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The Quietest Place in America Is Becoming a Warzone
If we don’t defend silence, we sever one of the last ties to life on Earth before humans started raising a ruckus—before the combustion engine, before cities. If we lose silence, we lose the space to reflect on what makes us who we are.
nature  health  travel  sound  washingtonstate  beauty  usa 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
You have less friends as you get older, and you spend more time alone, according to the data — Quartz
Hours spent in the company of children, friends, and extended family members all plateau by our mid-50s. And from the age of 40 until death, we spend an ever-increasing amount of time alone.
age  life  aging  science  research  health  friendship  relationships  marriage 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic - The New York Times
“Listen, I know I can’t be there night and day for everyone. But at this point now, I feel like I can’t lose another young man to this disease.”
hiv  aids  mississippi  black  disease  health  politics 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
​The Counselor | Motherboard
"Humans hate silence, but computers don’t mind it. We taught the counselor to pause":
autonomy  AI  health  ethics  from twitter_favs
may 2015 by allaboutgeorge
Survival difference are not black and white
"Our findings challenge the long held notion that African Americans do better than whites on dialysis."
health  kidney  from twitter
december 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Longtime survivors or newly diagnosed, more older adults are living with HIV/AIDS - Medical News - sacbee.com
"This drove me into a state of panic and sorrow unlike anything I've ever experienced," she said. "That doesn't need to happen to other people. We need to be smart and educated.

"Trust? We all want trust. But this virus is on the rise. We can't give ourselves to trust any more. That's shattered. We need to give ourselves to the medical community and get tested."
hiv  aids  health  testing  sacramento  california  aging 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Our data, ourselves - The Boston Globe
Instead of arguing about ownership and the right to privacy, they say, we should be imagining data as a public resource: a bountiful trove of information about our society which, if properly managed and cared for, can help us set better policy, more effectively run our institutions, promote public health, and generally give us a more accurate understanding of who we are. This growing pool of data should be public and anonymous, they say — and each of us should feel a civic responsibility to contribute to it.
data  information  creativity  health  privacy  census 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Mindfulness - Fully experiencing the present: a practice for everyone, religious or not - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times
"It's about people waking up, not being confined by any belief system. Awareness is bigger than a belief system."
attention  spirituality  religion  buddhism  research  health  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin - TIME
"You cannot sit still all day long and then have 30 minutes of exercise without producing stress on the muscles," says Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, a neurobiologist at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center who has studied nutrition for 20 years. "The muscles will ache, and you may not want to move after. But to burn calories, the muscle movements don't have to be extreme. It would be better to distribute the movements throughout the day."
exercise  health  work  research 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Study: Regrets? Women have a few, particularly in romance - Chicago Sun-Times
“Regret is something that can push people into better success in the future. It’s a motivator. ... It’s a benefit if you take a lesson and move on quickly. It’s a problem if you keep [re-living] that same regret over and over again.”
behavior  men  women  research  relationships  love  marriage  health 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it) | Grist
The bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about new development or raising property values. It's about bettering our existing communities. It's about making cities and suburbs that are built on an automotive scale navigable, instead, by human power. It's about providing the basics to everyone, in their neighborhood, now -- and along with that the choice to opt for that $3,000 to $12,000 yearly rebate.

There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle.
bicycling  transportation  transit  health  economy  diy 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Plastic Surgery Among Ethnic Groups Mirrors Beauty Ideals - NYTimes.com
"Everyone in New York is some sort of an immigrant. They’re just doing it to feel good."
beauty  surgery  health  from twitter
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Shock and Ow! Taser Company Profile: Big Issues: GQ
"[...] The products, called Axon and Protector, intend to take electronic surveillance to confounding new heights. Axon is a camera mounted on a cop's radio earpiece that can record video of all interactions with suspects and store them indefinitely on a database called Evidence.com. Protector is Big Brother on a BlackBerry, an overprotective parent's digital dream come true: a twenty-four-hour surveillance program that allows adults to monitor and control kids' cell phones, driving, and whereabouts. Both products promise safety at some expense to privacy and civil liberties. [...]"
security  police  power  law  justice  prison  health  technology 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Many gay couples negotiate open relationships
"When we started this study, we felt we didn't know many people with open relationships, but now our friend set is much more diverse. People we didn't think were open turned out to be. It's just not talked about that much."
gay  polyamory  relationships  marriage  sex  health  behavior  love  hiv  aids  sanfrancisco 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Peter Case Live at McCabe's - Americana and roots music - No Depression
Then, there came this thing where I just wanted to rock and roll. I mean, we rock and roll because we can. It really made me appreciate life and on the other hand I realized we don't really have control .I had to trust that everything was going to work out. Before the surgery I had this weird feeling. I saw the dawn coming up in the east over L.A. It was like I was seeing it for the first time. Like when I was kid in San Francisco. Then, I spent time reading William Blake.

