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Modern Farmer: Landmark 20-Year Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Depression In Farmers.

Earlier this fall, researchers from the National Institute of Health finished up a landmark 20-year study, a study that hasn’t received the amount of coverage it deserves. About 84,000 farmers and spouses of farmers were interviewed since the mid-1990s to investigate the connection between pesticides and depression, a connection that had been suggested through anecdotal evidence for far longer.

11/15/14 • 02:51 PM • EnvironmentalFoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: The Anti-Obamacare FAQ.

... if you don’t read the conservative press, you might have no idea why those of us on the right side of the political spectrum are so worked up about Obamacare. To promote cross-ideological understanding, I’ve prepared this little FAQ.

11/14/14 • 05:54 PM • HealthHistoryPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Death with dignity is a gift to the family.

Well-said.

11/14/14 • 11:35 AM • HealthHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Falling Tape Measure Kills Man at Jersey City Construction Site.

RIP. Construction sites are rife with opportunities for injury - a simple hole in a glove precipitated the incident that broke most of my fingers, years ago. It does feel like random things converge and focus on you, at times. Time to debate the nature of ‘luck’.

11/04/14 • 10:35 AM • HealthHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NotchesBlog: Death by Celibacy - Sex, Semen and Male Health in the Middle Ages.

Ecclesiastical ideals were directly at odds with medical realities, and priests had to decide whether to prioritise their physical or spiritual health.”  Sounds very familiar. We be medieval, even yet.

11/03/14 • 11:27 AM • HealthHistoryReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

YahooNews: S.Leone Ebola outbreak ‘catastrophic’ - aid group MSF.

You have one nurse for 10,000 people and then you lose 10, 11, 12 nurses. How is the health system going to work?” And America is freaking out over an asymptomatic nurse ...

11/01/14 • 12:55 PM • HealthHuman RightsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Indianapolis Business Journal: The tragedy of electronic medical records.

FYI. I’ve related my experience of a year or so ago ... sitting while a physician’s attendant hunt-and-pecked information into an EHR system for 45 minutes, something I volunteered to do and could have performed in five. Afterwards, they *still* screwed up insurance/billing. 

I have a feeling this is like the current electronic accounting market. Dozens of brands of customized software, all storing info in different ways, none compatible with another. Or am I wrong?

10/31/14 • 12:38 PM • HealthProgrammingSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Oct 15/WaPo: Dr Richard Besser on the risk of catching Ebola.

In all the media hype over the nurse in Maine, I thought what my former PHS classmate had to say on the subject was timely: “You are putting yourself in much greater danger if you don’t get a flu shot than if you talk to someone from West Africa.”  Read the entire piece.

10/31/14 • 11:35 AM • HealthHuman RightsPoliticsScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.

One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?

Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.

10/27/14 • 10:17 AM • HealthHuman RightsLawScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Romano British burials show less gum disease than modern population.

We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today.

10/26/14 • 09:43 PM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mental Contrasting – Effectiveness, Uses, and Precautions.

Saw a related article on the NY Times, but couldn’t link because of the paywall. Hopefully this will be of interest.

10/25/14 • 07:45 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DiscoverMag: Most Autistic People Have Normal Brain Anatomy.

As far as it goes, though, it’s a bit of an earthquake – and I’m not sure how much of the field is left standing.

10/25/14 • 07:36 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters: Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients.

This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century.” During the European cholera epidemics, they’ll haul sick folks out to the pyres before they’d expired. Frightened humans do some pretty horrific things.

10/24/14 • 11:36 AM • HealthHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Aeon: The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.

Hmmm. Isn’t the European joke, “You must be from America. That’s the only place they manufacture such perfect teeth.”?

10/23/14 • 11:06 AM • GeneralHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.

Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?

10/22/14 • 12:27 PM • HealthVehicles • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.

Drinking an 8-ounce daily serving of soda corresponded to 1.9 years of additional aging, and drinking a daily 20-ounce serving was linked to 4.6 more years of aging.” Be canny of the source.

10/21/14 • 01:08 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.

Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.

10/21/14 • 11:12 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kenguru.

An electric car for wheelchair-bound folks. Pretty neat.

10/20/14 • 09:50 AM • ConsumptionDesignHealthHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Motherboard: Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die?

So the bad news is that, if you’re alive today, your death will probably be drawn out and pretty scary. The good news is that we’re a lot better at managing pain than they were in the Middle Ages.” Mental note: move to a right-to-die state, if necessary, when the time draws near.

10/17/14 • 09:55 AM • HealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.

Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.

10/16/14 • 01:27 PM • EntertainmentHealthScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Glen Campbell - I’m Not Gonna Miss You.

The famed singer is in the final stages of cognitive decline, and it seems his record company saved this for us.

10/15/14 • 05:18 PM • HealthHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: Where Germs Lurk on Planes. [Pre-Ebola link.]

The media seem intent on convincing everyone that airline travel is safe as can be. It’s not. H1N1 and SARS have exposed some of the weaknesses of airline travel. This article is from 2011, before the current spate of ‘safety’ bullsh-t you’re being fed by the 24/7 news cycle.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Later: I do not wish to fan the flames of panic and irrationality. I would like the media to be straight with people about risks on board a flight. Shep Smith of Fox News [quelle surprise] has a message I agree with. There is zero risk for anyone in the general population at this time.

10/15/14 • 02:22 PM • HealthTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ebola Deeply, Covering the Crisis.

EbolaDeeply.org, a curated list of articles on the crisis. I need to watch ‘em for a few days before I recommend ‘em.  The article “Ebola Threatens Chocolate” rings a bit off (in the changing ‘Around The Web’ sidebar).

10/15/14 • 11:36 AM • HealthInternetScienceWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.

Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.

10/14/14 • 11:30 AM • HealthHistoryPoliticsScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Amazon: Vapur Element Bottle.

Pretty cool idea. The included carabiner is a nice touch.  I’m always trying to figure out better ways of carrying water while shooting.

10/14/14 • 11:20 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHealth • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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