Pseudo Random News and Comment

Science journal or niche fiction? It’s getting hard to tell the difference. Stem-cell transplant claims debunked

Forget 666; 808 Is The Number Of This Market’s Beast If only it were that easy. 900-950 low seems more likely to me,based on a doppelganger of the 1978-82 period.

Beta Testing QE 4 – “Large Amount ” Of $100 Bills Stolen From Federal Reserve Love the beta testing quip. TSA has to be the prime suspect given their history of thievery.

A modern day feudal system for real estate – Wall Street and large real estate investors crowding out entry level buyers to hike up rents and outbidding buyers. Never thought of it that way, but it does promote a very feudal outcome.

Steroid-free chronic immunosuppression in renal transplantation. I don’t think this can ever be satisfactorily resolved until the genetic determinants for individual outcomes are fully understood. I’m just glad I was able to drop that godawful crap and never look back.

Do protocol transplant biopsies improve kidney transplant outcomes? The optimistic view. Other studies have shown treatment changes made based on an educated guess improve outcomes as much as those based on a biopsy result. In many cases the biopsy results just aren’t that specific.

Felix Baumgartner lands safely on Earth after record-breaking skydive But didn’t break the speed of sound.

Beating the Show-Offs The merits of not messing up.

The REAL Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan More mythology busting. I first became aware of the real reasons reading Richard Rhodes’ excellent book, Making of the Atomic Bomb

DNA analysis: far from an open-and-shut case  Something to remember when in court.

Early Childhood Infections and the Risk of Islet Autoimmunity: The Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young (DAISY).  Inflammation from diet seems to play a role in setting the stage.

High-polyphenol chocolate reduces endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress during acute transient hyperglycaemia in Type 2 diabetes: a pilot randomized controlled trial.  So you should eat some chocolate before getting high blood glucose, which provides conveniently circular reasoning.

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