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Smithsonian Mag: Epigenetics

The Toxins That Affected Your Great-Grandparents Could Be In Your Genes. Pretty mind-blowing. What we know of science is constantly evolving. The quick summary here is:

“In essence,” Skinner explains, “what your great-grandmother was exposed to could cause disease in you and your grandchildren.”

Hospitals: Serve Yogurt

After dietitians began encouraging patients taking antibiotics to eat yogurt, the infection rate fell by two-thirds.

Well, that’s an interesting take. Full article at philly.com.

One More Poke

Perhaps the best thing I can say about living with diabetes is that it’s a transformative experience to have the same event go from excruciatingly frightening to become boring by way of countless, daily repetition.

Sports Tracker v2.0

Sports Tracker was the first application of its kind that I’ve ever used. It worked on my Symbian-running Nokia 5800. It’s now on v2.0 in Android, and I’m back to it as my primary tracker.

In between, Google’s My Tracks worked pretty well. It has GPX export, as does Sports Tracker, so there’s an easy way to put it into other trackers or applications as needed. My Tracks has been heading more towards Google services, though, with sharing to Google Drive in a way that never set too well for me.

Back to Sports Tracker, the new version displays great, and plays great. It also has a very useful feature for tracking indoor workouts, which when hooked up with a Bluetooth heart rate monitor can give a detailed graph of your heart rate as you go along. I had requested this feature years ago, too, and while I’m sure there were others who also put in their two cents, I’m still happy it’s there years later.

Sports Tracker does encourage you to have another account, though it’s not essential. Their website is also Flash based, though they’re looking to transition away from that in the near future. Anyway, I’m quite happy with it, and it’s worth an extra look if you’re thinking of trying out this kind of thing.

BU: Sugar Fix

A diabetic child spurs a race for a bionic pancreas. Great article about some really impressive technology. Two pumps, one with insulin and one with glucagon, a continuous glucose monitor, and the iPhone is the target set of equipment, and it looks like it’ll all get working together soon. Respect.

Got thinking what Breaking Bad would look like in any other industrialized nation on Earth:

Breaking Bad: Health Care Edition

on Twitter.

Insulin, neat

I had a great time at the Northeast PHP conference this past weekend, with two rather full days of technical talks. With the schedule as it was, I didn’t get in my normal amount of exercise. I increased my dosage a bit, knowing that I’d be sitting all day, yet I was still about 60 to 80 mg/dL higher than normal.

As a baseline, I generally get in at least a 30 minute walk or an equivalent exercise each day. It may not seem like much, though in those two days I needed more than twice my normal dose of insulin. I’m also in a rather different circumstance in that my pancreas is still rather high functioning; doubling what I usually take isn’t all that much more in the grand scheme.

Still, the point stands: get out of your chair and move around when you can. It’s good for you.