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Health

July 22, 2014

"Scientists Pave The Way For Possible Alzheimer's Blood Test"

Let's hope that this works out and real soon.

June 30, 2014

"Ketogenic diet can replace chemo for almost all cancers, says Dr Thomas Seyfried"

Interesting.

Unlike some of the shills and charlatans in this area, this guy is a professor with a long list of journal publications

June 26, 2014

"Maybe we don't all need annual physicals"

I find this article rather remarkable. When I was a kid barely a day went by without a public-service announcement on TV exhorting people to know the seven warning signs of cancer and urging people who thought they had one to see a doctor ASAP. "Early detection" was absolutely vital, they said.

Now we have Dr. Michael Rothberg, director of the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute Center for Value-Based Care Research quoted as throwing virtually all such early detection in the trash: "You're very unlikely to have any serious diseases that haven't shown symptoms." And, of course, we've recently been advised that mammograms and PSA tests should probably be avoided.

If I were a cynic--perish the thought!--I'd suspect these recent developments might be related to 1) government now funds a significant percentage of American health care, and 2) government is broke. 

June 25, 2014

Another vote for intermittent fasting

"Fasting diets like the 5:2 'can help prevent diabetes by reducing cholesterol after 10 to 12 hours'".

June 18, 2014

"Is Alzheimer’s Caused by an Infection?"

Interesting. Further research is clearly needed, particularly about the direction of causality.

Doctors from the International Alzheimer Research Center in Switzerland published a study indicating a high probability of a causal relationship, not just an association, between spirochete infections and Alzheimer’s disease.

What they discovered was pretty amazing. They found spirochetes in about 90% of Alzheimer’s patients, while the bacteria were virtually absent in healthy age-matched controls. [footnote omitted]

See also Paul Jaminet's posts "Is Alzheimer’s Caused By a Bacterial Infection of the Brain?" and "Eleven Steps for Overcoming Alzheimer’s and Other Chronic Infectious Diseases".

UPDATE: First link fixed now. Thanks, Brent.

June 17, 2014

"Six simple ways to prevent hospital infections and save your life"

Contracting an infection while in the hospital is a stupid way to get sick. And like most stupid things, it should be avoided

May 28, 2014

"Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition"

Some possible causes.

But I'd add: doing research on health and nutrition is difficult and expensive, so a lot of it is not done well, and that's made worse by the incentive to announce "newsworthy" results. 

May 27, 2014

Two on cancer detection

Bring it on!

"IBM's Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctors".

"Simple blood test could soon diagnose if patient has cancer and how far advanced the disease it is, scientists say".

May 25, 2014

"5 Scientific Secrets To Naps That Will Make You Happier And Smarter"

I never used to nap. Now I do.

May 12, 2014

"Grandfather, 59, given just two years to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia is in remission after taking new 'miracle' drug"

Potentially great news for CLL patients

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