Friday, August 27, 2010

Correlation Games

This is how this article is summarized:
Smoking Can Increase Depressive Symptoms in Teens, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2010) — While some teenagers may puff on cigarettes to 'self-medicate' against the blues, scientists at the University of Toronto and the University of Montreal have found that smoking may actually increase depressive symptoms in some adolescents.
This study finds no such thing.
"Smokers who used cigarettes as mood enhancers had higher risks of elevated depressive symptoms than teens who had never smoked," says coauthor Jennifer O'Loughlin, a professor at the University of Montreal Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and scientist at the of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre. "Our study found that adolescent smokers who reported emotional benefits from smoking are at higher risk of developing depressive symptoms.The association between depression and smoking exists principally among teens that use cigarettes to feel better,
"It's important to emphasize that depressive symptom scores were higher among teenagers who reported emotional benefits from smoking after they began to smoke," says Dr. Chaiton.

My Turn:
People with rapidly diminishing orexin levels find nicotine attenuates their mood problems. It does not, however, address the underlying neurodegeneration. They deteriorate rapidly anyway.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Homework Assignment

You all must watch this video.

Sugar: The bitter truth

It's very long.
It's very worth it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Three years

Happy Glutenversary to me.

Here's my old song for today.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I know hope

As Andrew says: "Sometimes, reason wins."

It's a good day for the forces of sanity.