The Importance of Innovation in Suicide Prevention

 Despite all the efforts being made in suicide awareness and prevention, death by suicide is still rampant in society. The obvious observation, then, is that bringing awareness is not enough, and that our current methods of suicide prevention are not working or, at least, not working well enough. Spurred by her brother’s death by […]

Babies born to fathers of an “advanced paternal age,” which roughly equates to older than 35, were at a higher risk for adverse birth outcomes, such as low birth weight, seizures and need for ventilation immediately after birth, finds a new Stanford study in the BMJ (n = 40,529,905). : Health

The title of the post is a copy and paste from the fourth paragraph of the linked academic press release here : Data from more than 40 million births showed that babies born to fathers of an “advanced paternal age,” which roughly equates to older than 35, were at a higher risk for adverse birth […]

Urinary Urgency and Incontinence: Why It’s Not Just Age

Most people chalk urinary incontinence and excessive urgency up to age. We get old, stuff stops working, we wake up to wet sheets. Cue jokes about adult diapers and investing in “Depends” futures. It’s not entirely out of line. Aging matters. There’s just more to it. Like other aspects of “aging,” incontinence and unreasonable urgency […]

Getting PrEP to those who need it

Where are we with HIV and prevention in the UK? Last year we saw a decline in the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV for the first time, after more than 30 years of the HIV epidemic. The decline has been sustained for a second year, which is a great success and has been […]

The Positive Side of Fear

How often have you heard that “magic happens outside the comfort zone”? Well, maybe not that exact line, per se, but there seems to be various reiterations of that sentiment. They say to not let fear stand in our way. To rise above. To not let fear of falling bring us down(I think that was […]

Dear Mark: Oxidative Priority Follow-up

Last week, Craig Emmerich graced us with a great post on the oxidative priority of various dietary fuel sources, namely fats, carbohydrates, and protein. If you haven’t had the chance to read through Craig’s post, definitely do. The visuals really drive home the point of fuel priority. Visuals appeal to me. They have a way […]

Surgery students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’

Both can be true, laparoscopic surgery is very much visuo spatial, prodding around a 3d structure (human) represented on a 2d screen, that’s magnified 10x or so and brightly illuminated. There isn’t much tactile feedback. It’s clear to see how gamers could be good at that, or at least have a headstart. I find I […]

Weekly Link Love — Edition 1

Research of the Week Keto enhances fat loss without compromising performance in powerlifters and Olympic weightlifters. Space travel compresses the brain, and the effects linger for months after returning planetside. The shape and size of birth canals differ by population. Youngsters with type 1 diabetes tend to have gut biomes that are low in the […]

How to Navigate and Actually Help Your Teen

The senior year countdown to college brings out parents’ worries and fears alongside teens’ own anxieties and self-doubt. During this time of escalating pressure and stress in families, parents can fall into common traps that defeat their intention to help and interfere with teens developing capacities that are the foundation for succeeding once they’re at […]

Japanese scientists isolated 17 metabolites from an endangered tropical plant species, including a novel compound that showed growth inhibitory effects against human tumor cell lines (including breast, leukemia, melanoma, ovary, prostate). 90% of rainforest plants have still not been investigated. : Health

The title of the post is a copy and paste from the first, fifth and last paragraphs of the linked academic press release here : A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University has isolated 17 secondary metabolites, including three novel compounds from the valuable endangered tropical plant species Alangium longiflorum. A newly isolated compound, […]