Archive for the “Health” Category

There’s news about studies showing how to reduce BPA exposure by minimizing plastic food packaging by going to glass containers for storage and microwaving, and stopping using things in cans lined with BPA-containing plastics, among other approaches. It turns out that even BPA-free materials could still have compounds of concern, such as phthalates, which is […]

This is not new news, but bears repeating: the human brain is not fully, fully developed until the age of about 25. Go figure. My theory is that teenagers who have any sense, upon being told this fact, ought not want to do things chemically to their brains, at least while it is being formed. […]

There’s smoke emanating from one of the reactors in Japan. The smoke will show which way the wind is blowing and which way the radioisotopes are heading, so they won’t need a weather vane to know which way the wind blows. There’s fire too, probably, which does not augur well for getting things under control […]

So, they’ve found some measurable effects on the brain of using a cell phone next to the head, but there’s no evidence of harm, apparently: Exposure to the electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones excites the brain in a small but measurable way, reveals a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. …

Maybe. PlanetEarth online has an article discussing lab research addressing this possibility. The idea is interesting. Certain types of epidemics might result in a lot of people excreting unmetabolized tamiflu (as well as dumping left-over pills) into the sewerage system. Sewage plants depend upon bacteria to treat wastewater, so if tamiflu kills or inhibits these […]

This is progress of sort, I suppose.  China banned cigarette advertising back in 1995. Now,the AP reports that

I’ve never heard of the  Journal of Sexual Medicine. Now, LiveScience reports on a study published in that journal showing that male [pot] smokers could be courting sexual dysfunction

Jesse Ventura is upset, suing the Department of Homeland Security, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. … Nopefully his attorneys can get a lot of testimony under oath from many of the players, asking questions about radiation doses, monitoring, and the like. […]

Let people know the facts about smoking and sexual health. That might be a good way to way to cut down on cigarette use, in and of itself. We’re talking decreased sex drive, decreased fertility, and doubling the chances of erectile dysfunction. Nuff said?