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Women's Health Resource Center | Patient Services | UCSF Medical Center
"The UCSF Women's Health Center provides a complete array of services for women including primary care, obstetrics and gynecology. We work closely with a network of specialty services focused on the health needs of women. Resource center staff can help you find a provider to meet your health care needs.

We also have links with many groups and programs in the greater Bay Area that provide learning opportunities, assistance and resources to help meet your health needs. We can help you access community resources with information on topics such as nutrition and exercise, smoking cessation, body image, violence prevention, mental health, pregnancy and childbirth, parenting and more."
sf  health  maternity  women 
july 2011 by cmillward
The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, by Paul Ford - The Morning News
When it comes to IVF, in-vitro fertilization, nothing is normal. Your world is upside-down. Your doctor compliments your wife on her monkeys. Then, when every dollar and exertion has gone toward a single hour of hope, it begins to snow.
health  paul_ford  fertility  essay  parenting 
july 2011 by cmillward
Into the Void (7) [HiLobrow]
"It’s the ultimate terror: The number of people with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementia will double in the next 20 years. And we’re starting to see more horrific tales about forgetting, or people losing their personalities. Welcome to Alzheimer’s horror.

Only one horror movie involves Alzheimer’s directly. In Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea (1999), scientists are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. So they genetically engineer SUPER SHARKS with amazing brains. What can possibly go wrong?

But Deep Blue Sea just uses Alzheimer’s research as a plot device. If you’re looking for stories that play on our fears of Alzheimer’s, and what it means to our tenuous grasp of personhood, you have to look a bit further afield. And as Sir Michael Caine says, Alzheimer’s is scarier than any shark, no matter how big."
fears  horror  criticism  culture  forgetting  health  alzheimers 
august 2010 by cmillward
Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? by Atul Gawande [The New Yorker]
"Modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions—and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left."
death  hospice  dying  2010  health  toread 
july 2010 by cmillward
A Hunger Artist: High Fructose Corn Syrup Has An Image Problem
'Well, I say "good luck with that" because while there may be valid environmental and economic reasons to reduce production of corn syrup, substituting cane sugar isn't going to make junk food any healthier and less likely to cause obesity and diabetes. Ketchup (see the article below) or soda pop made with cane sugar isn't any better for you than the same product made with corn syrup. Oh sure, there may be differences in the way one's metabolism responds to some of the monosaccharides (e.g. glucose, fructose) in corn syrup relative to the sucrose in cane sugar. But at the end of the day, too much sugar in the diet is too much sugar. So instead of obsessing about the stupid ingredients in the processed food that we are shoveling into our every expanding gullets, how about not buying and eating so much processed food?'
health  food  2010 
may 2010 by cmillward
Sugar high: Why your food is getting sweeter - Nutrition - Salon.com
"But just a week before Domino's announced its "Pizza Turnaround," General Mills took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to announce that it would, at some uncertain point, lower the sugar content in its cereal to "single digit" levels. The two campaigns illustrate our complicated relationship with sugar.

There is a big psychological difference between "sweetness" and "sugar." Sweetness is good. It tastes good, and it feels good, going all the way back to our reptilian brains. But our nutritional superego constantly battles our sweet-toothed id: Sugar is bad, it's tooth decay and empty calories. We call in a seemingly endless string of substitutes, from rat-killing chemicals to low-glycemic-index nectars, to exorcise the demon of sugar from the deliciousness of sweet things."
food  health  science 
april 2010 by cmillward
Weighing the Evidence on Exercise - NYTimes.com
But a growing body of science suggests that exercise does have an important role in weight loss. That role, however, is different from what many people expect and probably wish. The newest science suggests that exercise alone will not make you thin, but it may determine whether you stay thin, if you can achieve that state. Until recently, the bodily mechanisms involved were mysterious. But scientists are slowly teasing out exercise’s impact on metabolism, appetite and body composition, though the consequences of exercise can vary. Women’s bodies, for instance, seem to react differently than men’s bodies to the metabolic effects of exercise. None of which is a reason to abandon exercise as a weight-loss tool. You just have to understand what exercise can and cannot do.
health  exercise  toread 
april 2010 by cmillward
Founders of British obstetrics 'were callous murderers' | UK news | The Observer
"They are giants of medicine, pioneers of the care that women receive during childbirth and were the founding fathers of obstetrics. The names of William Hunter and William Smellie still inspire respect among today's doctors, more than 250 years since they made their contributions to healthcare. Such were the duo's reputations as outstanding physicians that the clienteles of their private practices included the rich and famous of mid-18th-century London.

