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 ...
PS Mag: The Addicted Generation.
BBC: ‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease.
DYT: German Beer Ad Shows Men Cradling Their Beer Bellies Like Pregnant Moms.
NY Times: Educate Your Immune System.
Interesting. After a year or so of riding NJ Transit (railway petri dishes), my immunity became pretty robust. An occasional cold, but that’s it. Never a flu.
TPM: SCOTUS Rules 5-3 In Favor Of Abortion Rights In Major Texas Case.
I can’t be impartial here. Once one has seen/experienced the horror of cephalic disorders [nightmare-producing; don’t click if sensitive], one knows the absolute, inviolable necessity of abortion, ‘late term’ abortion, and women’s right to control their own bodies.
Later: This will, of course, turn the volume knob to ‘11’ for conservatives over the Presidential election. Justice choice will become the ‘excuse’ to vote for a miserable, unqualified candidate. Mark my words. At least, for the next couple of weeks.
ANN: Fix for 3-billion-year-old genetic error could dramatically improve genetic sequencing.
“The new innovation engineered at UT Austin is an enzyme that performs reverse transcription but can also “proofread,” or check its work while copying genetic code. The enzyme allows, for the first time, for large amounts of RNA information to be copied with near perfect accuracy.” Exciting and mind-blowing. On the flip side, let’s hope it doesn’t make viruses more potent.
Guardian.UK: Tony Robbins event attendees burned after walking on hot coals.
Only after he does it first.
Discover: Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Hitch a Ride in Just Two Days.
So many of my acquaintances go overseas, bringing back hitchhikers (GI distress). Perhaps this is why.
SciAm: No Flu Nasal Spray Next Season: Why Is This Vaccine Not Working?
DYT: 1980s - The Period Of Women Rock Hairstyle Boom.
Oh man. There’s a blast from the past. Hairspray and blowdryers!
SciAm: Viruses Hijack the Body’s Response to Mosquito Bites.
Ya know, I keep getting the idea Mother Nature ain’t wild about this human-overpopulation/global-warming stuff.
Vox: The US is spending trillions less than expected on health care.
“But for individual consumers, slower health spending likely doesn’t feel cheaper at all. In fact, it probably feels more expensive: One big way private insurers have held down costs is by asking consumers to pay a larger and larger chunk of their medical bills.” Yeah, we know about that in NM.
Guardian.UK: Breast cancer cell growth halted by osteoporosis drug, study shows.
Well, that’s cool. Of course, “But this study was carried out in mice and on cells in the lab, so we don’t know how effective this approach could be at reducing breast cancer risk in women ...”
Guardian.UK: Woman attacked by bear while running marathon in New Mexico.
Welp, it happens. Running + mad momma bear = big trouble. There tends to be more fauna in the Valles Caldera, because of its isolation in past decades. Carry bear spray.
PS Mag: The Economics of Antibiotic Resistance.
“The current business model for antibiotics is plagued by market failures and perverse incentives ...” My italic emphasis. The perverse incentives have been widely known for decades, and not a whit has been done about it.
NY Times: F.D.A. Warns Whole Foods on Failure to Address Food Safety Problems.
I’m already buying less there. They’re replacing organic brands I like with their own crummy mass-produced garbage, chocked with sugar.
Guardian.UK: Alligator drags two-year-old boy into lagoon at Disney World resort in Florida.
You know, I spent a lot of time supporting sales meetings down in Disneyworld and environs. Every lake, every water feature seemed to have that long silhouette of an alligator or three in it. I wondered why they were allowed to remain, even close to well-trafficked areas. Understand, this was fifteen-twenty years ago now.
NY Times: AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved, Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings.
“‘Many of the new shooters attracted to tactical guns for their first firearms purchase will think that they know guns because they’ve played a lot of first‐person shooter video games. (snip) Gamers inspired by Call of Duty to purchase their first gun will eventually discover that they have a lot to learn.’ But despite such admonitions, the gun industry has used the popularity of these games to sell its products to ‘a youthful, aggressive, technologically savvy generation’ ...” Yep, it’s all harmless, right? Video games, assault rifles, the mentalities encouraged ...
Far be it for me to impose my ethics on any of you, but the longer I live, the more I believe that violence should not be recreation. Especially for children. Quote me all the stats you’d like to, I will not yield. In this, I’ll be a stubborn son-of-a-bitch. The above is one of those quotes that simply blows away all the video game/violence stats, because it’s a consequence researchers haven’t noticed.