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After this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, mayors across the country are saying America is “no place for” racism and bigotry. So what can they do when hate rallies come to their cities?
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As Olga Khazan writes, the debate between scientists over whether it’s really unhealthy to be overweight is mired in conflicting definitions and side controversies. One reader points out how the confusion can affect individual patients:
My beef with the current attitude of weight as a thing we can’t ignore is that some of these studies give doctors an excuse to not look closely to a patient. I had high blood pressure; on every visit, the first instinct of my doctor was to ascribe it to weight; if not to weight, then to an excessive salt intake; if not to salt, then to fat; if not to fat, then to sugars. I always was rather skeptical about such claims, because my blood pressure was always like that, even when I was 15 and clearly not overweight. However, to prove a point I lost weight, stopped eating salt altogether and, to top things off, quit drinking.
Turned out, my high blood pressure was due to horseshoe kidney and excessive production of one of the hormones (cortisol, I believe) by this kidney. It was also a matter of a quick contrast CT scan to confirm it, and a relatively straightforward set of meds to control it. But, man, did we waste time and my nerves to get there!
Read the article here, and find a related reader discussion of situations when doctors misunderstand women’s pain here.
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Time of Your Life
Happy birthday to Nicole’s sister (a year younger than Pokémon); to Margot (twice the age of Macintosh computers); to José’s wife (born around the time President Richard Nixon resigned); to MaryAnn’s sister Joyce (the same age as Kanye West); to Fran’s “brother-in-law and good friend” Rohland (a year younger than the helicopter); to Janet (a year younger than seat belts in cars); to Susan’s grandson Omari (the same age as Hong Kong’s independence from Britain); to Kristen’s little sister Jacqueline (a year younger than the World Wide Web); to Nancy’s friend Helen (who was 22 when the Berlin Wall collapsed); to Liz (twice the age of American Idol); to Alyssa (a year younger than Barbie); to Danny (twice the age of Facebook); and to Dawn (the same age as Cyndi Lauper)—who, her husband Larry recalls, once got a memorable shout-out from Barack Obama too.
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