Posts Tagged ‘health’

Sugar: Threat or Menace?

June 9, 2017

Is a sugar a drug? A PBS Digital video by Joe Hanson.

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Boeing Planes Will Have Self-Cleaning Toilets for Fastidious Fliers

March 14, 2016

Boeing Planes Will Have Self-Cleaning Toilets for Fastidious Fliers

Engineers at Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) are testing an airplane lavatory that cleans itself of microorganisms with ultraviolet light. Maybe they can fix that smelly hand soap while they’re in there. The UV light isn’t the kind that will give you a tan, so you’ll have to wait until your plane lands in Hawaii. Actually, the purifying lights won’t go on at all if someone is in the john.

We don’t know how the competition will respond to this tech development. Will the new Air France toilets have bidets? Peut-être.

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Angus Deaton

October 13, 2015

Angus Deaton has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

“To design economic policy that promotes welfare and reduces poverty, we must first understand individual consumption choices. More than anyone else, Angus Deaton has enhanced this understanding. By linking detailed individual choices and aggregate outcomes, his research has helped transform the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and development economics.”

— Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

More:

“Princeton professor Angus Deaton wins Nobel Prize in economics,” Jeff Guo, Washington Post

“Why Angus Deaton Deserved the Nobel Prize in Economics,” Christopher Blattman, Foreign Policy

Video [21:02]: Angus Deaton addressing the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) on “Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality.” October 17, 2013. A complete audio recording of his remarks is here.

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Healthcare Halloween: Trick or Treat!

October 31, 2014

Healthcare Halloween: Trick or Treat!

It’s Halloween, time for a good scare:

“Obamacare Faces New Threat as Supreme Court Weighs Appeal,” Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News

“It’s open season for Medicare-user scams,” Pamela Yip, Dallas Morning News

“A brief history of politicized health scares, starting with Ebola,” Jason Millman, Washington Post

“10 Most Serious Public Health Scares Ever,” MPHonline

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Eating & Cooking

February 3, 2014

Michael Pollan addressed the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) about a simple way to eat healthy without a rulebook or fad diets. Video of his lecture is here, but the short animated excerpt above is more fun.

Illustrator: Kerry Hyndman for Damn Fine Media.

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Dubai Fights Obesity With Mineral Supplement

July 23, 2013

Dubai Fights Obesity With Mineral Supplement

These are fat times in the Emirates of the Persian Gulf. Rising rates of obesity are blamed on fast food and sedentary lifestyles. Dubai is using the very prosperity that caused the problem to solve it, rewarding successful dieters with gold. During the next month the ‘Your Weight in Gold’ initiative will give registered dieters a gram of gold for each kilogram they lose, and the top 3 losers get a gold coin apiece.

This is the month of Ramadan in the UAE and the rest of the Muslim world, a month of fasting, so you might think that dieting would be no big deal. You would be wrong. The ritual fast is confined to daylight, and the nights are marked by Iftar, the communal feast.

Good luck, Dubai dieters. Go for the gold!

More:

“Dubai paying citizens gold to lose weight in fight against obesity,” Rheana Murray, New York Daily News

“Reduce weight and win gold in Dubai,” Emirates 24/7

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Cell Phones & High Blood Pressure

May 18, 2013

Cell Phones & High Blood Pressure

The highlight of the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension this week was a study suggesting that mobile phone calls may raise your blood pressure. The study, conducted at Northern Italy’s Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, found that subjects talking on their telefonini had a significant rise in blood pressure, from 121/77 to 129/82. Frankly, we wonder if BP rose because subjects were irritated when their phone calls were interrupted by blood pressure tests.

More:

“New research shows what raises and lowers blood pressure: Cell phones, salt and saying om,” EurekaAlert

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Coke & Corpulence

January 18, 2013

Coke & Corpulence
The Coca Cola Corporation is trying to dilute the flood of criticism it gets for selling the sugar-sweetened beverages that drive America’s obesity epidemic. The PR campaign features a slick new TV ad that tries to shift attention from the firm’s famous sugary fluids to Coke’s low-calorie drinks. Critics have re-edited the ad for accuracy:

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The Zombies Are Coming! The Zombies Are Coming!

June 5, 2012

CDC Denies Zombie Virus Threat

The Centers for Disease Control has denied the existence of a “zombie virus” that can reanimate the dead. Or did it?

“CDC silent on zombie-inducing parasites that live in human brains,” Josh Peterson, Daily Caller via Yahoo News

More:

“The Tweet That Begins the Zombie Apocalypse,” Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

“Your guide to zombie parasite journalism,” Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine blog

“Zombies!” Gregory McNamee, Britannica blog

“Pick Your Apocalypse: Zombie Edition,” Michael Ray, Britannica blog

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What Makes Your Medical Bills So High?

April 26, 2012

Decoding Your Medical Bills
Created by: MedicalBillingAndCodingCertification.net

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