Tags: health

NY Times articles on health and aging

An article about the possiblity that a lot of frailty (serious loss of energy, mobility, and mental focus) could be low-intensity cardiovascular problems, and also evidence that exposure to good or bad ideas about aging affects people's capacities. Even minor or subliminal exposure to positive or negative views of aging causes measureable differences.

Speaking from experience with self-hatred, I notice real differences in my ability to do things when I can shut it off. This is especially relevent since a lot of what I tend to attack myself about is incompetence.

This is one of those "everything they've been telling you is wrong" articles. It looks as though genes might have rather little to do with lifespan. A big study of identical twins found an average ten-year difference in lifespan, and no one knows why. The difference isn't just people who died young of accidents screwing up the stats.

One hypothesis which isn't mentioned is that gene expression can get turned on or off, so that people with the same genes don't necessarily get the same effects from them.

This one is about how much health and longevity have improved in the past century and a half. It looks as though a lot of the change is better prevention of disease (disease can have long-term debilitating effects, even cancer, which was a surprise) rather than lifestyle. It backs up something I'd noticed--people don't age as fast as they used to--the article says that the diseases of aging now kick in about ten years later.

Here's a topic page with all three articles. It might be worth checking on now and then.

This is a permanent link generator for NYTimes articles.

Link and some good comments found at Body Impolitic.

A very sick winter

I got through alright, but it seems as though my social circle had many more people sick for more days (sometimes weeks) than is at all typical. Flus, bad colds, bronchitis, nameless cruds.....and with no obvious explanation. Afaik, the problems with the flu vaccine didn't have much to do with it--at least some of the illness wasn't flu, and I haven't heard people saying that if only they been able to get the shot, they'd have been ok.

My default explanation for cruds is temperature swings--it seems as though when the temperature varies from near-freezing to almost balmy in a day, people get sick. I'm not sure whether it's just rough on people for the temperature to vary that much, or if the high odds of not wearing the right gear mean that people get chilled and/or overheated. In any case, there haven't been enough temperature swings around here (at least) to explain the crud level. Any alternate theories?

Arisia, hurt knee

I'll be selling buttons a hotel room by the elevator on the same floor as the con suite--the same place that I've had for the past couple of years.

The big news is that not only will I have 1" buttons, I've gotten my own press, and I'll be able to do custom little buttons.

New slogans on standard-sized buttons

Never get involved in a land war in Asia

Aikido--the Asian art of people-folding

The heck with the Joneses--I'm trying to keep up with the Jetsons

I ate a Death by Chocolate. It only made me stronger

If you friend me, do I not read?

It really does say Adam and Steve. That's what you get for depending on translations.

Minesweeper Consultant, Solitaire Expert (capital letters heavily emphasized)

My idea of heaven is a library with dim sum service

My two favorite colors are "Ooooh" and "SHINY!"

There's no place like ~

Drag God into politics, and you've ruined His reputation before you know it

Gay marriage...haven't they suffered enough?

Gay marriage...haven't they suffered enough?

It was in tune when I bought it

What did you do to the cat? It looks half dead. ---Schrodinger's wife

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Interrogative

I believe in gravity. It's always let me down.

Murphy never sleeps, but that's no reason to poke him with a sharp stick


You are what you eat, so stay away from the jerk chicken

You can't make an Omelas without breaking eggs

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

Been there, done that, reformatted the hard drive

The Clarke-Sturgeon Law: 90% of any suffi

Everything is more complicated than it looks. Biology is more like
everything than anything else is.

I'd rather be coding

I'm awfully busy. Do you mind if I ignore you later?

"Knock, knock." "Who's there?" "Control freak. Say, 'Control freak who?' "

Music is enough for life, but one life is never enough for music

My name is "No! No! Bad Kitty!". What's yours?

My hair is this color because I ate paint chips as a child

Political skill in the absence of statesmanship is the first act of a tragedy

Proud Member of the Reality Based Community--seeking answers through judicious study of discernable reality

Tact is for people who aren't witty enough for sarcasm

There are only two ways to go. One is neither right nor wrong and the other one isn't.

What's Klingon for "Who would bother to learn a made-up language like Elvish?"

You don't need to look at my chest. These aren't the breasts you're looking for. Move along.

And there may be more, not to mention new little button slogans, but I fell and twisted my knee on some ice yesterday, so last minute things are getting done slowly or not at all.

Here's the advice I've gotten and have been doing: rest, ice, ibuproferin, elevationl. I've been meditating at it and moving the ankle around. I've also been told that spicy food is especially protective against ibuproferin stomach upset, but I haven't needed it. I may eat some for the fun of it, though.

I'm not in much pain, but the swelling gets in the way a lot, and my feeling is that I should mostly be keeping the leg elevated, which means not getting much else done. Any further advice?

Hope to be seeing many of you at Arisia.