But were they also serial killers? New research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM) claims that they were. A detailed historical study accuses the doctors of soliciting the killing of dozens of women, many in the latter stages of pregnancy, to dissect their corpses."
history  science  health  anatomy  murder  crime 
april 2010 by cmillward
Dust off your frying pan and hide your wallet! | MetaFilter
mefi post with blog roundup on "budget & healthy eating"
food  health  links  diet  cheap  budget  money  cooking 
march 2010 by cmillward
Depression’s Upside - NYTimes.com
the wording here is almost poetic. 'The mystery of depression is not that it exists — the mind, like the flesh, is prone to malfunction. Instead, the paradox of depression has long been its prevalence. While most mental illnesses are extremely rare — schizophrenia, for example, is seen in less than 1 percent of the population — depression is everywhere, as inescapable as the common cold. Every year, approximately 7 percent of us will be afflicted to some degree by the awful mental state that William Styron described as a “gray drizzle of horror . . . a storm of murk.” Obsessed with our pain, we will retreat from everything. We will stop eating, unless we start eating too much. Sex will lose its appeal; sleep will become a frustrating pursuit. We will always be tired, even though we will do less and less. We will think a lot about death.'
depression  health  poetic  psychology  evolution  evolutionary_psychology  rumintation 
march 2010 by cmillward
The Americanization of Mental Illness [NYTimes.com]
“We might think of the culture as possessing a ‘symptom repertoire’ — a range of physical symptoms available to the unconscious mind for the physical expression of psychological conflict,” Edward Shorter, a medical historian at the University of Toronto, wrote in his book “Paralysis: The Rise and Fall of a ‘Hysterical’ Symptom.” “In some epochs, convulsions, the sudden inability to speak or terrible leg pain may loom prominently in the repertoire. In other epochs patients may draw chiefly upon such symptoms as abdominal pain, false estimates of body weight and enervating weakness as metaphors for conveying psychic stress.”
psychology  globalization  health  culture  anthropology  2010 
january 2010 by cmillward
Look skyward | MetaFilter
Some 10,000 people descended on the Knock Shrine a few months ago to see a Marian Apparition, promised by "clairvoyant" Joe Coleman to appear in the sun. Mary Kenny of the Irish Independent asks "What harm if people derive comfort from what they believe to be a spiritual experience?" while an Irish opthalmic surgeon now reports that he has treated no fewer than five people already, claiming it "monstrous" to mislead people into thinking that altered vision and effects, such as seeing the sun dance, were a religious apparition when they were classic symptoms of solar retinopathy.

Some have suffered as much as 50% vision loss. With future apparitions predicted, the local Catholic archbishop stepped in, discrediting the apparition and warning against future visits. Discover Magazine weighs in as well: "Belief is one thing, but when it leads to obvious physical or mental harm then we are obligated to speak up."
links  religion  health 
december 2009 by cmillward
An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All [Wired]
The frightening implications of this kind of anecdote were illustrated by a 2002 study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Looking at 3,292 cases of measles in the Netherlands, the study found that the risk of contracting the disease was lower if you were completely unvaccinated and living in a highly vaccinated community than if you were completely vaccinated and living in a relatively unvaccinated community. Why? Because vaccines don’t always take. What does that mean? You can’t minimize your individual risk unless your herd, your friends and neighbors, also buy in.
science  health  vaccination  anti_science  parenting 
october 2009 by cmillward
Targeting Tumors With Bee Venom [WSJ.com]
"Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have used an ingredient of bee venom called melittin to shrink or slow the growth of tumors in mice. Melittin's anti-tumor potential has been known for years, but it hasn't been used as a drug because it also attacks healthy cells, including vital red blood cells.

Now the researchers have found a way, using the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, to pinpoint tumors for attack by melittin while largely shielding healthy cells. They do this by attaching the bee-venom ingredient to nanoparticles, which are ultra-tiny, synthetically manufactured spheres. The resultant product, called nanobees, are injected into the blood stream where they circulate until they reach and attack cancerous tumors. The approach also has the potential to avoid some of the toxic side effects seen in older cancer therapies like chemotherapy."
nanobees  chemo  cancer  science  health  medicine  2009  nanotech 
september 2009 by cmillward
Jani's at the mercy of her mind [latimes.com]
Michael and Susan Schofield's 6-year-old daughter is locked in a nightmare realm of schizophrenia -- and no one can help her.
psychology  parenting  kids  cogsci  health  schizophrenia 
august 2009 by cmillward
Beer could stop bones going brittle [Telegraph]
"A study found that the bones of women who drink beer regularly are stronger, making them less likely to suffer from osteoporosis.

