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November 22, 2019

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Band-Aid HydroSeal Bandages

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Above, a photo I took last Sunday of my right index finger adorned with one of these fantastic bandages some six (6) hours after I tried — but failed — to cut off my right index fingertip with a brand new OXO peeler while peeling a Bodo's salt bagel (don't ask).

You will note the puffy white area, which overlies the defect left by the skin I sliced off.

Below, the affected area the next morning, about eighteen (18) hours post incident.

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Lagniappe: for what reason — perhaps because there's no movement of the bandage over the traumatized area — the injury at this time doesn't hurt at all; even accidentally smashing it against something results only in momentary awareness of the traumatized site.

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But wait, there's more:

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• You leave it on until the wound heals

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• You can wash your hands and shower

November 22, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: You really can die of a broken heart

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From Anahad O'Connor's  January 9, 2012 "Really?" column in the New York Times Science section:

The emotional pain of losing a loved one can take a toll on the heart, at least metaphorically. But can it trigger an actual heart attack?

In a large new study, scientists have confirmed what the medical world has long suspected: The so-called broken-heart syndrome is real. A study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, found that a person's heart attack risk is 21 times higher than normal the day after a loved one dies.

Over time the risk of an attack declines, but it remains elevated within that first month. In the first week after a loved one's death, for example, the risk was six times higher than normal.

Other studies have uncovered greater heart and mortality risks in the weeks and months after the loss of a spouse, a child or another loved one, but the new study is the first systematic look at the immediate effect. The researchers interviewed nearly 2,000 people hospitalized for heart attacks over a five-year period and controlled for variables like health and history of disease.

Those with previous heart risk factors were more vulnerable, but the odds increased even for those with no coronary history.

"21 times higher" — that's astounding and frightening, and reason enough to make certain a loved one is never left alone the day after a significant death.

Here is the abstract of the Circulation paper referenced above.

Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction After the Death of a Significant Person in One's Life

Background: Acute psychological stress is associated with an abrupt increase in the risk of cardiovascular events. Intense grief in the days after the death of a significant person may trigger the onset of acute myocardial infarction (MI), but this relationship has not been systematically studied.

Methods and Results: We conducted a case-crossover analysis of 1985 participants from the multicenter Determinants of Myocardial Infarction Onset Study interviewed during index hospitalization for an acute MI between 1989 and 1994. We compared the observed number of deaths in the days preceding MI symptom onset with its expected frequency based on each patient's control information, defined as the occurrence of deaths in the period from 1 to 6 months before infarction. Among the 1985 subjects, 270 (13.6%) experienced the loss of a significant person in the prior 6 months, including 19 within 1 day of their MI. The incidence rate of acute MI onset was elevated 21.1-fold (95% confidence interval, 13.1–34.1) within 24 hours of the death of a significant person and declined steadily on each subsequent day. The absolute risk of MI within 1 week of the death of a significant person is 1 excess MI per 1394 exposed individuals at low (5%) 10-year MI risk and 1 per 320 among individuals at high (20%) 10-year risk.

Conclusions: Grief over the death of a significant person was associated with an acutely increased risk of MI in the subsequent days. The impact may be greatest among individuals at high cardiovascular risk.

You can read the paper in its entirety here.

Dr. Jerome C. Wakefield of New York University said, "An estimated 8 to 10 million people lose a loved one every year, and something like a third to a half of them suffer depressive symptoms for up to a month afterward."

That's a lot of people at elevated cardiac risk along with their emotional devastation.

November 22, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The size of the moon if it were centered on Alice Springs, Australia

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[via cheezburger]

November 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Evolution of Kodak Brownie Cameras

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[by Craig Cutler/National Geographic via I Live in a Retro World]

November 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mini-Funnels

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From the website:

Four mini-funnels, from 2" upper diameter down to 0.75" upper diameter with correspondingly small outlet holes: 7/16" down to 1/4".

Made for filling flasks, salt & pepper shakers, travel bottles: anything with a small mouth.

Stainless steel with key ring included.

$3.75.

November 22, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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