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Health

December 31, 2014

Alzheimer's: bad news and good news

A twenty-year old proposed path to a cure now seems to be a dead end: "Beta-Amyloid: The Emperor Really Does Have No Clothes".

Much better news:

"Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time".

"Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates".

December 29, 2014

"The pain test: Doctors have no idea how much their patients are suffering. That's about to change."

It would be very nice if they could do better than the 0-to-10 question. I never understood how I was supposed to answer that. 

December 23, 2014

"Intermittent Fasting: Who's It For? (And, if It's Not for You, What to Do Instead)"

I think it's helping me.

More: "Fasting A Couple Days A Week Could Help You Lose Weight".

And this could save people a lot of time: "Surprisingly simple tips from 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off".

December 15, 2014

"Blood, Simpler: One woman’s drive to upend medical testing"

From Ken Auletta in The New Yorker, an extraordinary story in several ways. For one, it's a powerful anecdote against the claim that The Man keeps women down. 

I hope it works well, and if so, it comes to someplace near me real quick.

December 14, 2014

"Tea or coffee - which do YOU prefer? From weight loss to cancer prevention, we reveal the health benefits of both"

Conclusion: in moderate quantities both are pretty good for most people.

December 04, 2014

"Here's Why You Crash Every Afternoon — And 3 Ways To Avoid It"

Seem like sensible suggestions.

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. 

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