Perth Leadership Institute - Health http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/health Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:17:42 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Wagbits Revolutionizes How Pets Feel About Their BMI! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wagbits-revolutionizes-how-pets-feel-about-their-bmi http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wagbits-revolutionizes-how-pets-feel-about-their-bmi
Obesity is old news these days. But what about our pets? It’s now become the topic du jour. naturally they’re getting fatter , just like we humans. The scientists are getting in the act, coz pet obesity (hereafter PO) is now big business, and of course we need to work out its genetics . Now the race is on to find healthier lifestyles for them, like...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:16:05 +0000
Quantum Biotech Completes the Cure for All Cancer! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer
Did you see the truly amazing news that there’s now a drug that can actually cure all cancers no matter their location ? And it’s been approved by the fusty old FDA so it really must work! Yep, it only works in about 4% of the population who have the right genetic makeup. But the writing is on the wall. Soon scientists are going to figure out all t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:17:16 +0000
Humans can thrive on a totally polluted planet! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/humans-can-thrive-on-a-totally-polluted-planet http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/humans-can-thrive-on-a-totally-polluted-planet
Did you see the news piece about pollution at the bottom of the Marianas Trench? It’s the deepest place on Earth. Turns out that the crustaceans at the very bottom are 50 times more contaminated by toxic pollution byproducts than fish in the most polluted Chinese rivers. So congratulation humans! We have succeeded magnificently in polluting absolut...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:32:57 +0000
Maybe Alzheimer’s isn’t a Brain Disease? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/maybe-alzheimer-s-isn-t-a-brain-disease http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/maybe-alzheimer-s-isn-t-a-brain-disease
So I guess you saw that latest failure of an Alzheimer’s drug ( verubecestat from Merck )? Scratch yet another Phase III Alzheimer’s drug hopeful. Of 244 drugs tried out for Alzheimer’s between 2002 and 2012 , only one was approved and it is of tiny effectiveness anyway. It’s got a 99.6% failure rate in this area. As you probably know, the reigning...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 04 Mar 2017 14:02:37 +0000
Does noise cause global dysfunction in human mood? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-noise-cause-global-dysfunction-in-human-mood http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-noise-cause-global-dysfunction-in-human-mood
Music streaming is hot. Everyone’s doing it. So why is it so popular? Well, the music is popular and varied, often relaxing. You can live in your own world. What’s not to like? Outside there’s a lot of hurly-burly and especially a lot of noise. Is music streaming a way to get away from the noise? We are all bathed in a constant tumult of noise, unc...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:00:48 +0000
Exercise is being way overhyped! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercise-is-being-way-overhyped http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercise-is-being-way-overhyped
So you know what I mean? Can’t open any magazine, blog, newspaper, social media without being bombarded by how great exercise is for you. Nauseating right? Full disclosure: I wear a Fitbit (Blaze) permanently, run every day, walk whenever I can. I’ve drunk fulsomely of the Kool-Aid. But that doesn’t make me right. Nor does it mean that I am totally...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:19:21 +0000
Being overweight is not your fault – and how to cure it http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/being-overweight-is-not-your-fault-and-how-to-cure-it http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/being-overweight-is-not-your-fault-and-how-to-cure-it
So yep a majority of people are either overweight or obese. And it’s a commonplace that they need to diet and exercise to fix the problem. The subtext is that for such people it’s their own fault. If they only had the willpower they wouldn’t have the problem. I beg to differ. Sure, for many if not most people a lack of exercise or poor diet is a co...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:48:15 +0000
Head transplants – body optional? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/head-transplants-body-optional http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/head-transplants-body-optional
So you haven’t heard of head transplants? Get with the times, dude! Believe it or not an Italian medical research team is planning to do a head transplant in 2017 . And yep, they even have a volunteer. Takes all types. There’s considerable skepticism however that the operation can go ahead let alone succeed. Most mainstream surgeons think it’s impo...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:27:01 +0000
Do you have Pre-Alzheimer’s? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-you-have-pre-alzheimer-s http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-you-have-pre-alzheimer-s
It being Presidential silly season, what better than to write a post about past presidents. So I read the latest magnum opus on said topic recently ( The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton 1st Edition by William E. Leuchtenburg ). Warning: it’s a bit of a slog, but it’s worth the trek. The chapter that really caught my attenti...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:45:08 +0000
A New and Practical Pathway to Immortality? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-new-and-practical-pathway-to-immortality http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-new-and-practical-pathway-to-immortality
Well here’s an intriguing piece of research. It turns out that at least some genes in both animals and humans are still alive even after the animal itself is dead. So far it looks like they can remain active for up to 48 hours after their host has given up the ghost. ( New Scientist, “Hundreds of genes seen sparking to life two days after death ”)....]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:24:58 +0000
