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Last updated 2018-01-21 22:25:12.972961+00



 



Phone broken
Dan Lyke:

Phone broken. If you need to get a hold of me before Tuesday evening, use email.




Annals of Internal Medicine: Over-the-Counter Supplement Interventions to Prevent Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Clinical Alzheimer-Type Dementia: A Systematic Review
Dan Lyke:

Annals of Internal Medicine: Over-the-Counter Supplement Interventions to Prevent Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Clinical Alzheimer-Type Dementia: A Systematic Review:

Data Synthesis: Thirty-eight trials with low to medium risk of bias compared ω-3 fatty acids, soy, ginkgo biloba, B vitamins, vitamin D plus calcium, vitamin C or β-carotene, multi-ingredient supplements, or other OTC interventions with placebo or other supplements. Few studies examined effects on clinical Alzheimer-type dementia or MCI, and those that did suggested no benefit. Daily folic acid plus vitamin B12 was associated with improvements in performance on some objectively measured memory tests that were statistically significant but of questionable clinical significance. Moderate-strength evidence showed that vitamin E had no benefit on cognition. Evidence about effects of ω-3 fatty acids, soy, ginkgo biloba, folic acid alone or with other B vitamins, β-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin D plus calcium, and multivitamins or multi-ingredient supplements was either insufficient or low-strength, suggesting that these supplements did not reduce risk for cognitive decline. Adverse events were rarely reported.







Natural Cycles
Dan Lyke:

You know what they call people who rely on the rhythm method for birth control? Parents. Popular Fertility App Is Being Blamed for 37 Accidental Pregnancies:

Thirty-seven women who allegedly relied on the European Union-certified fertility app Natural Cycles as a non-hormonal method of birth control ended up with unwanted pregnancies in the last quarter of 2017, according to the Swedish news agency SVT. Now, the Swedish hospital where these women sought abortions is flagging the app to local regulatory authorities.

The app is Natural Cycles.




A comic on the Burning Man experience
Dan Lyke:

I don't think about Burning Man much any more, but this was cool: A comic on the Burning Man experience.







RT 2018 john: same great flavor, more convenient size @genehack
Dan Lyke:

RT 2018 john: same great flavor, more convenient size @genehack:

I gotta say, "the NRA is actually a Russian front" is some "S.H.I.E.L.D. is actually Hydra!" level shit. Good to see the writers stepping up the plot game in 2018!







Reading men talking about buyer's
Dan Lyke:

Reading men talking about "buyer's remorse" in the context of sexual assault, and realizing how much of our economy is predicated on assholes coercing us into transactions that we didn't want.




'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'
Dan Lyke:

'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'. Australian opium poppy growers find weird crop circles, eventually figure out what's making them...




Atlanta Journal Constitution: Torpy at Large: Yet again, GA war on drugs shoots itself in the foot
Dan Lyke:

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Torpy at Large: Yet again, GA war on drugs shoots itself in the foot. Cops bust a rowdy party at an AirBNB at 2AM (yeah, this starts out totally unsympathetic to the accused), claim "...officers said they noticed the smell of weed when they turned onto the block...", find a couple of grams of marijuana, arrest and charge 65 (mostly black) people.

“It was an abuse of discretion,” Griggs told me early last week. “It’s impossible for 70 people to have custody and control of that little marijuana.”




Can Super Smart Leaders Suffer From Too Much of a Good Thing? The Curvilinear Effect of Intelligence on Perceived Leadership Behavior John Antonakis, University of Lausanne; Dean Keith Simonton, University of California, Davis
Dan Lyke:

Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders — Those with an IQ above 120 are perceived as less effective, regardless of actual performance

The researchers looked at 379 male and female business leaders in 30 countries, across fields that included banking, retail and technology. The managers took IQ tests (an imperfect but robust predictor of performance in many areas), and each was rated on leadership style and effectiveness by an average of eight co-workers. IQ positively correlated with ratings of leader effectiveness, strategy formation, vision and several other characteristics—up to a point. The ratings peaked at an IQ of around 120, which is higher than roughly 80 percent of office workers. Beyond that, the ratings declined. The researchers suggest the “ideal” IQ could be higher or lower in various fields, depending on whether technical versus social skills are more valued in a given work culture.

Psychology Today: How Smart Should A Leader Be?

Can Super Smart Leaders Suffer From Too Much of a Good Thing? The Curvilinear Effect of Intelligence on Perceived Leadership Behavior John Antonakis, University of Lausanne; Dean Keith Simonton, University of California, Davis. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000221




Heath Affairs: Child Mortality In The US And 19 OECD Comparator Nations: A 50-Year Time-Trend Analysis Ashish P. Thakrar, Alexandra D. Forrest, Mitchell G. Maltenfort, and Christopher B. Forrest
Dan Lyke:

Curbed: U.S. kids die from traffic fatalities at twice the rate of other wealthy nations:

This study also confirms that it’s not smartphones, or “distracted walking,” that’s to blame for the U.S.’s sudden uptick in traffic deaths. These 19 countries are our peer countries: They also drive cars, they use smartphones, they have comparable wealth and resources. The countries which have focused on redesigning their streets to be safe for all ages and building reliable, well-maintained public transit systems will save their kids’ lives. Our over-reliance on cars will continue to erode the health and well- being of the next generation.

But traffic fatalities aren't the only cause. Vox: American kids are 70 percent more likely to die before adulthood than kids in other rich countries — A new study ranks 20 wealthy countries on childhood deaths. The US comes in last. Infant mortality is much higher, as are teenage gun deaths.

The study is Heath Affairs: Child Mortality In The US And 19 OECD Comparator Nations: A 50-Year Time-Trend Analysis Ashish P. Thakrar, Alexandra D. Forrest, Mitchell G. Maltenfort, and Christopher B. Forrest.




Build video, with some video from a previous less stable incarnation
Dan Lyke:

Sure, the Volocopter is a cool concept, but I want my FLYING SHOPPING on our HUMAN DRONE! | Flying Bathtub #4. It's unclear how much of this is real, the tag at the end says:

Bitte nicht zu ernst nehmen, dieses Video ist als Sketch zu sehen und muss nicht dem realen Flug entsprechen. ...

Or:

Please do not take this too seriously, this video is to be seen as a sketch and does not have to correspond to the real flight.

But their Instagram of an interior flight suggests that though there was some editing to tell the story, they do have a flying bathtub n-copter that carries a human.

Edit: Build video, with some video from a previous less stable incarnation.