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Could beamforming become a problem for 5G? - PolicyTracker: May 2019
"In the second of a series of articles about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the age of 5G, we take a look at beamforming. This is considered an essential feature of 5G base station antennas, but some argue that it will mean that current EMF exposure limits need to be reassessed. "
PolicyTracker  health  radiation  EMF  RF 
may 2019 by pierredv
Fat and proud: Why body-positive activists say obesity can be healthy | New Scientist Sep 2018
"Growing calls for "fat acceptance" fly in the face of accepted medical advice, but studies show you can be overweight and healthy"
NewScientist  health  weight  obesity  fat  life-expectancy 
january 2019 by pierredv
William Utermohlen | Issues in Science and Technology Oct 2018
In 1995 Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Signs of his illness are retrospectively apparent in the work of the early 1990s, notably in the Conversation Pieces, which depict the warmth and happiness of his relationship with his wife, art historian Patricia Redmond, and his rich companionship with friends.
IssuesInScienceAndTechnology  art  painting  ageing  Alzheimers  health  disease 
october 2018 by pierredv
The Problem With 5G |, John Dvorak, Aug 2018
"The technology might be the problem, but even worse for the companies behind it is the perception that 5G is already unsafe before they even get it on a single pole. "

"It's a bad bet because so little is known about the effects of millimeter waves (30GHz-300GHz). While these frequencies only permeate a small fraction of the human epidermis (the skin), the effect on the cornea, in particular, needs serious research."
5G  RF  health  critique 
october 2018 by pierredv
No, mobile phones still won't give you brain cancer | New Scientist Jul 2018
Examples of everyday activities that the WHO places in an even higher category of risk, of “probably carcinogenic”, include breathing in emissions from frying food, working as a hairdresser and doing night shifts.
cellular  health  cancer  NewScientist  WHO 
september 2018 by pierredv
Aspirin Late in Life? Healthy People May Not Need It - The New York Times, Sep 2018
"Should older people in good health start taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer?

No, according to a study of more than 19,000 people, including whites 70 and older, and blacks and Hispanics 65 and older. They took low-dose aspirin — 100 milligrams — or a placebo every day for a median of 4.7 years. Aspirin did not help them — and may have done harm."

"The new report is the latest in a recent spate of clinical trials that have been trying to determine who really should take aspirin. One study published in August found no benefit in low-risk patients. Another found that aspirin could prevent cardiovascular events in people with diabetes, but that the benefits were outweighed by the risk of major bleeding.

A third study found that dose matters, and that heavier people might require more aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cancer."
NYTimes  health  aging  aspirin 
september 2018 by pierredv
Picking Cherries in Science: The Bio-Initiative Report – Science-Based Medicine
The Bio-Initiative Report is the basis for AlignandShineDesign's claims about energems
health  science  medicine 
august 2018 by pierredv
Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications | Executive and Continuing Professional Education | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Program Overview
A Risk Analysis Course

Risk analysis is a scientific tool designed to help us determine the existence and extent of threats to human health, provide information about how best to manage these risks, and improve our ability to communicate with the public about the proper response to these hazards.

This continuing education course explores the principles of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, ensuring you can identify, explain, and make decisions about risks to public health. You will learn how risk analysis is done, how it is interpreted, and how it influences regulatory decision-making. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyze how environmental hazards impact human health.

This program uses case studies, lectures, and small-group work to explore such topics as hazard identification, toxicology and epidemiology in risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication, life-cycle assessment, and the interplay of risk management and the law. You will gain the skills needed to:

* Perform a broader, nuanced risk assessment
* Improve the effectiveness of current risk assessment practices
* Apply these concepts to diverse risk analysis and management issues

During this executive education program, you will explore the legal and policy framework which will inform the direction of risk analysis in upcoming years, gain the skills needed to perform a quantitative risk assessment, discuss key factors influencing the effectiveness of risk assessment and management, and apply these concepts in local, state, federal, or international settings. After completing the course, you will be able to determine whether hazards pose an unacceptable risk to public health, communicate effectively about health risks, and utilize risk analysis to improve decision-making.
Harvard  course  risk  risk-assessment  education  health  public-health 
january 2018 by pierredv
How statistical deception created the appearance that statins are safe and effective in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology: Vol 8, No 2
David M Diamond & Uffe Ravnskov

Abstract: "We have provided a critical assessment of research on the reduction of cholesterol levels by statin treatment to reduce cardiovascular disease. Our opinion is that although statins are effective at reducing cholesterol levels, they have failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes. We have described the deceptive approach statin advocates have deployed to create the appearance that cholesterol reduction results in an impressive reduction in cardiovascular disease outcomes through their use of a statistical tool called relative risk reduction (RRR), a method which amplifies the trivial beneficial effects of statins. We have also described how the directors of the clinical trials have succeeded in minimizing the significance of the numerous adverse effects of statin treatment."

