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Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA - health - 30 March 2015 - New Scientist
"Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together... take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek... let it stand nine days in the brass vessel..."
history  pestilence  medicine 
march 2015 by kevan
The truth about doctors' handwriting: a prospective study | BMJ
"This study fails to support the conventional wisdom that doctors' handwriting is worse than others'. Illegible writing is, however, an important cause of waste and hazard in medical care."
writing  medicine  science 
february 2014 by kevan
Nocebo by spellingmistakes on Etsy
"Danger: This warning may increase potency."
medicine  delusions 
august 2012 by kevan
Scott and Scurvy
"Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times. Scott left a base abundantly stocked with fresh meat, fruits, apples, and lime juice, and headed out on the ice for five months with no protection against scurvy, all the while confident he was not at risk. What happened?"
disease  medicine  science  history  food 
june 2012 by kevan
Green Goose Wows the Crowd & Raises $100K On Launch Conference Stage
"Water bottles, tooth brushes, bikes, pill bottles and other objects can be turned into sensors that track our interaction with them and then publish that data online. All thanks to a simple sticker or other attachable sensor."
technology  cutlery  medicine  transport 
february 2011 by kevan
Vitality-How GlowCaps Work
"GlowCaps use light and sound to signal when it is time to take a pill. GlowCaps sense when the bottle is opened and wirelessly relay their status to Vitality’s secure network. If the bottle is not opened two hours after a scheduled dose, the user is automatically reminded with a telephone call that states: 'It’s time to take the pill in your green GlowCap.'"
medicine  technology  light  phones 
november 2010 by kevan
Infodemiology and Infoveillance | Eysenbach | Journal of Medical Internet Research
"Analyzing how people search and navigate the Internet for health-related information, as well as how they communicate and share this information, can provide valuable insights to health-related behavior of populations, including for example the level of understanding of health issues, knowledge about health-related conditions, and so on."
medicine  pestilence  surveillance  maps  twitter 
september 2009 by kevan
Kotaku - DS Plugin to Help Diabetic Kids Keep Consistent Readings - Diabetes
"[A plugin with an LCD readout] goes into the DS/DS Lite's Slot-2 and rewards players giving consistent readings with points in a game that can be used to buy items or unlock levels."
games  children  medicine  via:danhon 
july 2009 by kevan
Online Age Quiz Is a Window for Drug Makers -
"The drug companies can even use [the 'what's your real age?' quiz] answers to find people who show symptoms of a disease - and begin sending them messages about it even before the people have received a diagnosis from their doctors."
drugs  medicine  advertising  email  camrad  via:waxy 
april 2009 by kevan
Technology Review: Biologists Enlist Online Gamers
"By making the game available to anyone over the Web, the researchers expect to find people they call protein savants--people who are very good at solving protein structures and who will spend several hours a week playing the game."
science  medicine  games  simulation  brains 
may 2008 by kevan
A Day at the Races (1937)
A few good routines, but there are even more unnecessary musical numbers than Night at the Opera, and most of the longer comedy routines are incoherently chaotic. Some quality fist-shaking and spluttering outrage.
filmlog  2stars  comedy  horses  medicine  sport  lies  money 
december 2007 by kevan
Zombie cockroaches revived by brain shot - life - 30 November 2007 - New Scientist
"[Libersat] injected [wasp-paralysed] cockroaches with candidate chemicals that resembled various neurotransmitters in the brain. [...] One of the drugs, a mimic of the neurotransmitter octopamine, succeeded in bringing the roaches back to life."
insects  brains  science  zombies  medicine  necrotech  via:mattgreen 
november 2007 by kevan
Persistent coughs melt away with chocolate - 22 November 2004 - New Scientist
"Those given theobromine needed about one-third more capsaicin to produce coughing than those who took codeine. Codeine was only marginally more effective than the placebo at preventing coughing."