After, I just got this feeling like we're gonna die...so let's do some rocking. Be in the moment. I'll tell you what it was like. The world was beautiful. It was like I was on this huge precipice seeing the sunrise across L.A. Everything was very beautiful. And I was on this huge cliff ready to fall, but I enjoyed the beauty of it. That's what it's about, man.
rock  music  livemusic  creativity  death  health  attention  beauty 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stress and worry ebb, happiness grows after 50 | Booster Shots | Los Angeles Times
We all know women live longer, but this survey makes clear it's a little harder on them than it is on men. At all ages, their reported levels of "enjoyment" are lower than mens'. At all ages, their levels of stress and worry are significantly higher than those of men. At all ages, their reported sadness is higher than mens'. Only their levels of anger were the equal of mens' throughout the lifespan.
women  health  research  gender  power  happiness 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Screw happiness - Feminism - Salon.com
Here is what I have deduced so far both from my experiences and from the hissed warnings of those who propel me toward their idea of happiness and simultaneously warn me it will never really be attainable: There will be peaks -- falling in love, seeing new places, enjoying whatever form a family takes, drinking a beer on a warm night, seeing a baseball team win a long coveted pennant. And there will be valleys -- divorces and illnesses, joblessness and money trouble, watching those you love in pain, a ninth inning playoff loss. In those valleys, I'm not sure that it's happiness we first strive for, but rather the power to not get stuck, to move toward just slightly higher ground. A spot within view of a peak will often do just as nicely as a seat atop it.
happiness  psychology  health  attention  beauty  love  family 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Preview - The Data-Driven Life - NYTimes.com
At the center of this personal laboratory is the mobile phone. During the years that personal-data systems were making their rapid technical progress, many people started entering small reports about their lives into a phone. Sharing became the term for the quick post to a social network: a status update to Facebook, a reading list on Goodreads, a location on Dopplr, Web tags to Delicious, songs to Last.fm, your breakfast menu on Twitter. “People got used to sharing,” says David Lammers-Meis, who leads the design work on the fitness-tracking products at Garmin. “The more they want to share, the more they want to have something to share.” Personal data are ideally suited to a social life of sharing. You might not always have something to say, but you always have a number to report.
data  psychology  culture  health  nytimes  sociology  business  productivity  mobile  information 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Carrying an Extra 10 Pounds Might Not Hurt - WSJ.com
"Just because someone is slightly overweight doesn't mean they're not healthy," says Keri Gans, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Indeed, researchers and doctors are starting to understand that eating healthy foods and getting exercise can matter more than the number that appears when you step on the scale.

And if you have just a little extra jiggle in your jeans, that fat is likely less dangerous than the kind carried by the obese. The fat sported by those slightly overweight is most often subcutaneous, meaning it is surface fat that is often carried on hips, thighs and in the gluteus region. That fat is less harmful to health than visceral fat, which is characterized as fat that attaches to organs and often causes a protruded belly. Visceral fat can increase the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.
weight  health  exercise  beauty  disease 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sleep: Loss - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
One day I met a man with the name of an angel. He was French. His accent was so thick, it sounded fake. We got to talking and I told him what had happened. “You’re going to be fine,” Emmanuel said right away. “Something bad always leads to something good.” He spoke from personal experience. His partner had died six years earlier. But he did not use that word died as he told me his story. Nor did he say passed away, a euphemism I had come to hate. Instead, Emmanuel said, “When my partner disappeared….” I knew this was not a case of poor English, a bungled translation. Still, I had to say something. “You said ‘disappeared’ —“

He nodded.

