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Submission + - People with Asperger's rarely harm others (nydailynews.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: “It would be unfair to say every child with Asperger’s will become a mass murderer,” said Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, director of ACT Today, a major autism treatment program in Los Angeles. “But combining Asperger’s with his troubled family situation, a sense of isolation — no job, no school — and no care and treatment, is a recipe for a disaster.”

“Every parent of an autistic child — unless they are not being honest with themselves — worries that their child could do something to harm themselves or others. Especially as they get older because we live in such a violent culture, and these children can find it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality.”

Harold Kopelwicz, a renown New York child psychiatrist, said there are 15 million children and young adults who have a psychiatric disorder, including autism and Asperger’s. But it is a rare event when one of these individuals hurts other people. “The one thing we do know is that when people feel hopeless, that is the most important symptom that makes someone strike out against others and against themselves,” he noted. “Having Asperger’s disorder by itself doesn’t put one at higher risk for killing someone or killing themselves, but feeling socially isolated, feeling trapped, feeling educationally overwhelmed, feeling tremendous despair without any tools to get your way out of the box, can lead to any human being to desperate measures.


Submission + - weight loss alone doesn't lower heart disease risk in diabetics (washingtonpost.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Go back to your Holy Roman Empire sized sweet sugary drinks, New Yorker . . .

Losing a small amount of weight doesn’t appear to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with diabetes who are already getting good medical care, according to a long and expensive clinical experiment whose results were announced Friday. “We were hoping that a weight-loss program would help reduce cardiovascular disease, but now we have the answer that it doesn’t,” said Mary E. Evans, a physician at the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which paid for the study.

The study, which began in 2001, was scheduled to last two more years. In mid-September, however, an independent monitoring board advised NIH that it be stopped in its current form because the weight-loss “intervention” wasn’t having its hoped-for effect.

It may turn out that because of changing norms of medical practice, along with the attention of being in the study, the people in Look AHEAD reduced their risk so much that the benefit of modest weight loss — if it exists — was too small to see.

Submission + - Man Plagued by Porn-Induced Headaches (go.com) 1

PolygamousRanchKid writes: A man plagued by porn-induced headaches has to take painkillers 30 minutes before watching the X-rated movies, according to a case study. a The unnamed "unmarried male software professional," 24, complained of "severe, exploding" headaches that developed gradually and peaked 10 minutes into the sexy scenes.

"Progressively, he started to refrain from viewing videos as a means of avoiding headaches," researchers from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in New Delhi, India, wrote in the case study published in the June issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior. About 1 percent of the population — mostly males — get headaches associated with sexual activity.

The man, ready to abandon his porn-watching ways, was instead advised to take 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and 500 milligrams of acetaminophen 30 minutes in advance, to which, according to the study, "he reported significant pain relief."


Submission + - Remote-controlled chip implant delivers bone drug (usatoday.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Medication via remote-control instead of a shot? Scientists implanted microchips in seven women that did just that, oozing out the right dose of a bone-strengthening drug once a day without them even noticing.

Implanted medicine is a hot field, aiming to help patients better stick to their medications and to deliver those drugs straight to the body part that needs them. But Thursday's study is believed the first attempt at using a wirelessly controlled drug chip in people. If this early-stage testing eventually pans out, the idea is that doctors one day might program dose changes from afar with the push of a button, or time them for when the patient is sleeping to minimize side effects.

"It's like 'Star Trek,'" said Langer, referring to a science fiction television series. He co-authored the study appearing Thursday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "Just send a signal over a special radio wave, and out comes the drug."

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