medicine  food  pestilence 
october 2007 by kevan
Bad Science » Acupuncture and back pain: some interesting background references
"But even more interestingly, the pretend acupuncture group, where they just bunged needles in any old place with a bit of ceremony, did just as well as the people having proper, posh, theatrical, genuine acupuncture."
medicine  delusions 
september 2007 by kevan
Monkey Business (1952)
Demonstrating that one of the most dangerous aspects of self-experimentation is having a biased personal epiphany about social consequences, and abandoning all research on an apparently workable panacea.
filmlog  2stars  science  medicine  coincidences  apes 
september 2007 by kevan
Bad Science » Given the choice, I'd have the miracle pill story
"This story was completely ignored by the entire British news media, despite their preoccupation with both antisocial behaviour and miracle cures, for one simple reason: this was not a story about a pill. It was a cheap, practical parenting programme."
science  medicine  news 
may 2007 by kevan
BPS: Is the benefit of exercise a placebo effect?
"[Hotel cleaners] who had been reminded how much exercise they engage in at work, showed health improvements in terms of weight, body mass index, body-fat, waist-to-hip ratio and blood pressure. The control cleaners showed no such improvements."
psychology  medicine  sport  delusions  via:badscience 
april 2007 by kevan
Surgical success linked to skill at video games | Science | Guardian Unlimited
"Young surgeons who spent at least three hours a week playing video games in the past made 37% fewer errors, were 27% faster, and scored 42% better overall than surgeons who had never played a video game at all."
games  medicine  education  brains 
february 2007 by kevan
The Singing Detective (2003)
Jumped a bit too quickly and unevenly between its stories, and Downey just came across as shoutily, shallowly annoyed rather than genuinely bitter. Made me want to have watched the whole of the original, but not to actually watch it.
filmlog  2stars  crime  mysteries  skin  death  love  medicine  delusions  writing  via:catriona 
january 2007 by kevan
Viral Fossil Brought Back to Life -- ScienceNOW
"In a controversial study, researchers have resurrected a retrovirus that infected our ancestors millions of years ago and now sits frozen in the human genome."
science  genetics  viruses  history  apocalypse  medicine  pestilence 
november 2006 by kevan
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance - Matthew Kneale
Short stories pivoting around tiny, bad decisions. Unsurprising twists and something of an air of stapled-together leftovers that Kneale had knocking around, but the writing's good, the viewpoint omnisciently unjudgemental.
booklog  crime  secrets  lies  coincidences  drugs  medicine  police  writing  pestilence  terrorism 
october 2006 by kevan
The Seattle Times: Need to quit a bad habit? There could soon be a vaccine to help
"When the person later smokes a cigarette or takes cocaine, the antibodies wrap up and neutralize the molecules before they can trigger feelings of euphoria and pleasure in the brain."
medicine  drugs  cigarettes  science  via:mutual 
october 2006 by kevan
Lick Your Wounds Candy Scabs: 12CT Box
"Each pack includes candy scabs and 5 plastic bandages which are stickable just like a real bandage. A plastic compartment on the bandage opens to reveal a pressed dextrose candy scab."
children  food  medicine  via:leonard 
september 2006 by kevan
MHFA- Home
"Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves."
psychology  medicine  australia  via:mindhacks 
august 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Family | Jon Ronson: The chosen ones
A group who diagnose ADHD as symptoms of a Wyndhamesque psychic colonisation. "She said it sounded very much like Oliver was in fact a highly evolved Indigo child - a divine being with enormously heightened spiritual wisdom and psychic powers."
children  medicine  brains  delusions  ronson 
august 2006 by kevan
PhysOrg: Japan rivers could spawn drug-resistant bacteria
"Major rivers in Japan are so contaminated with ingredients of antibiotics and other medicines that they may spawn drug-resistant strains of bacteria, a team of Japanese scientists said."
bacteria  evolution  medicine  japan  apocalypse 
july 2006 by kevan
YouTube - Eaaaaaaastenders
A clip from Eastenders with David Cann as a doctor, woozily stretched and soundtracked to resemble a Jam sequence.
