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Tai Chi and Cardiac Rehabilitation – Mayo Clinic Video

Posted: August 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm

For hundreds of years people have practiced the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi for its many health benefits. Researchers who study Tai Chi say it can help reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety, improve flexibility and much more. For these reasons, some doctors at Mayo Clinic have embraced Tai Chi and are teaching it to their patients.

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Constipation May Lead to Other Problems

Posted: August 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

(HealthDay News) -- A very private health problem, it turns out, is associated with potentially significant and costly complications.

In a review of the scientific evidence, researchers found that constipation might lead to or boost the risk for more serious complications such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, colonic conditions and urologic disorders.

Dr. Nicholas J. Talley, chairman of internal medicine at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, said that few people appreciate the seriousness of constipation because symptoms can vary greatly, from mild to severe.

"Most people have mild intermittent symptoms, and they should not worry, although some do become excessively concerned," said Talley, who is also a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Mayo's College of Medicine. "Others suffer in silence, because it's embarrassing to talk about your bowels."

Roughly 12 to 19 percent of the population in North America -- as many as 63 million people -- suffer from constipation, according to the review. Read more...

Toxins cleanse, Liver detox

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"With UpToDate, students and interns may be as capable of teaching the resident (or attending) as visa versa"

Posted: August 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

From Wachter's World:

"In 1984, one resident even wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine called “Ripping and Filing Journal Articles,” taking the Journal to task for its habit of beginning an article on the back of the last page of the previous one (which meant the page needed to be photocopied if you wanted to tear both articles out of your personal copy of the journal). Fair point, but talk about a resident who needed to get a life.

Today, as in so many other parts of our lives, the computer, with its magical access to the universe of on-line resources, has democratized the learning of clinical medicine. At UCSF, by the time morning rolls around, the students and interns have often already read the on-line UpToDate synopsis of the topic at hand, and may be as capable of teaching the resident (or attending) about it as visa versa."

Note: UpToDate is a peer reviewed medical information resource (paid, not free access) published by a medical company called UpToDate, Inc. It is available both via the Internet and offline. An update is published every four months. The material is written by over 3600 clinicians and has over 7300 topics. The website was launched in 1992 by Dr. Burton D. Rose along with Dr. Joseph Rush. A new online subscription for 1 year costs $495, $195 for trainees (source: Wikipedia).

Substituting Coffee Cake for Journal Articles: Another Unforeseen Consequence of IT. Wachter's World.

Image source: UpToDate.

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XK: E-Scape Remixed

Posted: August 12, 2010 at 11:39 am


Video: Arturo Gil / CoMa
Audio: CoMa / Juan Arias a.k.a SubnorRework of “E-Scape” by visual artist Control Machine (CoMa). Comissioned by Lightrhythm Visuals
Published in the “Notations 01″ DVD Compilation.

I’ve never seen anatomical visuals used in such a trippy way!  There are so many layers in this video that it begs to be watched multiple times.  If you watch closely enough you’ll flashes of an image of a female wax model from the famous La Specola museum in Italy.

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A healthy heart slows brain aging

Posted: August 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

A team of researchers from Boston University has determined that the healthier your heart is, the slower your brain ages. On the flip side, those with less-than-optimal heart health experience more rapid brain aging than those whose hearts have a more healthy blood flow.

The team evaluated 1,500 people for the study and found that, as the brain ages, it actually begins to shrink. When the heart is pumping blood at a healthy rate, the brain is able to keep "fit". But in people whose blood flow is restricted by poor cardiac function, their brains age roughly two years quicker on average.

Interestingly, it is not just old people with heart disease whose brains age quicker; otherwise healthy people in their 30s who have less-than-par blood flow to the heart experience more rapidly aging brains than those with healthy flow. Read more...

Improve your memory

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Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques and Oddities, "The Culture of Curiosity," Lecture, Coney Island Museum, Sunday August 15, 4:30

Posted: August 9, 2010 at 3:11 am

Next Sunday at 4:30 PM as part of the Coney Island Museum's "Ask the Experts" Series, Evan Michelson--co-proprietor of Obscura Antiques and Oddities and Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence--will be giving a reprise of her popular "Culture of Curiosity" lecture, which some of you might have seen at Observatory last November.

If you missed it the first time, or were made curious enough [sic] about the topic to want to know more, do yourself the favor of heading down to Coney to hear Evan wax poetic [sic] in a new and expanded discussion of "the continuing appeal of curated chaos in the home."

Full details follow; very much hope to see you there!

"The Culture of Curiosity"
An illustrated lecture by Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques and Oddities
Date: Sunday, August 15
Time: 4:30 PM
Admission: $5
Location: The Coney Island Museum

From humble parlor to Princely treasury, the Culture of Curiosity has endured for hundreds of years. In equal parts uncanny obsession, camp statement, melancholy musing, frivolous commentary and timeless metaphor, ultimately it's all about mystery.

Come and join Evan Michelson (Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence) in an exploration of the continuing appeal of curated chaos in the home.

Evan Michelson is an inveterate collector and museum aficionado. She has spent a lifetime obsessing over specimens, lurking in crypts, touring necropoli and gathering information on all things fading from the collective memory.

For about two decades Evan was in and out of various aggressively confrontational/decadent bands. She is currently co-owner of Obscura Antiques and Oddities, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Library. She lives in Victorian excess with her husband, a few pets, and many esoteric and uncanny objects.

You can find out more about the event by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

The above photo is a Wax Department Store Mannequin from the Early 20th Century from Evan Michelson's incredible home collection, as seen in my recent exhibition The Secret Museum. You can find more images of her collection here.

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