Archive for the 'Health' Category

“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.”

Bitte auch in Deutschland!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Zeit online: Postfaktische Pillen. Ein Kommentar von Dagny Lüdemann.

“”Keine nachgewiesene Wirksamkeit”. Ein Hinweis dieser Art muss in den USA künftig auf homöopathischen Mitteln stehen. Sehr gut! Denn alles andere täuscht Verbraucher.”

“You can really think of it as playing Russian roulette”

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The Guardian: DNA study lays bare devastating damage caused by smoking. “Major investigation into root causes of cancer reveals how tobacco smoke mutates DNA and gives rise to more than a dozen types of tumour.”

“The devastating impact of cigarette smoke on the body’s DNA has been laid bare by the first comprehensive study into the damage tobacco inflicts on human cells.

People who smoke a pack of cigarettes each day for a year develop on average 150 extra mutations in every lung cell, and nearly 100 more mutations than usual in each cell of the voice box, researchers found. More still build up in the mouth, bladder, liver and other organs.
“There is a message here for people who are occasional or social smokers who think it doesn’t do anything,” said Alexandrov. “If you smoke four to five packs of cigarettes in your lifetime it doesn’t sound that much, but you still get several mutations in every cell in your lungs and these are permanent, they do not go away. There are a lot of things that do revert back when you stop smoking, and this shouldn’t discourage people from giving up, but the specific mutations in the lung cells are like scars. If you stop smoking, they’ll still be there.””