Saturday, October 23, 2010

This week's compendium

Here’s this week’s compendium – again with a strong health/medical slant. This week…

1. more evidence confirmed the major health benefits of walking [1a, 1b]. Walking less increases obesity. Big time. And thus diabetes.

2. speaking of diabetes, its control was improved when unstable diabetics were buddied up with other unstable diabetics [2]. Doesn’t surprise me. Humans are herd animals.

3. treehugger ran a piece about seed sprouting; and sprouters [3]. It’s good the two spruiked sprouters are glass and not plastic, eh darling Meg.

4. in the USA, the FDA approved Botox to prevent frequent migraine [4a, 4b]. Those treated will feel better. And they’ll look better too – or not.

5. JAMA reported a randomised controlled trial of 17,000 postmenopausal women showing those taking hormone replacement therapy had 25% higher breast cancer incidence and 300% higher breast cancer mortality than those taking placebo [5]. Hippocrates said: ‘Primum non nocere’, i.e. first, do no harm.

6. the Herald Sun revealed Victoria has about 800 publicly-paid spin doctors, i.e. more than the total number of MICA paramedics, orthopaedic surgeons and forensic police [6]. Ho hum.

7. Grammar Girl explained that as a noun, it’s blonde for women and blond for men. But adjectivally, it’s blond for women and men [7]. I didn’t know this – until now.

8. on our farm, the baby lambs and kids have started arriving [8]. So far, including two sets of triplets – one of lambs, one of kids.

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


Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Interesting about botox , I suffered daily migraines back in the 1990s, it was hell, just had to take tylenol 3 every day and I had never even imagined botox would have helped. Now it seems that I create my own botox called sleroderma, Lambs, coming excellent, triplets yet, are they hard to rear?

Meg said...

Absolutely, better glass than plastic. But both sprouters still urge people to buy something. Why do we need so much stuff?? Encouraging people to sprout their own seeds is better than people buying them, but really, what's wrong with using a jar and a bit of cloth??