“That’s exactly how it feels for me, too.”
death  relationships  sleep  love  health 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Need Music. | Stripmall Architecture
What I am saying is that you need to also listen to new music. I know I have a conflict of interest here, (being an “undiscovered musician” and all) but I feel that discovering new music is of the utmost importance to your human-ness. I know this in the same way I know that burning books is wrong. I know this in the same way that I know that you don’t talk during a play. I know this like I know that you have to floss. Listening to new music is good mental hygiene and is of fundamental importance to your mental and emotional health and well-being. It makes you feel, it makes you think, it can help stroke victims recover language abilities, it reaches people suffering from depression when friends and family can’t , it even helps kids’ brains develop. There is an entire internet full of anecdotal evidence that music will get you laid. What more do you need?
music  reviews  beauty  attention  aging  health  creativity  listening 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sobriety and Maggie Dammit: What It's Like Now | BlogHer
And yes, I get angry -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get scared -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get brutally honest -— new, and scary, but clean. Because I also get happy, now, joyous, even, and while terrifying, it’s the cleanest I’ve ever felt, a spick-and-span soul, a core clicked into place, an energy whirring and humming along as it should be, through no doing of my own. My life a beast that cannot, should not, be wrangled, tamed, steered, one that’s happiest if I simply let it run as I hold on tight, but not too tight, close my eyes against the force of it and ride.
drinking  alcohol  health  behavior  sobriety  writing  nonfiction 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Is Marriage Good for Your Health? - NYTimes.com
“When someone holds your hand in a study or just shows that they are there for you by giving you a back rub, when you’re in their presence, that becomes a cue that you don’t have to regulate your negative emotion,” he told me. “The other person is essentially regulating your negative emotion but without your prefrontal cortex. It’s much less wear and tear on us if we have someone there to help regulate us.”
marriage  health  relationships  love  family  brain  emotion  research  science 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture - NYTimes.com
“Most of us are far from our potential,” said Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. “The prevailing wisdom, for much of the last century, has been that talent is the most important determinant of achievement. Our focus in the next millennium is turning to all those things that unlock talent, including grit, self-discipline and confidence.”
behavior  health  thinking  attention  identity  creativity  work  psychology  achievement 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tiger Woods and the Superstar Effect - WSJ.com
"Anything that makes us more aware of superior performance will also make us more aware of our own performance, which can be a bad thing. That's why it's always best to sit at the front of the class when taking a hard test. You don't want to start comparing yourself to anybody else."
games  sports  testing  education  attention  social  creativity  psychology  behavior  health 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Women Who Drink Gain Less Weight - Well Blog - NYTimes.com
Dieters are often advised to stop drinking alcohol to avoid the extra calories lurking in a glass of wine or a favorite cocktail. But new research suggests that women who regularly consume moderate amounts of alcohol are less likely to gain weight than nondrinkers and are at lower risk for obesity.
alcohol  women  drinking  health  men  nytimes 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Vital Signs - Study Finds Women Wear Shoes That Cause Pain - NYTimes.com
“I think women need to really pay attention to how a shoe fits and realize that what you’re buying could have potential effects on your feet for the rest of your life,” said the paper’s lead author, Alyssa B. Dufour, a doctoral student in biostatistics at Boston University. “It’s important to pay attention to size and width, and not just buy it because it’s cute.”
fashion  marketing  women  men  health  science  research  massachusetts  beauty  gender 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The key to his genius - Books, Canada - Macleans.ca
One can speculate endlessly about the causes of Gould’s late-career breakdown; everything from the recent death of his perfectionist mother to the routine pressures of middle age has been cited. And it is surely the case that his hypochondria, combined with the cycles of self-medication, anxiety, and (importantly) the means to indulge these, created its own toxic energy. But I think the simplest explanation is both the best and the most frightening. Gould was caught in a control freak’s nightmare. Even as he struggled to fix something he felt was broken, he was attacked by new waves of misgiving about whether the steps he was taking to solution were actually making the problem worse. Not only was his playing stalled by thought—in other words, he had become the centipede—but, far worse, the thought itself had become stalled, recursive and self-negating at every moment. This is the energy of consciousness bent back upon its bearer.
music  philosophy  behavior  thinking  health  psychology  classical  classicalmusic  canada  books 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hello baby, goodbye chemicals - The Globe and Mail
Food is major. But I can't afford to buy all organic and I don't think most people can. So [for] bananas or other things with thick rinds, which I know are less susceptible to pesticides, I don't buy organic. But meat products, it's always organic, especially the dairy. Second is any cleaning products. I get the organic stuff from the health-food store or I make my own, and that's with baking soda, water, vinegar and maybe a bit of lemon. If I use any shampoo or soap on my daughter, I buy them at the health-food store and the less ingredients, the better. And I got Song Ji [her daughter] an organic mattress – that was a big-ticket item for me but that's where she spends most of her life.
children  health  marketing  parenting  business  documentary  film  southkorea  canada 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Straight, Single, and Sixty: The Truth About Dating After 55 | RHRealityCheck.org
Dating over fifty-five is alive and well in spite of the challenges, the heartbreak, and the silly happenings that come with age. The need for intimacy never ends.
sex  relationships  aging  love  friendship  health  1960s  dating 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Well - Divorce, It Seems, Can Make You Ill - NYTimes.com
In a series of experiments, scientists at Ohio State studied the relationship between marital strife and immune response, as measured by the time it takes for a wound to heal. The researchers recruited married couples who submitted to a small suction device that left eight tiny blisters on the arm. The couples then engaged in different types of discussions — sometimes positive and supportive, at other times focused on a topic of conflict.