Per, "According to Diamond and Ravnskov, statins produce a dramatic reduction in cholesterol levels, but they have "failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes." They further state that the many studies touting the efficacy of statins have not only neglected to account for the numerous serious adverse side effects of the drugs, but supporters of statins have used what the authors refer to as "statistical deception" to make inflated claims about their effectiveness."
statins  ASCVD  disease  health  healthcare  statistics 
december 2017 by pierredv
Great strides have been made against disease and poverty - Generation games, Sep 2017
“Over the next few decades the fertility gap between Africa and the rest of the world is expected to narrow, but only excruciatingly slowly. . . . This demographic divergence is a big reason to fear that poverty will stick around. Today 9% of the world’s people are believed to live in extreme poverty—defined as consuming less than $1.90 a day at 2011 purchasing-power parity. About half of those people are under 18. This represents remarkable progress: in 1990 about 35% of all people were thought to be extremely poor by the same yardstick. But progress will probably be much slower from now on. . . . Although the share of Africans living in deep poverty is falling, it is not falling quickly enough to outweigh rapid population growth.”
TheEconomist  GatesFoundation  development-assistance  health  Africa 
november 2017 by pierredv
Cholesterol wars: Does a pill a day keep heart attacks away? | New Scientist issue 3112, Feb 2017
"For a start, heart attacks may have halved in the JUPITER trial, but the absolute incidence of heart attacks in the study population was low anyway. Only 99 people had a fatal heart attack during the trial period, 31 of whom were taking the statin. Viewed that way, less than 0.5 per cent of the people treated with rosuvastatin benefited, casting a different light on the drug’s effectiveness.

Similar caveats arise in other analyses. As highlighted in a 2014 editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine, for example, two meta-analyses of studies from 2012 and 2013 managed to come to opposite conclusions about statins’ effectiveness, despite the mortality levels they found differing by less than half a per cent."

"An alternative measure of a drug’s efficacy is “number needed to treat” (NNT), the number of people that have to be given a therapy for a specified time for one to benefit"

"Muscle pain, or myalgia, is the most commonly cited side-effect of statins. "

"Last year, modelling of available data by Judith Finegold at Imperial College London showed that a 50-year-old, non-smoking man without diabetes and with average cholesterol and blood pressure will increase his life expectancy by seven months on average after starting preventative statin therapy. But that average is highly misleading, Finegold says: it disguises the fact that 7 of that 100 will gain an average of 99 months (8.25 years) of life – while the remaining 93 get nothing at all."
ASCVD  heart  health  cholesterol  statins  NewScientist  NNT  statistics  myalgia  side-effects 
may 2017 by pierredv
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes - The Atlantic
". . . RightCare Alliance, a collaboration between health-care professionals and community groups that seeks to counter a trend: increasing medical costs without increasing patient benefits."

"The greater concern is: How can a procedure so contraindicated by research be so common?"

"Striking the right balance between innovation and regulation is incredibly difficult, but once remedies are in use—even in the face of contrary evidence—they tend to persist. "
medicine  health  theAtlantic  innovation  regulation 
february 2017 by pierredv
Framingham Risk Score Calculator for Coronary Heart Disease
This Framingham risk score calculator estimates the 10-year coronary heart disease risk of any person based on certain criteria like gender, age, cholesterol and systolic pressure. You can discover more about this heart disease scoring system and about all the cardiovascular risk factors involved below the form.
calculator  health  heart  risk  ASCVD 
january 2017 by pierredv
NICE recommends wider use of statins for prevention of CVD | News and features | News | NICE
"In updated guidance on lipid modification, NICE recommends that preventative treatment for cardiovascular disease (CVD) should be halved from a 20 per cent risk of developing the disease over 10 years to a 10 per cent risk."
ASCVD  heart  NICE  health 
january 2017 by pierredv
QRISK2-2016 risk calculator
You can use this calculator to work out your risk of having a heart attack or stroke over the next ten years by answering some simple questions.
ASCVD  heart  cardio  health  calculator 
january 2017 by pierredv
ASCVD Risk Estimator
ACC estimator

