The horrors of socialized medicine

This man's experience in Taiwan paralleled mine in Italy and France. The only difference is he actually had to pay something. I paid nothing at all and walked away with my X-rays. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/03/01/an-american-got-sick-taiwan-he-came-back-with-tale-horrors-socialized-medicine/? An American got sick in Taiwan. He came back with a tale of the ‘horrors of socialized medicine.’ By Eli Rosenberg Eli Rosenberg … Continue reading The horrors of socialized medicine

If you don’t sleep enough during the week, weekends don’t solve everything

Virtually everyone doesn't get all the sleep they need during the week. It's always seemed only fair that sleeping late on the weekend should balance it out. It doesn't. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00723-8? Sleeping until noon on Saturday and Sunday offers no protection from the effect of a sleep deficit built up Monday through Friday. Credit: Eric Anthony … Continue reading If you don’t sleep enough during the week, weekends don’t solve everything

A male’s ability to do one exercise excellent predictor for cardiovascular risks

I love, but totally distrust, any study that concludes that one factor can predict anything complex. Nonetheless, even a study based on healthy firemen can be helpful if it allows one man to determine that he needs to workout just a bit more for health reasons. https://www.inc.com/thomas-koulopoulos/harvard-study-of-1000-men-identified-one-exercise-that-predicts-96-lower-heart-attack-risk.html Harvard Study Of 1000 Men Identified One Exercise … Continue reading A male’s ability to do one exercise excellent predictor for cardiovascular risks

Do you use reading glasses? Maybe you need more than one strength

If you've recently begin using reading glasses (often needed as you age), your vision and possible eye strain may be improved by using different strengths for different tasks. Got this tip today from my opthamologist. Here's an example. Your basic recommendation might be 2.5 strength for reading. Books and magazines are generally held close to … Continue reading Do you use reading glasses? Maybe you need more than one strength

More proof that diet sodas are bad for your health

Yet another study proving that diet soda, as anything but an occasional treat, is simply bad for your health. I have begun to substitute tea and coffee for part of my beloved Diet Sunkist but even articles like this are not enough to deter me. http://fortune.com/2019/02/14/diet-sodas-linked-stroke-heart-attack-risk-study/

An emoji for monthly periods

If this were a voting matter, I think the tampon with blood on the end is more illustrative but this is certainly a fine looking drop of blood. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/08/692481425/why-period-activists-think-the-drop-of-blood-emoji-is-a-huge-win? Why Period Activists Think The 'Drop Of Blood' Emoji Is A Huge Win February 8, 20191:57 PM ET MALAKA GHARIB The red drop of blood (left) … Continue reading An emoji for monthly periods

US Life expectancy continues to fall

Unfortunately the graphics didn't come thru, but the substance of them is well covered in the article. Bottom line is that opiods and suicide are major causes reducing life expectancy in the US. Another fact for shame is that giving birth to a child in the US is increasingly likely to kill you, particularly if … Continue reading US Life expectancy continues to fall