Saturday, May 15, 2010

This week's compendium

Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…

1.OECD members voted unanimously to invite Israel to join [1]. It’s nice to start a compendium with some good news.

2. a report concluded that a federal government plan to give every Australian a unique e-health record would save our health system A$7.6b a year and prevent 5,000 deaths [2]. It’s due to start in July 2012.

3. Grammar Girl gave us the rundown on adverbs [3]. She did it so expertly.

4. a paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded nuts – any nuts – helped blood lipid levels; and the more the better [4]. Okay then.

5. a UK study showed just five minutes of fresh air and exercise makes a huge difference in mood and self-esteem [5]. And the effect’s even bigger if water – e.g. a lake or river – is added.

6. I read of which is a kind of craigslist linking prospective gardeners with those with gardens [6a, 6b]. And it’s free of charge.

7. a Canberra University report on saving in Australia showed the best savers are aged 45-54 years, and men are better savers than women [7]. Ho hum.

8. regarding dementia, a US study showed spouses of dementia sufferers have a 6-fold increased risk of developing dementia themselves [8a]; and whilst a review showed a current lack of evidence that omega-3 fatty acids are effective in dementia prevention [8b], an Israeli breakthrough has brought stem cell therapy a step closer [8c]. Currently the scope for prevention’s bleak; but treatment via stem cell therapy looks promising.

Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.

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