Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Poems / ShortPoems 18.08.2017 / 17.02.2017





Tyrant
    If you
Write
About
The
tyrant
Do
It
With secret ink
Which
Leaves
    The leaf
White

Aspen
    The aspen
Has
Ceased
To
Tremble
No foliage
AnyMore
No
Branch
    Or trunk
AnyMore

Flexible
    Tree branches
And
Children
Are
Flexible
As are
The 
Wings
Of aircrafts
"And
    That's just
as well”
                        “Und das ist auch gut so!” Klaus Wowereit

Happiness
    Most
People
Are
Happy
After all
With
All
    Their
Epicycles

Afghanistan
    He was
Shot
But
With the
Message
The
Projectile
Hit
Her
    In the middle
Of the heart

Smoker
    Now
He
Smokes
No
More
The smoker
But
Smoke
Ascends
And
    His ashes
In the urn

Dawdle
    If we
Dawdle
On the
Way home
Squander
Away
Ti- ...
... -me
Not until
Then
    We live
For real

Sorry
    lots
Of people
Speak
The word
Excuse me
Ungainly
As if
Said
It
In a
    Strange
Language


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Unser Wartebereich


Wir haben unseren Wartebereich umgestaltet, allerdings nur an einer Stelle.


So sah es vorher aus

Also das Bild hat mich immer schon aufgeregt, denn wir behandeln Rheuma nicht mit Decken. Wir sprechen uns sogar gegen solche Rheumadecken aus [1]: „Zusammenfassend gibt es keine Rheumadecke, die Rheuma bekämpft. Wenn Ihnen kalt ist, erfüllt jede Decke, die Ihnen angenehm ist, den Zweck zu wärmen. Sparen Sie sich das Geld für Rheumadecken und vielleicht tun sie damit auch etwas für den Tierschutz.“
Zum anderen handelt es sich um Osteosynthese-Bilder, die kaum etwas mit Rheuma zu haben. Da meinte jemand, eine tolle Idee zu haben, wenn man in solchen Bildern Buchstaben sehen kann, daraus Rheuma zu buchstabieren. Ha, ha! Sage ich da.
Jedenfalls ist diese Zeit nun Vergangenheit


Jetzt hängt dieses Bild dort

Aber auch das neue Bild hat eine Geschickte. Wir hatten es schon eine Weile zusammen mit anderen Exponaten eingelagert. Es ist bei einer Aktion mit älteren Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsen, die am Down Syndrom und am Turner Syndrom leiden, entstanden. Es sind sehr farbenfrohe Bilder entstanden, die an verschiedenen Stellen zu sehen sind. Ich meine, dass der Wartebereich durch das neue Bild sehr gewonnen hat.


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"Knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century"


There has been an article on the prevalence of osteoarthritis recently by I.J. Wallace and colleagues [1]: "Knee osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century". Among the authors is also David T. Felson, whom I've heard several times during the past decade on osteoarthritis at various meetings. As rheumatologists we are often contacted by patients and mostly our advice is to reduce weight, exercise moderately, and see, that the diet is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and E. So research on the prevalence of osteoarthritis and knowing more about factors are very much warranted.

The authors analyzed long-term trends in knee OA prevalence “using cadaver-derived skeletons of people aged 50 y whose BMI at death was documented and who lived during the early industrial era (1800s to early 1900s; n = 1,581) and the modern postindustrial era (late 1900s to early 2000s; n = 819).” They also looked at “archeologically derived skeletons of prehistoric hunter-gatherers and early farmers (6000300 B.P.; n = 176).”

The authors concluded: “Overall, knee OA prevalence was found to be 16% among the postindustrial sample but only 6% and 8% among the early industrial and prehistoric samples, respectively. After controlling for age, BMI, and other variables, knee OA prevalence was 2.1-fold higher (95% confidence interval, 1.5–3.1) in the postindustrial sample than in the early industrial sample.” The authors think “that increases in longevity and BMI are insufficient to explain the approximate doubling of knee OA prevalence”.

Of course, more research on additional independent risk factors is necessary. But let me try an educated guess. Changes in diet and physical activity are obvious. Preventive measures might be:
·         Changing from sedentary to a more active lifestyle
·         Reducing supernutrition
·         Reducing processed foods
·         Increasing veggies and herbs
·         Reducing dairy and meats
One would have to wait for results in research about how effective these measures could be. But as you wouldn’t harm yourself with these measures, you could start right away.


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