Is widespread pill usage actually making us more disease prone? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-more-pill-usage-making-us-more-disease-prone http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-more-pill-usage-making-us-more-disease-prone
Did you see that employers looking to hire are having a hard time finding them free of drugs , especially marijuana? Meanwhile the House of Congress looks like it’s going to pass a bill to help recovery by drug addicts , especially those who use prescription drugs. But for the moment, it looks like Congress is focused more on helping people to reco...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 May 2016 13:08:28 +0000
Could Genetically-Modified Humans Re-Ignite Global Growth? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Vermont law that says that all foods that include genetically-modified ingredients must be disclosed on the label starting July 2016. Of course most of Europe doesn’t allow GM foods. China officially bans GM crops, although in fact the vast majority of them are in fact GM . So the movement to ban all GM foods is pret...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 14 May 2016 13:09:33 +0000
Are recessions contagious? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-recessions-contagious http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-recessions-contagious
We're in one of the longest economic expansions in history right now. So of course the forecasters are jumping off the bandwagon to predict the next recession. The only thing though: economists are tragically unsuccessful at predicting recessions. According to the IMF, in the 1990s private economists only predicted correctly 2 of 60 recessions one ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 02 Apr 2016 14:10:07 +0000
Should exercise be compulsory? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-exercise-be-compulsory http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-exercise-be-compulsory
Did you hear the latest about the benefits of exercise? Seems it reduces cancer tumors, in whole or in part (“ A run a day keeps the tumor at bay ”)? It was a study in mice but it looks like it will extend to us humans. As well as this the study showed yet again that exercise has a major impact in boosting the immune system. So it just doesn’t impa...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 12 Mar 2016 13:21:34 +0000
Are women smarter than men – but only after babies? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-women-smarter-than-men-but-only-after-babies http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-women-smarter-than-men-but-only-after-babies
So while Trump disses women, the women are nonetheless showing their mettle a la Hilary and Fox's Megyn Kelley. That brings me (well, kind of) to an article I read recently in New Scientist “Busting the baby brain myth: Why motherhood makes minds sharper ”. The author (a woman btw) is out to debunk what she sees as being the myth of the “baby brain...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Decision-making Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:23:04 +0000
General Anesthesia – Chemical Concussion? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/general-anesthesia-chemical-concussion http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/general-anesthesia-chemical-concussion
After being ignored for years, including by the medical profession, we have finally woken up to the huge brain damage that can be caused by concussion. Now there’s even a movie about it . We’ve woken up to what a sensitive plant our brains actually are. I think we have another such sleeper in our midst about whose dangers we will soon wake up too. ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:20:40 +0000
Gluten is not the problem – herbicides are http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/gluten-is-not-the-problem-herbicides-are http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/gluten-is-not-the-problem-herbicides-are
See all those gluten-free foods at your local supermarket? Think you’re gonna lose weight when you eat them. Fuhgit about it. The skinny is that they are a useless fad. Don’t take my worthless opinion for it – instead check out the respected Consumer Reports’ article “ 6 Truths about a gluten free diet ”. The conclusions are that gluten-free diets ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Fri, 25 Dec 2015 23:36:44 +0000
Is Alzheimer’s Contagious? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-alzheimer-s-contagious http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-alzheimer-s-contagious
Did you notice that Gene Amdahl (Founder of Amdahl computers, the company that ran against IBM and won for a while) just died? He was one of the pioneers in computing and a true global innovator. Tragically he died of Alzheimer’s. That puts paid to the notion that you can avoid this terrible disease by having an active mind. You couldn’t get anyone...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:10:42 +0000
Antibiotics cause obesity – not fast food! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/antibiotics-cause-obesity-not-fast-food http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/antibiotics-cause-obesity-not-fast-food
Ok since its Thanksgiving it’s ok to eat too much. But some time you gotta pay the piper. That’s the case as revealed by the latest survey from the National Institutes of Health about obesity . It shows that obesity is still rising even further and that women now have overtaken men as being most obese. The headline is that obese individuals are aro...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:15:46 +0000
Is the immune system the seat of consciousness? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-the-immune-system-the-seat-of-consciousness http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-the-immune-system-the-seat-of-consciousness
Bill Gates is constantly in the news but his erstwhile partner-in-crime in founding Microsoft, Paul Allen, doesn’t get as much press. But he’s used his untold billions for a succession of causes, some quixotic, some not. At this stage it’s not sure where his Allen Institute of Brain Science fits into this spectrum. But its recent announcement, that...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:26:31 +0000