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Health

April 27, 2015

"18 Things You Can Do When A Person You Love Is Facing A Scary Diagnosis"

Some fine advice from people who've been there.

April 20, 2015

"A new startup called Honor just raised $20 million to provide in-home care for seniors"

This sounds like an excellent idea.

Some research led Sternberg to realize that most seniors wanted to stay in their homes.

To help serve these seniors, Sternberg is launching a service called Honor, which aims to match seniors with professionals who can take care of them in their homes while giving concerned family members a way to keep track of everything.

April 15, 2015

"How Many Calories Should I Eat to Lose Weight?"

Short answer: ". . . eating 11.4 calories per pound of your ideal body weight is often recommended for weight loss in obese adults."

Among the calorie-target calculators I've looked at, this page seems to me to be the most useful.

"Why You Shouldn't Buy Organic Based on the 'Dirty Dozen' List"

I thought that list was questionable.

April 09, 2015

"Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Curb Obesity"

What a surprise. Not!

This insight shows that the obesity epidemic is a beast with many heads — cut off one and there are still others to contend with.

See also "LA's fast food ban didn't lower obesity in poor areas because people just went elsewhere for unhealthy food, study finds".

April 06, 2015

"More and More People Are Nearsighted These Days, and the Reason Why Is Fascinating"

The alleged reason surprises me.

March 26, 2015

"Making Sense of Serving Sizes"

Some help for people without ready access to a scale who are trying to estimate how much they're eating.

March 17, 2015

"Funny How Since Obamacare, All Those 'Early Detection' Tests They Used to Push Have Become Bad"

I've thought the exact same thing.

March 16, 2015

"Diet and exercise alone are no cure for obesity, doctors say"

Don't get fat:

The depressing fact, said [Mt. Sinai Hospital weight management physician Christopher N.] Ochner in an interview, is that "the average adult with sustained obesity has less than a 1% chance of reattaining and maintaining a healthy body weight without surgery."

But if, like me, you already are, meal timing may help: "Meal frequency and timing in health and disease".

And maybe, just maybe, so might this: "The Invention That Could End Obesity".

"Three Square Meals"

Wonderful piece by James Lileks. I laughed out loud.

This three-meals-a-day thing? It’s anti-science. So says Mother Jones magazine, touting a book by one Heather Carroll. For the Left, anti-science is a serious charge, because you might be a Denier. I once remarked that I wasn’t particularly worried about nuclear waste, because in a few decades we could probably bring it up to orbit in a space elevator and shoot it into the sun with a rail gun. A reasonable reply would be a discussion of the feasibility of space elevators, but my interlocutor looked at me as though I had suggested making the waste disappear by chanting Bible verses while shaking a dried gourd full of rattling pebbles.

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