The Price of Preemies
And other news from the techno-frontier.
Item: Reducing inflammation may reduce heart disease.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine
Gist: Two studies suggest "C-reactive protein," an inflammation marker, may correlate as strongly with heart disease as cholesterol does.
Skeptical view: CRP may be the symptom, not the cause. Either way, the less you have, the safer you are.
Lifestyle implications: To reduce CRP, quit smoking, exercise, eat healthy, lose weight, and take statin drugs. Oh, wait—that's the same stuff you're already supposed to do. ... 10:50 a.m. PT
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005
Item: A guy has been arrested for aiming a laser pen at aircraft.
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.