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Employers need to get serious about helping employees to exercise!


You can’t read anything these days without finding articles on how you gotta exercise. And it’s true. Exercise has enormous benefits, physical, mental, cognitive and so on. If you exercise you get all these massive benefits for free. So what’s not to like? Well clearly many people no like. The CDC estimates that only 20% of the population meet its ...
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Smoking 2.0: Will second-hand vaping lead to mass nicotine addiction?


Just saw an article that claims that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking . They were, it was reported, twice as effective as gum or patches. Beautiful right? But what about the fact that these people didn’t quit imbibing nicotine? They just switched to another method which is less likely to give them lung cancer. This study by the way was publish...
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What’s the strategy if we never find a cure for Alzheimer’s?


I posted on Alzheimer’s early last year (“ We urgently need a Manhattan Project for Alzheimer's! ”). My thesis was that we needed more out-of-the-box thinking. So far there’s no public hints of that happening either in the scientific community or the NIH. (OK, flash release: interesting research linking gum disease with Alzheimer’s , but still way ...
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There’s a way to solve the health problem of living alone!


You might have associated UK Prime Minister Teresa May with BREXIT. But she has another distinction. She appointed the first Minister for Loneliness ever in the UK early in 2018 . At the time I thought it was a weird idea. That shows you how little I know. The current fashionable buzz is about living alone and loneliness. The concern is that living...
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Can willpower be developed through exercise?


Science says you can be 30 years younger, read on! As a runner I keep my eyes out for uplifting articles on the effects of exercise. So recently I was greatly uplifted by this one: “ Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger ”. And no, it wasn’t an ad, it was published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, by researchers at Ba...
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Are fruits and veggies bad for you?


In the category of believe it or not: “ Zoo Weans Animals Off Fruit Because Its Increased Sugar Makes Them Fat and Rots Their Teeth” . BTW the zoo is in Melbourne, Australia. Are these Aussies crazy politically correct, or just plain crazy?  Full disclosure: I’m a card (viz. passport) -carrying Australian. As in Fosters, Australian for beer. G’ day...
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Mental health needs disruption on a massive scale!


It's estimated that 20% of Americans have a mental disorder of some kind; BTW that’s 44 million people. Around 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental disorder and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness. Another 20% of State prisoners has mental disorder. Nearly 1 in 2 people – that’s all of us now - will suffer f...
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Is vaping actually a medical breakthrough?


If you’re a teen, or even a tween, not to mention over the hill in  your 20s, you will know that vaping is cool ; in fact way cool dude. The King of the Hill in this neck of the cottonfields is Juul , the maker of the market-leading e-cigarette. Of course, it was too good to last. The spoilsports in the FDA not to mention States legal eagles are co...
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Wrinkle recognition?


Facial recognition is hot now. The software is now so good it’s being used for crime prevention and apprehension by law agencies. This is leading to a revolution in law and order as we speak. Did you see the research that links particular types of wrinkles to heart disease? Apparently, these wrinkles are a good predictor. So, what I’m wondering is ...
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Is alcohol worse than smoking?


I’m sure you noticed the recent report about drinking alcohol. It’s based on an article in the Lancet , the British medical journal. Its well-known to be an authoritative source so that gives the report a high level of street cred. In sum, the article concludes that there’s no safe level of alcohol . No matter how little you drink, it carries a def...
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Will climate change cure baldness?


Yep I know that I’m raising yet another hair-(sorry) brained idea, but consider it wishful thinking on the part of a hair-deficient yet hopeful male (viz. me). My idea is that climate change will make males like me hairier. That’s why so many males don’t care about – indeed heartily wish for – climate change; the more the merrier. What evidence, yo...
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How about the new amazing intermittent fasting pescatarian diet?


Paleo, keto, Mediterranean, Dr. Atkins, Weight-Watchers. So many diets, so little time to lose weight! What’s a girl to do? Your company might help you out by making you a vegetarian, as the phenom WeWork has done recently. The company will no longer serve any type of meat nor reimburse you for a burger. Tough right? It’s officially now a vegetaria...
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Are electric scooters the next mega-extinction event on Earth?


  I suppose you have seen the latest techno-phenomenon, namely electric scooters (" Electric scooters are invading. Bird's CEO leads the charge "). Now you can go to work on them by just getting their app and unlocking the contraption. They are supposed to be leading to reductions in traffic and maybe they even are.   When I go to China I see the d...
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Does mindfulness hurt business performance?


Mindfulness is hot. Google is a big proponent of mindfulness training, so that gives it the ultimate good management seal of approval? Nothing to question, right? You know I’ve got to respectfully disagree.   So what if a couple of respected researchers have evidence that mindfulness training reduces motivation? Check this out: “ Hey Boss, You Don’...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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