This Risk Estimator is intended as a companion tool to the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk and the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults. This Risk Estimator enables health care providers and patients to estimate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), defined as coronary death or nonfatal myocardial infarction, or fatal or nonfatal stroke, based on the Pooled Cohort Equations and lifetime risk prediction tools.
risk  health  ACC  calculator  cardio  heart  ASCVD 
december 2016 by pierredv
The scary reality of medical U-turns, and how to stop them | New Scientist - aug 2016
Lists 10 major reversals
= hormone replacement therapy
= peanut allergy
= surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee
= cancer screening
= heart stents
= vertebroplasty
= intensive blood sugar lowering for type 2 diabetics
= pre-implantation genetic testing
= lowering body temperature for aneurysm surgery
= ear tube surgery
NewScientist  medicine  health  healthcare  evidence  evidence-based 
november 2016 by pierredv
Everyone recommends flossing – but there's hardly any proof it works | US news | The Guardian
"It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there’s little proof that flossing works."
"When the federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. In a letter to the AP, the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required."
TheGuardian  health  research 
august 2016 by pierredv
Autonomous Robot Surgeon Bests Humans in World First - IEEE Spectrum May 2016
"For this study, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers programmed their robot to carry out a procedure called intestinal anastomosis, in which a piece of intestine that’s been cut through is stitched back together. It’s like repairing a garden hose, said Ryan Decker, the senior engineer on the team, in that the sutures must be tight and regularly spaced to prevent leaks. STAR performed this task both on ex vivo tissue in the lab and on in vivo tissue in an anesthetized pig, and experienced human surgeons were given the same tasks. When the resulting sutures were compared, STAR’s stitches were more consistent and more resistant to leaks."
automation  surgery  healthcare  health  IEEE-Spectrum 
may 2016 by pierredv
Frequent Alcohol Testing Combined with Swift, Certain and Modest Sanctions Is Associated with Drop in Mortality | RAND
"An innovative program that requires alcohol-involved offenders to abstain from alcohol and submit to frequent alcohol tests may be associated with a reduction in death" “Our findings suggest that criminal justice interventions that reduce heavy alcohol consumption may, in turn, influence mortality,” said Nancy Nicosia, lead author of the study and a senior economist at RAND
RAND  alcohol  driving  health  public-health 
february 2016 by pierredv
Actuarial Life Table
"ere we present the 2011 period life table for the Social Security area population. For this table, the period life expectancy at a given age is the average remaining number of years expected prior to death for a person at that exact age, born on January 1, using the mortality rates for 2011 over the course of his or her remaining life."
lifeexpectancy  socialsecurity  health 
february 2016 by pierredv
Science Can Quantify Risks, But It Can't Settle Policy : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"But the lesson is a much more general one: Science can (and should) inform most policy decisions, but science, on its own, won't settle policy."
NPR  risk  risk-management  health 
january 2016 by pierredv
Shunning the sun may be killing you in more ways than you think - New Scientist 13 June 2015
"It’s time to rethink our exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. Their health benefits go way beyond vitamin D" Opinion piece by dermatologist Richard Weller
NewScientist  health  sunshine  cancer  skin-cancer  melanoma 
august 2015 by pierredv
IEC 80001: An Introduction (PDF)
Presented at 19th Annual NCBA Conference September 13, 2012 by Sherman Eagles Partner, SoftwareCPR Principal, 80001 Experts, LLC
risk  risk-assessment  risk-management  IEC-80001  medical-devices  health 
july 2015 by pierredv
FDA Uses Web Tool to Better the Odds for Food Safety | FDA Voice
"Launched in October 2012, FDA-iRISK uses mathematical logic and Monte Carlo simulation (a computer program named for the gambling mecca) to integrate data and generate results that compare and rank risks of the contamination of foods by various hazards. Unlike a traditional risk assessment of a single food and a single contaminant, FDA-iRISK allows users to compare multiple hazards – microbial or chemical – in multiple foods."
FDA  food  health  food-safety  risk  risk-assessment  FDA-iRISK 
march 2015 by pierredv
New BMI (New Body Mass Index)
by Nick Trefethen - uses ^2.5 exponent for weight, not ^2.
weight  health  BMI 
july 2014 by pierredv
Survival of the fattest: Why we're wrong about obesity - health - 05 May 2014 - New Scientist
