Category Archives: Medicine

Standard Vocabulary?

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You know those claims about tax loopholes? OK. They aren’t claims, they are basically true. The problem is that one person’s loophole is another’s tax preference. After all, those who rent their homes don’t get any assistance, but those who borrow $ 999,999 to pay off their home in 30 years- they get to deduct their mortgages. And, we know that those who rent are generally of lower income than those who have these high mortgages.

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Trust this as far as you can p?

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Back when I was involved with some 10 different research projects every week, I realized that one of the weakest points in my training was statistics.  I needed those skills to discern if what we were doing was actually an improvement or not.  As a techie, I was taught to believe (yes, that’s the verb) that statistical analysis would remove any bias I would bring to the analysis.

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2nd Best Ain’t Good Enough

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From the second the first dialyzer was invented by Abel, Rowntree, and Turner 115 years ago, it should have been clear that dialysis- which cleans the blood of most of the toxins that accumulate when the subject has kidney failure, was, at best, incomplete.

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And,the wind, it cries Mary…

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As a child of the 50s and 60s, I was surrounded by folks who experimented with all sorts of “mind-enhancing” drugs. Me? I was content to keep my experiments contained within my chem lab. (Nowadays, my fraternity brothers and friends would term me the “designated driver”.)

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Perfect Puff

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Every single morning, the very last thing I do in the bathroom is grab my two inhalers. Shake them (1,2,3…all the way to 15). Exhale slowly, and then inhale slowly through my mouth (1,2,3,… up to 10), depress the button on 2 , and then exhaling through my nose. Repeat the process for the other inhaler.

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