Healthcare in Romania

  There are two options for the person requiring care: the public healthcare system, financed by the government, where one is supposed to be cared for without cost if they hold medical insurance, and the private healthcare system, which is not really a system but is made up of different, unrelated private clinics or hospitals, [...]

Peruvian vampire bats carry silent strain of rabies

In Peru, vampire bats are increasingly biting people, and death is often the result of their normally innocuous bites. Researchers are exploring the possibility that the bats are carrying a strain of rabies known as paralytic or dumb rabies, which causes disorientation, muscle weakness, then death. The vampire bats normally stick to biting wildlife or [...]

Don’t play with Tussionex

Late last night, I kept coughing due to a passing cold. After taking several doses of other cough syrups during the evening, which had obviously not done their job, I decided to take some Tussionex -- my ultimate weapon against coughing. I try to use it only when I absolutely need it, because it's fairly [...]

One way to get food poisoning

I held off writing about this because I couldn't even look at photos of the stuff that gave me food poisoning and kept me in bed and feeling miserable for two days, but the embargo is finally lifted. Here's the culprit behind a nasty bout of food poisoning back in January: 7 Days Bake Rolls. [...]

Happy Birthday Tataie

It's my grandfather's birthday today. He died just a couple of weeks ago after a painful struggle with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. He'd been coughing for a few years. It was a persistent cough, but it wasn't a severe cough. He coughed here and there, and especially after he came [...]

Awakenings (1990)

We watched Awakenings (1990) tonight, and I was left with a newly found appreciation for life. This movie drives home the following point very well: you don't know what you have till you've lost it. Imagine watching your life, as you know it, become unavailable to you, which is what happens to people who suffer [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-05-14

Today's calorie-free serving: Clive Thompson from the NYT has a detailed write-up of what's involved if small bands want to get their name out there these days. The almost-requisite MySpace page is a given... But while the web makes it easy for them to get their names out there, keeping up with the fans becomes [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-05-08

Here's the good stuff: XKCD put together a hilarious map of the online communities. 🙂 Steve Jobs published an open letter to Apple users outlining the progress Apple is making toward being a completely "green" company. From the looks of it, Apple is ahead of most other folks in the technology field. Then again, it [...]

Michael J. Fox campaigns for stem cell research

Michael J. Fox appeared in some TV ads recently, to support stem cell research for Parkinson's disease. The ads showed him moving uncontrollably, due to Parkinson's. They were candid, and truthful. I've always liked Michael as an actor, and I thought he's been a real gentleman throughout his ordeal with Parkinson's. I agree with him, [...]