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Health

November 20, 2014

"Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach"

From the CDC.

Unsurprising but good to have confirmed: romaine is better for you than iceberg lettuce.

But watercress . . . watercress is a power food. 

November 13, 2014

"The Surprising Science Behind Napping"

Being older than 50, none of this is a surprise to me, but I link to it for the benefit of my younger readers.

Napping can help refresh the mind, make you more creative, boost your intelligence, and even help you live a longer, healthier life. 

November 03, 2014

"This Device Could Detect Dozens of Cancers With a Single Blood Test"

A lot of work yet to do, but it sounds like they could be onto something big.

For other seemingly encouraging stories about beating cancer see the following;

"Low carb ketogenic diet fights cancer, says oncologist".

"Dr Lenz Speech for 2014 Cancer Warrior Awards".

"T-Cell Therapy Puts Leukemia Patients in Extended Remission".

And for "An Anti-Cancer Diet" see Paul Jaminet's post.

"Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs, study finds"

I am almost always eager to help myself, particularly in health matters, so this is encouraging. As is this: "Can Fitbit Data Save Lives?"

November 02, 2014

"A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D."

Interesting stuff about ADHD that I didn't know.

October 30, 2014

"‘Good Poop’ Diet Is the Next Big Thing"

The "microbiome" continues to be the new hotness in things dietary.

See also "An apple a day could keep obesity away".

October 29, 2014

"21 Days: An expert in biological warfare warns against complacency in public measures against Ebola"

Interesting. Apparently, as has been the case in other instances recently--proper diet, climate change, among others--the science is not "settled"

For one objection, Hatfill wants it known that, while it must be emphasized that airborne droplet and particle transmission between humans has not been evident in this outbreak, aerosol droplet transmission of Ebola virus has been shown in animal studies. “It is therefore irresponsible for government health officials to emphatically state that aerosol transmission does not occur,” he writes. He also believes the argument against a national quarantine is “inexcusable in light of the size of the current West African epidemic.”

But the politics are the same as almost always: "Life-saving drugs and deadly delays".

Related: "Ten Ways The Public Sector Is Failing And The Private Sector Is Succeeding Against Ebola".

October 19, 2014

"Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor"

In the New York Times, no less.

Three cheers for Obamacare!

October 14, 2014

"The CDC Doesn’t Have A Funding Problem"

Not that any of my regular readers would believe, for one single second, the Liberals' new line that Republican funding cuts are responsible for us not curing Ebola, but just in case, see Walter Olson's short piece.

See also Nick Gillespie, "Can You Blame Ebola Outbreak on "Republican Cuts" to Health Budgets?" and Bobby Jindal, "The Facts About Ebola Funding".

October 13, 2014

"Some Cancer Experts See 'Overdiagnosis,' Question Emphasis on Early Detection"

This is so true:

The conflicting messages have left many patients bewildered. After years of educational campaigns saying that early detection saves lives, it's no wonder that some people view recommendations to cut back on cancer screenings as dangerous, or veiled health-care rationing.

When I was a kid it seemed like at least once a week--sometimes, once or more per day--there was an ad on TV from the American Cancer Society telling us how very, very important early detection of cancer was.

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