videos  television  mutation  medicine  via:qwghlm 
july 2006 by kevan
Forging Ahead in Moscow - Los Angeles Times
"International experts say that 12% of the pharmaceutical drugs in Russia are counterfeits. In one recent study, a large proportion of the headache remedies surveyed contained no active ingredients at all."
business  lies  cheating  art  medicine  via:hoaxes 
july 2006 by kevan
Wired 9.12: The Geek Syndrome
"One provocative hypothesis that might account for the rise of [autistic] spectrum disorders in technically adept communities like Silicon Valley, some geneticists speculate, is an increase in assortative mating."
children  genetics  evolution  psychology  brains  medicine  via:rwhe 
july 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Health | 'Therapeutic clowning' boosts IVF
"Just over a third of women entertained by a clown conceived, compared to 19% of a group who were not, a European fertility conference heard."
medicine  clowns  via:spool 
june 2006 by kevan
Slate: If steroids are cheating, why isn't LASIK?
"Golfers get a different three-dimensional view of the green after [laser eye surgery]. It's different. Lasik actually produces, instead of a spherical cornea, an aspherical cornea. It may be better than normal vision."
sport  cheating  drugs  eyes  medicine  via:waxy 
june 2006 by kevan
How to cure your asthma or hayfever using hookworm - a practical guide ||
Anecdotal case of successful self-infection. "It involves a great deal of research, a trip to Cameroon and a lot of barefoot walking in open air latrines in west Africa."
medicine  science  worms  parasites  via:holly 
may 2006 by kevan
Lawsuit: Vet clinic faked dog's death, gave animal away
"A couple who thought they were watching their epileptic dog being euthanized actually witnessed a simple sedation procedure concocted so the veterinary clinic could later give the canine to another owner, they claim in a lawsuit."
dogs  death  lies  medicine  via:hoaxes 
may 2006 by kevan - Study fails to show healing power of prayer
"Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on whether complications occurred (and) patients who were certain that intercessors would pray for them had a higher rate of complications than patients who were uncertain but did receive intercessory prayer."
medicine  religion 
march 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Interest surges in trials despite patients' plight
"'The industry has been very concerned this would have a negative impact on clinical trials, but the odd thing is more people seem to be showing an interest,' said Dr Roberto Solari [...] 'I don't think people realised there was money to be made.'"
drugs  medicine  science  money  pestilence 
march 2006 by kevan
The National Health Service (NHS) after Nuclear War
"In 1986 the [BMA] made it's own plans public. [It] seems likely that the most responsible course of action it could take was to ensure the public was under no illusions about the level of medical care available in the aftermath of a nuclear war."
war  apocalypse  medicine  via:qwghlm 
february 2006 by kevan
The Third Man (1949)
Plot and dialogue is quite unfocused and flat, for Greene, but the film takes in a vivid few scenes and settings. Easy to forget that this was filmed in 1949, that what feels like an underused Vienna was fair enough at the time.
filmlog  3stars  death  crime  mysteries  medicine 
february 2006 by kevan
GameSetWatch - PopCap Games Are A Lifesaver
"[The] interaction of two new prescription medicines sent me into a panic attack so severe it made me attempt suicide. [I] sat there playing the endless version of Bejeweled 2 for most of the night, while the [overdose] worked its way out of my system."
games  medicine  via:waxy 
december 2005 by kevan
New York Daily News - Drug business prescribes a novel cure for its ills
A drug company denying having commissioned a pulp novel to scare people from buying imports. "Her story concerned a Croatian terrorist cell that uses Canadian Web sites to murder millions of unwitting Americans looking for cut-rate pharmaceuticals."
medicine  advertising  camrad  books  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
University Health Care: U Hydrogel 'Paper' Plays Critical Part As Study Seeks to 'Print' Human Organs
"The cells and liquid hydrogel are placed in the printer cartridge and then dropped in three-dimensional, 1-microliter dots that form layers as the hydrogel solidifies. After many layers [...], the cells fuse into tissue that forms 3-D structures."
