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72 is the New 30

Really. This is at the Los Angeles Times: [R]esearch, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [… finds that a] typical Swede, […] is more than 100 times more likely to survive to the age … Continue reading

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Your Happiness Immune System and Set Point

__________ What I take from this TED talk: Live your life bravely and ethically because, regardless of what happens, a year from now you’re likely to be more or less as happy as you’ve always been. There are two surprising … Continue reading

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For Optimal Fitness, Get on the Fast Train?

This was at Wired this past weekend: [S]cience says that most recreational athletes are better off running or riding fewer miles and instead focusing on more intense efforts. It’s called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and its benefits have been outlined … Continue reading

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Skip Breakfast and Lunch as a Diet Method?

I got pretty severe with myself, diet-wise, about two years ago, and stopped eating breakfast and lunch. I typically don’t eat until 2 pm, and I don’t overeat when I do start eating. Since then, I’ve dropped about 30 pounds. … Continue reading

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How Doctors Die: A Great Follow-Up Essay to a Great Essay

Dr. Ken Murray has offered a follow-up essay providing some statistical support for his claim that doctors really do die differently from the rest of us (that is, they tend to “go gentle into that good night”). Here’s a taste: … Continue reading

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Thanks, McDonald’s: Obesity is Killing America’s Economic Competitiveness by Ballooning Health Care Costs

So says Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup and author of The Coming Jobs War. In an interview at Gallup’s Management Journal, he tags obesity and fruitless late-life interventions as the two chief reasons that Americans spend so much more than … Continue reading

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Smile Research

How much you smile, and how wide that smile tends to be, may correlate with your lifespan. Really. Here’s researcher Ron Gutman, at a TED conference, discussing what science has discovered about smiling: _____ And here’s the closing scene from … Continue reading

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Tim Tebow’s Work Ethic

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Bottom Line: Exercise 30 Minutes a Day

A must-see YouTube by Dr. Mike Evans of the University of Toronto:

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A Good Reason to Stop Fearing Cancer

If you worry about detecting cancer early, and therefore anxiously get regular cancer screenings, the New York Times today has an article on cancer screening that puts the whole subject into perspective: early detection doesn’t reduce the actual mortality rates from most … Continue reading

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No Matter How You Supplement, Cosmo, You’re Still Going to Die

A little reminder, from Ronald Bailey at Reason magazine, that there continues to be no evidence that vitamin supplementation improves health or increases longevity. Here’s his summary of two recent medical studies: One finding is that men in the prostate cancer study who took … Continue reading

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I Saw Contagion and Got My Flu Shot

But not in that order. I actually got my flu shot on Monday and saw Contagion on Tuesday. My wife and kids also got their flu shots this week. As to the movie, it’s a must-see that is well informed … Continue reading

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Are You Sitting Down?

Maybe you shouldn’t be. The below chart was at Andrew Sullivan’s blog this morning, but I don’t know how accurate it is. It claims that long hours of sitting is deadly. Intuitively, this seems plausible.  The information—if it is information and not, … Continue reading

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What Do Depression, Dark Chocolate, Vitamin D, Anxiety, Vilazodone, Bananas, Turkey, Salmon, Sunlight, and Exercise All Have in Common?

Answer: they might have something to do with whether or not you experience high or low serotonin levels. And what is serotonin? The New York Times yesterday had a good article about it: [S]erotonin in the brain has a basic personality. “It’s … Continue reading

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Neurons That Fire Together Wire Together: The New York Times Says 8 Weeks of Meditation, 30 Minutes a Day, May Change the Brain

More study is needed (obviously), but the New York Times, in its Health section, has a startling article on meditation’s apparent ability to literally change how the brain wires itself up, and that after only 8 weeks of very modest (30 minutes a day) meditation … Continue reading

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Aubrey de Grey’s TED Talk on Aging

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Alternative Medicine Does Not Exist; Critical Thinking Does

Andrew Sullivan recently got a letter from an epidemiology doctoral student offering some rules-of-thumb for thinking about medical claims and treatments. The advice is so sensible, and so nicely representative of good critical thinking, that I post them here: 1. Ancient wisdom is the … Continue reading

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Aristotle on (what ought to be) a source of social shame

A great Aristotle quote: It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use … Continue reading

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Does walking outdoors, even for just five minutes a day, improve health and well being?

Startlingly, a new British study, as reported by the BBC, suggests that just five minutes of outdoor exercise provides a measurable health benefit: UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem. … Continue reading

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Yes we did

Barack Obama’s signature on the health care bill.

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