After a marital conflict, the wounds took a full day longer to heal. Among couples who exhibited high levels of hostility, the wound healing took two days longer than with those who showed less animosity.
marriage  health  science  divorce  communication  friendship  relationships  love  research  happiness  exercise 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hormonal health linked to open blinds and sex | Straight.com
Turner advises everything from opening your blinds immediately upon waking in the morning (which she says will boost serotonin and reduce melatonin) to deep breathing on the way to work (which will decrease cortisol and increase serotonin) to strength training (which will lower cortisol and insulin and increase DHEA, testosterone, dopamine, and serotonin).
health  stress  biology  sex  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why dishing does you good: U-M study
"Many of the hormones involved in bonding and helping behavior lead to reductions in stress and anxiety in both humans and other animals. Now we see that higher levels of progesterone may be part of the underlying physiological basis for these effects," Brown said.
health  relationships  women  story  communication  gender  psychology  evolution 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Brief Life as a Woman - Well Blog - NYTimes.com
I was in the middle of treatment for an aggressive case of prostate cancer last winter, and it included a six-month course of hormone therapy. My Lupron shots suppressed testosterone, which is the fuel for prostate cancer.

When your testosterone is being throttled, there are bound to be side effects. So, with the help of Lupron, I spent a few months aboard the Good Ship Menopause with all the physical baggage that entails. It’s a trip that most men don’t expect to take.
women  men  health  humor  nytimes  cancer  identity  food 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Health Data Proves Contagious On Social Media - WSJ.com
Public interest in swine flu also spurred the CDC to start its first Facebook page May 1. By May 21, it had nearly 6,500 fans, adding to an increasing number of health-care organizations already on Facebook including the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mayo Clinic.

Yet not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Of more than 5,000 hospitals in the nation, only 128 have YouTube channels, 87 have Facebook pages, 140 have Twitter accounts and 23 have blogs.
health  social  socialnetworking  twitter  facebook  youtube  video  web  online  medicine  data  information  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Media has heaviest drinkers, poll finds | Media | The Guardian
Media workers are the heaviest drinking professionals in England, consuming the equivalent of more than four bottles of wine or more than 19 pints of beer a week, according to government research. People in the profession drink an average of 44 units a week, around double the recommended limit, a Department of Health survey finds. The NHS recommended maximum alcohol consumption for men is 21 to 28 units a week – three to four units a day. For women, the maximum is 14-21 units a week – two to three units a day.
alcohol  newspapers  journalism  media  drinking  beer  wine  television  radio  uk  europe  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The New Normal - Richard Florida
If the Pew data are accurate, it's not tech-driven consumption - less than a third (31 percent) of those surveyed consider high-speed internet a necessity, and just 4 percent say they need an iPod.

But there are many things that are not asked about, as Salmon notes, like " intangibles,'" or spending on personal development (education, learning), higher-quality food, exercise, health-care, green products, or a cleaner environment.
environment  urban  future  economy  shopping  marketing  business  cities  money  education  food  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Are you prepared?
I'm not prepared. I need to get there this spring.
bayarea  reference  diy  health  sanfrancisco  california  outdoors  earthquake  disaster  safety 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Waiting for death, alone and unafraid - Los Angeles Times
Sometimes he wonders if he is playing at being a tired old man or whether he actually is a tired old man.

