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Nice

I really do try to put up some stuff that isn’t depressing as the news, and here’s something that really cheered me up.

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Another Ebola forecast

This one is going to be more gruesome than the last forecast: Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling. In […]

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Diet soda is killing you

WE’RE ALL SCREWED!!!!! A series of experiments conducted by researchers in Israel suggests that artificial sweeteners are a causative factor in metabolic disorders like glucose intolerance, a forerunner to diabetes. According to New Scientist, chemical sweeteners have caused glucose intolerance in mice because they alter the bacterial balance in the gut, and early testing shows […]

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Fucking hippies

This reminds me: I have to get my flu shot! According to an investigation by The Hollywood Reporter, wealthy and educated parents are forgoing vaccinations for their kids in some of the most elite and affluent areas of Los Angeles, California – all this while a potentially dangerous outbreak of whooping cough spreads through the […]

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Progress

I have a relation who was diagnosed in her twenties with schizophrenia (and she was full-blown psychotic), but it seems to have just disappeared. She’s been fine for decades and has a full-time, demanding job. So this news may help explain why: Schizophrenia is classified as a psychotic disorder, one characterized by an inability to […]

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Congratulations!

Inspired by Anne Geddes…

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I spent much of my day in the hospital yesterday, getting my sinuses evaluated. (I have to admit, I was thrilled when getting a CAT scan was as simple as walking over to the next office.) The verdict? They’re perfectly clear! I thought I had another sinus tumor, because I had the same symptoms as […]

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Epidemic on the way

It’s called enterovirus 68, and it’s spreading like crazy. the danger of a virus like this is if it overwhelms hospitals’ abilities to deal with ICU overflow: Doctors say they are not even sure yet how this particular virus spreads, though the back-to-school season is a normal time for illnesses to spread among children. “This […]

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Caught

I remember this because it happened right after my physiatrist told me I should think about having steroid injections into my spine, and I told him I’d think about it. Then this happened and I stopped thinking about it: (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Thursday arrested a pharmacist linked to a 2012 outbreak of meningitis, […]

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I know this happened with my mother-in-law, and she absolutely refused to talk about it: Why is it important for you to believe that there is life after death? It was not important for me, at all, to believe. I’m a journalist. I don’t go around thinking, “I really hope there’s life after death.” Indeed, […]

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