vendredi 3 juillet 2015

Biking faster

Compute the price/minute earned on a 40k race...

End of procrastination

Is the GOP ready?

Exercise and diabetes

Les pieds-noirs et Hollande: existe t il une limite à la déconstruction de l'histoire?

Mais bien sur le Monde Diplo ne voit que l'exception...

When to stop statins

You don't need a doctor nor a nurse to treat minor ailments...

Adverse reactions with vaccines

The difference between "apparent logic" and scientific truth: coronary stents

jeudi 2 juillet 2015

A must read about evolutionary biology

A case of inequality curiously reported in a medical journal

Trends in tobacco-attributable mortality in France

Laureen Ribassin-Majed , Catherine Hill

DOI: First published online: 9 May 2015

Background: In 2010, the prevalence of tobacco use in France was 33% and reached 39% in the population aged 18–44. The purpose of this article is to describe the trends in tobacco-attributable mortality in France between 1980 and 2010. Methods: Using data from the national mortality statistics and relative risks of death, we estimated the tobacco-attributable fractions (AF) by sex and age using the method developed by Peto et al. and used recently by the World Health Organization with improved relative risk estimates. The tobacco-attributable mortality by age and sex is obtained by multiplying the AFs by the number of deaths. They are estimated in 5-year intervals from 1980 to 2010. Results: In 2010, a total of 78 000 deaths were attributable to tobacco use in France. The number of deaths attributable to tobacco use among men decreased from 66 000 deaths in 1985 to 59 000 deaths in 2010, and the tobacco-AF decreased from 23% in 1985 to 21% in 2010. The number of deaths attributable to tobacco use among women increased from 2700 in 1980 (1% of all deaths) to 19 000 in 2010 (7% of all deaths). In the population aged 35–69, one in three deaths among men and one in seven deaths among women are attributable to tobacco use. Conclusion: While tobacco-attributable mortality among men has been declining during the past three decades, it has increased dramatically among women. Thus, effective preventive measures are urgently needed to stem the tobacco epidemic.

Instead of emphasising the urgent necessity to continue the public policies toward men who are still paying a very high tribute to smoking authors focused on the other sex.

French men had in 2010 311% more mortality of smoking than women.

The aim of balanced public health policies is to decrease the two rates and especially the male one which is very high.

The war in Eastern Europe

Added sugars glucose and fructose differ

Fructose is less rewarding...


lundi 29 juin 2015

Probably the most important issue of humankind: engineering DNA

Dennis Gabor: do you agree with this quote?

The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. ~Dennis Gabor, Innovations: Scientific, Technological and Social, 1970

Here we are and the future is brilliant: Engineering the Perfect Baby
Dennis Gabor
"All that scientific people can do they will do it."

There is one poll which stunned me

"What if everyone could be a little bit smarter? Or a few people could be a lot smarter? Even a small number of “super-enhanced” individuals, Bostrom wrote in a 2013 paper (, could change the world through their creativity and discoveries, and through innovations that everyone else would use. In his view, genetic enhancement is an important long-range issue like climate change or financial planning by nations, “since human problem-solving ability is a factor in every challenge we face.”"

“The human genome is not perfect. It’s ethically imperative to positively support this technology.”