#SheldonCooper is the Human Version of #Face++

SheldonWhat can Face++ tell you about a picture? According to this news, the program can identify with a high percentage of accuracy if a white person is gay or not. Interestingly enough, the data pool initially came from a dating site where the program took photos of people that were clearly identifiable as gay or straight and male or female. It then ran a quick assessment based on some crude variables like females who didn’t wear make-up, wore hats, and had wider jaws and narrower foreheads were lesbians. Men who had less facial hair and more narrow jaws were gay men. Go figure, right? So to be certain the Face++ program was accurate, random pictures were taken from Facebook. Again, the program got it right more often than not. I can’t help but think of Sheldon Cooper of “The Big Bang Theory”. If Face++ had a human body, it’d be him.

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Do You #Sleep With #Dogs?

DogsJust because you’re a dog person doesn’t mean you’ll automatically let Fido sleep in your bedroom. But if you let your four-legged friend room with you, a recent Mayo Clinic study explains a few ground rules for the sleepover. First things first, your furry friend needs his or her own bed. The human bed isn’t a place to share with your dog. He poops on the ground outside. I’m hoping that’s not how you roll. Of interest, many pet owners find comfort and solace when their pet sleeps in the room with them. Dogs that slept in their own beds afforded pet owners a better night sleep. Be aware of the fact none of the dogs in the study were puppies. In other words they were not still needy creatures. They had officially graduated to the realm of self-cleaning, self-serving, and knowing when NOT to call upon their owner. The best finding in this study is that it contradicts the flawed logic of a study Mayo Clinic did back in 2015 concluding that dogs were disruptive to sleep. Justice prevails for the canine crusaders. Woof.

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Should We Treat #T1D Like a #PeanutButterAllergy

PeanutsThe riddle of Type 1 diabetes has been a bit of a lifelong obsession to me. Type 1 diabetes is brought on by an autoimmune attack. What that means is the body attacks the insulin and/or insulin-producing cells. So I’m confused as to why we “treat” the condition with the same thing that caused it. In theory – isn’t this just like treating peanut butter allergy with peanut butter? As research has shown, nowadays a breakthrough treatment of the tree nut allergy has ‘retrained’ the immune systems of people with severe tree nut allergies to become immune to the response resulting in the life-threatening  condition of anaphylactic shock. Back in the 1970s, people with insulin-dependent diabetes had the choice of using porcine or bovine (pig or cow) insulin. In this era of time, the Joslin Medalists or people with T1D who lived 50-years, have very little to no diabetes complications. Since 1990, the only type of insulin available in the US has been the insulin analogue designed to be exactly like humulin insulin. These days, diabetes complications are far more common in Joslin Diabetes Medalists. That linked study doesn’t indicate the type of insulin the patient uses, does it? Hmm. Ask the right questions and you’ll find the right answers. Last thought: if the state of type one diabetes nowadays results in more complications, could we be doing something wrong? Why not gradually re-introduce human insulin to the body with a customized formula of animal/human insulin while we retrain the immune system to NOT attack it? Food for thought.

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Let the #Kids #Sleep More

California Levee System Vulnerable To Natural DisastersKids need to go to school. But is it a fair argument that kids start school too early? Given the effects of daylight saving time on adults, once the clocks turn back, most students are waiting for the school bus in darkness. In the same time, these kids are returning home from school in the hint of darkness. Aside from the possibility it could derange your teens circadian rhythms leading to lifelong chronic health conditions – is the gift of sleep for kids worth it if the US could save $9 billion a year?  “Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance, “ words from the CDC, not just pulled from thin air. There’s a reason the body needs more sleep. Can we work this into our schedules?

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If This #Camera Could Talk…

SCOPESWhat kind of a person complains their vision is too good? Nobody. Truth be told, you can never have too much clarity when performing surgery. Science has now developed a camera that can see the entire human body. Sounds like a sci-fi fantasy but this is more like a visual medical enhancement. The primary function of this camera can provide an HD view for medical procedures. This new camera is able to provide a clearer picture to surgeons while performing procedures that use tools like endoscope tubes. What if the future holds opportunity for tissue density measurement, portable diagnostics, and reaching into your soul? Just kidding on the last one but the first two are immeasurable in medicine for the advancement of treatment and improving the prognosis of surgical outcomes. Who doesn’t want a less invasive visit with their doctor? Thanks to the team from the University of Edinburgh for making this possible!

