Babies Feel Pain Much Like Adults

http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/04/23/babies-feel-pain-much-like-adults/83823.html

Newborn babies experience pain much like adults and may even have a much lower pain threshold, according to a new Oxford study. The findings have important implications as many procedures are still performed on babies without painkillers.

As recently as the 1980s it was common practice for babies to be given neuromuscular blocks but no pain relief medication during surgery…

When babies are exposed to unrelieved pain, is it an indicator of being sensitive to chronic pain conditions as adults?  When neurons in the brain are exposed to certain levels of pain, I don’t think they ever recover and go back to the way they were before the exposure.  That’s why experts say that adequately treating acute pain is so important — because acute pain can easily turn into chronic pain, which then turns into intractable pain that doesn’t respond to treatment.

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Plastic containers continue to pile up on land and sea

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/plastic-containers-continue-to-pile-up-on-land-and-sea-042715.html

It’s not just plastic bottles and food containers that are the problem. 5 Gyres, a non-profit environmental group focused on plastic pollution, is trying to bring attention to the problems posed by tiny plastic grains, known as microbeads and used in a large number of cosmetics and personal care products.

The group says these microbeads eventually make their way to our waterways and wildlife, and eventually are ingested by humans through the food chain, toothpastes or other body products that contain microbeads…

Concerns about plastic pollution have gained momentum since February, when a marine study calculated that between 4.8 million and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the oceans from land each year. That was 3 times the amount anyone thought…

I just want to say thank you to products like Daisy Sour Cream and Nestle’s cocoa, which come in reusable plastic containers.  Choosing products that come in reusable containers means you should never need to buy plastic containers like those made by Ziploc.  I know, it’s a small thing, but everyone needs containers to store leftover food — I think it’s better than throwing the food away.

Hologram Stephen Hawking consoles One Direction fans with multiverse theory

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/26/hologram-stephen-hawking-consoles-one-direction-fans/21176577/

Then, finally, someone asked the question we’ve all been wondering: “What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?”

Hawking’s response, according to BuzzFeed: “Finally, a question about something important.” He elaborated with some advice: “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes.”

“It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. … And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction,” Hawking pointed out, giving hope to countless fans who are suddenly interested in majoring in theoretical physics in college.

And in a proposition no one has ever thought of before, Hawking suggested studying physics may lead to greater things: “This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married.” …

The Remains Of The Day

I admit, I don’t know much about intravenous drug use, so I’m not sure what this is.  I guess it could be used for an insulin shot, but somehow I doubt a diabetic would leave this kind of stuff behind.  The plastic piece in the bottom right-hand corner looks a little like a needle, but I don’t think it is.  Still, it appears this is from heroin use… And now all those pictures I took of empty alcohol bottles look rather quaint compared to this.

I also took a picture of an unused tampon today, if you can believe it.  Damn, those things are expensive… too expensive to be discarded as trash.  I guess I’m lucky I didn’t come across a used one.

(Photo taken on Sunday around 7pm.)

Thinking of you, Natalie Fuller

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-demons-got-my-beautiful-loving-daughter/2015/04/20/cdaaa338-dfc2-11e4-a1b8-2ed88bc190d2_story.html

My daughter, who lost her battle with mental illness, is still the bravest person I know

I lost my darling daughter Natalie to mental illness last month. She killed herself a few weeks short of her 29th birthday by stepping in front of a train in Baltimore…

While Natalie seemed happier and more productive on meds, she missed the high of occasional mania and she hated the weight gain that is a common side effect of the drugs she was taking. Stable, she would sometimes declare that she wasn’t sick after all and didn’t need medication — another very common reason people give for quitting their meds…

Natalie was a believer that treatment worked and that the mental health system needed to be reformed so other people received the kind of care she had when she was in crisis. She told her story in a documentary short last year about the criminalization of mental illness. She dreamed of being a peer counselor. She said she wanted to help others as she had been helped — until she became convinced that she was beyond help…

My daughter lived more than six years with an incurable disease that filled her head with devils that literally hounded her to death, and she did it while laughing, painting, writing poetry, advocating and bringing joy to the people around her. She was the bravest person I have ever known, and her suicide doesn’t change that…