Through the blur of his dozing, he hears muffled voices, the memory of the boys running from room to room, the happiest sound in the world. There was a time when he could hear Jeanne breathing beside him after she had died.
death  philosophy  psychology  health  medicine  losangeles  brain 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
UC Davis News & Information :: Study Finds Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory and Emotion
“What’s cool about this is that one of the main parts of the brain that’s tracking the music is the same part of the brain that’s responding overall to how autobiographically salient the music is,” Janata said.

Because memory for autobiographically important music seems to be spared in people with Alzheimer’s disease, Janata said, one of his long-term goals is to use this research to help develop music-based therapy for people with the disease.

“Providing patients with MP3 players and customized playlists,” he speculated, “could prove to be a quality-of-life improvement strategy that would be both effective and economical.”
memory  science  brain  music  beauty  health  mp3  identity 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
As doctor and writer, Verghese brings humanity to the practice of medicine - ContraCostaTimes.com
Knowing that tuberculosis would soon kill him, Chekhov felt an urge to travel. His wife took him to a spa in Germany, where a crisis ensued. The spa physician decided to send for an oxygen pillow.

"What's the use, doctor?" Chekhov is reported to have said. "Before that arrives, I will be a corpse."

The doctor changed his mind and ordered champagne.

Chekhov emptied a glass, lay down quietly and died.

"I've done some very unusual things at the bedside," Verghese tells his listeners. "But I don't think I ever would have thought of ordering a bottle of champagne."

He sounds like a doctor who thinks he's been somehow remiss — and like a writer who wishes he'd conjured that ending himself.
medicine  health  death  writing  fiction  creativity  germany 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Science News / It’s Written All Over Your Face
"The average person you pass on the street is probably not ‘hot or not.' But if they are hot or not, they should activate some kind of socially behavioral response [the reward circuitry] that says go after that person at all costs or avoid them at all costs because mating could be really horrific for your [offspring’s] genes."
science  health  psychology  beauty  sex  relationships 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What your loneliness is telling you | Salon
"Solitude is a healthy way of being alone with oneself. One engages in an inner dialogue," Dumm says. "One of the things that our culture really tries to discourage is thinking, reflection, seriousness. I think that we have to have more confidence in our ability to be thoughtful people. We spend an enormous amount of time worrying about ourselves, but not an awful lot of time caring for ourselves. Caring for ourselves means thinking very seriously and carefully about the conditions under which we're living our lives, and how others are living theirs, and taking instruction from the way that others have lived their lives."
happiness  identity  social  psychology  holiday  christmas  thinking  health 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jack in the Box burger tops unhealthful list - Los Angeles Times
The $1 burger from San Diego-based Jack in the Box topped the ranking because of its hamburger patty and "hefty helpings of cheese and mayo-onion sauce," said Krista Haynes, Cancer Project staff dietitian. The item contains 23 grams of fat, 860 milligrams of sodium, and bacon, a processed meat that Haynes said was associated with increased colorectal cancer risk.

[...] After ranking the Jack in the Box burger as the worst choice, the group said that Taco Bell's Cheesy Double Beef Burrito was a close second. The burrito contains processed beef and nacho cheese sauce. It weighs in at 20 grams of fat, including 7 grams of saturated fat, as well as 460 calories and contains what the Cancer Project called "an astonishing 1,620 milligrams of sodium."

