Friday, February 24, 2017

See the Pathology

I saw this picture on the internet yesterday and can't stop thinking about it.
This is not a sweetly sleeping baby.     This baby is in the middle of a narcoleptic sleep attack.
He has infected and swollen adenoids. He can't breathe through his nose.
And his tear ducts are clogged. That's why his eyelids and brows are swollen.
That hand under his face is to hold his mouth open and soothe the the pain in his cheeks.

He's oxygen deprived and mouth breathing because he's been laid down flat.
The resulting orexin deficiency has made his muscles slack and locked him in sleep.
Look at the furrowed brow, he's trying to move but can't.

He's already insulin resistant.   Chubby, smooth and pink...
I'm guessing somebody just fed him some cereal.

It's the stuff like this that gets me the most-  the things that everyone else thinks are cute and funny and make me feel like I've been gut punched.

What I See

I am assuming most everyone has seen this already-
This Danish video is giving everyone the feels

I am a professionally trained cataloging librarian. I think about classifying humans all the time.
And after a couple of decades spent ruminating on it-  I have decided they fall into a few categories....

-People with teeth infections.
-People with respiratory infections.
-People with both.

I rarely find anyone who can't fit in one of those buckets.

Article Roundup

Sorry it's been so erratic around here.  I haven't been able to even think about science due to the flaming shitshow coming from the White House and resulting Cognitive Denial of Service Attack on my brain ...
The Alzheimer's paper is still in the docker.   And I have decided to start doing lessons on facial symptoms soon.  We all need to take a good look in the mirror.

In the meantime-
Some medical science:

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes
Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.

Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy
Women with signs of active genital herpes had twice the odds of giving birth to offspring with autism spectrum disorder.  Go figure.

Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance
The amount of effort required to do something influences what we think we see, finds a new study, suggesting we're biased towards perceiving anything challenging to be less appealing.

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study
Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study. The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D has benefits beyond bone and muscle health.

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
Small intestinal cells hindered by chronic exposure to common food additive

Some political science-

Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals Than the Native-Born

Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists

Knee-jerk disgust is holding humans back
And this response is easily caused by digestive tract infection..

Why these librarians are protesting Trump’s executive orders
Don't piss off the librarians. They'll fuck you over quietly, document it, and archive it too.

And a little medical history-

Here’s to George Washington, afflicted with so many killer diseases it’s miraculous he survived to become father of our nation

Students Seek To Re-Create Ancient Beer Recipe Discovered In Pottery Vessels

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Mirror

This is my all time favorite picture.
It's from Hurricane Katrina. I think it was a cover on a Psych magazine, but I can't find it online anymore.
Anyhow, I hope the photographer takes pride in how very perfect it is.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

So. Dizzy.

My future suddenly revolves around a needy baby.
And I want to vomit all the time....

This is how I imagined pregnancy, not the presidency.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Oh Dude

You're. Flippin. Wacko.

Trump: "[Obama] likes me.”
O'Reilly: “How do you know?”
Trump: "I can feel it. That’s what I do in life. It’s called, like, I understand.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Emperor's New Wall

Damn I hate living in this mirror.

Homeland Security chief: Parts of border wall will be transparent
“Kelly said the wall will take a multi-layered approach,” Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge said. “There will be the physical wall and then parts of the wall that you can actually see through because it will rely on sensors and other technology.”

1. That's not a "big beautiful wall".   Walls are things  Words Matter.
2. And we already have surveillance towers and sensors.    Down the road from me...

1.  Yes it is as much of a Muslim Ban as you though you might get away with.
2.  Obama already increased vetting on those exact countries.   And didn't make a fuss or fuck it up.

"It's like being awake through brain surgery."


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Orwell Calling

We have always been at war with Australia.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

While You Were Distracted.

Meanwhile Russian proxies increase attacks in Ukraine...

 I wagered it would take two weeks.   Not even Close.

Damn, Veruca must really want that playhouse.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

And so it goes

Trump Basically Just Admitted He’s Ditching His Promise to Renegotiate Prescription Drug Prices

I'm guessing it went something more like this:
45 screamed at them and told them to bring down prices.
They pulled out a paper copy of Patents for Dummies and handed it to one of his aides.
Then they laughed, gave him the finger, and walked out of the room.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scotland Gets It


Just Thinking

I think a really huge dose of beta-lactam antibiotics might completely incapacitate those saggy sick geezers.
Some doctor should merely recommend the standard protocol.

The World's Most Dangerous Infections

Are in Steve Bannon's Head. 

This is what a suicidal person looks like.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dear NLM Librarians

Please make a mirror of PubMed somewhere safe.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

To My "Relations"

IF you voted for 45 thinking you would actually get Pence instead-
Then YOU don't care who you hurt to get what you want.

THAT is the definition of a Sociopath.