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Zoe on Twitter: "@lottelydia @MAGuyton "Hail, mortals!" - gender neutral - species-inclusive - "hail" makes the audience feel important - "mortals" exhorts them to ponder their temporal existence - leaves them wondering whether you're one of them or not"
"Hail, mortals!"
- gender neutral
- species-inclusive
- "hail" makes the audience feel important
- "mortals" exhorts them to ponder their temporal existence
- leaves them wondering whether you're one of them or not
greeting  humour  mortality  gender 
11 days ago by pmigdal
The big fat truth : Nature News & Comment
The big fat truth

More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life — but some public-health researchers would rather not talk about them.
fat  health  obesity  mortality  data 
18 days ago by Quercki
The obesity paradox: Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health — Quartz
Flegal found the lowest mortality rates among people in the overweight to mildly obese categories. It’s true that these groups are slightly more likely to suffer from heart disease and some other life-threatening conditions in the first place. But many factors influence the likelihood of a person getting heart disease. And a strong link between weight and disease only emerges among people with severe obesity. So taken at face value, the results seemed to be showing that a little extra weight is genuinely beneficial.

Flegal is a meticulous researcher: her most recent analysis incorporated data from almost 100 studies and close to three million people. It was published by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet Flegal’s work has made her a target for those who scoff at the paradox. Walter Willett, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health who has taken a high-profile stance against obesity, told NPR that one recent Flegal study was “really a pile of rubbish” and that “no one should waste their time reading it.” (He was later admonished by the editors at Nature. In recent comments to Quartz, he reiterated his view that the study was “rubbish.”)
Being overweight is now believed to help protect patients with an increasingly long list of medical problems.

Willett’s complaints are starting to look less credible, however, because no one has been able to make the paradox go away.
fat  health  obesity  mortality  data 
18 days ago by Quercki
Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals why she didn’t retire when Obama could nominate her successor
‘Who you would prefer on the court?’ asks the legendary — or, if you prefer, notorious — Supreme Court justice.“When that suggestion is made, I ask the question: Who do you think that the President could nominate that could get through the Republican Senate? ‘Who you would prefer on the court [rather] than me?”Plus, work gives the Notorious RBG life. She finished three weeks of radiation therapy in August for a tumor on her pancreas. She also had surgery in December for a cancer found in her lungs.“This is my fourth cancer bout, and I found each time that when I am active I am much better than when I am just lying about feeling sorry for myself,” said Ginsburg. “The necessity to get up and go is stimulating. And somehow, all these appearances I’ve had since the end of August, whatever my temporary disability is, it stops, and I’m OK for the event.”
persons  mortality 
27 days ago by thomas.kochi
Two huge new studies further undermine the "obesity paradox"
Better study shows BMI actually correlated with health outcomes.
bmi  graph  mortality  health 
28 days ago by joshkunz
Megachurch Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide
“He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others,” the statement said. “He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts.”“Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people,” the church’s senior pastor Greg Laurie wrote in a blog post mourning Wilson’s death on Tuesday. “We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not.”“No more pain, my Jerry, no more struggle. You are made complete and you are finally free. Suicide and depression fed you the worst lies, but you knew the truth of Jesus and I know you’re by his side right this very second,” her post read.The day before his death, Wilson tweeted that faith couldn’t always be seen as a “cure” but added that it “doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that.”
Time  evangelism  psychology  mental  oddly  mortality 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Afterlives - Austin Kleon
“There are three deaths: the first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”
death  DavidEagleman  mortality  memory 
6 weeks ago by mournjargon
Voicing Our Fears
“I’m convinced the best way to assuage our fear is to voice it. We have to name things to know them, and be able to act accordingly. Denying our fear of illness can prevent us from taking precautions, like giving up smoking, wearing sunscreen, or not sucking on bars of uranium. But no matter how careful we are, the accidents of fate that wound us can always win. We must learn to live with this uncertainty.”
optimism  cancer  the-paris-review  psychology  mortality 
6 weeks ago by sunil

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