Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…
2. zinc was reported to reduce significantly the severity and duration of the common cold . It inhibits rhinovirus replication.
3. I read that record sheep prices have stimulated a spike in duffing, i.e. theft . That’s predictable of course.
4. Hepburn Wind’s turbines, on the SE Panthea, are due to arrive in Melbourne tomorrow evening . It’s hoped they’ll be operational later in 2011. Yay.
5. a natural gas liquification plant opened in northern Tasmania . LNG will only be used in trucks – because engines need costly rebuilds to run on LNG. LNG greatly improves fuel efficiency though compounding problems firefighters face if an LNG-powered truck crashes.
6. an Australian research paper showed the incidence of multiple sclerosis falls as sunlight exposure rises . This effect’s been known for years. But its basis remains unclear. Sunlight and Vitamin D explain only 32% of the latitude incidence gradient.
7. a clinical guideline from the American College of Physicians discourages routine imaging for low back pain . The College says routine imaging increases costs and complications – without improving outcomes.
8. darling sister Sue sent me this link to an interview her son (thus my nephew) Dion did last 12 January [8a]. I’ve previously labelled Dion a natural [8b]. This recent interview confirms he is. I’m proud of you, mate.
Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.