Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Charles Pierce Speaks for Me

If You Think Chelsea Manning Got Off Easy, You're Out of Your Mind
At the end of his term, President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby, who had been convicted of misleading Congress as to the outing (purely out of political vengeance) of a covert CIA operative named Valerie Plame. At the end of his term, President George H.W. Bush pardoned everyone convicted of engaging in the criminal act of selling missiles to a state-sponsor of terrorism and diverting the profits to a private war in Central America. Libby never served a day in jail. Neither did any of the Iran-Contra characters who skated.
In 2013, Chelsea Manning was convicted of the massive leak of government documents that she orchestrated in 2009. On Tuesday, the president commuted most of the rest of Manning's sentence, and she will be released next May, instead of in 2045. Since her conviction, she has been incarcerated at Leavenworth, including long stretches of solitary confinement. She has attempted suicide twice. If you think she got off easy, you're out of your mind.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thank You John Lewis

Resistance is Crucial

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

The Art of the Deal

It's this Simple:
Hillary Clinton stood between Vladimir Putin and $1.2 Trillion.   She had to go.

Ivanka and Wendi worked it out.
They will probably get this as a token of appreciation.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Number One

This is now my Very Favorite Article.

Vikings, Worms, and Emphysema
The woeful state of Viking bathrooms could be a factor behind smokers’ coughs in Scandinavia. Sometimes in human evolution, populations adapt in ways that aren’t always beneficial in the long run. For example, the sickle-cell trait evolved in humans because it provides some protection against malaria, but people who inherit the trait from both parents develop sickle-cell disease, a serious blood disorder. In this new case, molecular biologists have connected intestinal parasites in the Viking Age to modern lung disease.
Last year, Danish scientists studying the remains of a Viking privy found that the ancient Norse and their domestic animals were infested with a variety of intestinal parasites. These parasites release enzymes called proteases that cause disease. The immune system also creates proteases that can cause inflammation and damage, but the body has natural defenses against those, including a molecule called alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT). Because they were more or less constantly infected, Vikings evolved to produce “deviant” forms of A1AT that were specifically useful against worm-related proteases instead of the body’s own. In the absence of normal A1AT, the immune system’s own proteases are free to damage tissue, including in the lungs and liver. At the time, the benefits of this genetic mutation outweighed the risks. Not so today.
Today, this deficiency of normal A1AT is the only known genetic risk factor for lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. People also live longer and smoke tobacco, which allows the damage caused by the deficiency to accumulate. “It is only in the last century that modern medicine has allowed human populations to be treated for disease-causing worms,” says Richard J. Pleass of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. “Consequently, these deviant forms of A1AT that once protected people from parasites are now at liberty to cause emphysema and COPD.”
Oh yes, this is exactly what I have been looking for.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Can't we let this guy run things for a while?
Manu Prakesh

He seems quite clever and sane. 

The More You Know

What's Medicaid Called in YOUR State?
Medicaid itself operate under more than 100 different names (some states have several separate or overlapping Medicaid programs), but that when you include CHIP and "other" state-funded healthcare programs the total number swells to over 200.

Going back to my main point: Of the 106 different Medicaid programs, only 15 of them (from just 12 states) have the word "Medicaid" in their actual publicly-branded name.

Verbal Vomit Remix

All talk and No action is the Republican plan for Health Care.


I spent the first week of this year in a septic crisis and was suicidal for two days.

But the little bits of news I have gleaned lately makes me more and more glad I am not spending any time on the internet or TV.

The latter is much worse than the former.  It's unbearable insanity.  

I'm going back to my paint and plaster.  Peace.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Generation

Carrie Fisher's Ashes Placed in Giant Prozac Pill Urn

And Eli Lilly Smiles.

Fun with Medical History

The medical history of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) has been pieced together from his letters and from anecdotes, but his dental health is one aspect which has been somewhat overlooked. It is known that, from an early age, he suffered from toothache and tooth abscesses, problems that may even have had other medical repercussions.

(A different) analysis is consistent with Mozart's last illness and death being due to a streptococcal infection leading to an acute nephritic syndrome caused by poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Correlation Games

Study reveals what happens when depression, anxiety coincide with minor injury
Their work, published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, revealed that someone who arrives in the emergency department needing help for a minor injury and who also expresses symptoms of depression and anxiety at that time will likely experience poorer work performance and increased health-related time in bed 12 months out.

Risk of long-term disability in older adults who visit the ED

Older adults who go to the emergency department (ED) for an illness or injury are at increased risk for disability and decline in physical abilities up to six months later, according to a study by Yale researchers.

So, you think maybe Hospitals cause long term disability?

Maybe by addressing acute problems and never even acknowledging existing chronic illnesses?


Article Roundup

Another organ has been hiding in your belly all along

Higher Dementia Risk Linked to Living Near Heavy Traffic
Air pollutants may get into the blood stream and brain.   Yep.

Sex hormone-sensitive gene complex linked to premenstrual mood disorder
"This is a big moment for women's health, because it establishes that women with PMDD have an intrinsic difference in their molecular apparatus for response to sex hormones - not just emotional behaviors they should be able to voluntarily control," said Goldman.

Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent

Unpublished research calls into question efficacy of common morning sickness drug
Special thanks to this researcher.   Good work.

Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection
Yeah, I have had this since the Keflex.   Before that I listened to music in headphones constantly.   Then my ears shrieked so bad I couldn't.   That shit surely trashed my ears.
Which were obviously not so great in the first place...

Stuttering linked to reduced blood flow in area of brain associated with language
I am beginning to think this is caused by auditory nerve infiltration by microbes. That goes to Broca's area.  That would explain why I have never been able to speak under stress.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Maniacs Running the Asylum

An Adorable Swedish Tradition Has Its Roots in Human Experimentation

I am not exactly sure if Adorable is the right adjective.
Anyhow, this particular human experiment involved feeding mental patients caramel four times a day and determining if it gave them cavities.

Sugar and Cavities. Yep.
Together they lower immune response and create a bacterial tunnel to the Brain. An excellent way to cause insanity.

HeadDesk.  HeadDesk.  HeadDesk.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

JUST IN: Jupiter woman with dagger threatens brother who ate dumplings

If you know you are going to eat soon, your pancreas starts producing insulin in anticipation.
If you do not eat at the expected time, you will become hypoglycemic and panicky.
And maybe homicidal.
Yeah, been there, done that.