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Current Topic: Health and Wellness

Study: Waking up like being drunk
Topic: Health and Wellness 12:24 pm EST, Jan 12, 2006

If it takes a while to clear the cobwebs after waking up, that's understandable -- "sleep inertia" leaves some people so groggy they might as well be drunk, researchers said on Tuesday.

"For a short period, at least, the effects of sleep inertia may be as bad as or worse than being legally drunk," said researcher Kenneth Wright of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Interesting.

Study: Waking up like being drunk


How Pregnancy Happens - Flash Animation
Topic: Health and Wellness 10:25 pm EDT, Oct  9, 2005

Cute little sex-ed segment, with humor and attitude.

Caution: Not Safe For Work

How Pregnancy Happens - Flash Animation


ABC News: Girl Shown Photos of Dead Father in School
Topic: Health and Wellness 10:04 am EDT, Sep 22, 2005

Sept. 14, 2005 --´┐ŻA 12-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., girl was traumatized when she was shown gruesome photographs of the car crash that killed her father during a health class presentation by police to educate youngsters about the dangers of drunken driving, the girl's mother said.

ABC News: Girl Shown Photos of Dead Father in School


Neighbors: Caged kids seemed normal
Topic: Health and Wellness 10:03 am EDT, Sep 22, 2005

The Gravelles have said a psychiatrist recommended they make the children sleep in the cages, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler told the Norwalk Reflector.

See? We don't -JUST- prescribe Prozac!!!

I really can't wait to see how this investigation turns out.

Neighbors: Caged kids seemed normal


Crocodile blood may yield powerful new antibiotics | Reuters.com
Topic: Health and Wellness 9:29 am EDT, Aug 17, 2005

Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus.

The crocodile's immune system is much more powerful than that of humans, preventing life-threatening infections after savage territorial fights which often leave the animals with gaping wounds and missing limbs.

However, the crocodile's immune system may be too powerful for humans and may need to be synthesized for human consumption.

"There is a lot of work to be done. It may take years before we can get to the stage where we have something to market," said Britton.

Crocodile blood may yield powerful new antibiotics | Reuters.com


Brain-dead woman's fetus past most critical developmental period:
Topic: Health and Wellness 9:19 pm EDT, Jul 20, 2005

RICHMOND, Va. -- A brain-dead pregnant woman being kept on life support has passed a milestone in her fetus' development, giving her family renewed hope her child will survive.

Susan Torres' fetus recently passed the 24th week of development _ the earliest point at which doctors felt the baby would have a reasonable chance to survive outside the womb, her brother-in-law said.

Brain-dead woman's fetus past most critical developmental period:


Would you want to know if Alzheimer's is coming?
Topic: Health and Wellness 11:28 pm EDT, Jun 25, 2005

Would you want to know?

Would you want to know if, a decade from now, your brain will begin to deteriorate?

Even if you can't do much to stop it?
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The questions sound like a science-fiction brainteaser. But they became real with the announcement this week that researchers may be able to predict Alzheimer's disease nearly a decade before symptoms appear.

Experts say predicting illness raises ethical questions for doctors and societal questions about insurance, workplace discrimination and privacy.

Would I want to know that in 5 years I wouldn't remember anything, and would be lost and alone in the world? Yes, I would, because I don't think I'd want to let myself get that far.

Would you want to know if Alzheimer's is coming?


New treatment works like 'liquid Drano for arteries'
Topic: Health and Wellness 6:46 pm EST, Nov  7, 2003

] Intravenous doses of a synthetic component of "good"
] cholesterol reduced artery disease in just six weeks in a
] small study with startlingly big implications for
] treating the nation's No. 1 killer.
]
] "The concept is sort of liquid Drano for the coronary
] arteries," said Dr. Steven Nissen, a Cleveland Clinic
] cardiologist who led the study.
]
] Larger and longer studies need to be done to determine if
] the experimental treatment will translate into fewer
] deaths, but the early results are promising, said Dr.
] Daniel Rader, director of preventive cardiology at the
] University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
]
] The treatment used a laboratory-produced version of an
] unusually effective form of HDL, the good cholesterol
] that helps protect against heart disease by removing
] plaque, or fatty buildups, from the bloodstream.
]
] "This is clearly on the level of a breakthrough that will
] have far-reaching implications," pointing the way toward
] a rapid treatment for fatty buildups, said Dr. Bryan
] Brewer, chief of molecular diseases at the National
] Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

New treatment works like 'liquid Drano for arteries'


RE: Hackers on Atkins
Topic: Health and Wellness 10:23 pm EST, Nov  2, 2003

Dolemite wrote:
] ] But while there's nothing particularly bleeding-edge
] ] about eating the hamburger but not the bun, now that
] ] low-carb dieting has gone mainstream, the diet does
] ] appear to hold a special attraction for hackers,
] ] programmers and other close-to-the-machine dwellers. For
] ] some geeks, the low-carb diet is itself a clever hack, a
] ] sneaky algorithm for getting the body to do what you want
] ] it to do, a way of reprogramming yourself. Programmers,
] ] who are used to making their computers serve their will,
] ] are now finding that low-carb diets enable the same kind
] ] of control over their bodies.
] ]
] ] Doctorow, who lost 75 pounds by cutting out
] ] carbohydrates, sees a natural affinity between his
] ] brethren and the diet: "Read the
] ] alt.support.diet.low-carb FAQ, and you'll find people
] ] attacking their bodies like they would attack a logic
] ] board," he says. "Substitute 'faster bus speed' for
] ] 'metabolism,' and you've got something pretty close to an
] ] overclocking FAQ, he adds, referring to a practice
] ] popular with hardware hackers in which computer
] ] processors are tweaked so that they run faster than their
] ] out-of-the-box speeds.
]
] I've been trying to convince Dementia to join me on a revisit
] to the land of Atkins after I get back from China, because one
] thing you do need is moral support. You gotta have someone
] that's in it with you. Anyway, I thought this was a very
] interesting article in the fact that (1) Cory Doctorow wrote a
] story about hacking his body and now we learn that he has
] pretty much done that and (2) it's timely in accordance with
] what I've been doing and want to ramp up in another week.

I'm with ya fat boy. :)

RE: Hackers on Atkins


anti-hangover pill
Topic: Health and Wellness 8:54 pm EDT, Sep 29, 2003

A drug created by the former KGB to keep its agents sober so that they could drink opponents under the table before stealing their secrets is being sold on the internet to Hollywood stars as a defence against hangovers.

anti-hangover pill


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