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Health

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

One more reason to think about getting a second opinion

"Odds your doctor has misdiagnosed you? Frighteningly high".

(Well, it's "only" five percent. But if you're in the five percent, the consequences could be severe.)

"An Apple a Day, and Other Myths"

Quite discouraging. The author argues that recent decades of research have revealed only that it's bad to smoke and being fat tends to be bad for your health, and not much else.

In the opening plenary session, Dr. Walter C. Willett, a Harvard epidemiologist who has spent many years studying cancer and nutrition, sounded almost rueful as he gave a status report. Whatever is true for other diseases, when it comes to cancer there was little evidence that fruits and vegetables are protective or that fatty foods are bad.

About all that can be said with any assurance is that controlling obesity is important, as it also is for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and other threats to life. Avoiding an excess of alcohol has clear benefits. But unless a person is seriously malnourished, the influence of specific foods is so weak that the signal is easily swamped by noise.

Link via Instapundit.

April 29, 2014

"How to save yourself if you're choking"

I haven't tried this--I hope I never need to--but it might be good information to store away.

April 26, 2014

Is there *nothing* coffee can't do?

"Daily coffee habit linked to lower risk of liver cancer, study says".

April 21, 2014

"ACA Threatens Promise of Concierge Medicine"

Even if the ACA covered everybody, cheaply and efficiently, the complaints wouldn't stop because health care would still be plenty unequal. Look for further attempts to quash concierge medicine

(As Glenn Reynolds comments on the that article, "Of course it does. All workable alternatives must be destroyed." And I'd expect even attempts to undermine or surpress patient power to address their own problems.)

This despite the promise concierge medicine has in fixing doctors' increasing dissatisfaction with their jobs

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