Perth Leadership Institute - Health https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/health Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:46:44 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Smoking 2.0: Will second-hand vaping lead to mass nicotine addiction? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/smoking-2-0-will-second-hand-vaping-lead-to-mass-nicotine-addiction https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/smoking-2-0-will-second-hand-vaping-lead-to-mass-nicotine-addiction
Just saw an article that claims that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking . They were, it was reported, twice as effective as gum or patches. Beautiful right? But what about the fact that these people didn’t quit imbibing nicotine? They just switched to another method which is less likely to give them lung cancer. This study by the way was publish...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:30:10 +0000
What’s the strategy if we never find a cure for Alzheimer’s? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-the-strategy-if-we-never-find-a-cure-for-alzheimer-s https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-the-strategy-if-we-never-find-a-cure-for-alzheimer-s
I posted on Alzheimer’s early last year (“ We urgently need a Manhattan Project for Alzheimer's! ”). My thesis was that we needed more out-of-the-box thinking. So far there’s no public hints of that happening either in the scientific community or the NIH. (OK, flash release: interesting research linking gum disease with Alzheimer’s , but still way ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 26 Jan 2019 14:59:51 +0000
There’s a way to solve the health problem of living alone! https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/there-s-a-way-to-solve-the-health-problem-of-living-alone https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/there-s-a-way-to-solve-the-health-problem-of-living-alone
You might have associated UK Prime Minister Teresa May with BREXIT. But she has another distinction. She appointed the first Minister for Loneliness ever in the UK early in 2018 . At the time I thought it was a weird idea. That shows you how little I know. The current fashionable buzz is about living alone and loneliness. The concern is that living...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:25:26 +0000
Can willpower be developed through exercise? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-willpower-be-developed-through-exercise https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-willpower-be-developed-through-exercise
Science says you can be 30 years younger, read on! As a runner I keep my eyes out for uplifting articles on the effects of exercise. So recently I was greatly uplifted by this one: “ Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger ”. And no, it wasn’t an ad, it was published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, by researchers at Ba...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 22 Dec 2018 13:35:26 +0000
Are fruits and veggies bad for you? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-fruits-and-veggies-bad-for-you https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-fruits-and-veggies-bad-for-you
In the category of believe it or not: “ Zoo Weans Animals Off Fruit Because Its Increased Sugar Makes Them Fat and Rots Their Teeth” . BTW the zoo is in Melbourne, Australia. Are these Aussies crazy politically correct, or just plain crazy?  Full disclosure: I’m a card (viz. passport) -carrying Australian. As in Fosters, Australian for beer. G’ day...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:20:39 +0000
Mental health needs disruption on a massive scale! https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/mental-health-needs-disruption-on-a-massive-scale https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/mental-health-needs-disruption-on-a-massive-scale
It's estimated that 20% of Americans have a mental disorder of some kind; BTW that’s 44 million people. Around 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental disorder and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness. Another 20% of State prisoners has mental disorder. Nearly 1 in 2 people – that’s all of us now - will suffer f...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 29 Sep 2018 13:09:25 +0000
Is vaping actually a medical breakthrough? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-vaping-actually-a-medical-breakthrough https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-vaping-actually-a-medical-breakthrough
If you’re a teen, or even a tween, not to mention over the hill in  your 20s, you will know that vaping is cool ; in fact way cool dude. The King of the Hill in this neck of the cottonfields is Juul , the maker of the market-leading e-cigarette. Of course, it was too good to last. The spoilsports in the FDA not to mention States legal eagles are co...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:32:30 +0000
Wrinkle recognition? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wrinkle-recognition https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/wrinkle-recognition
Facial recognition is hot now. The software is now so good it’s being used for crime prevention and apprehension by law agencies. This is leading to a revolution in law and order as we speak. Did you see the research that links particular types of wrinkles to heart disease? Apparently, these wrinkles are a good predictor. So, what I’m wondering is ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:42:20 +0000
Is alcohol worse than smoking? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-alcohol-worse-than-smoking https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-alcohol-worse-than-smoking
I’m sure you noticed the recent report about drinking alcohol. It’s based on an article in the Lancet , the British medical journal. Its well-known to be an authoritative source so that gives the report a high level of street cred. In sum, the article concludes that there’s no safe level of alcohol . No matter how little you drink, it carries a def...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 08 Sep 2018 13:24:46 +0000
Will climate change cure baldness? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-climate-change-cure-baldness https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-climate-change-cure-baldness
