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Comment Heart attacks is not a reason (Score 1) 352

Yes there is an increase of about 10% on those first few days that DST kicks in, and there is also a DECREASE (about 10%- surprise) when it switches back.

It's hard to not argue about the benefits of DST in reducing car accidents due to more driving during daylight hours.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/s...

Comment Re:Which is more important? (Score 1) 244

I'll take the optimistic route here and say that the FBI isn't using this on people without cause - e.g. they've found people with CP and are bringing them to court. That should scare them hopefully into stopping. Yes - I'd prefer that they were punished.

Call me naive, but I don't think they are using this as a smear/insinuation tactic against those who aren't looking at child porn.

Comment Goes both ways (Score 4, Insightful) 332

I'm sure there's a fair amount of people out there who also made spurious complaints against the police, and if recorded wouldn't make that complaint as well.

I don't think the bad behaviour leading to complaints is entirely on one side - I'm fairly certain that the cameras cut down on naughty police behaviour and also on false claims by the non-police.

To be honest - there are some pretty strong arguments to wear the camera by "good" cops, in that it serves to protect them from bad people.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 3, Insightful) 321

Smoking is probably the biggest factor, although drinking less helps a bit as well. It would be amusing to see if something reviled, like high fructose corn syrup, was partially responsible for decreasing colon cancer. Granted - the people dying now are around 80, and so their eating/living habits to produce their health will be interesting to compare to todays younger people.

Comment Handwritten works well (Score 1) 192

In medical school we had the best of both worlds - we all took handwritten notes, and formed a note taking service, where someone recorded, and then transcribed all of the lectures.

Although to be honest - it was more efficient to skip class, and study the transcribed notes - better retention, and time management. Course load was roughly 2.5 times more than a typical college work load.

BUt yes - anecdotally speaking - hand written notes always seemed better for raising your testing averages.

Comment Limited Usefulness (Score 2) 26

Unfortunately, these types of devices will always be of limited usefulness for most pre-existing spinal cord patients. Why? - because after only a few months, most muscles have had permanent wasting, and joints have begun to contract, often permanent as well. Bones have undergone significant disuse osteopenia. Unless the patient has Christopher Reeve type resources, then the day to day intensive PT to mobilize limbs does not occur.

Even in young healthy patients, even having a cast on for 2 months results in permanent muscle loss.

Br J Sports Med. 2006 Jun; 40(6): 552–553.
doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2005.020743
PMCID: PMC2465116
Calf muscle wasting after tibial shaft fracture
M Khalid, A Brannigan, and T Burke

Comment Interesting (Score 4, Insightful) 70

While cataract surgery isn't a big deal, it still is surgery, requiring cutting of the eye, replacing the lens, etc.

Part of the aging process of the eye also makes it stiffer, producing presbyopia (Far sightedness). I wonder if these drops will also affect that as well. Now that I'm on the high side of 40, I've noticed this in my own eyes, and it is quite irritating.

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