Health

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Two or three thoughts about the current crisis. When there is a major climate disaster in the US, people move. Since the US is big and has large gaps in population, it looks different than when a disaster happens in some other places. Five million (or more) Syrians leaving the Levant left a major mark…

We do not know if the airing of “13 Reasons Why” caused an increase in suicide or not, and that in and of itself is astonishing. In the world of very advanced techniques for collecting and monitoring data, and in a world that we are led to believe is on the edge of the next…

A vaccine for heroin addiction

Since reading this book, and listening to certain episodes of this podcast, I’ve been thinking about addiction now and then. Today, this came across my desk: I’ve not read the original article, but it certainly looks interesting. On the other hand it also brings up several difficult questions. Which, I’m sure, you immediately see.

The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the minuscule risks, but some parents still question their safety. John Oliver discusses why some people may still feel uncertainty about childhood vaccinations.

Should I eat my placenta?

Well, not my placenta exactly, but … well, someone’s? Did you now that the placenta that is born out of a female primate’s body is an organ of the infant also being born? It is the first body part you lose. I use the term “primate” here because, even though all the “placental mammals” as…

How We Die: Drowning Edition

It is the time of year that we talk about drowning. I’m focusing here on the US, and for the most part, recreational drowning, as opposed to being drowned in a flood. Also, I’m using mainly information from Minnesota as an exemplar. It turns out that analyzing drowning data, and social behavior related to drowning,…

Some sort of Hops Flowers Substance is a common dietary supplement used by post-menopausal women. A recent study looks at one molecule extracted from hops to see if it could help reduce the chance of getting breast cancer. The paper is in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, and is called Hop (Humulus lupulus L.)…

A dietary supplement to slow aging

This is great news if you are a mouse! Here’s the summary of the paper: NAD+ repletion improves mitochondrial and stem cell function and enhances life span in mice, by Hongbo Zhang, Dongryeol Ryu, Yibo Wu, Karim Gariani, Xu Wang, Peiling Luan, Davide D’Amico, Eduardo R. Ropelle, Matthias P. Lutolf, Ruedi Aebersold, Kristina Schoonjans, Keir…

What happens if I swallow gum?

The story goes that if you do, it will stay in your digestive track for seven years. Is this true? According to the Mayo Clinic, Although chewing gum is designed to be chewed and not swallowed, it generally isn’t harmful if swallowed. Folklore suggests that swallowed gum sits in your stomach for seven years before…

Lyme Disease

Somebody just sent me this lyme disease infographic. It is too big to just display on a blog post, so here is the link to the full size graphic. It may come in handy this Spring/Summer!