Serendipitous salivary glands

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This HND piece discusses the recent discovery—by a team located in the Netherlands—of two never-before-seen salivary glands. Although the intent was to do PSMA PET/CT scans of prostate cancer patients, these glands unexpectedly appeared.

If this discovery holds up—and it has already been confirmed in one hundred other subjects—it will go down in history along several other famous serendipitous discoveries. The most well-known of these in Penicillin, but the piece details a few more. For now, the proposed location of these organs is one more to avoid during cancer radiation therapy.

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COVID-19's unseen casualties

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This HND piece examines the unseen...the hidden victims of SARS-CoV-19. We're talking about all those schoolchildren forced into an ill-conceived absurd-on-its-face experiment in so-called "Distance Learning." Even if this madness worked in teaching the kids—which it clearly doesn't—there's still the matter of all the other benefits that occur when a kid actually attends school in person.

How about interaction with friends, participation in sports, music, the arts, along with nutrition programs? And, don't forget that teachers and school nurses are often the first to spot child abuse. Any teacher or student who is vulnerable to COVID would also be vulnerable to any respiratory virus. Lockdowns have been an epic failure, and so have school closings.

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The latest on masks

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This HND piece examines the latest research on the efficacy of masks, as a protective measure against SARS-CoV-2. Some interesting observational studies are discussed, including a "before and after" situation at Mass General Brigham. This is about as close to a controlled experiment as we are ever going to get.

I also spotlight an interesting animal study, and the opinions of some real experts—not the puffed-up government types who have been dominating the discourse.

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Latest research on type 2 diabetes

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In this HND piece, we take a break from COVID-19 coverage to look at the latest on type 2 diabetes. We start with two so-called landmark studies, and then get into more recent developments.

There's the relationship between the use of proton pump inhibitor drugs and the increased risk of developing type 2, and the apparent benefits of Metformin in fending off dementia, and loneliness being a predictor of becoming a type 2 diabetic.

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Current COVID-19 highlights

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This HND piece examines a few current facets of the ongoing crisis. We look at the overkill response, including the ridiculous manhandling of a woman outside watching her son's football game. Even when the disease leaves us, will the autocrats keep on their fascistic control over our lives?

We include the fatality rates, published by the CDC, that put this into a better perspective, as well as the comically stupid misinterpretation of these results by the Twitter mob. And, we add some interesting and positive medical news.

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Achieving peace of mind during the pandemic

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This HND piece journeys away from the technical and political aspects of COVID-19, and offers some practical suggestions on how to achieve some peace of mind in the midst of the crisis. We draw on several sources, and even reference a great line from a 1979 Disney movie.

I hope you find something you can use.

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COVID-19 and the fall of the experts

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This HND piece examines a few more failures of the public health "experts," who are guiding us (and not very well) through the novel coronavirus pandemic. We first discuss the scandal involving the hypersensitivity of the most-used screening test. Because of an over-cranking of the number of PCR cycles, false positives are being created at an alarming rate.

Then, we offer you the true story of how New York state caused the deaths of 11,000 people in their nursing home travesty. Finally, we segue into the small matter of how "flattening the curve" for a couple of weeks morphed into permanent lockdowns for much of the country--along with reflections on why we tolerate feckless experts.

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A look at mixed methods research

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This HND piece examines the emerging field of mixed methods research, which strives to combine the best of quantitative and qualitative research approaches. Beginning in the social sciences, over the past few years, it has also moved into the health sciences.

Many researchers in the healthcare field have long appreciated that the highly touted randomized double-blind clinical trial, called a "gold standard" by some, has severe limitations. Indeed, we quote former CDC director Tom Frieden himself on that matter. The piece quotes experts and innovators in this exciting new methodology.

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Listening to other voices on COVID-19

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This HND piece discusses some alternative viewpoints regarding COVID-19. This movement started back in April, when the first data came out, suggesting that the lockdowns were a waste. They were then followed by plenty of anecdotal reports on the successful use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

Before long HCQ was being attacked by a cadre of mostly establishment drones such as Fauci, and alleged "science" guys like David Gorski, MD aka "Orac." Gorski mixes legit pro-science stuff with political hit jobs. (Guess what side he's on?) We analyze why there is such an intense effort to go after HCQ, which now includes a breathless attack on a noted Yale epidemiologist. The funny thing is that his response just shows how desperate and ill-informed the haters are.

We conclude with a brand new study that also turns the conventional wisdom on its head.

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Finding the origin of COVID-19 in bat caves

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This HND piece connects the dots between SARS-like illnesses that popped-up in China in 2005 and 2012—both related to bat caves—and striking similarities in the virus isolated to today's SARS-CoV-2. Interestingly, China's "bat woman" Shi Zhengli is involved all the way through—as is bat guano, long prized as a fertilizer.

Much of this information only came out as a result of a master's these being translated into English, and posted on the Web.

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