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Health

November 26, 2014

"This Man's Brain Recovery Has Baffled Scientists And Provided Hope For Others"

Amazing and wonderful.

Then out of nowhere, a white Chevrolet van hit them at 75mph, an absurd speed for the neighbourhood. Marcy was killed outright and Lewis was so thoroughly broken that the paramedic on the scene took him for dead. The Chevrolet driver, meanwhile, fled the scene, and was never caught. That was the story the Times ran with – the destructive experience of a hit-and-run in a city where everyone drives everywhere.

Twenty years on, that crash continues to reverberate. Only this time, it’s a happier story, one that Lewis has told in a book, Rise and Shine, and before large audiences at numerous public events. It’s the story of his astonishing recovery, and it not only gives hope to sufferers of traumatic brain injury (TBI), but provides proof, in the most dramatic fashion, of the brain’s incredible ability to regenerate and reorganise itself.

November 25, 2014

"Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat"

Really wrong.

Establishment: so sorry if anybody got hurt. Suckers!

See also "The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders".

November 24, 2014

"Re-heating pasta may be the key to losing weight and staying healthy"

This could change everything.

An experiment on the TV programme Trust Me, I’m a Doctor has shown that eating reheated pasta is significantly healthier than consuming it freshly cooked.

The BBC show demonstrated that cooking, cooling and then reheating pasta, turning it into ‘resistant starch’, reduced the rise in volunteers’ blood glucose by 50 per cent.

Needless to say, real research is desperately needed.

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".

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