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Comment: For people who think smoking is a person's choice (Score 1) 155

by dixonpete (#47554653) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children
I grew up in a haze of tobacco smoke with two heavy smoking parents. In the home, in the car, basically any time I spent with them I was exposed. As an adult living in a apartment building I regularly experience coughing and teary eyes from smoke that comes through from the hallway. It'll probably never happen but I'd be utterly thrilled is tobacco was entirely banned.

Comment: A mostly success story (Score 1) 550

by dixonpete (#47525157) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
I'm 50 now and I had lasik done 3 years ago. For 2 years prior I had stopped being able to use contacts, age related dry eyes I guess. Right after the surgery I had better than 20/20 vision but I've lost a bit of that. Not enough to make me want to endure a touch-up, not yet anyway. I find during the day and outside I feel I have perfect vision. Into the evening as I get tired and the light drops I notice a real change in acuity. No issues with halos after the first month. To watch TV across the room I need glasses now with a minimal prescription. The operation was pretty pricey at $3800. But the ability for me to go through most day without glasses, not even for reading, is priceless.

Comment: Re:Actually I like the idea (Score 1) 186

Why not do both (all)? I did a contract a few years ago where the data from a select group of Canadian GPs was anonymized and collected for the general aim of checking on adherence of best-of-care guidelines. As in if you have diabetes there's an accepted protocol of treatment steps that's supposed to provide the best care possible with the resource available. It was a good thing. I think the motivations here in Canada work. The government wants to minimize costs and that means keeping you healthy. And going back to my previous point, I also have a condition where imbibing caffeine causing symptoms mimicking Bipolar II. The humans in the mental health profession here in Ontario missed it for 25 years. I'd sure like to give AI its shot. It sure couldn't do worse.

Comment: Watch out for caffeine (Score 5, Interesting) 260

by dixonpete (#45569813) Attached to: A Review of the "Mental Illness" Definition Might Prevent Crime
I spent 25 years in the mental health system regarded as a seriously bipolar person. Turns out it was caffeine and to a lesser extent chocolate and a host of medicines that was causing the effect. I've been 5.5 years now symptom free. Never forget to eliminate environmental causes for mental and physical health issues!

Comment: Driver errors (Score 1) 449

I see driver errors nearly every day in my city of 350,000. Mostly they are about following too closely and entering an intersection and turning left or right without due regard to oncoming traffic. Two of my friends always used to make me nervous as hell because I felt they drove too close to the car in front. No issues now cuz neither of them drive any more since they crashed their cars.. I think autonomous driving makes a heckuva lot of sense. The accidents I've seen have been all caused by simple human error and bad driving habits. Remove that element and I'm sure most accidents will go away. Insurance for self-driving will necessarily sky-rocket.

Comment: Orogo circa 1980 (Score 1) 279

by dixonpete (#45321659) Attached to: Why Organic Chemistry Is So Difficult For Pre-Med Students
All I remember of that course was a husband and wife tag team who wrote indecipherably on overheads in a 500+ class classroom. In my view the course only existed to act as a filter to knock down averages of pre-med students. Did that well for me. Two years of straights A's then a 58 and an unplanned career in computer science.

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