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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2008, 03:28:22 PM »
It's too early to be certain, and I haven't seen this widely reported yet, but there's a guy in Germany who seems to have been cured of AIDS.

Guy had AIDS for over ten years.  They gave him a bone marrow transplant from someone who has a partial resistance to AIDS.  This isn't the first time -- it may be the third time the procedure has worked -- and they're not yet 100% sure it's worked.  If this method does work, though, it's the kind of thing that could probably be accomplished through gene therapy, and not necessarily require a transplant.

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2008, 05:07:52 PM »
Don't be silly. The only way to cure AIDS is to get rid of all the ho mosexuals...

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2008, 09:14:36 PM »
Don't be silly. The only way to cure AIDS is to get rid of all the ho mosexuals...

And the first way to do that is to make sure they can't get married and pass their genes onto their offspring. Way to take a lead on the fight against AIDS, California!!

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2009, 12:53:52 AM »
Well that explains a lot!
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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2009, 10:50:20 AM »
:lol:

I agree with the first commenter on that page, though.  Did they control at all for other factors?  I'm sure sleep-dep is a much greater factor than dietary caffeine, and sleep-dep people probably drink more coffee. 

There's actually some research that says that schizophrenics are prone to not only drinking booze but also coffee.  Weird but easily googled.  Makes you wonder about that guy who alway gets shouty when ordering at Starbucks.

Personally . . . I think I blame the crazy, then the sleep, then the habitualism (you get used to it, and that probably makes you more prone), and then the caffeine.  Although there are certainly days when the caffeine level probably gets a little too high.

I think I mentioned this before, but . . . I have some of that Shower Shock caffeinated soap, but I've never unwrapped it.  You can absorb caffeine through your skin much faster than through your digestive tract (hold not-too-hot coffee in your mouth if you want to get the caffeine out of it fastest), and I don't need to increase my odds of falling down in the shower.  I always mean to get a soap dish and try it as hand soap, though.

Still.  Potentially embarrassing.  'Can't sleep!  Washed my hands!'

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2009, 11:34:45 AM »
I have caffeinated lip balm.  Eh.
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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2009, 11:37:44 AM »
:hmm:  That might actually get me to wear lip balm.

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2009, 11:42:36 AM »
I have caffeinated lip balm.  Eh.

well damn. I want some!

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2009, 12:46:09 PM »
Yeah, but the downside is that you'd have to stick to the lips.  :knotty:
I'm generalizing from one example here, but everyone generalizes from one example. At least, I do.

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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2009, 03:34:03 PM »
 :D
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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2009, 06:48:33 PM »
Not if the lip-balm wearer also washed in caffeinated soap! ;)


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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2009, 11:33:57 AM »
They tried a caffeinated wang rub for men (er . . . I guess it would tend to be for men, now that I mention it), to make your ardor harder, but apparently the FDA made them take it off the market, or something.

[cue 'up all night' joke]

I also saw caffeinated nipple paint, in a catalog, once.  Long ago.  I don't entirely understand, but that applies to a lot of the things I've seen.


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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2009, 12:22:00 PM »
Speaking as an official old person, I would say that caffeinated sex hors d'oeuvres sounds like a great idea.
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Re: Weird Medical News
« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2009, 03:46:32 PM »
Nail after nail in the HFCS coffin, although I suspect the corn industry will manage to keep the lid open for another decade or more. 

Just a few months ago, the chemical process by which HFCS damages the liver and pancreas was finally demonstrated, coinciding with another careful study linking it to obesity.  Now this study shows fructose-sweetened beverages significantly raise LDL and triglyceride levels in obese people while glucose-sweetened beverages don't.

The authors of the study were quick to emphasize 'fructose' vs 'high-fructose', and both common kinds of HFCS contain both fructose and glucose, but the implications are clear, in this case, and I'm sure the authors are just trying to reduce how much flak they get from the corn lobby.