Health Archive

  • Monday Links – Closing in On a Super Flu Vaccine, Allergies and Brain Tumors, Family Dinner

    Monday Links – Closing in On a Super Flu Vaccine, Allergies and Brain Tumors, Family Dinner

    I’ve been stuck in party planning mode (more on that tomorrow) and AG’s middle school registration paperwork (and related curriculum decisions) for the next school year, but hey. Better late than never on these stories. Let’s start with the best one: First Successful Tests of a Universal Flu Vaccine More and larger trials are in [...]

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  • Colbert Impersonates an Antivaxer and Interviews Paul Offit. Hilariously.

    Colbert Impersonates an Antivaxer and Interviews Paul Offit. Hilariously.

    I can write about the importance of childhood vaccinations all week long, but I don’t know why I should when we’ve got Stephen Colbert to debunk the vaccine myths in his usual deadpan fashion: “I’m entirely motivated by fear.” “Can’t we put those people in a plastic bubble?” “You’re playing the children dying card. How [...]

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  • Friday Links – Gender and the Clean Western Childhood, Meal Sniffing

    Friday Links – Gender and the Clean Western Childhood, Meal Sniffing

    Women, Asthma, and the Hygiene Hypothesis I’m pretty sure this marks the first time I’ve ever linked to a philosopher’s research on lung health. Excess Airway Mucus Enzyme Discovered, Probably Leading to New Treatments The same enzyme involved in other inflammatory conditions also plays a role in asthma and COPD, and guess what? The medicines [...]

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  • Friday Links – Kids and Lung Function, Voicebox Transplant, Wal-Mart Food

    Friday Links – Kids and Lung Function, Voicebox Transplant, Wal-Mart Food

    Severe Early Asthma = Less Lung Function Later That’s the connection researchers in this study suggest, highlighting the need for quick diagnosis and aggressive treatment and prevention tactics during childhood. Larynx Transplant Gives Woman Her Voice Back How amazing is this story? Brenda Charett Jensen, the transplant patient, even speaks with her own voice, not [...]

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  • Friday Links – Wakefield Prosecution, Universal Flu Vaccine, Ice Sculptures

    Friday Links – Wakefield Prosecution, Universal Flu Vaccine, Ice Sculptures

    (Photo: JackVinson) Here’s One Scientist Calling for the Trial of Andrew Wakefield In this blog post on CNN, RealClearScience editor Alex B. Berezow writes, Scientific fraud is a very serious matter. From a fiscal standpoint, it is essentially stealing money. I don’t want to copy and paste the entire paragraph, so check out the full [...]

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  • Money, Medicine, and Fraud: The Latest in the Wakefield Vaccine Hoax

    Money, Medicine, and Fraud: The Latest in the Wakefield Vaccine Hoax

    Surely you’ve heard of the latest development in the continuing saga of Andrew Wakefield. Although The Lancet officially withdrew Wakefield’s original 1998 paper last year, the British Medical Journal has now published evidence the good doctor didn’t just use faulty research but instead participated in outright fraud by deliberately manipulating his data. Why? That’s the [...]

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  • Thankful for Saline

    Thankful for Saline

    This time of year, my kids’ activities start escalating towards critical mass and life starts to be about fitting holiday events and commitments into our normal hectic schedule of work, school, and play. This week alone, AG performs in her school musical, we have a houseguest from out-of-town, and Thanksgiving, as you already know, will [...]

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  • A Better Way to Talk About Online Health Information

    A Better Way to Talk About Online Health Information

    I found an article last week that discusses medical information on the Internet without, for once, resorting to the tired old, “Health websites are BAD” theme. That particular subject isn’t just limiting; it simplifies the quality and integrity of many medical websites to the point of ridiculousness. This CNN article instead took the five top [...]

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  • Fun with Ragweed (Dear God. MY EYES.)

    Fun with Ragweed (Dear God. MY EYES.)

    Ragweed is a pretty interesting little bit of vegetation. 1. Each plant can produce one billion grains of pollen. 2. That’s one BILLION. 3. Per plant. 4. Cool mornings and rain wash some of that heavy pollen load out of the air. 5. Guess what it barely does this time of year in the Denver [...]

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  • Weird Health Wednesdays – Marshmallow and Licorice “Medicine”

    Weird Health Wednesdays – Marshmallow and Licorice “Medicine”

    In the original incarnation of Weird Health Wednesdays, candy posts always brought the most traffic. Maybe candy stories are irresistible because they remind us of childhood or maybe because, hello? It’s candy. It’s sweet, yummy goodness in a pocket-sized package. At any rate, look at two common treats with a long history of medicinal use: [...]

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