Flegal et al: "the prevalence of obesity in the US has failed to increase in any significant way since at least 2008"; "the relationship between health and weight was U-shaped rather than linear" "Heart disease patients classified as lean had almost double the mortality rate of those ranked overweight and even obese." "a 2012 study of 64,000 Swedish people with heart disease, found that obese or overweight participants had a reduced risk of dying compared with those of normal weight" Problems with BMI: ignores where fat is accumulating; doesn't distinguish between fat and muscle; fails to account for healthy obese people and unhealthy thin people Alternatives: "At least five alternatives have been proposed, ranging from a subtler mathematical formula to a waist-to-height system that better reflects actual risk of disease."
NewScientist  obesity  health  aging  BMI 
july 2014 by pierredv
Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke | 2012
N=201 "After roughly five years of follow-up, the researchers found a 48% reduction in the overall risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from any cause among members of the meditation group compared to those from the health education group"  meditation  heart-attack  stroke  health  research 
july 2014 by pierredv
Two big meals may be better than six small ones – The Chart - Blogs
Via Doug Sicker. Published as "Researchers from the Czech Republic followed 54 patients with Type 2 diabetes for 24 weeks. The study participants were split into two groups at random. Both groups followed a diet that reduced their energy intake by 500 calories per day and contained 50 to 55% carbohydrates, 20 to 25% protein and less than 30% fat. For the first 12 weeks, one group ate three main meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and three small snacks in between meals. The other group ate a large breakfast between 6 and 10 a.m. and a large lunch between noon and 4 p.m. The two groups then switched for the second 12 weeks." "Although both groups lost weight and decreased the amount of fat in their livers, the group that was eating only two larger meals lost more during each 12-week session. Eating fewer, bigger meals also led to lower fasting blood sugar levels, meaning that the body's insulin production was working more ef"
health  diet  CNN 
may 2014 by pierredv
Do get mad: The upside of anger - life - 14 February 2013 - New Scientist
Excerpts: ...nobody is arguing that anger can't be enormously destructive, nevertheless the idea that it is also sometimes beneficial is steadily gaining ground... Jennifer Lerner... gathered information on the emotions and attitudes of almost 1000 American adults and teenagers just nine days after the attacks, with follow-up studies in subsequent years... Lerner discovered that people made angry rather than fearful by a stressful situation have a lower biological response, in terms of blood pressure and levels of stress hormones ... when you're in a situation that is maddening, and your anger is justified, the emotion isn't necessarily bad for you. There is also evidence that political and business leaders who get angry rather than sad in response to a scandal are granted higher status ... - as long as they are male Ernest Harburg: "The idea of inhibiting your anger all the time, which is promoted by religions and pacifists, is simply not a healthy thought"
religion  anger  NewScientist  health  emotion  fear 
october 2013 by pierredv
Fish Oil Fail: Omega-3s May Not Protect Brain Health After All |
"Despite the widely touted benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for preserving cognitive function and memory, a new review by the Cochrane Library finds that those effects may be overstated: healthy elderly people taking omega-3 supplements did no better on tests of thinking and verbal skills than those taking placebo."
ex  Time  omega-3  health  brain  supplements 
july 2013 by pierredv
Human Health Risk Assessment | Risk Assessment Portal | US EPA
Human health risk assessment includes 4 basic steps: Step 1 - Hazard Identification Step 2 - Dose-Response Assessment Step 3 - Exposure Assessment Step 4 - Risk Characterization
risk  EPA  risk-assessment  health 
june 2013 by pierredv
Cost of Dementia Tops $157 Billion Annually in the United States | RAND
"Dementia costs the United States more each year than either cancer or heart disease, according to a new RAND study. More than 14 percent of Americans older than 70 suffer from dementia—which includes Alzheimer's disease and other disorders—and each year, the condition costs the country between $157 billion and $215 billion. That cost could double by 2040 if the prevalence rate remains the same. "Our findings underscore the urgency of recent federal efforts to develop a coordinated plan to address the growing impact of dementia on American society," says the study's lead author, Michael Hurd"
US  dementia  RAND  health  cost  aging  healthcare 
april 2013 by pierredv
Noakes & Spedding - Olympics: Run for your life : Nature
"exercise is not just important for general health — it is essential to the molecular memory of who we are"
health  exercise  NatureJournal 
july 2012 by pierredv
An evolutionary explanation for anorexia? APA 2004
