Pseudo Random News and Comment

China links.  Money quote from a WaPo article it mentions, “What part of China is communist, and what part of Harvard is against elitist authoritarianism?”

Wildly radical idea of human beings as an explanation of the results of human behavior. Why are Volatility and Bad News Positively Correlated?

Via TBP,  Four Ways Happiness Can Hurt You  Don’t tell the pharmaceutical companies.

The truth always hurts. Techdirt Threatened With Defamation Suit Over Story On Feds Getting Royalty In Movie From Mexican Drug Cartel Money Launderer

Wonderful confusion of cause and effect. Internet porn bad for adolescent health

Study finds moderate weight loss reduces levels of sex hormones linked to breast cancer risk

Vigorous physical activity associated with reduced risk of psoriasis  High volumes of exercise suppresses the immune system so this makes sense.

Social status promotes faster wound healing in wild baboons  The rich get richer, even in baboons.

Allowing the Mind to Wander Aids Creativity

Today’s environment influences behavior generations later: research  Some epigenetic worry.

Study reports increasing incidence of Clostridium difficile infection  Be nice to your microbiome.

Doctors who dictate their notes have worse quality of care than those who use other documentation methods: study  Maybe taking structured notes leads to more structured thinking.

Study finds sigmoidoscopy reduces colorectal cancer rates  Actually removing polyps is what does the magic so this is rather misleading.

Oxytocin improves brain function in children with autism  Not sure it’s worth the abuse risks.

More informed citizens have a more positive perception of politicians  Very surprising to me since it has the opposite effect when I read more.

Anxiety May Hinder Your Sense of Danger  The way I see it this is really about multitasking – anxiety is about non-specific, diffuse threats, danger is quite specific. Can’t do both at the same time.

Watch the Bounce  Very much what I would’ve said.

More “bait and switch” acupuncture studies

Emergence and Prevalence of Human Vector-Borne Diseases in Sink Vector Populations  Interesting look at getting by in sub-optimal environments.

Kinship Shapes Affiliative Social Networks but Not Aggression in Ring-Tailed Coatis I’m guessing concern for collateral damage when non-kin juveniles are attacked is the reason for intervention. It would be interesting to see what would happen in conditions where the aggression was certain to be contained.

Final word: Task force recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer  So you’ll have to keep getting the finger.


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