I wish we’d had this when I was injured

Back in 2004, I suffered a work-related injury that necessitated two spinal surgeries.  It left me with permanent partial disability, a fused spine, and in pain 24/7/365.  Sadly, once the injury had been suffered, there was nothing that medical science could do but treat its resulting symptoms (rather than their cause), and prop up the damaged spinal structure around the affected nerves.  The nerve injuries themselves, and their permanent effects, could not be healed. Now comes news that future such injuries might be treated in a whole new way. When your body suffers trauma, its fierce army of immune cells go

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Ebola is now a global health emergency – for the second time

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2013-16 was declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” by the World Health Organization, one of only five such events in history that have been officially given that title.  I don’t know that the declaration did much in practical terms, apart from give warm fuzzies to the bureaucrats who issued it;  but it did underline the seriousness of the outbreak, and the potential threat it posed.  The world avoided a major international health crisis by the skin of its collective teeth in that outbreak, by shutting down as much travel as possible from the

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Political correctness gone mad, yet again

A Christian doctor in England has apparently lost his job because he refused to acquiesce to politically correct nonsense. Dr David Mackereth, 56, claims he was sacked as a disability benefits assessor by the Department of Work and Pensions over his religious beliefs. The father-of-four alleges he was asked in a conversation with a line manager: “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’, would you do that?” Dr Mackereth, an evangelist who now works as an emergency doctor in Shropshire, claims his contract was then terminated over

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Ebola: the latest developments

I’ve warned often enough about the dangers of the Ebola outbreak in the Congo.  Aesop, over at Raconteur Report, has done the same.  I don’t see any point in doing so again – if people haven’t listened before, they won’t listen now.  Instead, I’ll just point out that events are proceeding almost exactly as Aesop and I have predicted they would.  Click each headline below for more information. 1.  Ebola reaches Uganda Uganda announced two more cases of Ebola on Wednesday – a grandmother and a three-year-old boy, confirming that a deadly outbreak has spread for the first time beyond the Democratic Republic of

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I think the Vatican – and chromosomes – have the right of it

Speaking the truth, in the face of popular rejection of it, has never been easy or safe;  but if one wants to be honest, it has to be done.  I commend the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education for doing precisely that. The Vatican condemned gender theory on Monday as part of a “confused concept of freedom”, saying in a new document that the idea of gender being determined by personal feeling rather than biology was an attempt to “annihilate nature”. LGBT rights advocates denounced the 30-page document, called “Male and Female He Created Them”, as harmful and confusing, saying it would encourage hatred

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Ebola, rampaging superstition, and a complete ignorance of fact

I’ve pointed out in the past that the reason the Ebola epidemic continues to spreadin Congo is largely due to the primitive, superstitious tribal culture in that part of the world.  Unfortunately, many First World readers have no conception of just how primitive and superstitious that culture really is.  It’s so far removed from our reality that it’s inconceivable to many of us. Now comes a report on child soldiers in the Congo that may help some readers understand the problem better. The potion was powerful stuff: the grown-up rebels who had given it to the boys, smearing it on their beanpole bodies every day

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My heart’s on fire, but it ain’t for Elvira

How many of you remember this song?  Here’s a 15-second excerpt. Turns out that a heart can literally be on fire . . . but Elvira had nothing to do with this one. … the patient, a 60-year-old man, was in surgery last year for the repair of a tear in the inner layer of the aorta wall in the chest, according to the European Society of Anaesthesiology. But the patient’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, meant he had air-filled blisters, which doctors punctured, leading to a leak. Doctors worried that the man would suffer a respiratory attack, and decided to

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Ebola: still no good news, but plenty of bad news

Those who’ve been following my previous articles about the Ebola virus outbreak in the Congo will understand how very dangerous this is for the rest of the world.  If you were in any doubt over how easily it could spread, consider this report just yesterday.  What if one of those people were a carrier? Aesop has written a long and very informative summary of the present situation.  I can’t improve on it (or on his usual acerbic, informative and authoritative style), so click over there and read the whole thing.  It’s so important a topic that I urge you to do so.  Here’s an

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A possible solution for kidney stones?

As regular readers know, I’ve been plagued with kidney stones since 2015.  Most recently, they – or, rather, the pain they caused – prevented me from writing from roughly the middle of last year until March this year.  I find the creative part of my brain simply shuts down when the pain level gets too great.  That’s no fun, and it makes putting food on the table a bit tricky, too. I’ve been to several doctors, both general physicians and urologists, to see what could be done.  They uniformly assured me that once kidney stones become established, there are three – and

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I resemble that . .

Courtesy of The Feral Irishman (site sometimes NSFW): The thunderstorm and rain outside right now are reminding quite a few of those places (particularly the joints) that they aren’t in their twenties any more . . . Peter

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