"An evolutionary instinct that told members of migrating populations to move along when their food supply ran out may be a major contributor to modern anorexia nervosa, according to a new theory.
When food is scarce and starvation begins, most animals and people demonstrate intense hunger, low activity levels and a single-minded search for food. But, when starved, individuals with a genetic tendency toward anorexia feel sated, full of energy and unfazed by starvation--a set of symptoms described in the DSM-IV, says psychologist and Missoula, Mont. private practitioner Shan Guisinger, PhD, in an article published last year in Psychological Review (Vol. 110, No. 4)."
evolution  anorexia  obesity  health  diet 
july 2012 by pierredv
Middle age: A triumph of human evolution - health - 08 March 2012 - New Scientist
tagline: Far from being over the hill, people in their fifth and sixth decades are skilled, experienced super-providers – and essential to our species's success "These two roles of middle-aged humans - as super-providers and master-culture-conveyers - continue today. In offices, on construction sites and on sports pitches around the world, we see middle-aged people advising and guiding younger adults and sometimes even ordering them about. Middle-aged people can do more, earn more and, in short, they run the world."
middle-age  NewScientist  health  evolution  aging 
july 2012 by pierredv
When you eat trumps what you eat in staying healthy - 23 May 2012 - New Scientist
tagline: Mice restricted to eating during an 8-hour period were healthier than mice that could snack throughout the day, even when they ate more fat
NewScientist  diet  obesity  health 
july 2012 by pierredv
Supersize Your Status | Brain Blogger
"Researchers at Northwestern University recently reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that people choose larger portion sizes because it makes them feel important."
psychology  brainblogger  obesity  status  health 
may 2012 by pierredv
Dental X-rays: Little and not often, please | The Economist April 2012
"guidelines from the American Dental Association state that healthy adults should have a bitewing X-ray no more than once every two or three years, and that there is little reason to X-ray patients who do not have symptoms"
health  healthcare  x-ray  dentistry  TheEconomist 
may 2012 by pierredv
Teen moms: How poverty and inequality cause teens to have babies, not the other way around. - Slate Magazine
“being on a low economic trajectory in life leads many teenage girls to have children while they are young and unmarried and that poor outcomes seen later in life (relative to teens who do not have children) are simply the continuation of the original low economic trajectory.”
economics  health  poverty  children  *  x:slate 
may 2012 by pierredv
BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep
"Today, most people seem to have adapted quite well to the eight-hour sleep, but Ekirch believes many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body's natural preference for segmented sleep as well as the ubiquity of artificial light."
sleep  health  psychology  behavior  x:bbc  via:gmsv 
february 2012 by pierredv
The end of ageing: Why life begins at 90 - 10 August 2011 - New Scientist
Research based on observation that mortality rates flatten as organisms get very old Michael Rose - see book "Does Aging Stop", web "Given the declining forces of natural selection, we can expect to be well adapted to agricultural diet at early ages but less so at later ages. This has the effect of amplifying the decline in adaptedness that we experience as we get older." "So it may be beneficial to our health to switch to the diet and activity levels of hunter-gatherers. I have been following such a diet - essentially avoiding grass-derived foods, such as grains, rice, corn and sugar cane, and anything made from milk - for two years and the results have been good." "We are well-adapted to wheat, rice and corn when we are young and can eat them with impunity. But, I propose, not when we are older."
nutrition  diet  NewScientist  health  imaging 
november 2011 by pierredv
Pain Is No Matter for the Meditative Mind | Brain Blogger
"A group of 15 healthy volunteers took part in four 20-minute sessions of mindfulness meditation instruction... "Comparing responses to the heat before and after meditation training, volunteers reported a 40% reduction in pain intensity and a 57% reduction in unpleasantness associated with the heat stimulus. Brain imaging indicated increased activation in areas associated with awareness of the pain sensation and a reduced activation in areas associated with the emotional response to pain perception. Interestingly, a decoupling of two brain areas, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and cingulate cortex, was observed. The prefrontal cortex is thought to control attention and other executive functions, whereas the cingulate cortex is associated with the emotional salience of a stimulus."
suffering  pain  meditation  health  brainblogger 
october 2011 by pierredv
Heal thyself: The power of mind over matter - New Scientist
