Times of India: New ‘painless’ treatment to repair teeth.
“In case of this technique, the stem cells at the root of the decayed teeth are stimulated to induce regeneration and deposition of a natural tissue barrier (seal) to fill up the root canal in just one sitting.” Speaking from experience, it’s the drilling-the-canal part that’s the pain.
Guardian.UK: Taking your brain for a walk: the secret to delaying dementia.
Reuters: The French way of cancer treatment.
“The waiting room was quiet. I realized what was missing: There was no billing department.”
Katie Travis Barrett, 1974-2014.
All you old-schoolers know Damien Barrett, one of the Barrett twins. His beautiful wife, Katie, has been battling cancer. Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, she took her last breath.
Sandra and I had the opportunity to meet this special young lady when the whole family passed through Santa Fe a few years ago. We shared a meal with them at Harry’s Roadhouse here, and heard all the stories and tales of how Damien and Katie met, married, and more.
She was vibrant, happy, and glowed in the corona of her husband’s devotion. Her eyes would flash when a joke was told. We enjoyed her company, and hoped to spend more time with her in the future.
This was not fair, this was not right. I cannot help but think of their two small children. As Damien himself says, (and I will waive my usual avoidance of four-letter words) … FUCK CANCER.
We love you, K.
SciAm: Oregano Oil Kills Norovirus, But Not Enough.
So now you’ll know why fellow cruise passengers might smell like pizza.
TG’s Political Wire: How Much Did Obama Know About Obamacare Launch?
The hell with that. I’ll say it again: HOW MUCH DID THE FIX COST? Big media channels, why are you playing dumb?
Cnet: Eterni.me lets you Skype with the dead.
“Eterni.me collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms. [snip] Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to, your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.” I expect an Eliza-like experience. Even in primitive form, Eliza was surprisingly appealing.
Guardian.UK: Does the world care more about Russia’s animals than humans?
“Online, people like and support causes and charities having to do with animals almost 2 to 1 over causes having to do with just about anything else, according to a study that came out last summer.” Walking around town, dogs are always kept on a tight leash at stoplights. I’m considered something of a beast for asking young mothers to pull their strollers onto the sidewalk, and not shove their children into traffic at crosswalks. I really don’t get it.
BBC: Leonard Nimoy reveals he has lung disease.
MailOnline.UK: Researcher claims bad weather can boost our productivity.
I call BS. After three days of sheet clouds, no sun, winter short days, my SAD is kicking in big time. Productivity drops, and I want to hide in the back of my closet under the shoes.
NY Times: Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?
“In other words, in an attempt to be gender-neutral, we may have become gender-neutered.” Paint flames on the side of the vacuum cleaner?
New Yorker: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer.
Long, but worth the read. Also worth Google cross-referencing some of the statements within.
BBC: Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO.
That last item, “Delayed parenthood, having fewer children and not breastfeeding.” There’s no elucidation of that point. Afraid?
SciAm: “Gluten Sensitivity” May Be a Misnomer for Illnesses to Various Wheat Proteins.
Mine is not celiac; however, my sensitivity requires avoidance of all wheat, barley, etc. products. Total bummer going out to restaurants, I have to tell you. Knowledge among establishments is growing, not fast enough. The derision factor - the fact too many non-sensitives are making a joke of the whole thing - makes it all the more difficult. I’d like the FDA or someone to put a basic set of rules in place before an establishment can advertise GF products. Separate prep surface. Sourcing of GF ingredients. That sort of thing. If you’re going to do it, do it right, so we can trust the wares.
Independent.UK: How town planning can make us thin and healthy.
Popular Science: Frowning In Bright Sunlight Can Make You Angry.
Now that’s interesting. In my office, I have a ceiling light that’s almost directly over my browline. When it’s on, it feels like walking into the sun … great thing in the wintertime. But it’s a bit bright, and long periods of use can give me a headache. I’ll have to track my mood … I think they might be right on this one. Might should move my desk.
Guardian.UK: Peanut allergy study raises hopes of cure for children.
This technique can also work for seafood allergy, or so I understand. Same caveats apply (this is NOT medical advice).
PacificStandard: Why People Have So Much Trouble Recognizing Their Own Incompetence.
The Guardian: The return of the firing squad? US states reconsider execution methods.
Guardian.UK: 1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins.
“It certainly tells us that these catastrophic diseases aren’t things that evolve once, and then lurk around waiting for an opportunity to reappear – they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors.” Thank you, science. That won’t make me sleep better tonight.
CNN Opinion: Huckabee’s ‘libido’ comment chilling.
Idiot. Excuse my French.
Guardian.UK: Texas hospital acknowledges brain-dead status of pregnant woman.
Terrible tragedy, made exponentially worse by bad laws.
I know I’ve linked this before, but there’s a video now. I’d buy it today, if it were available.
Grist: Michael Pollan explains what’s wrong with the paleo diet.
Puff piece, getting linked all over. No research links. Mr Pollan is a professor of journalism, not a scientist. Granted, the ‘Paleo’ diet should just drop the name (as I’ve stated many times before) … but the reduction of carbs and grains is backed by more and more hard science. The Paleo diet is also no longer a single entity; there are variations for the varieties of autoimmune disease, such as the Autoimmune Protocol Diet, for one. When folks throw stones at ‘Paleo’, they’re throwing stones at an outdated definition.
Later: Just appeared in Newsblur. Five studies on the ‘Paleo’ diet. Short term/small sample size, but promising.
The Gun Box.
Uses a fingerprint scanner. Given the number of kids shooting kids lately, seems like an idea overdue.