The first in a series of NPR reports online and on-air about Traumatic Brain Injuries and the military is a must-listen.
NPR's Isabel Lara tells Boing Boing:
Kit Parker’s mission to explain invisible brain injuries began with a call from an old Army buddy. Parker’s friend had been patrolling in an armored vehicle in Iraq, when an improvised explosive device went off nearby. Now something was wrong, his friend couldn’t sleep; he frequently lost his train of thought. Parker, a Harvard biophysicist and an officer in the Army Reserve, knew his friend’s brain wasn’t right, but aside from a ruptured eardrum, there was no sign of damage. How did the blast hurt him? Why couldn’t he think straight?
In a long-form piece, NPR’s Jon Hamilton has the story of how Parker used his scientific know-how and experience as a soldier to piece together the mystery of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained at least one of these injuries, which can impair thinking, memory, and emotional stability. But because even brain scans couldn’t usually detect TBIs, they were largely ignored by the military until recently. Hamilton’s piece tells the story of a researcher obsessed with TBI, and how what he found changed the military’s thinking on brain injury forever.
Yahoo News reports that a team of doctors in Britain is warning that people with mild cases of COVID-19 could suffer from “potentially fatal complications in the brain including delirium, nerve damage, and stroke.” The doctors examined 43 hospitalized patients and found that 10 suffered from temporary brain dysfunction, 12 had brain inflammation, 8 experienced […]
A few years back, my brother Rick Pescovitz came up with Under The Weather Pods, single-person pop-up shelters. (You may have caught Rick on Shark Tank.) Rick was sick of getting soaked at his kids’ soccer games and was inspired by a portable toilet he saw by the field. Under The Weather Pods are designed […]
Because the cruelty is the point.
Back in the 50s and 60s, it was no big deal in most areas to make a call to your local liquor store and have beer, wine and spirits delivered right to your house with little to no restriction. However, that ease and simplicity certainly isn’t in place today. Alcohol delivery laws in 2020 are […]
Unless you’re a regular cannabis user, you might be surprised to learn that the plant itself is basically just that — a plant. It’s not until you put cannabis under high heat that the process of decarboxylation breaks down that raw form into the psychoactive compounds that can actually benefit the body. This unlocking process […]
With our smartphones serving as the vital tether that links us to the rest of our lives, it’s no wonder how low batteries and power emergencies can occasionally feel like a life-and-death situation. I mean, it’s usually not, of course…but darned if it doesn’t feel that way when your indicator is showing only 5 percent […]