"A free drug can help treat many disorders with no side effects: our minds. Jo Marchant reveals six ways to exploit its power" Think positive Meditate Trust people Hypnotise yourself Know your purpose
mind  health  NewScientist 
october 2011 by pierredv
Bacteria and behaviour: Gut instinct | The Economist Sep 2011
"Tantalising evidence that intestinal bacteria can influence mood" "The idea that gut-dwelling microbes can affect an animal’s state of mind" research by Javier Bravo et al
TheEconomist  behavior  mood  health 
october 2011 by pierredv
Vitamin E boosts prostate cancer risk, study finds - The Washington Post
"Large daily doses of vitamin E, long touted as a virtual wonder drug that could protect against cancer, heart disease, dementia and other ailments, increase the risk for prostate cancer among middle-aged men, according to a large federal study released Tuesday."
VitaminE  vitamins  WashingtonPost  health  research  supplements 
october 2011 by pierredv
When Your Job Makes You Sick: Employees Find Little Leverage in Today's Workplace - Knowledge@Wharton
"The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index registered 47.1 in August for the category titled "work satisfaction" -- the lowest it has been since the measurement was introduced in January 2008. The number means that less than half the respondents surveyed last month answered "yes" to four questions: Are you satisfied with your job; are your natural aptitudes aligned with the job you are asked to do; does your supervisor treat you like a partner, and does he or she create an environment that is trusting and open?"
work  employment  via:JohnHelm  health 
october 2011 by pierredv
Substantial drop in child mortality around the globe, UN figures reveal
"... the number of children under the age of five who perish each year fell from more than 12 million in 1990 to about 7.6 million last year.
That decrease means about 12,000 fewer children are dying each day than they were two decades earlier"
UNICEF  WHO  UN  child  health  poverty 
september 2011 by pierredv
A Sleep Battle of the Sexes -
"Women tend to have more deep sleep and awaken fewer times during the night than men do. They also weather some of the effects of a lack of sleep better than men, according to recent studies. Still, men overall say they are more satisfied with the amount and quality of their shut-eye than are women. "
sleep  health  x:wsj 
august 2011 by pierredv
Why it's so hard to win the war against US oxycodone epidemic -
Legalizing drugs doesn't necessarily stop the killing. "More people die now of oxy abuse than of heroine, cocaine, and methamphetamine abuse combined." 11,000 oxycodone-related overdose deaths in 2007
drugs  health  csmonitor 
june 2011 by pierredv
Blue alert: The dark side of night light - health - 10 May 2011 - New Scientist
how body clocks are affected by light of different colors - in general, even faint light can wake you up good comparison graphic of spectra of different kinds of light source recommendations for dealing with insomnia
health  light  sleep  NewScientist  insomnia 
june 2011 by pierredv
Spin doctors: Die another day - health - 20 February 2011 - New Scientist
"So next time you are told that one country outperforms or underperforms another on some vital metric of health, take a close look at whether it is survival or mortality that is being quoted" Part of a package, "Careless Pork Costs Lives and other medical myths" by Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas
statistics  NewScientist  health 
march 2011 by pierredv
Kids with low self-control are less successful adults - health - 26 January 2011 - New Scientist
"Children who lack self-control are more likely to become adults with poor health and finances." Research by Avshalom Caspi at Duke University in North Carolina, Terrie Moffitt at King's College London and colleagues, who followed the progress of 1000 children born between 1972 and 1973 in New Zealand.
NewScientist  education  cognition  behavior  poverty  health  development  self-control 
march 2011 by pierredv
Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's and boost brain power | Science | The Guardian
"Learning a second language and speaking it regularly can improve your cognitive skills and delay the onset of dementia"
cognition  alzheimers  brain  health  theguardian 
february 2011 by pierredv
Imagine the Possibilities | Brain Blogger
"Researchers have discovered a way for people to eat less: imagine eating"
Reporting research in Science, so pretty reliable
diet  health  experiment  via:brainblogger 
january 2011 by pierredv
Prevention of cancer: Wonder drug - Aspirin | The Economist
Turns out aspirin is very effective for cancer prevention, too.
aspirin  research  health  TheEconomist 
january 2011 by pierredv
Most U.S. youths unfit to serve, data show - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times
Includes cite to Mission:Readiness report

biggest reason is physical/medical; e.g. obesity increased from 6% to 23% among 18-34 y/o between 1987 and 2008
us  military  health  security  factoids 
december 2010 by pierredv
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