Moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss, study suggests (ScienceDaily)

ScienceDaily reports on another blessing from Dionysus:
Moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss, study suggests

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women's bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.

Mind-Altering Bugs - ScienceNOW

This article from Science NOW is a year old, but fascinating. More and more we're seeing how our bodies are not so much machine as ecologies, how critical gut bacteria are to our health. At the same time we're leaning more about how parasitic and symbiotic organisms can affect the nervous system and the mind and emotions.

Weight Training May Lower Diabetes Risk (Well)

Well Weight Training May Lower Diabetes Risk (Well)

After controlling for many variables, including age, body mass and alcohol intake, the researchers found that engaging in aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes a week lowered the risk of developing the disease by 52 percent. Doing the same amount of weight training, meanwhile, was associated with a 34 percent lower risk, independent of any aerobic exercise. But doing both led to the greatest reduction in risk. Dr. Willett said the mechanism behind weight training’s beneficial effect on diabetes most likely stems from its effect on insulin receptors.


Facing An Emergency, We’re Still Asking, “Where’s the Beef?” - In These Times

At In These Times, David Sirota considers the USDA "Meatless Mondays" kerfluffle in light of the drought: Facing An Emergency, We’re Still Asking, “Where’s the Beef?”

It should shock you that our government's response to such an epic agricultural crisis is a small non-binding recommendation to consume a bit less meat. Indeed, compared to our nation's past reaction to other national security emergencies – from World War II-era recycling campaigns to post-9/11 homeland security spending binges – a “Meatless Monday” suggestion in an internal newsletter is stunningly inadequate.

It should likewise disgust you that even this inadequate recommendation has prompted not merely lawmakers' boisterous opposition – but also public displays of gluttony aimed at encouraging Americans to consume even more water-intensive products than ever.

And, most important, this episode should frighten you because it shows that those elected to deal with national security threats are so owned by industry that they now respond to crises with mocking condescension, in the process raising a harrowing question:

If an historic drought can't convince us to even talk about eating less than 194 pounds of meat every year, then how are we ever going to discuss solutions to – much less actively combat – the even bigger crises headed our way?

The Bullying Culture of Medical School (Well)

From the New York Times blog "Well": The Bullying Culture of Medical School

For 30 years, medical educators have known that becoming a doctor requires more than an endless array of standardized exams, long hours on the wards and years spent in training. For many medical students, verbal and physical harassment and intimidation are part of the exhausting process, too.

Drunk Idiot Takes a Nap On Airport Baggage Belt And Gets X-Rayed (Gizmodo)

BBC: Carbon monoxide's damaging role in heart rhythm found

The BBC reports on a study showing that low levels of carbon monoxide, in the range encountered from vehicle traffic, can cause cardiac arrhythmia:

Carbon monoxide is produced by faulty boilers, cigarettes and car exhausts.

It is deadly at high levels as it "shoulder-barges" oxygen out of the blood, meaning less is transported around the body. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 50 people in the UK each year and many more around the world.

Pfizer settles bribery charges for a parking ticket fine

The New York Times reports that pharma giant Pfizer has reached a $45 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over charges that it and Wyeth (which it gobbled up in 2009) regularly bribed doctors and health care workers in such countries as Russia, China, Bulgaria, Italy, Indonesia, and Pakistan to prescribe its potions, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.


NYT: Improved Vision After Cataract Surgery Lowers Risk of Broken Hips, Study Finds

The New York Times reports on a study finding that cataract surgery can have the added benefit of helping elderly patients avoid hip fractures:


mashed potatoes and gravy served Slurpee-style

From the "just what America needs" department (though for now, apparently only available in Singapore): mashed potatoes and gravy served Slurpee-style. Get yourself a bucket of 'em plus a Big Gulp for just $2. From The Clearly Dope.



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