Burger King's Breakfast Sausage Biscuit ranked third on the list of five. The McDouble from McDonald's was fourth and Wendy's Junior Bacon Cheeseburger was fifth.
food  business  corporations  vegan  cancer  health  science  research 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says - NYTimes.com
“There’s kind of an emotional quiet riot that occurs and takes on a life of its own, that people themselves may be unaware of. Emotions have a collective existence — they are not just an individual phenomenon.”
sociology  nytimes  happiness  psychology  health  social  friendship  relationships  emotion  research  science 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Biking on a Brompton: One Reporter’s View - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com
"Once you have the knack, a rider can tuck in the back wheel, fold the midsection, flip down the handlebars and left pedal, and lower the seat – all in about 20 seconds."
travel  bicycling  aesthetics  exercise  cities  urban  nytimes  green  environment  health 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - Psychologists | Scientific Blogging
"Observers used three characteristics – quantity of social interaction, attractiveness of the individual and the degree of self promotion in the main photo – to form an impression of the individual's personality."
psychology  facebook  social  yasns  blogging  education  identity  photography  beauty  health 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A Commitment Pill? - Olivia Judson - Evolution - Opinion - New York Times Blog
"Examples of the socially monogamous? They include Kirk’s dik-dik, a small African antelope; the fat-tailed dwarf lemur, a small primate from Madagascar; the prairie vole, a North American rodent; some human beings."
science  love  relationships  research  health  animals  fauna 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Findings - As External Barriers Disappear, Internal Gender Gaps Widen - NYTimes.com
“Humanity’s jaunt into monotheism, agriculturally based economies and the monopolization of power and resources by a few men was ‘unnatural’ in many way. In some ways modern progressive cultures are returning us psychologically to our hunter-gatherer roots. That means high sociopolitical gender equality over all, but with men and women expressing predisposed interests in different domains. Removing the stresses of traditional agricultural societies could allow men’s, and to a lesser extent women’s, more ‘natural’ personality traits to emerge.”
men  women  gender  psychology  health  evolution  research  science  sex  culture  nytimes  nature  poverty 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Health | Declaring love boosts sex appeal
"Combining information about others' physical beauty with information about how attracted they appear to be to you allows you to allocate your social effort efficiently."
love  relationships  beauty  men  women  sex  communication  thinking  information  social  dating  behavior  health  science  research  psychology 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Science Daily: White Men Attach Greater Stigma To Mental Health Care
"The findings suggest that non-Latino white males, compared to all women and men of other ethnicities, were most likely to mistrust the mental health care system and were also likely to perceive mental illness as a stigma and therefore avoid formal mental health care."
health  white  race  education  money  men  ethnicity  psychology 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Vasectomies: Word of caution on birth-control procedure -- chicagotribune.com
"Every once in a while you get this weird thought of, 'I'm never going to be a father.' It's equal parts terrifying because you're not like everyone else, and also because you made this extreme decision at 27."
sex  men  health  choice  identity  dating  relationships  marriage  parenting  women  aging 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The new Joy of Sex: why you still need help in bed - Times Online
“I think what a lot of the other material out there misses is how powerful sex is; people die for it, literally. One of the ways we've gone wrong in the past is that we haven't recognised this emotional power. Sex isn't a game - it's not pink and black and fluffy. So I think there still is a need for a book that takes sex seriously.”
sex  books  aesthetics  biology  science  reading  1970s  uk  gender  men  women  health 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
About Face: How Plastic Surgery Can Give an Older Woman the Face of a Baby -- New York Magazine
"When I tell her that making the face bigger or 'fatter' seems counterintuitive, she says, 'I know, that’s why no one was doing it twenty years ago.' 'How did you figure it out?' I ask. 'Because I was doing lipo and I don’t like to throw anything away.'"
beauty  women  youth  children  nyc  magazine  art  aesthetics  aging  identity  celebrity  medicine  fashion  health  culture  gender  feminism  surgery 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaNews Group’s Social Media Services Take Shape With TauMed: George Dearing’s Blog On New Media, Marketing And Technology
"[T]he big media companies are realizing that their newspapers alone just ain’t gonna pay the bills. In today’s media landscape, MediaNews can’t be satisfied with simply reaching your doorstep with yesterday’s news printed on dead trees."
blogging  medianews  journalism  media  newspapers  health  social  yasns  web  online 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Padma Lakshmi: The anti-Martha Stewart - Los Angeles Times
"In my kitchen, things are chaotic, people talk over each other, neighbors drop in when they're not invited and friends stay way later than they should. I would call myself the imperfect hostess."
health  culture  cooking  food  social  business  marketing  friendship 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Desert Island: Q&A with Willy Vlautin - Nerve.com Screening Room
"[I]t's a really bad habit to sit there and beat the shit out of yourself. And I've done it. I'm really good at it. I'm trying to be better at that, but fuck man, that's like trying to change who you are."
writing  fiction  creativity  health  drinking  nevada  interviews 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TidBITS Opinion: Instant Messaging for Introverts
