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Modern hunter-gatherers are just as sedentary as we are | Ars Technica
Hunder-gatherers also tend to spend ~10 hrs per day just sitting around. (Although they squat and kneel sometimes.) And all the other conclusions it attempts to draw are really not justified.
sociology  health  science  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
24 days ago by mcherm
Children who are breastfed appear to be at a lower risk for obesity later in life | Science
Children who are breastfed appear to be at a lower risk for obesity later in life.
science  health  breastfeeding 
june 2019 by mcherm
Surprisingly Little Evidence for the Accepted Wisdom About Teeth - The New York Times
Apparently there are not enough studies about the basic fundamental dental health practices that we recommend.
science  via:HackerNews  health 
april 2019 by mcherm
The Future of Wearable Tech Is Called a Hearing Aid - Bloomberg
A hearing aid company is recovering from scandals and now wants to incorporate fancy tech making hearing aids do extras like translation and fitbit-style health monitoring.
wearable  health  technology  invention  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
Your Body Is Younger Than You Think - The New York Times
Most cells get replaced frequently. Carbon 14 dating after nuclear tests says 15 years for rib muscles, skin every 2 weeks, liver 1-2 yrs, skeleton 10 years. Inner eye lens, heart muscle, and cerebral cortex neurons are the only ones that seem to never get replaced.
biology  nytimes  via:HackerNews  health 
april 2019 by mcherm
How Period-Tracking Apps Are Monetizing Women's Extremely Personal Data - Bloomberg
All the period-tracking apps are trying to monetize the data except for "Clue".
privacy  apps  health 
january 2019 by mcherm
Mental Health On A Budget | Slate Star Codex
Some suggestions for people who need mental health care but live in the US and can't afford it.
ScottAlexander  medicine  health  brain  via:SlateStarCodex 
april 2018 by mcherm
The Americanization of Mental Illness - NYTimes.com
Mental illness appears to vary with culture. But the west is exporting our illnesses to the rest of the world.
mental_illness  via:reddit  brain  health  sociology 
september 2017 by mcherm
How Much Sleep Do Fitbit Users Really Get? A New Study Finds Out
6.5 hrs for men, nearly 7 for women. Drops slightly with age but the numbers aren't clear.
medicine  health  via:HackerNews 
june 2017 by mcherm
The Hungry Brain | Slate Star Codex
Homeostasis in hunger and weight gain -- some modern theories.
health  science  biology  SlateStarCodex  via:SlateStarCodex  ScottAlexander 
april 2017 by mcherm
Breast Milk & Baby Spit | Mammals Suck... Milk!
There are reactions between the baby's saliva and the milk, also the breast absorbs back some of the mixture. A reasonable hypothesis (with some additional evidence) is that that the mother then provides immune support for the baby's illnesses.
breastfeeding  health 
october 2016 by mcherm
Schools Are Slow to Learn That Sleep Deprivation Hits Teenagers Hardest - NYTimes.com
Natural adult sleep is around 8 hrs/night. Teens need more so high school should start later.
nytimes  sleep  health  via:HackerNews 
april 2016 by mcherm
Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money
A huge number of people have been moving onto disability -- as many as have been moving OFF of welfare. It's becoming the "employment" of choice for people without an advanced education, and largely for questionable issues like back pain or mental illness.
npr  health  sociology  economics  politics  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity - NYTimes.com
Analysis says that the cause of the US obesity epidemic is "too much food around" (and too cheap), so people eat it. Hmm... really?
via:HackerNews  nytimes  health 
may 2012 by mcherm
Evolution has given humans a huge advantage over most other animals: middle age - The Washington Post
Perhaps "middle-age" is an adaptive and beneficial life stage unique to humans rather than the beginning of a slow decline.
health  medicine  evolution  biology  via:HackerNews 
april 2012 by mcherm
Chili peppers’ surprising pain relief – Boing Boing
Chili peppers cause pain to mammals so they won’t eat them (Birds are better vectors). They can be used to dull the sense of pain.
via:boingboing  health 
september 2011 by mcherm
Red Cross calls for end to ban on gay blood donors | \ | The Advocate
Red Cross isn't the one banning gay blood donations, it's the FDA.
gayrights  health  personal_net 
january 2011 by mcherm
How Long Will you Live?
