Stephen Emmott Q&A: 'Windfarms are not the answer to our problems'

The author of Ten Billion on how we might avert a population catastrophe, his attempts to replicate photosynthesis, and why G8 leaders ought to wear tiesWatch Stephen Emmott reading extracts from his book. Reading this on mobile? Click hereWhy have scientists and politicians been slow and reluctant to confront population growth?It might be useful to first distinguish between growth and behaviour. The problem is less the current number of us in itself (yet) but more the way the majority of the 7 billion of us live and consume. This is principally the cause of almost every global problem we face. Critically, every one of these problems is set to accelerate as we continue to grow. "Confronting", as you put it, the way we live and consume is not something politicians want to do. Doing so would be immensely unpopular. And politicians do like to be popular. Indeed, our entire political systems are set up for the opposite: to promote and encourage us to increase our consumption and irresponsible behaviour. As for scientists – my colleagues, I should add – the vast majority choose to do what I have chosen not to do; to keep their heads well below the parapet on this lot.Do you think Thomas Malthus was wrong only in terms of timescale?The Reverend Thomas Malthus (FRS, no less) was wrong about many things. Indeed the chap held a fairly broad range of opinions which fell into the "dubious to odious" categories. But on population, his basic argument &ndash...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Energy Population World news Food Technology Physics Energy efficiency Energy research Ethical and green living Q & amp;As The Observer Environment Science Source Type: news

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Conclusion Most head and neck pathologies show a broad cellular heterogeneity making it difficult to achieve an accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment (Graf and Zavodszky, 2017; Lo Nigro et al., 2017). Single cell analysis of circadian omics (Lande-Diner et al., 2015; Abraham et al., 2018), may be a crucial tool needed in the future to fully understand the circadian control of head and neck diseases. It becomes more obvious that there is only a small genetic component but a largely unknown epigenetics and/or environmental component for most of the head and neck pathologies (Moosavi and Motevalizadeh Ardekani, 2016; He...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe first-line treatment of NSCLC is correlated with an improvement in the symptomatic evolution of advanced NSCLC patients.FundingRoche.
Source: Advances in Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
New Jerseyans with terminal or life-shortening diseases and Compassion & Choices praised the state Assembly and Senate for passing the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (S1072/A1504) after nearly seven years of debate on the issue and urged Governor Phil Murphy to promptly sign it into law. The Assembly approved the bill by a 41 to 33 vote and Senate by a 21 to 16 vote. This bill would allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults with 6 months or less to live to have the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication they can decide to take if their suffering becomes unbearable and die peacefully in thei...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
 In general, people with mental illness aren’t perfectly fine one day and suddenly symptomatic the next. It often feels that way to people with bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia, but many of us in recovery realize that the warning signs were there all along.    SUBSCRIBE &REVIEW “If you think there might be something wrong – that is a red flag.” – Gabe Howard   Highlights From ‘Warning Bipolar Schizophrenia’’ Episode [1:00] March 30th is World Bipolar Day! [2:30] What are some of the warning signs of mental illness? [5:00] Will supplements ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast Disorders Schizophrenia Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsWe observed that long sleep duration increases cancer-specific mortality for all-cancers and lung cancers, while all-cause mortality is increased for breast cancer survivors. Limitations were found within the existing literature that need to be addressed in future studies in order to improve the understanding regarding the exact magnitude of the effect between sleep duration and site-specific mortality.
Source: Cancer Causes and Control - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Rationale: A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is typically inserted with the patient in the supine position. Here, we placed a PICC in a patient in the sitting position, in order to treat congestive heart failure. Patient concerns: A 65-year-old man was diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer. He had experienced septic shock and was medicated with continuous infusion of noradrenaline through a peripheral vein, in order to maintain sufficient blood pressure. However, indwelling peripheral venous catheters were difficult to place and maintain. Diagnosis: The patient experienced orthopnea due to congestive h...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
Abstract Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5a (TRACP5a) is mainly secreted by activated macrophages in chronic inflammation. Serum TRACP5a is associated with symptom distress in lung cancer patients during chemotherapy. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate whether chemotherapy drugs modulate TRACP5a as an inducible marker for symptom distress in lung cancer patients during chemotherapy. In clinical analysis, lung cancer participants completely received the six-cycle chemotherapy process (n = 42). Clinical determinations for TRACP5a, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), white blood cells, monocyt...
Source: European Journal of Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Eur J Pharmacol Source Type: research
Conclusions: In conclusion, our results showed a clear association between sleep disturbances and cancer symptoms. Because of that, adequate symptom control is essential to maintain sleep quality in patients with lung cancer. PMID: 30683024 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Tuberkuloz ve Toraks - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Tuberk Toraks Source Type: research
Conclusions: OSA is very prevalent in lung cancer and its severity appears inversely correlated with tumor stage.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung Cancer Source Type: research
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and nocturnal hypoxemia may predispose to lung cancer.Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional case control study including individuals participating in two prospective studies of home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) in the setting of newly diagnosed lung cancer (NCT02764866) and lung cancer screening (NCT02764866). HSAT, imaging studies, epidemiologic data, and a sleep questionnaire were available for all subjects. Patients with OSA defined as an AHI> 15 (Group A;n=129) were compared with controls with an AHI
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung Cancer Source Type: research
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