Perth Leadership Institute - Health http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/health Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:47:57 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Can AIs suffer from mental health issues? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues
So the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” has just been re-released . I saw it when it was first released and I didn’t understand it even then. No doubt I will be none the wiser this time around. But one thing still sticks in my mind; HAL, the mission computer had a bad case of mental ill-health.   “2001” was a prescient work in so many ways. I think t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 26 May 2018 13:19:22 +0000
What if exercise and brain training don’t help Alzheimer’s? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s
  I recently read an obituary of someone the town in which I live. He had died from complications of Alzheimer’s at the age of 73. What had caught my attention and stimulated my curiosity was that he had been a runner.   I’m a runner too so I read the lengthy obituary just out of curiosity about the rest of his life, and yes, what sort of life had ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 12 May 2018 12:15:57 +0000
Are viruses the biological equivalent of dark matter? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter
Did you get the flu? I was so lucky, I got it twice! So lots of stuff about influenza in the news. Other than that, how could you ever get excited about it?   Influenza is a virus . Everyone knows that too. Nothing exciting there either, right?   But what if there were many more of the little critters than we had imagined? What if they were literal...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:26:32 +0000
Exercisers are the new 1% http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercisers-are-the-new-1 http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercisers-are-the-new-1
  So many articles about how good exercise is for you that it’s become positively nauseating. Even a confirmed curmudgeon like me can’t find anything wrong with it.   Yet the CDC says that only 20% of adults actually meet their do-good exercise guidelines (both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity). That means that 80% of Americans don’t do en...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:52:03 +0000
We urgently need a Manhattan Project for Alzheimer's! http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/we-urgently-need-a-manhattan-project-for-alzheimer-s http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/we-urgently-need-a-manhattan-project-for-alzheimer-s
Here’s some really bad news. Pfizer has just terminated its work in developing a drug to cure Alzheimer’s . Obviously Pfizer has thrown in the towel. Here’s some more grim news: Axovant has just announced that’s its Alzheimer’s drug just failed its trials . There have been a long series of failures in this area (“ The List of Failed Alzheimer’s Dru...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:33:37 +0000
Alcohol causes cancer – and the news gets even worse http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alcohol-causes-cancer-and-the-news-gets-even-worse http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alcohol-causes-cancer-and-the-news-gets-even-worse
A true shock! Alcohol causes cancer. No, it’s not a fake news story. It’s been validated by respected cancer researchers internationally as well as UK government committees . It causes cancer in at least 7 sites - oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. And it’s likely that it also causes cancer of the skin, prostate and pan...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:32:54 +0000
Are smartphones an even bigger aging and health threat than obesity? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity
We’re so worked up about obesity (rightly so, though) that we forget about all the many other things that are out to get you. Count amongst these your trusty computer and your indispensable smartphone. The big problem is that we are either hunched over our computers at work or over our smartphones everywhere else. I’m sure you all know the problem ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:52:43 +0000
Wagbits Revolutionizes How Pets Feel About Their BMI! http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wagbits-revolutionizes-how-pets-feel-about-their-bmi http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/humans-can-thrive-on-a-totally-polluted-planet http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/maybe-alzheimer-s-isn-t-a-brain-disease http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-noise-cause-global-dysfunction-in-human-mood http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercise-is-being-way-overhyped http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/being-overweight-is-not-your-fault-and-how-to-cure-it http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/head-transplants-body-optional http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-you-have-pre-alzheimer-s http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-new-and-practical-pathway-to-immortality http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-more-pill-usage-making-us-more-disease-prone http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth http://www.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://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-recessions-contagious http://www.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