Today I’m sharing two new articles. The first is related to cardiovascular disease prevention and the second is a human interest piece.
I hope you enjoy, and as always, I appreciate feedback, questions, and comments, which you can provide in two ways:
Homocysteine, an amino acid thought to play a role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, is now forgotten or ignored by many physicians. Professional opinion and guidelines in the United States almost universally suggest not managing homocysteine levels in all except the most extreme cases. However, in forming these recommendations, experts relied heavily on a series of inadequate trials while simultaneously undervaluing a compelling body of literature to the contrary.
Coach Ek checked his watch—there was no more time for exploring today; it was time to turn back. The boys were jubilant; for most this was the kind of adventure they had hoped for.
But as they marched back home toward the cave’s entrance, just a short distance before the T-junction they encountered another body of water. They heard it rushing before they saw it. “Coach, we found water!” yelled one of the players. “Are we lost?” shouted another.
— “The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand” by Matt Gutman
In fact, the Thai boy’s soccer team and their coach were not lost, but they were trapped deep inside a cave surrounded by flooded passages. A multi-national effort ensued which culminated in a daring rescue attempt planned and led by civilian cave divers, one of whom was also an anesthesiologist, Dr. Richard Harris.