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Want to Think Clearly and Creatively?

Get some sleep. This today at the Daily Beast: When a person lies down to sleep at night, the brain undergoes a process that is crucial to learning, memory, and performance in ways that scientists are only now beginning to … 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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H5N1: The Airborne Experiment Cannot Be Kept Secret

More bad news on the H5N1 airborne experiment front (from the Los Angeles Times yesterday): [Dutch virologist Ron] Fouchier [whose lab created airborne H5N1] said he was cooperating [with the US government], but he thought the [experiment sharing] strategy was impractical. When he … Continue reading

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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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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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Donor 45: Talk about Speeding up Evolution!

Imagine locating a single person who just happens, by natural variation, to have the ability to ward off most strains of a widely feared virus. Then imagine taking cells from that man, learning how they achieve the trick, and then putting that discovery … 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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Lama Surya Das says that the Buddha represents “the fullest actualized potential of human beings.” My six-year-old daughter’s response: “This is wrong!”

In an essay at the Huffington Post today, Buddhist author Lama Surya Das characterizes in this way what the meditating stone Buddha in your spring garden symbolizes: The Buddha is actually an archetype representing enlightenment, an icon symbolizing inner wisdom, a pointer … Continue reading

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Reverse Super-Size Me: Kenda Swartz Pepper Feels Like 1.02 Billion

People, that is. Kenda Swartz Pepper, on March 20, started an experiment: to spend 21 days experiencing what it’s like to join the one billion people on the planet who go to bed hungry. Here’s Kenda today: 1.02 billion people in … Continue reading

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Yes we did

Barack Obama’s signature on the health care bill.

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Take 2,000 IU of Vitamin D?

Vitamin D seems to be a genuinely potent nutrient that a lot of doctors are recommending, including my family practitioner. The vitamin appears to be associated with lower rates of cancer and diabetes (to name just two large benefits). And the amount … Continue reading

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Wanna Live to 100? Dan Buettner Thinks He Knows How

Dan Buettner has been thinking about longevity issues for a long time, and here’s a digest of his ideas via TED TV:

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