Medical histories of American Presidents
- Washington "exuded such masculine power as frightens young women just wakening to the opposite sex." Jefferson had all his teeth when he died at 84. Wilson's handshake was described as "a ten-cent pickled mackerel in brown paper." Taft was once laid up for a few days after a bug flew into his eye. Facts & trivia about presidential health.
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 28, 2003 -
"Vancouver has opened North America's first legal shooting gallery for drug addicts."
-for all you poor saps where guns are a part of your everyday vocabulary, NO that's not a place where drug addicts shoot guns.- this is a pilot program supported by all levels of government in BC and in Canada, where addicts can inject drugs in a supervised, clean environment. The purpose of which ultimately I think is to bridge the huge gap between "them" and "us" and possibly shrink the distance addicts have to reach through for help. Does my heart bleed for "them"? Absolutely not. You choose your weapon, you suffer the consequences. But what this could lead to is less addicts and therefore less reason for addicts to commit crimes to support their addictions...
posted by giantkicks
on Sep 16, 2003 -
Neoroscience and wireless communication
An apparently non-hysterical warning from scientist Leif Salford, who cautions that by using hand-held cellular devices we're conducting "the largest human biological experiment ever."
According to the Independent (UK) article, it's been proven that microwave radiation opens 'the blood-brain barrier, allowing a protein called albumin to pass into the brain.' Lund's latest work 'goes a step further, showing the process is linked to serious brain damage.'
That in turn causes ... uh, what was I writing about? I forget.
Sorry. Seriously, is there anyone in the room competent to comment on the validity of this warning? (Via Gizmodo)
posted by mojohand
on Sep 14, 2003 -
Tax the tan?
a new study shows more than a quarter of white female teenagers have had at least three sessions in a tanning booth, Forty-seven percent of 18- and 19-year-old females made three or more visits. The overall rate for boys was far lower, around 7 percent. Note to teenage boys: Go hang out at the tanning booth.
Concerned dermatologists made a bold proposal: Slap a $20 tax on every visit to the tanning salon for people under 18, after all, we tax Smokes
for just the same reason.
Needles to say The Indoor Tanning Association
(Don't miss the upcoming ITAWorld Expo
, Huey Lewis and the News show included!), which represents the nation's 6,000 tanning salons, denounced the idea, noting that moderate exposure to ultraviolet light may actually promote health. UV light helps the body absorb vitamin D, which is important in the development of bones. After all Nicotine 'reduces Alzheimer's symptoms'
. Are taxes a good behavior modification tool?
posted by Blake
on Sep 9, 2003 -
Health Physics Instrumentation Collection. A shoe-fitting fluoroscope
Geiger Mueller detectors
, civil defence items
, atomic movie posters
, radioactive quack cures
, radiation warning signs
Much more in the way of historical scientific instrumentation at the University of Toronto Museum of Scientific Instuments
: exhibits on psychology
, and early electron microscopy
; more in the collections.American Artifacts
has some interesting articles and illustrations on antique scientific and medical instruments, such as these quack eye massagers.
posted by plep
on Aug 17, 2003 -
- you need more brain cells
. Just take one of these
twice a day. New research
shows that antidepressants may not work as we thought
at all, rather they actually stimulate growth of cells in the hippocampus area of the brain. This may all be for the good - but it seems strange that we release millions of happy pills and market them as safe without knowing for sure what they do. Perhaps its the money
posted by grahamwell
on Aug 9, 2003 -
The NY Times
is running a series of fishy articles
about the ocean environment, fish and health. Of note the Java Interactive Feature "Heavy Toll" (see link 1) has an underwater cam of a trawlnet to help visualize ocean floor carpet bombing. Article links 1
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 29, 2003 -
When Is It OK To Lie To Your Doctor?
Legislation to deny first class medical assistance to those who persist with an unhealthy lifestyle is now being seriously discussed in the UK. Can lie detectors be far behind? Will smokers, heavy drinkers and couch potatoes now have to add the art of lying through their teeth - as if their lives depended on it, which they may soon do, to their solitary, sedentary and increasingly melancholy skills? More importantly, will doctors be able to help them, if the information they get from their patients is all wrong?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 27, 2003 -
They’re a little like Operation
. Today students can practice all sorts of skills on surgical models like TraumaMan®
, the Hillway Man
, or Geri, the Geriatric
, who comes complete with wrinkles. There’s spinal surgery
, gall bladder surgery
, and casualty kits
. Some of them give me the I’m-a-silly-git giggles and naming a company Limbs & Things doesn't help. There’s the head
with all sorts of things wrong
with it, including “Extraneous Lumps”
. The toe with refills
is pretty nifty, but disturbingly life-like
. There are strap-ons
and table-top models
.(Possibly NSFW) Some
could make interesting conversation pieces
.(Also poss. NSFW)
In addition, Somso, maker of the “dial-a-prostate” model above, also makes interesting non-interactive models like this fandex of a head
, a larynx with tongue
, or a fingertip
. They also have neat models
, and flowers
posted by lobakgo
on Jul 23, 2003 -
First Documented Case
of HIV hybridization in a human being was presented at the International AIDS Society conference in Paris. In this case, genetic tests on a superinfected woman showed that the two strains she was infected with swapped genetic material, creating a new hybrid strain of HIV. The actual effects are not yet clear, but this could pose a serious problem for researchers trying to create a vaccine.
posted by Irontom
on Jul 16, 2003 -
The Coral Calcium scam. Coral Calcium
products are on fire right now, with infomercials and brochures claiming that the miracle supplements can cure everything from fatigue to cancer. Of course there is no scientific evidence
supporting any of these claims and one of the two men featured in the infomercials is a convicted felon named Kevin Trudeau
actions are ongoing and The Mayo Clinic
has just sent out a letter to patients warning that the broad range of benefits claimed by those marketing some Coral Calcium products are simply too good to be true and that if the calcium indeed comes form the Okinawa area as claimed, it could be contaminated with lead.
posted by bargle
on Jun 11, 2003 -
has been healing ever since he got a nasty shot from someone. His site shows the process through a series of photos, one taken per day.
posted by dum2007
on May 16, 2003 -
WHO lifts Toronto travel ban
And Health Canada
Recommendations: Health Canada continues to strongly endorse travel into and throughout the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] as safe and encourages travellers to maintain their business and/or personal travel plans to the GTA.
