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Health

May 15, 2015

"Take Blood Pressure in Both Arms"

"It may be a good idea to get a blood pressure reading in both arms rather than just one. A difference in those readings, a new study suggests, is an independent risk factor for heart disease."

May 13, 2015

"30 Things That Are Making You Fat"

Heh.

May 12, 2015

"The 'Food Babe' Blogger Is Full of Shit"

I hadn't known about the "Food Babe," but I enjoyed this vigorous carpet-bombing of her work.

Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling you that you can change your life in 21 days by "breaking free of the hidden toxins in your life." She and her army are out to change the world.

She's also utterly full of shit.

May 11, 2015

"This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study"

Discouraging, to say the least.

(But maybe this one will beat the odds: "Blood test hope on prostate cancer".)

May 02, 2015

"How Penn Jillette Lost 105 Lbs. — Without Magic!"

And in only four months.

But weight loss is like cancer--careful experts don't begin to think of you as cured until you've gone without a problem for five years.

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".

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