Category Archives: Biomedicine

For the Good of the Species: Older Men Mating with Younger Babes

Re-published from the “Al Fin, You Sexy Thing!” blog Research published in PNAS reveals that the sperm of older men tends to have longer telomeres, conferring an advantage in longevity to offspring. Dr Dan Eisenberg and colleagues from the Department … Continue reading

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“After I started taking testosterone, I became interested in science… “

Can Testosterone Really do That? Normal testosterone levels for men: 300 to 1000 ng/dl Normal testosterone levels for women: 30 to 95 ng/dl From the Archives of “This American Life” Radio Show: Testosterone Gives a Man a Mind to Think … Continue reading

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Drug Overdose Fatalities Soar: Are We Doomed?

US Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocket During Obama and Bush Years Drug overdoses above include deaths from alcohol overdose. Overdose deaths in the graph below are from opioids. Images via Fabius Maximus According to this source, deaths in Russia from drug … Continue reading

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WHO’s Afraid of a Little Zika?

Zika can make a pretty photograph, but when spread from mother to fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy, the picture is not so attractive. The World Health Organization (WHO) has its hands full just trying to keep up with … Continue reading

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Can These Worms Save the Human Race from Extinction?

We Have Not Confronted a Virus that Constitutes an Existential Threat to the Species — Yet But eventually, we are likely to meet an emerging virus that comes close. The Zika virus, for example, is certainly not an existential threat … Continue reading

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Happiness Deconstructed

What is Happiness? First, a few things that happiness IS NOT: bitter hostility, helpless loneliness, a despairing dearth of choices, a lack of personal confidence based upon genuine personal incompetence, the absence of any meaningful purpose. The Happiness of Pleasure … Continue reading

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China Has the Best Human Organs at Good Prices, No Wait Time

This is a $12 Billion a Year Industry in China Over the past 17 years, China’s human organ transplant industry has grown rapidly, earning itself an international reputation for reasonable cost, short waiting times before organs become available, and generally … Continue reading

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The Myth of Syphilis

Syphilis is a “hot topic” in American and European medical news. Breathless reports of rising syphilis rates among homosexual populations titillate readers from Paris to New York — but these politically correct stories conspicuously neglect to report where syphilis is … Continue reading

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Sweet AGE-ing: Focus on Advanced Glycation End-Products

Advanced glycation end products, (AGEs) are proteins or lipids that become glycated as a result of exposure to sugars.[1] They can be a factor in aging and in the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, … Continue reading

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Making the World Safe for Sex

Summer Olympics in Brasil and a Young Man’s Thoughts Turn to Sex But is it safe? Thanks to a growing endemic threat of Zika virus in Brasil, you can’t be sure. No one wants to be condemned to death — … Continue reading

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Immortality via 3D Bioprinting, for the Compleat Survivor

3D printing is opening several promising doors into a future of near-infinite possibilities. One of the most important skills to learn for the more wise and intelligent prepper-survivors is the ability to print useful tools and replacement parts in 3D, … Continue reading

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