Sean Meets the Face-Blindness Live and In-Person

I’ve written before, many times, about my horrible face-blindness. My son Sean recounts a recent misadventure: Our first La Mirada Disc Golf Saturday trip this year began with Dad and I making our ritual trip to McDonald’s for sweet, sweet Egg McMuffin action. The drive-through line was packed, and time was running out, so we […]

On The Bike Again

…after too long off it. 16 miles, riding in the hills near my house in Sunland on Sunday, took my pulse rate up to 163 beats per minute, almost 98% of my theoretical maximum (which, if you’re not too familiar with typical pulse meter readings, is more or less stunning). My breathing has been stellar […]

Flowers and Blood

I went to buy some flowers yesterday (having taken Good Friday off), because I have some nice vases at home, and I decided that I liked having some cut flowers around the house. I picked out a few loose flowers, including one of Sylvia’s favorites, the Stargazer Lily, and had them make up a nice […]

Explanation For ‘Face Blindness’ Offered

From For the first time, scientists have been able to map the disruption in neural circuitry of people suffering from congenital prosopagnosia, sometimes known as face blindness, and have been able to offer a biological explanation for this intriguing disorder. …[U]nlike that of normal brains, there was a reduction in the integrity of the […]

Eye News #11 – Nothing to See Here

I got around to going to my retinal specialist again yesterday (oog, it’d been 2.5 years since the last time), and everything was pretty stable: the interocular pressure was 17-left, 24-right, just about exactly where it had been the last time, and my vision was still fine, although my left eye (the one that exploded […]

Study: SSRI’s Not Much Better Than Placebos

I don’t have a horse in this race, but this study is just especially delicious, for one facet of the result. First, the main result: after a meta-analysis of data from several past studies, the authors found that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI‘s), such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, are really not much better than […]

Urgent Care for Craig

E-mail from my sister Jan about her son Craig, last seen chasing a Fed-Ex plane: I got a call from Craig Saturday night. It began, “The good news is that the ring is off and I get to keep my finger.” He broke his finger playing basketball on Thursday night and didn’t take off his […]

Study: Fat People Cheaper To Treat (‘Why?’)

From the Netherlands, a study showing that fat people (and smokers!) spend less on health care, and cost less to treat, even for systems with socialized medicine. And can you guess why? Oh, it’s because they die way sooner. Those pesky thin non-smokers just live and live; they’re very annoying. The researchers found that from […]

Good (and Short) Taubes Article on Cholesterol

There’s a good article by Gary Taubes (author of Good Calories, Bad Calories) in today’s New York Times (run, I was amused to see, as an Op-Ed), discussing the belatedly-published Vytorin trial results, which touches on one of the issues that he raises in his book, but about which I’ve been too lazy to blog […]

Half-Time Show: Forty-Two!

In 1985, I was trim and fit (not to mention 20 years younger). I was walking every night, riding my bike at lunch, and I was down to 179.5 pounds. I am over six feet tall, and that was a good, good weight. Let us fast-forward to 1999, about 14 years later. Somehow, I had […]