medicine  paper  technology  science  via:jones 
november 2005 by kevan
Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries
"The user held the case in his hand and a small wooden piece in his mouth was gripped tightly by the teeth. Sound was picked up by the diaphragm, and was passed to the user's teeth via vibrations through a piece of silk-covered wire."
sound  ears  technology  history  art  medicine  science  teeth  via:boynton 
october 2005 by kevan
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Edits are a bit too clear having just read the book, and the removal of the subjective, unreliable narrator is quite a huge loss, but it's much better paced than the original. Astonishing supporting cast, as well.
filmlog  4stars  prison  brains  delusions  medicine 
october 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Health | Surgery clowns ease child anxiety
"Overall, the children in the clown group appeared to be far less stressed and anxious than the other children. Similarly, their parents were also less anxious."
clowns  medicine  psychology  children  via:mindhacks 
october 2005 by kevan
MosNews: 15 Years in a Fridge
"The man is suffering a rare heat exchange disorder and cannot stand temperatures over 5 degrees Celsius. For nearly fifteen years now, Matyukhin has been living in a fridge."
russia  ice  medicine  science  prison 
october 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Mice Infected With Bubonic Plague Missing
"Federal official said the mice may never be accounted for. Among other things, the rodents may have been stolen, eaten by other lab animals or just misplaced in a paperwork error."
rodents  pestilence  apocalypse  science  medicine 
september 2005 by kevan
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Brilliant choice of unreliable, omniscient narrator, of an inmate feigning deafness and dumbness. Should watch the film again, but wanted to get the book in first.
booklog  medicine  delusions  depression  prison 
september 2005 by kevan
Stay Free - The History of Psychosomatic Illness: An interview with Edward Shorter
Psychosomatic symptoms as cultural fashions. "I have a lot of problems with a particular version of bioethics we have today that says it's unethical to lie to patients. If we can help patients by lying to them, then by all means, lie to them."
medicine  history  psychology  delusions  memetics  pestilence  society  via:mindhacks 
august 2005 by kevan
Vera Drake (2004)
Consequences, and the consequences of trying to prevent those consequences, and so on, and so on. Meticulously wasteless Mike Leigh dialogue, and wonderfully dismal 1950s decor.
filmlog  4stars  sex  crime  medicine 
july 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Robo-Legs
Social acceptance of modern prosthetics. "He recalled attending a party where the lithium-ion batteries for his legs went dead. [...] He spent most of his time sitting on a couch talking to people with his legs plugged into an electrical outlet nearby."
robots  technology  limbs  medicine  electricity  society  via:anne 
june 2005 by kevan
Wired 13.06: How to Farm Stem Cells Without Losing Your Soul
"Hurlbut advocates genetically altering cloned embryos so, like a teratoma, they wouldn't have the DNA necessary to become viable humans. [...] You could grow them in vats, kill them at will, and never risk offending God."
genetics  religion  medicine  science  teeth 
june 2005 by kevan
TATE ETC. issue 4: Cured by Colour
History and tangents of colour therapy. "Blue glass one part; faith, ten parts; mix thoroughly and stir well until all the common sense evaporates, as the presence of a minute quantity will spoil the mixture."
light  paint  medicine  depression  hoaxes  via:holly 
june 2005 by kevan
Vintage Drug Ads - a photoset on Flickr
"When minutes count and only the most simple apparatus is available, then we find ether the anaesthetic of choice."
advertising  medicine  via:boynton 
june 2005 by kevan
Scientific A Culture of Death
"NuTech is at the forefront of [...] the 'deathing counterculture,' in which nonmedical death practitioners offer referrals, consultations and house calls. 'They are taking the place of physicians to deliver virtually undetectable death assistance.'"