A site that will calculate life expectancy for americans. Mine was around 85 years in 2010, 92 years in 2017.
health  useful  via:JasonCohen 
november 2010 by mcherm
Scratched glasses give perfect vision for any eyesight - tech - 04 October 2010 - New Scientist
An interesting plan: engrave micro-structures on glasses to produce a huge depth of focus at the cost of some loss of contrast (but the response to intensity is logarithmic so the eye adjusts). I don't yet understand the details.
health  vision  optics  light  physics  via:HackerNews 
october 2010 by mcherm
Why morning people rule the world | Life & Style
An article describing a interesting view of morning and evening personality types.
health  sleep  brain  via:reddit 
july 2010 by mcherm
Guided by Parasites: Toxoplasma Modified Humans
This is about the parasite that modifies behavior in humans and makes rats sexually attracted to cat pee.
animals  nature  science  psychology  brain  health  via:HackerNews 
june 2010 by mcherm
Food Allergies Overestimated
Lots of people are told they have allergies because of a scratch test but they don't actually, they just have the antibody.
health  personal_net 
may 2010 by mcherm
Scott and Scurvy
The fascinating story of how the cure for Scurvy was found THEN LOST AGAIN because of science.
health  science  history  nutrition 
march 2010 by mcherm
ABC The Drum Unleashed - Keep doing that and you'll go blind
3D movies mess up your depth perception; doing it for too long every day might be harmful (no one is sure).
health  personal_net  brain 
february 2010 by mcherm
Generation specs: Stopping the short-sight epidemic - health - 06 November 2009 - New Scientist
Is time spent indoors a cause of nearsightedness? There's an epidemic of it going on, and research seems to suggest it correlates to time spent indoors.
health  vision  via:reddit 
november 2009 by mcherm
How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle In One Night | Wise Bread
Apparently, fasting can be used to reset the circadian clock. Don't eat for 12-16 hrs before the new "morning" then start off with a big breakfast. It's because there are two "clocks" in our brains: one syncs on sunlight and the other on food. And the food one is normally less noticeable but can override the other.
science  brain  insomnia  health  sleep  via:reddit 
august 2009 by mcherm
The Data Model That Nearly Killed Me | Analysis from the Bottom Up
This is the first time I have ever heard of a data model saving or killing someone, but the title is accurate. Basically, the author explains why modern medical records software causes more harm than help.
health  database  design  programming  via:slashdot 
april 2009 by mcherm
Warning of nut allergy 'hysteria'
BBC says that nut allergies are not all that bad and that the current level of reaction to it is a mass hysteria.
via:BruceSchneier  hysteria  health  peanut-allergy 
january 2009 by mcherm
McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog
John McCain refuses to say that condoms reduce the spread of STDs. Now THAT's what's wrong with the Republican party today.
politics  health  personal_net  via:digg 
march 2008 by mcherm
Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right? - New York Times
Taking drugs to enhance mental performance... is it OK?
science  health  drugs  brain  personal_net 
march 2008 by mcherm
Hidden Room, Hidden Danger - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville
Cool story. Guy finds his house is infested with mold, severe enough to make occupants (especially kids) sick. He declares bankruptcy and the bank takes the house. He hides a note in a secret room so the next buyer will know. The next buyer (with kids) wa
law  health  secrets  via:boingboing  realestate 
january 2008 by mcherm
Good Math, Bad Math : Insurance: Why it sucks
Mark Chu-Carroll on how Health Insurance works. Insightful!
economics  math  blogentry  health  insurance 
january 2008 by mcherm
AN EMBUGGERANCE
Terry Prachett has a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's.
writing  fantasy  health  via:boingboing 
december 2007 by mcherm
Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities
You can analyze the waste water from a city and determine the relative percentage of people using various drugs.
health  privacy  science 
august 2007 by mcherm

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