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Physicians have higher rates of suicide than the general public despite having prestigious jobs respected by the public and good pay.

A new podcast and accompanying article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) looks at things that are important to know.

1. Increased suicidal ideation begins as early as medical school, with nearly 25 percent of students surveyed reporting suicidal ideation within the last 12 months. Obviously that does not mean medical schools cause suicide, it could mean that medical schools prize themselves on being stressful or it could even mean people with other qualities are more likely to go to medical school - but also have psychological issues.
Using dietary logs of recalls of ~336,000 individuals in the UK Biobank along with a genome-wide association study of bitter beverage consumption and of sweet beverage consumption., scholars have determined that your preference for dark roast coffee and a coworker's intake of soda might not be determined by taste 'genes' - it may be instead be genes related to the psychoactive properties of beverages. That goes for alcohol also.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese. This is pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, so at least it isn't raw unpasteurized milk causing illness yet again, and was made by in St. Simeon, France.

It is sold in small, circular wheels (250g) with sell-by dates of May 7, 2019 and May 14, 2019. Product lot codes are 7742-H 057 and 77432-H 064. 

Cheese labeled as such should be thrown away immediately.


Advertised as the “greatest thing you’ve never seen,” the 2019 U.S. Air Guitar Championships will take place this summer.

Competitors from around the country will don elaborate costumes, construct fantastical personas and perform comedic pantomimes of famous rock solos. Impaling themselves with their air guitars, swallowing them and smashing them to smithereens, they’ll elevate guitar playing to heights only imagined by real guitarists.

The winner will go on to represent the U.S. in the Air Guitar World Championships, which will take place in Oulu, Finland, in late August.

Using ancient fire remains from 11 well-preserved and overlapping open-air hearth structures, scholars have inferred Neanderthal group mobility and settlement patterns which indicate specific occupation episodes, perhaps according to season

At the very large and very small levels, gravity does not really work the way it should. At the very large level, instead of contracting, the universe has both expanded and accelerated despite detectable forces that could cause it. 

Measurements to determine how fast the Universe is expanding over time are known as the Hubble constant. It has been determined by a cosmic distance ladder, calculated by observing pulsating stars called Cepheid variables in a neighboring satellite galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud, 162,000 light-years away.

When defining the distances to galaxies that are further and further away, these Cepheid variables are used as milepost markers.