Phytosterols - “Heart-Healthy” Nutrients That Can Harm You.
Guardian.UK: Benzene found in Montana water supply after Yellowstone oil spill.
“Elevated levels of benzene were found in samples taken from a water treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near the North Dakota border, officials said.” Leukemia is usually the result of being around benzene. Even just getting it on your skin. Nasty stuff. And yet, “Exxon Mobil is facing state and federal fines of up to $3.4m from the spill. The company has said it spent $135m on the cleanup and other work.” The main water source is likely destroyed. Price tag?
CBC.CA: Flu vaccine paradox adds to public health debate.
“I think it’s reasonable that currently the recommendation is to continue, for instance, especially for people who are at high risk, immediate risk of hospitalization or death ... For these people, there is a clear and present and real threat that they need to deal with and vaccine is the best way.” Does this mean physicians are anti-vax? (ducking) Man, some folks are going to get so exercised over this.
Eurekalert: Temple U researchers eliminate the HIV virus from human cells for first time.
“When deployed, a combination of a DNA-snipping enzyme called a nuclease and a targeting strand of RNA called a guide RNA (gRNA) hunt down the viral genome and excise the HIV-1 DNA. From there, the cell’s gene repair machinery takes over, soldering the loose ends of the genome back together - resulting in virus-free cells.”
Paleopatologia.it: Autopsy of Cangrande della Scala (1291-1329).
WaPo: BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity, study says.
“A lot of the alternative chemicals have not been adequately tested because they don’t have to be.” Perhaps many have traded their BPA for something worse. I went with uncoated stainless steel.
Forbes: Did Crocodile Bile In Beer Really Kill 69 People In Mozambique?
Archaeology News Network: Mysterious death of Renaissance-era Italian warlord solved.
“But if the nobleman was intentionally poisoned with foxglove — perhaps disguised in a mixture of chamomile and black mulberry — there are a few likely suspects. Rival seats of power in the region, including the Republic of Venice or Ducate of Milan, may have been behind the murder. Or perhaps Cangrande was killed by someone even closer to him: Mastino II della Scala, his ambitious nephew and successor.”
Authority Nutrition: High Fructose Corn Syrup - Just Like Sugar, or Worse?
“Commonly used high fructose corn syrup (HFCS 55) is virtually identical to regular table sugar. There is currently no evidence to suggest that one is worse than the other. In other words, they are both equally bad.” Their emphasis.
WSJ: A Doctor on How Physicians Face the End of Life.
“What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care that they could want. But they tend to go serenely and gently.” Deaths of quiet acceptance.
Bloomberg: Antibiotic Pulled From Dirt Ends 25-Year Drug Drought.
“Bacteria appear to have a particularly difficult time developing resistance to the drug, potentially overcoming a major problem with existing antibiotics.” Of course, you know the coda: “It may take five to six years and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the antibiotic to market.”
In the meantime, don’t start eating dirt.
SciAm: AirAsia Jet Tail Found Underwater, Black Box May Be Close.
But how deep? If divers confirmed, such a depth makes things a little easier. If it were below diver access, it would take months to find the black boxes.
Kottke.org: Healthcare - America’s Bitter Pill.
Hear, hear. My own options are dreadful, and the great coverage I had has gone stratospheric to meet ACA demands.
Colossal: The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.
PS Mag: Keep That E-Reader Out of Bed and You’ll Feel Better.
Or, you could just turn off the backlighting ...
Guardian.UK: New arthritis implant hailed as ‘magic’.
Sans drugs, too.
SciAm: How to Grow Stronger Without Lifting Weights.
Tell me this without a study to back it up, I would say you were cracked.
DiscoverMag: With the Advent of Agriculture, Human Bones Dramatically Weakened.
“The density of 7,000-year-old hunter-gatherers’ bones was 20 percent higher than 700-year-old farmers’. Go back 150,000 years, and hominids’ bones were even denser.” When we brag we’re less dense than our forebears, I don’t think this is what anyone had in mind.