My experience with hospitals has been almost entirely as good as could possibly be hoped. But I believe the moment you can safely leave, you should. This piece reinforces my belief.
Lorimer Moseley, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, gives a simple introduction to the neurobiology of pain. (14.5 minute TED video.)
"How to SURVIVE a fatal fall: Experts are encouraging us to learn how to fall properly - but it's not as impossible as it sounds"
The sidebar, "How to Fall the Right Way," sounds like good advice, but I'm unwilling to try to test it.
"Could your food change your mood? Psychologist explains the gut-brain connection - and how these diet tweaks could make you less anxious"
Regular readers of this blog know that modern medicine is attributing more and more illness to either bad gut bacteria or inflammation. Here's another possible example.
Scott Alexander at State Star Codex tackles an important question. (The answer is a modest "yes".)
Quite interesting story. One of the things that the mystery could reveal is a way to prevent malaria.
When I was diagnosed 25+ years ago, they only had one pill to offer you. It didn't cause any serious side effects but it was almost sure to do nothing good for you, either. There's been a heck of a lot of progress.
Working paper by Stefan Hut and Emily Oster. Excerpt from the abstract:
American diets are, on average, unhealthy relative to nutritional guidelines. We combine household food purchase data with health information and the timing of diet-related news releases to estimate what types of information or education improves diet and for whom. Our primary finding is that the average household does not improve diet quality in response to serious disease diagnosis (diabetes, hypertension, obesity), changes in government diet recommendations, or major research findings. Households with more economic incentives to be healthy - higher income, higher education, younger - also do not respond significantly. This suggests that dietary choices are difficult to alter.
If this finding is replicated, would it be too much to ask the government to stop hectoring everybody about what they should eat?
Doing what you know how to do is often a good idea.
If you've been reading here for a while, you've seen links that indicate much of the chronic health problems associated with age are now thought to be connected to poor gut bacteria. This article suggests that people have substantial control over their gut microbiota.