BBC Sport: Rio Olympics 2016: Work begins on returning diving pool to blue.
Even for a gold, I wouldn’t. Not unless my team had their own test kits.
Slate: The United States of Debt looks into rising health care costs.
Guardian.UK: New research hints at pattern of Alzheimer’s spread in the brain.
Guardian.UK: WHO’s recommended level of exercise too low to beat disease – study.
Recalibrate your fitness monitor expectations. More is better.
Mashable: Michael Phelps uses ‘cupping therapy’ in Rio Olympics, but should you?
Ouch. Those photos.
naked cap: JAMA Turns Over Its Pages to Neoliberal Policy Erasure on Health Care, Because Obama.
“... the “public option” is also a sort of policy earworm, impossible to get out of your head once you hear it. It sounds like such a good idea, and I can even imagine that the Clinton administration would propose legislation for in 2017. But it’s no substitute for single payer, and I argue that creates a very dangerous precedent.” Read it through, see what you think.
MeFi: Food allergies - a risk poorly grasped in restaurants.
Worse than ingredients, is the cross-contamination issue. A restaurant can ‘think’ they’re gluten-free, and use spices that are contaminated. Or processed meats that are not gluten-free. You look at deli turkey and think “Nah, no allergens.”
This is a major reason why I don’t go out to eat very often. If someone else makes an innocent mistake, I have three days of digestive issues and can’t-lift-the-head-off-the-pillow fatigue.
People who have no allergies don’t understand, make fun. I once did. I don’t blame you. But with the explosion of sensitivities in our populace, I just ask you to be more understanding than I was. I’m on the other side of the tracks now, and I hate every damned minute of it. Nothing worse than having to collar a waiter and explain your ‘SPESHUL PROBLEM’ ... but that’s my life, if I go out to eat now.
Gizmodo: Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma
“Neither the Amish nor the Hutterites have dirty homes. [snip] Both are tidy. The Amish barns, however, are much closer to their homes. Their children run in and out of them, often barefoot, all day long. There’s no obvious dirt in the Amish homes, no lapse of cleanliness. It’s just in the air, and in the dust.”
Guardian.UK: Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: abuse accusations split Hollywood and public.
Depp’s recent dive into obesity points to deeper problems, IMHO. So Ms. Heard isn’t falling on deaf ears here. The Brando model comes to mind.
The Atlantic: McRib Everlasting.
Ah, once upon a time I was a slave to their slimy, artificial delicious-horribleness. Probably the overload of sugar/salt. Always felt like a disgusting coronary-in-a-bun. I’d practically have to do penance afterwards.
Guardian.UK/book review: Why capitalism has turned us into narcissists.
“Happiness is excellent for business. A cheerful worker is as much as 12% more productive.” Extra points if you remember Steve Martin suggesting Richard Nixon get a banjo for his press conferences. “Everything’s FINE!”
Bloomberg: Aetna’s Obamacare Reversal Is Latest Blow to U.S. Health Law.
Guardian.UK: ‘It wasn’t our time’ - Hawaiian pilots tell of crash, shark and 21 hours in open sea.
SciAm: Where Does the Female Orgasm Come from? Scientists Think They Know.
They nearly choke on their own words trying to be PC over this.
New Scientist: Mysterious dark brain cells linked to Alzheimer’s and stress.
“Studies in patients show that inflammation arising outside the brain is associated with more rapid decline in Alzheimer’s patients, and it’s important to unravel what role microglia might play in this acceleration of disease.” Oh please no.
New Scientist: Autoimmune diseases may be side effect of a strong immune system.
Mashable: Fitness blogger posts empowering Instagram to show weight is just a number.
Let’s put this to bed also. Lots of these ‘losing weight’ stories from bloggers, social media stars and even scholarly articles quoted by news organizations.
Repeat after me: MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT.
The scale isn’t your only metric of fitness and health.
SciAm: Nasal Bacteria Pump Out a Potential New Antibiotic that Kills MRSA.
Surprised the pun hasn’t been made: “Antibiotics? Snot a problem.”
Mashable: Prince Harry’s live HIV test has had a pretty huge impact on HIV testing.
“Just like Prince Harry’s rapid HIV test, the test requires a small drop of blood and can give you a 99.7% accurate result within 15 minutes.” Great example to set for young folks.
New Scientist: Unprecedented Alzheimer’s drug slows disease by 80 per cent.
Discover Mag: Want to avoid malaria? Just wear a chicken.
Some smell chicken. I smell business opportunity.
Metafilter: Two weeks, eight attacks, 247 lives.
Work through the thread, when you have time.
Hodinkee: The ‘Dirty Dozen,’ A Collection Of 12 (Mostly) Inexpensive Military Watches.
Beware. Many watches of WWII vintage have radium dials. Enough to set off geiger counters, and perhaps give you accelerated skin cancer. And you could get thrown in the slammer for carrying WMDs.
Guardian.UK: Treasure hunter who went looking for $2m in gold found dead in New Mexico.
Well, they finally discovered his remains.
Guardian.UK: Harrison Ford could have died in Star Wars set incident, court hears.
Han Solo’s tough. Plane/helicopter crashes, having the Millenium Falcon door dropped on him, he prevails.