death  technology  medicine  law  via:mindhacks 
june 2005 by kevan
Acquired growth hormone deficiency and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in a subject with repeated head trauma, or Tintin goes to the neurologist
Measuring "the length of loss of consciousness (the number of frames before Tintin returns to normal activity) and the apparent severity of the trauma (indicated by the number of objects [e.g., stars, candles] revolving above Tintin's head)."
brains  comics  medicine  science 
may 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: The Four Humours
Has a wonderful table of historical parallels for the four bodily humours. Bring me my Industrious Gnomes.
psychology  history  medicine 
may 2005 by kevan
Humming is Good For You
"Humming also facilitated the exchange of air from sinuses into nasal passages, which essentially ventilates the sinuses and protects them from infection."
air  medicine  music 
november 2004 by kevan
Reuters: Optimism May Make for a Longer Life
"Optimists, Giltay and his colleagues note, may be better at coping with adversity, and may, for example, be more likely to comply with medical treatment if they do fall ill."
medicine  pestilence  psychology 
november 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Robotic capsule to crawl through intestines
More self-propelling CCTV robots, unnervingly; tiny, mobile endoscopy cameras. "Effectively we would like to enable the doctor to become very small."
medicine  robots  surveillance  technology 
october 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Health | Vibrating trousers treat angina
"The cuffs inflate and deflate with each heartbeat, pushing the blood up the leg towards the heart, while an ECG heart monitor checks the heart rate."
clothes  limbs  medicine  pestilence  technology 
october 2004 by kevan
Vaccines of a "Garden Variety"
HIV vaccines being spliced into tomatoes. With a big hypodermic needle. "Edible vaccines have also been produced in bananas, which can be eaten fresh, but bananas can only be grown under tropical conditions."
bananas  food  medicine 
september 2004 by kevan
New Scientist | Jaw transplant allows man to chew after nine years
A jawbone made from stem-cells on a titanium frame, fixed to the patient's shoulder for a blood supply while it was growing.
bones  medicine  science  teeth 
august 2004 by kevan | How I survived Chernobyl
"A couple of seconds later, I felt a wave come through the room. The thick concrete walls were bent like rubber. I thought war had broken out. We started to look for Khodemchuk but he had been by the pumps and had been vaporised."
apocalypse  death  medicine  pestilence  russia  science 
august 2004 by kevan
Hearing Steps
"If the person falls, or limps or shuffles - warning signs of diseases such as osteoarthritis or Parkinson’s - the monitor alerts a computer to send a message to a caregiver." - would also be good for live-action Thief.
medicine  pestilence  sound  technology  walking 
july 2004 by kevan
The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Art
Images from Japanese psychiatric medication advertisements, 1956-2003.
advertising  art  japan  medicine 
june 2004 by kevan
Reuters: Doctors find SARS virus in tears of patients
"...may mean that the virus could be spread through tears, in addition to droplets from coughs or sneezes."
eyes  medicine  pestilence 
june 2004 by kevan
VR tool re-creates hallucinations
An FPS psychiatric ward, to train staff in understanding patient hallucinations. "Abusive voices that say things like "you're worthless" and "go and kill yourself" start at random and in proximity to items such as stereos and televisions."
brains  games  illusions  medicine  simulation 
june 2004 by kevan
When SMS Saved a Life
An Indian mobile-phone provider gives permission for a user to spam a rare-blood-request SMS to a million users, with successful results.
medicine  phones  spam 
june 2004 by kevan
New Scientist : Doctors' ties harbour disease-causing germs
"This study brings into question whether wearing a necktie is in the best interest of our patients."
clothes  medicine  pestilence 
may 2004 by kevan
Galaxy Wave Group - ADAM Technolgy Health Program
"The scientists and technicians of the Galaxy Wave Group developed a methodology wherein a computerized science can resolve your pain while you remain in the comfort of your home. All it takes is a few short telephone calls."
lunacy  medicine  phones  scams  technology 
may 2004 by kevan

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