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Brain Enhancement
The Ethics of Brain Enhancement from the New York Times strikes home in a distinct "the future is now" sci-fi sense.
"The main purpose is to try to learn things, to get experience, to write papers, to do experiments. So in that case if you can do it better because you've got some drug on board, that would on the face of things seem like a plus."
Comes via BoingBoing article with more links.
Posted by dustin on March 10, 2008. Tagged with
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Laughter Yoga

Watch this video about Laughter Yoga, and laugh along. It's good for you.
Posted by dustin on December 17, 2007. Tagged with
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My health has returned
I got infected with some kind of flu bug during Northern Voice. It started taking its toll on the second day, cutting short my conference blogging. I've been largely bed-ridden for the past few days, gradually getting better, and I'm almost 100% now. If you have your health, enjoy it.
Posted by dustin on February 28, 2007. Tagged with
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Healthcare battle: Canada vs USA
We hear a lot in Canada about problems in our health care system. What we don't often hear about are the success stories. Here's an article from Yes Magazine, written from the US point of view and comparing their system with Canada's public one:
the United States has been the unwitting control subject in a 30-year, worldwide experiment comparing the merits of private versus public health care funding. For the people living in the United States, the results of this experiment with privately funded health care have been grim. The United States now has the most expensive health care system on earth and, despite remarkable technology, the general health of the U.S. population is lower than in most industrialized countries. Worse, Americans' mortality rates--both general and infant--are shockingly high.
Food for thought as the Canadian system continues to come under attack by private interests.
Posted by dustin on January 17, 2007. Tagged with
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No word on the effects of sugar
From Reuters: Milk cancels health benefit of drinking tea
Drinking tea can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke but only if milk is not added to the brew, German scientists said on Tuesday.
Posted by dustin on January 9, 2007. Tagged with


Marijuana makes you smarter
New Scientist says that Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain. Too bad it's arbitrarily prohibited. It's high time that Canada unlocks the MJ, I hope Dion agrees. It's also high time in my apartment.
Posted by dustin on December 31, 2006. Tagged with
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What kind of public healthcare should smokers get?
From the UK Daily Mail:
"There is increasing evidence that smokers have three times the number of complications as non-smokers. What we are proposing is that if someone who smokes is being referred for surgery, we would instead want them to be referred to a smoking cessation clinic and give them three months to stop smoking."

Dr Battersby added: "What we are doing is asking people to have a stab at giving up for three months and at the end we would review the situation. Some people will have stopped and will go on and have a referral for surgery. Others will not have stopped."

In those cases, decisions will be taken along the lines of clinical need.
I've always thought that public healthcare should have incentives built in to promote people keeping themselves healthy. Smoking is a pretty clear cut example of this. It doesn't much sense to spend a lot of public money treating people who are killing their bodies with cigarettes.
Posted by dustin on October 23, 2006. Tagged with
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