We hate to say it, but policing thinspo on Pinterest won’t be easy. As Chavie Lieber reported a couple of weeks ago:
Exactly how Pinterest plans to monitor people’s pinboards, or differentiate between the harmful and the innocuous, is still unclear, especially since users themselves cannot agree on what is appropriate.
Pinterest’s new policy of taking down self-harm pins will be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, and only when pins are reported by fellow users. Offending pinners are notified when their content is removed, and they can then contact Pinterest with further questions or concerns.
Pills That Can Make You Smarter
Margaret Talbot writes for the New Yorker about the underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs :
For the moment, people looking for that particular quick fix have a limited choice of meds. But, given the amount of money and research hours being spent on developing drugs to treat cognitive decline, Provigil and Adderall are likely to be joined by a bigger pharmacopoeia. Among the drugs in the pipeline are ampakines, which target a type of glutamate receptor in the brain; it is hoped that they may stem the memory loss associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s. But ampakines may also give healthy people a palpable cognitive boost. A 2007 study of sixteen healthy elderly volunteers found that five hundred milligrams of one particular ampakine “unequivocally” improved short-term memory, though it appeared to detract from episodic memory—the recall of past events. Another class of drugs, cholinesterase inhibitors, which are already being used with some success to treat Alzheimer’s patients, have also shown promise as neuroenhancers. In one study, the drug donepezil strengthened the performance of pilots on flight simulators; in another, of thirty healthy young male volunteers, it improved verbal and visual episodic memory. Several pharmaceutical companies are working on drugs that target nicotine receptors in the brain, in the hope that they can replicate the cognitive uptick that smokers get from cigarettes.
Noise is one of the great neglected health hazards of our time—the secondhand smoke of our ears
Who needs coffee when you can inhale your caffeine? Okay, it sounds weird to us, too. And now the FDA isn’t so sure that inhalable caffeine, sold in lipstick-sized canisters, is actually healthy.
FDA officials plan to investigate whether AeroShot, sold in a canister for a quick, 100-milligram hit of caffeine, is safe for consumers.
Because it is marketed as a dietary supplement, AeroShot did not require FDA review before hitting the U.S. market, going on sale last month in Massachusetts and New York. It is also available in France.
It was invented by Harvard biomedical engineering professor David Edwards, who claims it is safe and free of taurine and other common additives used to enhance the caffeine effect in energy drinks.
In the study, past and current users of marijuana actually scored higher on memory tests than those who didn’t use the drug.
Inhalable Caffeine: Party Drug Or Handy, Pocket-Sized Boost?
If you’ve ever lamented the time and effort it takes to brew or procure a cup of coffee, this might perk you up. “Breathable Energy. Anytime. Anyplace.”
That’s the campaign slogan for AeroShot, a plastic inhaler, roughly the size of a lipstick tube, filled with a powdery, calorie-free mix of caffeine, B vitamins, and citrus flavors. It’s slated to hit stores in January, just in time for the New Year.
Read more —> NPR
McDonald’s will be looking for a new source of eggs for many of its hugely popular Egg McMuffins.
The fast food company says it “will no longer accept” eggs from one of the country’s biggest egg companies, Sparboe Farms, that is the subject of an ABC News investigation to be broadcast Friday on “20/20” and “World News with Diane Sawyer” and was cited Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration for “significant…and serious violations” in the production of eggs.