It is thought that the high level of silicon in beer slows down the thinning that leads to fractures and boosts the formation of new bone, the journal Nutrition reports.
Beer is also rich in phytoestrogens, plant versions of oestrogen, which keep bones healthy."
health  beer 
august 2009 by cmillward
The wane in veins draining the brain [MetaFilter]
"A quiet revolution is taking place in the multiple sclerosis community. Long thought of as purely an autoimmune disease, possibly secondary to Epstein-Barr virus infection or even an STI, MS has never been pinned down to a single cause. Now things are changing, in a big and bloody way: MS appears to be related to abnormalities in veins.

In December 2008, Italian researchers reported that the vast majority of 65 MS patients studied, and none of the 235 controls, had significant abnormalities in the veins draining the brain. While it's too early to conclusively identify this as the cause, rather than an effect, of MS, patient forums have been abuzz with talk of this discovery and the ensuing positive experiences of MS patients who have had stents placed to alleviate venous stenoses."
health  via:mefi  ms 
july 2009 by cmillward
Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus [NPR]
"Americans keep putting on the pounds — at least according to a report released this week from the Trust for America's Health. The study found that nearly two-thirds of states now have adult obesity rates above 25 percent.

But you may want to take those findings — and your next meal — with a grain of salt, because they're based on a calculation called the body mass index, or BMI.

As the Weekend Edition math guy, I spoke to Scott Simon and told him the body mass index fails on 10 grounds"
npr  bmi  health  via:erikeric 
july 2009 by cmillward
How Safeway Is Cutting Health-Care Costs [WSJ.com]
"The key to achieving these savings is health-care plans that reward healthy behavior. As a self-insured employer, Safeway designed just such a plan in 2005 and has made continuous improvements each year. The results have been remarkable. During this four-year period, we have kept our per capita health-care costs flat (that includes both the employee and the employer portion), while most American companies' costs have increased 38% over the same four years.

Safeway's plan capitalizes on two key insights gained in 2005. The first is that 70% of all health-care costs are the direct result of behavior. The second insight, which is well understood by the providers of health care, is that 74% of all costs are confined to four chronic conditions (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity). Furthermore, 80% of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is preventable, 60% of cancers are preventable, and more than 90% of obesity is preventable."
health  economics  insurance  via:kottke 
june 2009 by cmillward
What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)
Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.

by Joshua Wolf Shenk
happiness  psychology  health  life  article  2009 
may 2009 by cmillward
Fruits and vegetables getting less healthy
Three different kinds of evidence all indicate the same thing: the nutrient value of UK and US fruits and vegetables over the last 50-100 years. This is particularly worrying:

Plantings of low- and high-yield cultivars of broccoli and grains found consistently negative correlations between yield and concentrations of minerals and protein, a newly recognized genetic dilution effect.
food  health  science  bad 
february 2009 by cmillward
Really? - The Claim - Never Blow Your Nose When You Have a Cold [NYT]
Coughing and sneezing generated little if any pressure in the nasal cavities. But nose blowing generated enormous pressure — “equivalent to a person’s diastolic blood pressure reading,” Dr. Hendley said — and propelled mucus into the sinuses every time. Dr. Hendley said it was unclear whether this was harmful, but added that during sickness it could shoot viruses or bacteria into the sinuses, and possibly cause further infection.

The proper method is to blow one nostril at a time and to take decongestants, said Dr. Anil Kumar Lalwani, chairman of the department of otolaryngology at the New York University Langone Medical Center. This prevents a buildup of excess pressure.
health 
february 2009 by cmillward
Dirt is good for you
Studies indicate that kids who are exposed to bacteria, viruses, worms, and dirt have healthier immune systems.