That's just great. What, a week after banning all travel to Toronto because of SARS, it's on again?
That's bloody irresponsible, considering the damage it has done and will continue to do so to travel to Canada no less Toronto. [s'more inside]
posted by alicesshoe
on Apr 29, 2003 -
Snoring causes headaches.....
according to recent research. I post this as I recall from a previous thread
that some interest was generated from a post on migraine. I drove my GP mental then, trying to tell her how to do her job based on some contributions to mefi. Now I will be starting all over again.
posted by Fat Buddha
on Apr 22, 2003 -
Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Yo-Yo.
Health officials in New York are concerned about "water yo-yos", a hot new toy imported from Asia filled with a "foul-smelling liquid" that has made some kids ill. So far, they haven't been able to figure out what the liquid is, who manufactures the toys, or who brings them into the United States.
posted by jjg
on Apr 11, 2003 -
The vegan diet can be a killer,
at least that's what the State of New York thinks. Was a "strict vegan diet" the cause of a 15-month-old's demise or did New York health officials have a hand in the death?
posted by Bag Man
on Mar 30, 2003 -
The other war.
Dispatches from the trenches, in the middle of the Hong Kong SARS outbreak. [may be annoying popups] [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Mar 21, 2003 -
It seems that merely "reacting" is always a step behind of a fast evolving hostile force, and some pre-emptive strategy is a must.
posted by semmi
on Mar 19, 2003 -
American cultural hegemony strikes again.
(NYT reg. req.) Asian children exposed to an American-made high-sugar, high-fat, pre-processed, fast-food diet now seem to be coming up with American diseases: obesity, diabetes, things like that. My fascination with the article is caused not so much by its content as it is by its tone, though:
Known in Chinese as "xiao pangzi," or "little fatties," these roly-poly children seem to be everywhere, the pampered victims of cultures that prize them as emblems of affluence and well-being.
Do I sense a certain smugness in this article? Is the author sarcastically reading this as a triumph of American values?
posted by Prospero
on Mar 13, 2003 -
A rather extraordinary applet. Find out about the reportable communicable diseases in the US. Many hidden features.
posted by kablam
on Mar 5, 2003 -
Hangover? Not for long!
Okay, probably not - heard some commercials for this product on my local sports radio station, and during don imus' radio show... It seems this company is promoting their "dawn808" product which you can take after or during drinking, and it reacts to the chemicals that your liver forms while trying to clean up your blood. fascinating. wonder what happens if you take this, the 48 hour hollywood diet, and some ephedra.
at least they're not trying to sell samplers from the 80's.
posted by djspicerack
on Mar 5, 2003 -
Heart surgery in our family has triggered something of a crisis of fitness with everyone vowing to loose weight. Ironically its the runner in the family that has suggested the most sensible solution: buy a pedometer
and increase the number of steps per day you walk to 10,000. (Although some say to just increase.
) The idea supposedly started in Japan
. The idea is to add a bit of activity here and there (the first site recommends going to a restroom on a different floor) rather than trying to lump the 30 minutes per day all ot once. So far with a desk-potato lifestyle 3,000 is easy but adding the extra few miles every day will require some extra work. Less social than a Volksmarch
but compatable with a mall walk.
And definitely less hazardous than freestyle walking.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Feb 21, 2003 -
The worlds longest hockey game
came to an end this afternoon after 80 hours of ice time. 39 players (all with ties to cancer through loved ones lost or afflicted) participated to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
What lengths would you go to for your cause?
posted by Starchile
on Feb 16, 2003 -
"It Did It"
is a beautiful and haunting short flick about depression. Peter Brinson artfully uses the Scientific Method to creatively document the effects of the drug Zoloft on his mood and his brain chemistry.
posted by VelvetHellvis
on Feb 14, 2003 -
Teenage Girls Not Getting Enough Meat...
At least, not according to the American Beef Industry, which concoted this laughably ridiculous "lifestyle" site to appeal to god knows who, ostensibly focused on teen girl issues (prom? dating?), but with a thinly veiled meaty agenda beneath it all. Bonus points for the horrifically Avrilesque domain name. Marketing. It's what's for dinner.
posted by jonson
on Feb 1, 2003 -
If it tastes good, eat it?
Food scientists have discovered that AMP, " a naturally occurring substance ..... found in a wide range of natural foods - including breast milk" can be used to make bad tasting food taste good. Will it save humanity from the "unholy trinity" of sugar, salt, and fat, or are we all tumor meat as soon as this stuff gets some traction?
posted by BGM
on Feb 1, 2003 -
Obesity may not be unhealthy after all A careful survey of medical literature reveals that the conventional wisdom about the health risks of fat is a grotesque distortion of a far more complicated story. Indeed, subject to exceptions for the most extreme cases, it's not at all clear that being overweight is an independent health risk of any kind, let alone something that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
[The New Republic online, free reg. required]
posted by tippiedog
on Jan 28, 2003 -