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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday November 09 2019, @05:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the hoping-for-a-speedy-recovery dept.

The observant among you may have noticed I'd been posting fewer stories recently.

On October 27th I went to the hospital. After a physical examination, CT scan, and MRI, it was determined that I had had a minor stroke. I had mild loss of use of the pinky and ring finger of my left hand as well as some loss of fine motor control in my left arm and leg. A couple days later saw me in the operating room with a stent being inserted in my right carotid artery. I was released on Halloween day for a few days' recuperation at a relative's home and am now cleared to go back to work. I'm starting easy with slightly shortened work days, as I lack the stamina I had before.

Still, as these things go, I can't help but think of how fortunate I am. Nothing internal seems to have been affected (heart, lungs, etc. all working fine.) I am right-handed, so no problems there. No problem with talking or swallowing, so that's a huge plus. Thanks to neural plasticity and prescribed exercises, I have already mostly recovered. The lack of stamina manifests as my just being too tired after a day at work to be able to do much in the way of posting stories out to the site. As for my mind, I can attest that I am still as tarp as a shack! =)

As much as I would like to think I'll just bounce back to normal in no time, I acknowledge that my activities here will be at a somewhat diminished capacity for a while; time will tell.

With my absence, the rest of the editorial team rose to the occasion and kept the main page fed with stories. This meant extra time and effort on their part. Please join me in thanking Fnord666, Janrinok, cmn32480, takyon, chromas, NotSanguine, and CoolHand for their efforts to help push out stories to the main page. There were probably others whom I failed to notice; please accept my apologies for their omission. Call them out in the comments, and join me in thanking them for their efforts.

On a related note, it is my pleasure to announce that Fnord666 has accepted my invitation to step up to fill the position of Alternate-Editor-in-Chief. When janrinok was Editor-in-Chief (EiC), I accepted becoming Alternate-EiC, and when he stepped down as EiC, it was a privilege to take on becoming the EiC. I foresee no imminent demise on my part, but recent events made it abundantly clear to me the value of having this position filled. Please join me in congratulating Fnord666 on his promotion!

(For completeness' sake, I wish to point out that all of the staff at SoylentNews are volunteers. Nobody here has ever been paid anything for their work on the site. Any monies received when you subscribe go towards paying hosting fees, domain name registration, tax preparation expenses, and other costs required to keep this site running. Speaking of which, we are at nearly 70% of our goal for this half of our fiscal year—many thanks to those who have already subscribed!)

Lastly, I now place a request to the community. With the holiday season coming, my free time will become even more limited by work demands. It would be such a help to us to see story submissions from members of the community. It's really not that hard to do. Take a look at what the general layout of each article looks like on the site. Nothing very fancy or elaborate is needed. Click the Submit Story link in the SlashBox on the left-hand side of the main page of this site. Provide a title for the story, select a topic, provide a link to what you are writing in about, and a few paragraphs from the linked story would prove extremely helpful to us! We aim for mostly tech-oriented stories, but that is not an absolute requirement. Please submit your story in English (either North American, British or other variant is fine). Do be aware that we aim for balanced reporting here; attempts to push an agenda with one-sided, biased, or slanted submissions will likely result in the story being declined. The story submission page provides a link to the Submission Guidelines that, if followed, greatly improves the chance that your story will be accepted. (NB: We tend to relax the standards a bit on the weekend so as to include slightly offbeat or humorous stories; we appreciate a good laugh, too!

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:55AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:55AM (#918526)

    Also as for humans it only predominantly occurs in populations on a western diet, for example []

    Some cultures have no heart disease at all as per this video []

    I'll leave it to you to verify the citations in both the article and the talk.

    Nobody is blaming anyone for anything, I think we're all trying to help with kind words and some of us wish to chime in with useful facts.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:18AM (#918537)

    NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. The speaker makes strong assertions about a specific diet that lack sufficient scientific evidence for general prescription.

    I think that is what most people will need to verify the claim of that particular video. Secondly, the original interheart study [] shows that the real difference maker is fruits and vegetables in your diet and obesity. Additionally, those for highest risk for AMI is actually China and HK. The one you cited ("Dietary patterns and the risk of acute myocardial infarction in 52 countries." Circulation 118, no. 19 (2008): 1929-1937.), shows no increased or even decreased risk of OR for the "western diet" except for those in the fourth quartile of diet compliance. Even the authors state that there is not adjustment for portion size and other important dietary factors when they list the limitations and delimitations of the study, which is quite evident in the interval for S.E. Asia.

    But anyway, I'm not assigning blame. Originally, I was just trying to point out that the claim that only humans, and of that a particular subset, are the only ones to get atherosclerosis is just plain wrong. When you make such a flat-out false statement like that, it just damages your credibility for whatever else comes out of your mouth in the same comment.

  • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:55PM

    by barbara hudson (6443) <> on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:55PM (#918666) Journal
    The role of genes in heart disease is an established fact. Doesn't matter the diet - most humans will get a buildup of plaque in their coronary arteries, especially when compared to other primates, where fibrotic heart disease causes the problem. Don't be obese, don't smoke or do narcotics, get a bit of exercise - these are the biggies we can control.

    If you're prone to high LDL and you take statins to lower blood cholesterol, you won't lower your risk of heart attack. You also need higher HDL - which is what you get from the body converting low density cholesterol to high density cholesterol. That's why removing LDL doesn't reduce risk of death - you've removed the raw material for producing HDL.

    Look at people with both abnormally low LDL and abnormally high HDL - they can eat shitty high fat diets, yet PET and CT scans show a clean cardiovascular system. Unfortunately, the mutations that cause this seem to be random, so you'll find them in people with a strong family history of early death from heart disease, and some siblings following the family pattern, and others who don't.

    Statins are a waste of money because buildup of plaques still happens at the same rates with low LDL alone after using statins. We can't change that, so we SHOULD be looking for drugs that increase the conversation rate of LDL to HDL. We're not doing that for the same reason it took decades to get away from the fiction that peptic ulcers were caused by stress and not an infection. It usually requires the previous generation of scientists and researchers to die for new ideas to be accepted. Same as decades later people are still pushing the fiction of the Mediterranean diet.

    We're not going to get research into raising HDL until enough people have died after useless statins that the message sinks in. Until then , people will continue to rely on them "because we're doing something", even when that something we're doing is proven to be useless.

    It's in such environments that quacks prosper. And bogus diets. People want solutions that defy their basic genetic makeup.

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