2018 -The year vegan junk food went mainstream

As Abigail Higgins laid out earlier this year at Vox, there are a number of reasons for vegans’ relative unpopularity (a 2017 analysis suggested that just “labeling a product as ‘vegan’ causes its sales to drop by 70%”). One is that vegans make people feel bad. “People tend to interpret someone’s choice not to eat meat as condemnation of their own choices, which can make them pretty defensive,” Higgins explained. And this defensiveness isn’t totally misplaced. It’s true that a lot of vegans believe, for any number of reasons, they are doing the right thing, which indeed indicates that they believe a) there is a “right” thing, and b) you’re not doing it.

This article is strikingly blunt.  I loved it.

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Up To A Third Of Knee Replacements Pack Pain And Regret — Kaiser Health News

Danette Lake thought surgery would relieve the pain in her knees. The arthritis pain began as a dull ache in her early 40s, brought on largely by the pressure of unwanted weight. Lake managed to lose 200 pounds through dieting and exercise, but the pain in her knees persisted. A sexual assault two years ago…

via Up To A Third Of Knee Replacements Pack Pain And Regret — Kaiser Health News

Statins are more effective for those who follow the Mediterranean diet

Science Daily article here.  Study abstract here.

Conclusions

MD lowered the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and CAD/cerebrovascular mortality CVD patients, net of statins. In the same population, statins reduced CVD death risk only in combination with MD. Low-grade inflammation, rather than lipids, is likely to be on the pathway of the interaction between MD and statins towards mortality risk.

New Study: Daily Glass of Wine Could Keep You Out of Hospital — VinePair

Moderate alcohol consumption — the equivalent of one glass of wine per day — could lower a person’s risk of hospitalization, a new study claims. Researchers from Harvard University, Italy’s Mediterranean Neurological Institute, and the University of Molise compared the number of hospital admissions for 21,000 participants living in Italy’s Molise region over a six-year…

via New Study: Daily Glass of Wine Could Keep You Out of Hospital — VinePair

I have no comments on the study since I’ve not read it yet.

I think I’ll read it tonight with my hospitalization prevention strategy.

Never mind.  Here’s the abstract conclusion:

Moderate alcohol consumption appears to have a modest but complex impact on global hospitalization burden. Heavier drinkers have a higher rate of hospitalization for all causes, including alcohol‐related diseases and cancer, a risk that appears to be further magnified by concurrent smoking.

Just more click bait.

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone — Kaiser Health News

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses…

via Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone — Kaiser Health News

There are days when I’m so glad I am no longer in a management role.

Today is one of those days.