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Not too long ago an elected official trashed the long history of fruit fly research. That mentality was not new then and it continues. I’ve tried to think of a snappy name to call those that use pharses like “sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not” to use as a faux populist appeal to fuel misdirected outrage at how a relatively few dollars of federal funds is directed for basic science research. I haven’t thought of a name yet, but yet another example of why that kind of thinking is something we’re better off without comes courtesy The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Findings in Epilepsy Gene in Animals May Guide Treatment Directions for Infants.

Commonly used medications may produce cognitive impairment in older adults

Drugs, such as diphenhydramine, which have an anticholinergic effect, are important medical therapies available by prescription and also are sold over the counter under various brand names such as Benadryl®, Dramamine®, Excederin PM®, Nytol®, Sominex®, Tylenol PM®, and Unisom®. Older adults most commonly use drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids.

[  ]…”Our main message is that older adults and their physicians should have conversations about the benefits and harms of these drugs in relation to brain health. As the number of older adults suffering from both cognitive impairment and multiple chronic conditions increases, it is very important to recognize the negative impact of certain medications on the aging brain,” said Dr. Boustani.

There is a long tern study that has not been finished yet so it might be too early to go around throw all of the grandparent’s sleeping aids in the trash. I’ve taken some over the counter sleep aid with diphenhydramine in it a few times and each time I had wierd dreams and a slight hangover effect in the morning, so tend to avoid them.

Livermore Lab justifies big laser project. If we don’t get that cheap fusion energy that will save humanity we can always use it to make the world’s biggest bowel of popcorn.

“If fusion energy works,” he said, “you’ll have, for all intents and purposes, a limitless supply of carbon-free energy that’s not geopolitically sensitive. What more would you want? It’s a game changer.”

Moses, while offering no guarantees, argued that any great endeavor involved risks and that the gamble was worth it because of the potential rewards.

He said that NIF, if successful, would help keep the nation’s nuclear arms reliable without underground testing, would reveal the hidden life of stars and would prepare the way for radically new kinds of power plants.

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Maybe because of his murder Dr. George Tillers web site is down, but another Worpress blogger pulled this info about the criteria that was used to scene women for late term medical procedures – they included Anencephaly: a severe head disorder, Polycystic Kidney Disease: cysts on the babies kidney, Potter’s Syndrome: there is a total absence or malformation of infant kidneys and Holoprosencephaly: In most cases, the brain does not divide into lobes, among others. Certain folks can yell murder all they like at Dr. Tiller, but the fact is he saved people pain and suffering, and saved lives. Late-Term Abortion Saved These Women’s Lives

In March of that year, Watts was in the eighth month of a much-wanted pregnancy and was eagerly anticipating the birth of her first child. During a routine ultrasound (the only way to detect abnormalities that require late-term abortion), she discovered her baby had Trisomy 13, a chromosomal abnormality that causes severe deformities and carries no hope of survival.

Because her baby was already dying and because this put her own life at stake, Watts had an intact dilation and extraction (D and X), the procedure that Bush condemns as “brutal.”

“Losing my baby at the end of my pregnancy was agonizing,” says Watts. “But the way the right deals with this issue makes it even worse.

Most of us realize that ethical arguments can get pretty deep and there is a degree of ambiguity that will always accompany any final ethical decision a society makes, but this one is pretty straight forward. Dr. Tiller provided essential medical care. Its difficult to have an honest debate with anyone or any political movement who cannot recognize the difference between helping a patient and murdering a baby.

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