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#Daydreaming is Common While #Driving

daydreamingDon’t you feel bad if you daydream while driving. There’s a period after those words because it’s a statement, not a question. A study has found that it’s quite common for people to daydream while driving. Think about it. You drive to work. Perhaps you’re  daydream you’re driving to a new job? You drive home from work. Maybe you’re daydreaming you’re driving home to a house you cannot afford until you get the job of which you daydreamed of this morning. Okay so daydreaming is not unhealthy. In fact, it’s great to have rewarding thoughts to chase while grinding-out your 9-5. The danger in the common practice is heightened when a study reports that we’re doing it nearly 70% of the time behind the wheel. How does this translate in traffic accidents? The study points to ‘mind wandering’ as one of the leading causes for car accidents not directly related to devices like cell phones. Is there an easy way to kill the dream? Heck no and nobody wants you to drop the curtain on it. However, be mindful of your driving more than your chasing your unrealized dreams. Keep your hands at 10 and 2 while rolling in to your 9 to 5. Your insurance premiums will thank you!

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#Sleep Disturbances Exacerbate #ADHD

ADHDWe’ve all experienced a drag when depriving ourselves of adequate sleep. But how does this disturbance in sleep affect a growing brain? In a study, researchers found that disturbed sleep is correlated to ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is notorious in adolescents who exhibit aggression, outburst, and unwillingness (or inability) to focus on the task at-hand. Melatonin levels in people with ADHD tend to have their levels of melatonin rise later in the evenings, making it more difficult for then to go to bed at a normal hour. Sleep loss resulting from this laate-firing melotonin results in exacerbates symptoms of ADHD. So is Addrall and Ritalin our only remedy for the newly identified culprit of the behavioral nuance? One thing to consider is light therapy, which resets the circadian rhythms. This has been recently acknowledged as a way for adults with ADHD to mitigate the symptoms. If you’re not opposed to investing a few minutes every day to erase the aftermath of ADHD, give it a try. Amazon has great options for light therapy.

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How #Eclipse Damage and #Retinopathy Are Alike

EclipseGlassesLast week, all the rage was the solar eclipse. Every man, woman, and child in the nation was warmed to avoid looking directly at the sun for the damages it can result from it. The more stories I saw, the more it led me to realize that the damages from the solar eclipse are almost exactly the type of damage that occurs from diabetic retinopathy. As luck would have it, the minds at Medscape see it, too. To this end, I made a video for YouTube to process my immediate thoughts on it. What I failed to explain in depth is that the very same laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy (circa 1990s) is the very same damages healthy people want to avoid from looking directly at the eclipse.  Why is it people with diabetes are treated like guinea pigs when it comes to novel treatments? Off the record, I’m not checking-out till I get some answers. To be continued….

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Heroes in a Half Shell for #Salmonella

TurtleDo not kiss the turtles! That’s the warning the 37-people who’ve been hospitalized for salmonella should’ve heeded. However I’m glad to bring this message to pet-owners of the little turtles. Albeit cuddly and cute, one mustn’t give-in to the tender urge to handle the critters near their face. Much like the pet chicken outbreak of salmonella earlier this year – now it’s the turtles. The CDC took the liberty to vilify the turtles this time around. This isn’t a new warning. The baby turtles have been a health hazard since 1975. The moral of this story is to keep your pet turtles, especially the small one, away from your mouth. Do yourself and your turtle a favor and respect their personal space. Let the hero in a half shell celebrate his heroism in his own space. You can celebrate him from afar and stay salmonella-free.

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Why Are #Grizzlies Turning #Vegetarian?

GrizzlyHouston, we have a grizzly bear diet problem. The berries are popping-up more than the salmon are swimming. A bear’s gotta eat. Historically grizzlies ate a nice balance of meat and plants but climate change is closing the kitchen, to put it bluntly. Bears usually eat salmon  in the first part of the summer and finish the season with berries. However because the berries are ripening sooner (climate change effect), bears are picking the berries. The salmon carouses play an integral role in fertilizing the land for future growth. With the bears not eating their lino’s share of fish, the soil will suffer.  Supermodel grizzly bears eating a diet rich in sugar (berries) and low in protein (salmon) don’t foster a robust ecosystem.  It has nothing to do with this story but I cannot stop thinking of the story of “Grizzly Man“. Intense but perplexing. Nevertheless, it turns-out that environmental circumstances are ‘tricking’ grizzly bears to try their paws at an unconventional diet, rather than their traditional meat-eater diet. Beware of the hungry bear known as Mister Chocolate. The grizzlies are doing what they can do in the face of the greenhouse effect. What can we do to re-balance the equation? It’s easier said than done but rest assured it’s possible.

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