Archive for the 'Health' Category

“[W]hat surgeons know about gun violence that the rest of us don’t”

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Huffington Post: What Bullets Do to Bodies.
By Jason Fagone, photographs by Finlay Mackay.

“The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day.”

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I shall please – ich werde gefallen – placebo

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

NPR: Can Placebos Work If You Know They’re Placebos? (4min 42sec sound file, transcript)

“NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about “open label placebos” and whether placebos work even when patients know they’re placebos. He wrote about his experience in Smithsonian Magazine.”

“There’s no way of knowing what triggered the relapse.”

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NPR shots: How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery? By Craig LeMoult.

“Nearly one and a half million Americans were treated for addiction to prescription opioids or heroin in 2015, according to federal estimates, and when those people get seriously hurt or need surgery, it’s often not clear, even to many doctors, how to safely manage their pain. For some former addicts, what begins as pain relief ends in tragedy.

Max Baker is one such case.”

Tiny but dangerous

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The Guardian: Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds. (September 27, 2016) “Tiny plastic particles released by synthetic fabrics can cause harm to marine life when they enter rivers and oceans.”

“Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment, according to a study.
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A team at Plymouth University in the UK spent 12 months analysing what happened when a number of synthetic materials were washed at different temperatures in domestic washing machines, using different combinations of detergents, to quantify the microfibres shed.

They found that acrylic was the worst offender, releasing nearly 730,000 tiny synthetic particles per wash, five times more than polyester-cotton blend fabric, and nearly 1.5 times as many as polyester.”

So far, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot we consumers can do, except not wear synthetic clothing. However, there’s a company called Guppyfriend that is developing a washing bag designed to catch those microfibers. Here’s their Kickstarter page.

Glaubuli (3)

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Spiegel online: USA: Behörde prüft Todesfälle durch Homöopathie. “Die Mittel sollen Babys die Schmerzen beim Zahnen nehmen. Nun warnt die US-Arzneimittelbehörde vor den homöopathischen Arzneien. Zehn Kleinkinder könnten durch die Einnahme der Globuli gestorben sein.” Von Julia Merlot.

“Die Tabletten werden auf Basis der Schwarzen Tollkirsche hergestellt, auch bekannt als Belladonna. Nach den Grundsätzen der Homöopathie (siehe unten) dürften die Wirkstoffe der Giftpflanze in den Tabletten allerdings nicht nachweisbar sein. Tatsächlich ist mitunter aber doch Wirkstoff enthalten, wie die FDA nach der Untersuchung mehrerer Tabletten berichtet. Offenbar wurden die Produkte nicht stark genug verdünnt.”

Erschreckend ist dieser Hinweis am Ende des Artikels:

“Bundesministerium übernimmt Schirmherrschaft bei Homöopathie-Kongress

Die deutsche Politik sucht derweil die Nähe zur Homöopathie. Wie das Bundesministerium für Gesundheit dem Spiegel bestätigte, hat die Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin Annette Widmann-Mauz die Schirmherrschaft für den Weltärztekongress der Homöopathen 2017 in Leipzig übernommen.”