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Synth Battle #1

I’m just putting this up here so I don’t have to share it on Facebook any more.  I am working in my synthesizer lab and tried, for the first time, to sync up my Drummer From Another Mother (Moogfest 2017), Electribe 2, and Moog Mother 32.  All running through a cheap-ass Behringer mixer with a little digital reverb tossed in for ambience.   All the clocks are running in sync, BUT, the DFAM has 8 steps, while the Electribe has 16×4=64 steps and the Mother has 4×8 = 32 steps.   So the measures line up every once in awhile …

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, new drugs needed

News release

7 JULY 2017 | GENEVA – Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat.

“The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at WHO.

WHO reports widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics. Some countries – particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best – are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all …

Nutritional Supplements for Neuropathy

As many of you know, I suffered from a “demyelinating polyneuropathy” that gradually worsened last year. My symptoms were ataxia (inability to walk a straight line), loss of proprioception (inability to judge where parts of my body existed in space), and horrible paresthesias (pins and needles) in the extremities. My neurologist basically said “oh well, nothing we can do to fix this!” Frustrated, I did some research on my own and found some medications and nutritional supplements that actually have data behind them to support their use in neuropathies. Below is some of the information I found…maybe it’ll help someone …

Study Of 95,727 Kids Re-Confirms That MMR Vaccine Not Linked To Autism

By Andrew M. Seaman

(Reuters Health) – The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is not linked to development of autism spectrum disorders, even among children considered to be at risk, a large new study finds.

Among nearly 100,000 children, receipt of the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), regardless of whether kids were at higher risk because an older sibling already had the condition, researchers write in JAMA.

“Even for children who are high-risk, the vaccine does not play a role,” said lead author Dr. Anjali Jain of healthcare consulting firm The Lewin Group in …

Which One of You Created EstebanTheMagnificent.com?

Ha ha some genius who lingers WAY longer heard me tell the story of my magic show in the 7th grade, billed as “Esteban the Magnificent,” and what I really did with the silk foulard that was part of my zombie ball trick.

 

Anyway, an artist who actually illustrated a book with a character “ESTEBAN THE MAGNIFICENT” (coinkydink?) reached out to me to see if she could get the domain name.  Since whoever did this signed up private on WHOIS, I can’t reach you any other way.

Perhaps the artist will pay for the domain, perhaps other special treats are in store …

THE TRUTH ABOUT “LOW NORMAL TESTOSTERONE”

I’ve been asked so many times about this, that I am past-due for posting on this subject. This is one of the articles I reference, when discussing the treatment of “low normal” testosterone:
Aging Male. 2012 Dec;15(4):198-207. doi: 10.3109/13685538.2012.699562. Epub 2012 Jul 26.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of testosterone gel on body composition and health-related quality-of-life in men with hypogonadal to low-normal levels of serum testosterone and symptoms of androgen deficiency over 6 months with 12 months open-label follow-up.
Behre HM1, …

Dietary Supplements and Risk of Cause-Specific Death, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer

Here’s a nice article doing some actual SCIENCE on dietary supplements and health.  People ask me all the time, “do dietary supplements work?”  My first question is always “what do you want to accomplish?”  If you say,  “I want to take Vitamin D to prevent rickets,”  I’m all in!  If you say “I want to take Vitamin C to prevent the common cold,” I can’t find any decent data to support it.

So we have to define our endpoints (what do we want to accomplish) then study how various supplements help us reach those endpoints.  Sometimes, as in the case …

Weird Medicine Premium Content

If you visit this site frequently, you’ll notice some changes since October 3, 2016.   If you simply listen to each new show as it comes out, none of this will affect you!  The most recent 5 shows will always be available for free.  Behind the “PayWall” will be the complete archives of Weird Medicine, going back to 2007,  and extra content (mini-shows, interviews, music, whatever I can think of).  If you’re new to the show and want to go back and listen to all the old shows as many do, you can do this behind the paywall, too.

The cost: …

The Truth about Gardasil

This issue has come up dozens of times on the show;  I was going to write an article about it, but honestly I couldn’t have written one better than this one from Snopes.com.   Other than the Hep B vaccine (which isn’t marketed as an “anti cancer vaccine” but should reduce HepB associated hepatocellular cancer), this is the first and only anti-cancer vaccine we’ve developed.  Have they proved that Gardasil reduces the incidence of cervical, anal, head&neck and penile cancers?  No, that will take decades, but it is proven to reduce the prevalence of the strains of HPV …

Thank You For Being a Part of Our Lives, Pal

Today was a day from hell;  we lost our dear friend Greg Petraitis, known to radio listeners as GVac.  I want everyone to know he died suddenly and did not suffer.  His family is in shock, so please be gentle and give them some time to process this tragic information.

Greg was selfless and loveable, he gladly gave of himself and was never without his sense of humor and infectious laugh.   What an amazing musician, too…he was driving 90 minutes each way to work out a set with Dr Scott and me for an Alzheimer’s benefit;  there was no real …

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