One of my best friends recently commented that it's disturbing how many Nazis, communists, and terrorists he's friends with on Facebook.
His point, of course, was sarcastic. Labeling people in the harshest of terms is one of the features of our hyperpartisan society. Anyone we disagree with on the Left is a socialist or communist; anyone we disagree with on the Right is a Nazi. Everybody else is a terrorist sympathizer. Such is the condition of our national discourse in 2018.
Dogs get poisoned, not “just stoned” from marijuana exposure. And the rates are increasing, with the dedicated veterinary services Pet Poison Helpline experiencing a 448% increase in calls over the past six years.
Type 1 diabetics have enough to worry about already without being told that they can’t trust their doctors, but that is exactly what Richard David Dikeman, Ph.D., has dedicated his Twitter account to doing. He and Dr. Richard K. Bernstein have teamed up to create Diabetes University in order to wage war against physicians and the American Diabetes Association, who supposedly recommend high carb diets to type 1 diabetics, all in the name of educating people about diabetes care.
They say that diabetics should not listen to the recommendations of their doctors.
1. How ridiculous is the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island? So ridiculous that the judges miscounted wildly on the number of hot dogs and no one noticed. Until winner Joey Chestnut insisted he had broken his own world record and eaten 74 in 10 minutes and the judges had to go back and review the 10 minute tape and actually count this time. And he was right, they were off by a whole plate, not just for him, but for the second place finisher.
Myopia or nearsightedness, and higher levels of education are associated; but which came first, which is the cause? Can genetic information help us to convert correlation to causation and answer this chicken or egg question?
It's not often that I have a whole lot of positive things to say about the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). But there's no denying that they can sure make an effective scare video. And even though it's a bunch of BS, it sure is well done.
But for a group that makes a whole lot of money - more than 100-times what ACSH does - you might think that they could afford to find a decent scientist or two somewhere. I mean, their corporate officers sure do well enough...
Well-publicized paper on suicide rates by occupation might have produced faulty data. A "reanalysis" is underway.
Life finds a way. But that doesn't mean it's always easy.
Are people allergic to cold weather the way there are pollen?
While doing research on cryolipolysis, a technique people selectively freezes areas of their bodies to “sculpt” it (seriously), I discovered that a disqualifying factor for participants was an allergy to cold, more precisely stumbled an “allegic/inflammatory reaction to cold”
If this is real, there are a lot of implications. Banning winter may need to be on the table
Is It Legitimate?
How do you balance comfort and autonomy at the ends of life? An already complicated emotional question is made more difficult when your loved one is severely demented. Families and physicians face this dilemma every day.
This situation is a powerful reminder that nature will always be our greatest adversary. That said, current day understanding, innovation and progress is a formidable opponent.
It's been said that truth is the first casualty in war. I think it could also be said that truth is the first casualty in a decadent and declining society... and journalists are leading the way.
The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) exists “to improve the Nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural” and I have been attending hearings on the bipartisan effort to re-authorize an appropriation toward responding to biological attacks, pandemics, and emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
When it comes to biological agents, lots of hyperbole takes place, so here’s a review of what these hearings got right and wrong about biological threats.
Polio, once a global killer, has had its toxic effect on cell's harnessed to treat recurrent glioblastoma with some encouraging results. Does this represent the beginnings of oncolytic virus therapy for cancer?
A recent article published in The Lancet alleges that the number of police killings of unarmed black men is causing the mental health of black Americans to decline. Police killings of unarmed black Americans started to gain a lot of media traction in the past decade - with the rise of social media, perceived racial tensions, and the Black Lives Matter movement, news of these types of events travels far and fast.
It seems that when we compare the frequency of events we are influenced by its past prevalence. When fewer bad things occur, we simply expand the definition of bad to make up the difference.
Identifying characteristics are essential to ensuring patient safety - so that the right treatment meets the right patient.
Explosions, alcohol, delicious grilled foods - those are all the things that made America great. But in combination, they make it America's deadliest day. Add in heat, swimming and cars and it's easy to recognize why hospital emergency rooms staff up for July 4th.
Here's a short rundown.
It's July 4th and the fireworks roll out. So do the morons. Here's what can happen when they meet.
The cost of the annual cookout is down. But as we thank our farmers we should remember that what is good for the consumer may not be as good for the producer.