"Specifically, I'd like to advance the thesis that - for some people at least - an aversion to instant messaging is a natural consequence of one's temperament, and that this is neither good nor bad in and of itself, though it does of course have consequen
behavior  brain  communication  community  computers  culture  online  gtd  health  internet  mac  psychology  reading  socialnetworking  social  technology  toread  twitter  writing  work  apple 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sex? It's written all over your face | Family and relationships | Life and Health
"What was interesting was the strength of the preference among men for women who were interested in short-term sex and the strength of the preference of the women for men not interested in short-term sex."
sex  relationships  science  love  marriage  health  research  uk  men  women 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
penmachine: Life, death, and the blog (spoken word)
"[W]hen the planned speaker dropped out at the last minute a couple of weeks ago, I filled in, talking about how I've mixed my online and offline lives since developing colon cancer last year."
death  blogging  twitter  yasns  social  socialnetworking  health  canada  music  technology 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Keystone Research Center (via PR Newswire): Unionization Substantially Improves the Pay and Benefits of African-Americans Workers
"The data demonstrate that unions raise wages and increase access to health insurance and pensions. Unions continue to be a central element of any plan to improve economic equality in this country."
unions  work  jobs  blacks  race  business  health 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A history of the hangover. - By Inigo Thomas - Slate Magazine
"The Scots, the Irish, the Welsh, and the English seem to have special relationships with the hangover. Why do societies drink? The answer is obvious, in a way, but not entirely."
drinking  beverages  alcohol  wine  health  uk  social 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: You Remind Me of Me
“[W]e found that people who were mimicked actually felt more strongly about the product when they knew the other person was invested in it.”
nytimes  psychology  research  social  toread  marketing  health  behavior  identity  communication 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - New York Times
"China not only was the world’s biggest palm oil importer last year, holding steady at 5.2 million tons in the first 11 months of the year, but it also doubled its soybean oil imports to 2.9 million tons, forcing buyers elsewhere to switch to palm oil."
china  food  globalization  economics  farming  health  asia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com - Not in the mood for sex
"Bring the plants into the bathroom, turn on the heater and lay some towels down. Pretend you're on vacation."
sex  relationships  marriage  men  women  health  love  counseling  psychology  medicine 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - The Logic of Life: Tim Harford
"[... E]conomists have discovered — through careful interview programs — that working girls will often leave the condom in the purse in exchange for a pay rise of about a quarter. [...]"
economics  money  jobs  work  sex  risk  power  health  hiv  aids  thinking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sex and the Teenage Girl - New York Times
"There was a girls’ bathroom next to my classroom, which was more convenient for me than the faculty one on the other side of campus. In the last stall, carved deeply into the metal box reserved for used sanitary napkins, was the single word 'Please.'"
sex  teenagers  parents  children  women  feminism  health  movies  cinema 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WebMD: Vitamin D May Ease Depression
"But how much vitamin D you need depends on several factors, such as the environment you live in, what time of year it is, your skin type, and sun exposure."
health  medicine  brain  psychology  race 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beauty and success | To those that have, shall be given | Economist.com
"It therefore makes biological sense for people to prefer beautiful friends and lovers, since the first will make good allies, and the second, good mates."
beauty  reputation  fashion  love  friendship  work  jobs  sex  sociology  aesthetics  dating  health 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Drugs to build up that mental muscle - Los Angeles Times
"Just think what it would do to anybody's career in about any area. There are not too many occupations where it's really good to be dumb."
brain  drugs  health  music  marketing  science  classical  classicalmusic  games  athletes 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Study: Romantic love affects brain like drug addiction | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Entertainment: Break Room
"We saw activity in the ventral tegmental area and other regions of the brain's reward system associated with motivation, elation and focused attention."
love  relationships  sex  story  science  brain  health  research  attention  drugs 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC News: Culture shapes how brain interprets signals
"Culture has a measurable influence on our brain and, as a result, our behavior. Researchers need to take this into consideration when drawing conclusions about brain function and human behavior."
culture  behavior  science  health  research  communication  brain 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Zimbabwe, Fewer Affairs And Less HIV - washingtonpost.com
"Many researchers now suspect that economic vitality -- expressed in rising truck traffic, burgeoning bar scenes and widening income disparity -- encourage the behaviors that fuel a sexually transmitted epidemic."
sex  africa  hiv  aids  economics  behavior  disease  health  relationships 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Gregarious Brain
"The conventional view is that language evolved to enable males to do things like coordinate hunts more effectively. . . . I am suggesting that language evolved to allow us to gossip."
language  evolution  science  health  behavior  relationships  social  thinking  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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