One of the decisions we made even before Ollie was born was that he was going to be a dirty kid. We wash our hands often with non-antibacterial soap and water, especially after being on the subway, but otherwise don't worry about it much. I can count on one hand how many times I've used the antibacterial hand sanitizer that seemingly comes bundled with toddlers these days.
kottke  health  parenting 
january 2009 by cmillward
A Little Dirt Is Good for You [NYTimes.com]
In studies of what is called the hygiene hypothesis, researchers are concluding that organisms like the millions of bacteria, viruses and especially worms that enter the body along with “dirt” spur the development of a healthy immune system. Several continuing studies suggest that worms may help to redirect an immune system that has gone awry and resulted in autoimmune disorders, allergies and asthma.
via:kottke  health  hygiene  parenting  children 
january 2009 by cmillward
A Hunger Artist: A Fanatic's Proposition
"I'm kicking off the New Year by laying down a set of propositions that could be a platonic ideal for those of us who strive to loose ourselves from the soul drubbing machine (aka here as The Black Box) of mass-produced and mass-marketed food , quack medical and diet cons and the suppuration of self-serving half-truths that drip from the minds of lifestyle experts and real and self-imagined celebrity chefs et al. "
food  health  lists 
january 2009 by cmillward
Waste Happens: A Q&A With the Author of The Big Necessity [Freakonomics Blog]
"If we can’t find forthright ways to talk about this — and if we persist in talking about “water-borne diseases” when we mean sh– -related diseases — then we will continue to be handicapped and we will continue to have a child dying of diarrhea — diarrhea! — every 15 seconds."
waste  politics  language  health  interview  books 
november 2008 by cmillward
The Herbwife’s Kitchen
A place to read about food, herbs, tradition and health.
herbs  food  recipes  cooking  blog  health  gardening 
november 2008 by cmillward
Stretching: The Truth [NYT]
WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.”
health  sports  stretching 
november 2008 by cmillward
Cut the sweetie [Andart]
The Daily Mail reports Talking to old people like children cuts eight years off their lives, says Yale study. Previous reports have shown that infantilized speaking to elderly makes them resistive to care (!) And elderly with positive self-perceptions of ageing lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive perceptions. I guess the Mail story is based on a continuation of this longitudinal study.

If these findings are true, speaking down to people is more dangerous than smoking.
health  babytalk 
october 2008 by cmillward
Why people overuse the E.R. - By Zachary F. Meisel and Jesse M. Pines [Slate Magazine]
Ultimately, it doesn't take a genius to outline a cure for E.R. overuse. We could start by changing the incentives to line up with rapid access to urgent primary and specialist care. This could be achieved by developing reportable standards for acceptable waiting times for appointments. Next time you call the dermatologist and they say, "We'll see you next summer," you could cry foul. We also should restructure the payment system for primary-care doctors so they won't go belly up if their schedules aren't 100 percent booked, given how little they're paid per patient.
economics  health  business  2008 
september 2008 by cmillward
The DNA Age - Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus [NYTimes]
This is heavy. 'Their goal, parents say, is not to force anyone to take on the task of parenting a child with disabilities. Many participants in the ad-hoc movement describe themselves as pro-choice. Yet some see themselves as society’s first line of defense against a use of genetic technology that can border on eugenics.

“For me, it’s just faces disappearing,” said Nancy Iannone, of Turnersville, N.J., mother to four daughters, including one with Down syndrome. “It isn’t about abortion politics or religion, it’s a pure ethical question.”

Others admit freely to a selfish motive for their new activism. “If all these people terminate babies with Down syndrome, there won’t be programs, there won’t be acceptance or tolerance,” said Tracy Brown, 37, of Seattle, whose 2-year-old son, Maxford, has the condition. “I want opportunities for my son. I don’t know if that’s right or wrong, but I do.”'
health  ethics  down_syndrome  medicine  society  funding  prenatal  abortion 
september 2008 by cmillward
The food tastes too good [Andart]
Now, what is the effect of appetizing food? We tend to eat more, even when we are less hungry. The real issue here is that we have become so good at making cheap and yet tasty food that we tend to overeat. MSG is not the villain, it is just another tool in the toolbox of skilled cooks in their attempt to make what we eat taste well. We could easily get rid of obesity by mandating that food should be bland, expensive and ideally slightly spoiled. Clearly we want another solution. I'm going to ponder what to do over lunch.
food  ethics  health 
september 2008 by cmillward
Charles Atlas, Wii Fit, Health and Exercise [Salon]
Forget Wii Fit and Perfect Pushup suction cups. To get in shape, I went back to the original fitness guru -- "the world's most perfectly developed man."

By Todd Levin
fitness  charles_atlas  health 
july 2008 by cmillward
Scientists have provided the strongest evidence yet that the anti-aging benefits of calorically restricted diets can be duplicated by a pill [Wired]
"In a study published today in Cell Metabolism, mice given resveratrol -- the first of an eagerly-anticipated class of longevity drugs -- enjoyed dramatically improved health, even when they started taking the drug late in life."
health  future  longetivity  drugs  medicine  aging  news  2008 
july 2008 by cmillward
George F. Will - Survival of the Sudsiest [washingtonpost]
The gene pools of human settlements became progressively dominated by the survivors -- by those genetically disposed to, well, drink beer.
history  alcohol  beer  health  civilization 
july 2008 by cmillward
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