Yep I know that I’m raising yet another hair-(sorry) brained idea, but consider it wishful thinking on the part of a hair-deficient yet hopeful male (viz. me). My idea is that climate change will make males like me hairier. That’s why so many males don’t care about – indeed heartily wish for – climate change; the more the merrier. What evidence, yo...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Tue, 21 Aug 2018 23:05:31 +0000
How about the new amazing intermittent fasting pescatarian diet? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-the-new-amazing-intermittent-fasting-pescatarian-diet https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-the-new-amazing-intermittent-fasting-pescatarian-diet
Paleo, keto, Mediterranean, Dr. Atkins, Weight-Watchers. So many diets, so little time to lose weight! What’s a girl to do? Your company might help you out by making you a vegetarian, as the phenom WeWork has done recently. The company will no longer serve any type of meat nor reimburse you for a burger. Tough right? It’s officially now a vegetaria...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:28:32 +0000
Are electric scooters the next mega-extinction event on Earth? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-electric-scooters-the-next-mega-extinction-event-on-earth https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-electric-scooters-the-next-mega-extinction-event-on-earth
  I suppose you have seen the latest techno-phenomenon, namely electric scooters (" Electric scooters are invading. Bird's CEO leads the charge "). Now you can go to work on them by just getting their app and unlocking the contraption. They are supposed to be leading to reductions in traffic and maybe they even are.   When I go to China I see the d...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:44:20 +0000
Does mindfulness hurt business performance? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-mindfulness-hurt-business-performance https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-mindfulness-hurt-business-performance
Mindfulness is hot. Google is a big proponent of mindfulness training, so that gives it the ultimate good management seal of approval? Nothing to question, right? You know I’ve got to respectfully disagree.   So what if a couple of respected researchers have evidence that mindfulness training reduces motivation? Check this out: “ Hey Boss, You Don’...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Decision-making Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:53:11 +0000
Can AIs suffer from mental health issues? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues
So the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” has just been re-released . I saw it when it was first released and I didn’t understand it even then. No doubt I will be none the wiser this time around. But one thing still sticks in my mind; HAL, the mission computer had a bad case of mental ill-health.   “2001” was a prescient work in so many ways. I think t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 26 May 2018 13:19:22 +0000
What if exercise and brain training don’t help Alzheimer’s? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-if-exercise-and-brain-training-don-t-help-alzheimer-s
  I recently read an obituary of someone the town in which I live. He had died from complications of Alzheimer’s at the age of 73. What had caught my attention and stimulated my curiosity was that he had been a runner.   I’m a runner too so I read the lengthy obituary just out of curiosity about the rest of his life, and yes, what sort of life had ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 12 May 2018 12:15:57 +0000
Are viruses the biological equivalent of dark matter? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-viruses-the-biological-equivalent-of-dark-matter
Did you get the flu? I was so lucky, I got it twice! So lots of stuff about influenza in the news. Other than that, how could you ever get excited about it?   Influenza is a virus . Everyone knows that too. Nothing exciting there either, right?   But what if there were many more of the little critters than we had imagined? What if they were literal...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:26:32 +0000
Exercisers are the new 1% https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercisers-are-the-new-1 https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/exercisers-are-the-new-1
  So many articles about how good exercise is for you that it’s become positively nauseating. Even a confirmed curmudgeon like me can’t find anything wrong with it.   Yet the CDC says that only 20% of adults actually meet their do-good exercise guidelines (both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity). That means that 80% of Americans don’t do en...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:52:03 +0000
We urgently need a Manhattan Project for Alzheimer's! https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/we-urgently-need-a-manhattan-project-for-alzheimer-s https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/we-urgently-need-a-manhattan-project-for-alzheimer-s
Here’s some really bad news. Pfizer has just terminated its work in developing a drug to cure Alzheimer’s . Obviously Pfizer has thrown in the towel. Here’s some more grim news: Axovant has just announced that’s its Alzheimer’s drug just failed its trials . There have been a long series of failures in this area (“ The List of Failed Alzheimer’s Dru...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:33:37 +0000
Alcohol causes cancer – and the news gets even worse https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alcohol-causes-cancer-and-the-news-gets-even-worse https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alcohol-causes-cancer-and-the-news-gets-even-worse
A true shock! Alcohol causes cancer. No, it’s not a fake news story. It’s been validated by respected cancer researchers internationally as well as UK government committees . It causes cancer in at least 7 sites - oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. And it’s likely that it also causes cancer of the skin, prostate and pan...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:32:54 +0000
Are smartphones an even bigger aging and health threat than obesity? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-smartphones-an-even-bigger-aging-and-health-threat-than-obesity
We’re so worked up about obesity (rightly so, though) that we forget about all the many other things that are out to get you. Count amongst these your trusty computer and your indispensable smartphone. The big problem is that we are either hunched over our computers at work or over our smartphones everywhere else. I’m sure you all know the problem ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:52:43 +0000