Archive | January, 2010

TEDMED – Your health depends on where you live – by Bill Davenhall

Our health depends in part on environmental impacts. As Bill Davenhall shared at TEDMED, there are trends of specific health risks associated with specific locations. We need to know more about where we live and what impact it may have on our health.

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TEDMED – Anthony Atala on Growing New Organs

Mind-blowing advances in bio-engineering and medicine presented by Anthony Atala at TEDMED. Repairing, reconstructing, and growing functioning organs with your own cell. The future of solving organ damage and organ donor shortages is arriving.

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Learn how to Speed Read

IMPORTANT NOTICE: with increased speed of reading (skim reading) your accuracy of reading comprehension decreases! (Carroll, 2003; Carvers, 1987) read more at http://www.skepdic.com/speedreading.html)

This is something I definitely will try to master!

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References:

Carroll, R. T. (2003). The skeptic’s dictionary: A collection of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions. New York: Wiley. Retrieved March 31, 2010, from the The Skeptic’s Dictionary database, http://www.skepdic.com/speedreading.html

Carver, R. P. (1987). Teaching rapid reading in the intermediate grades: Helpful or harmful?. Reading Research and Instruction, 26(2), 65-76.

ABSTRACT: Bergquist (1984) has contended that children can be trained to increase their reading rate without any loss of comprehension. He cites 11 studies that supposedly provide a wealth of supporting research. These 11 studies, plus other more recent research on reading rate, have been closely examined. It was concluded that rapid reading results in a decrease in the accuracy of comprehension. This makes rapid reading training potentially harmful unless it is presented as a skimming skill.


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TEDMED – where medicine & healthcare intersect

TEDMED focuses on the intersection of medicine and healthcare. It was created by Marc Hodosh (President) in partnership with TED founder Richard Saul Wurman. “TEDMED celebrates conversations that demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and healthcare related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital.”

I’m very excited about a TED conference solely dedicated to health, medicine, and similar topics.

TEDMED on the web:


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First Human Tissue Printer

Invetech has invented the “World`s first production model 3D bio-printer” which it will be used by Organovo.  This is quite amazing, and hopefully they will soon be able to create organs!

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Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander

Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander is a caricature of how one dimensional white people really are can be. The book is a bundled collection of 150 “stuff” white people like. It is filled with humor, sarcasm, irony, and the “occasional” truthful sore points (for White people at least). Read the full story

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10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude & Become Happier

Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to improve your well-being and among other things, increasing your happiness. Within positive psychology inquiries, gratitude interventions have proven to be among the most effective, as world expert on gratitude Robert A. Emmons and other researchers have found. Among the wide ranging benefits, researchers have found that “gratitude is positively related to such critical outcomes as life satisfaction, vitality, happiness, self-esteem, optimism, hope, empathy, and the willingness to provide emotional and tangible support for other people, whereas being ungrateful is related to anxiety, depression, envy, materialism and loneliness.” (p. 186)

“A person with the disposition to feel grateful has established a worldview that says, in effect, that all of life is a gift, gratuitously given. Although we cannot in any direct way be grateful, we can cultivate gratefulness by structuring our lives, our minds, and our words in such a way as to facilitate awareness of gratitude-inducing experiences and labeling them as such.” (p. 187) In other words “gratitude is a way of life.” (p. 186)

(Gratitude is one of the 24 Character Strengths included in the VIA Survey of Character Strengths which is a scientifically validated measurement designed to identify what your top signature strengths are.)

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Wireless Electricity, Finally!

Wireless electricity will soon be marketed, and we can drop those annoying power plugs once and for all!

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Fitness Supplements Are Unnecessary

If you are an avid sportsman who believes the bulk of fitness supplements you are taking is helping you excel, then it might be interesting to know that it’s most probably just a placebo effect. Supplements are in most cases unnecessary, and many athletes end up exceeding recommended levels of nutrients.

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You Only Loose Weight By Adjusting Energy Levels

A new study finally brings confirmation to the fact that the only way to loose weight is by adjusting energy input or energy output.  There’s no magic bullet to work around it.

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Tie your shoes optimally!

Did you think tying your shoes was the one thing that would never change… think again.

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Present like Steve Jobs

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Simplistic Diets Work Better For Loosing Weight

Is a complex diet better or worse for meeting your weight-loss goal? A new study suggests that simpler is indeed better, thereby a whole-plant-based-diet is a natural candidate when considering simplistic diets.

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Running barefoot better than using running shoes

A new study suggests that running shoes might actually exert tension which can damage your knees, hips and ankles, more so than walking with high heels!

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Health benefits of breast feeding possibly overstated

The many benefits of breastfeeding is something all mothers are familiar with, but are there really that many benefits? A Norwegian study is challenging this well established truth.

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