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Monday, April 19, 2004

Brains and Bad Ideas 

To be published in Science, researchers have identified a process by which Alzheimer's causes cell death. The long-standing confusion, of the cell death seeming somewhere between apoptosis and necrosis, makes somewhat more sense now: mitochondrial damage is characteristic of apoptosis, but not the only step, so necrosis pops up. Cool.

It never ceases to amaze me that anyone actually pays any mind to Freud's theories anymore. But they seem to do so. And so, we have new research that seems to disprove yet another of his theories, this one of homosexuality. He said gays/lesbians were "immature" and couldn't have adult relationships. And aside from this being obvious crap, someone has shown it to be false. It may or may not be a particularly robust study, but I guess every little bit helps.

AHRQ has recommended that physicians prescribe fluoride pills to kids to prevent cavities. Might work, but we really overmedicate kids so much, it can't possibly be good.

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