A product review.
I’d like to try a standing desk, but I think a treadmill is overkill.
…is about to hit the U.S. market.
If ObamaCare doesn’t kill it off.
Prices are skyrocketing partly due to ethanol mandates. If I were the Koch brothers, I’d buy a Superbowl ad to make that point.
[Update a couple minutes later]
One of the commenters points out that we need to get rid of the sugar tariffs, too. Good point.
My petition is stuck at only forty-nine signatures. C’mon, folks, only three weeks or so left.
Wrong link. Fixed now, sorry.
This looks very encouraging.
The human body’s immune systems protect us from harmful substances. But the body often rejects conventional antibiotics. But the new materials can work because they change themselves once they come into contact with water in the body or on its surface. The material self-assembles into a new polymer structure that is electrostatically attracted to the bacteria membranes (it’s like putting oil and water together). The polymers then break through the cell membranes, destroying the cell. The bacteria, which have amazing adaptive capabilities, can’t adapt to this kind of physical attack.
It works because cells have a natural electric charge. The polymers are drawn only to infected areas. Other antimicrobial materials aren’t biodegradable, but these new materials are made of simple organic molecules. That means they can naturally exit the body, in contrast to other medicines that gather in the body and cause side effects. That means it isn’t likely to cause skin irritation or other problems.
The polymers also swell into a gel form that doctors can easily manipulate. Hedrick said they can do so because of a “molecular zipper effect.” That is, the polymers interlock in the same way that zipper teeth do. When you move them around, they simply re-zip into a form that is deadly to bacteria.
The hydrogel has another interesting property. It can attack whole colonies of bacteria, particularly if it is injected directly into the region of an infection. These bacteria collections, known as biofilms, can be like the coatings of film on your teeth, germs on touchscreens, or growths on medical devices. The hydrogel penetrates the film and disrupts it.
“We can kill 100 percent of the bacteria and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence,” Hedrick said.
Now, if they could just come up with something similar for virii.
So far, so bad. And Ezra Klein, to the surprise of no one intelligent, comes off as a fool.
OK, so a weight-loss surgeon says that Chipotle is the healthiest fast food?
Weiner said that he eats at the Chipotle if he must have fast food. He cited the chain’s vegetable ingredients and vegetarian and vegan options.
Two questions: 1) what does vegetarian, and particularly vegan food have to do with weight loss and 2) Why would we expect someone who makes a living reducing weight via surgery to have any idea of what good nutrition for weight loss is?
On a related topic, the search “Dr. Oz quack” yields a couple hundred thousand results. A theory that is reinforced by the large amount of email spam I get featuring his name in the subject.
…that may also provide a key to understanding aging.