Archive for the 'Health' Category

“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.””


Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Kinderdoc: Wenn der Kopf brummt.

“Kopfweh kommen in allen Altersklassen vor, vermutlich auch schon bei Säuglingen. Jedenfalls werden klassische Symptome wie Sehstörungen, Sprachproblemen und eben dem typischen frontalen oder haubenartigen Schmerz des Kopfes bei anderthalb- oder zweijährigen beschrieben oder auffällig.”

Interessant für selbst Betroffene oder Menschen, die mit Kindern und Jugendlichen arbeiten.

I never thought about this before

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Atlantic: How Forks Gave Us Overbites and Pots Saved the Toothless. “Historical changes in the ways we cook and eat have dramatically altered public health.” By Scott Douglas, January 17, 2013.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 The terrorist inside my husband’s brain. By Susan Schneider Williams, BFA.

Link via MetaFilter.

Modern medicine

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Radiolab podcast: 23 Weeks 6 Days.

“When Kelley Benham and her husband Tom French finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn’t. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face… and that are still nearly impossible to answer.”

There’s also an epsiode with an Update: 23 Weeks 6 Days.

Kelley Benham, the mother, also wrote a series of gripping articles for the Tampa Bay Times about her experience: Never let go. “She came four months early, straining the limits of what is possible and what is right.”

The parents have written a book about their experiences that will be released on September 13, 2016.

Warning: You should probably not follow any of the links if you are pregnant right now.