Writing Excuses 8.8: Writing and Personal Health

This week’s episode of the Podcast Writing Excuses was a very interesting discussion of writing and health (mostly mental health) which was open, frank and well worth listening to. Sadly, mental health issues are a very common affliction for creative types of all kinds, and writers are no exception.

I also found the discussion of Standing Desks an interesting one, which is an idea I’ve toyed with myself, but not actually tried out…

“We ask the obvious question — are there more mental illnesses to be found among creative folk, or are we all under confirmation bias?

Mary and Howard chime in with their own mental wellness struggles, and we talk about the importance of letting other people know how we’re feeling, and why we might be feeling that way. We also talk about our physical health, and how important it is for us as writers to keep track of that. Dan, Brandon, and Mary all have standing desks, and Brandon’s is affixed to a treadmill (and as a result of this ‘cast, Howard tried a standing desk for a month and but then gave up on it.)”

via Writing Excuses 8.8: Writing and Personal Health » Writing Excuses.

Brass fixtures fight Bacteria and Spread of Germs.

Hmm. I might just have to have copper handles on the doors of my next home!

Plastic and stainless steel surfaces, which are now widely used in hospitals and public settings, allow bacteria to survive and spread when people touch them.

Even if the bacteria die, DNA that gives them resistance to antibiotics can survive and be passed on to other bacteria on these surfaces. Copper and brass, however, can kill the bacteria and also destroy this DNA.

Professor Bill Keevil, head of the microbiology group at Southampton University, said using copper on surfaces in public places and on public transport could dramatically cut the threat posed by superbugs.

via Fit brass fixtures to cut superbugs, say scientists – Telegraph.

BBC News – Today – The future: Personalised stem cells?

There has been a major development in stem cell research in which it may now be possible for stem cells to be created with your own genes reducing the risk of your body rejecting them.

Professor Roger Pederson directs the Medical Research Council Stem Cell centre at Cambridge and Emily Jackson of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority discuss how significant this is.

via BBC News – Today – The future: Personalised stem cells?.