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Health

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

More technical details here

May 09, 2014

"The Wonkblog guide to efficient drinking"

"On a buzz-per-calorie basis, sparkling wine is a winner."

"10 Reasons Green Tea Is The Healthiest Drink In The World"

With citations to supportive research.

UPDATE: Link fixed now. Thanks, TJ.

May 07, 2014

"Here's Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is So Good For You"

Key part:

It is believed that chronic inflammation is among the leading drivers of many diseases.

This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis and various common degenerative conditions.

It has been speculated that one of the mechanisms behind olive oil's benefits, is its ability to fight inflammation.

May 05, 2014

"The hangover doctor who can cure you in 45 minutes"

I'm skeptical, but he seems to be passing the market test

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