Latest in Clinical Nutrition (2010) by Michael Greger

In information packed and research backed dose of fun interesting …A quick, easy, and especially interesting way weeding through thousands of researches published in the last year and selecting out the most interesting, practical, and groundbreaking findings from what the latest nutritional science has to offer. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYLRKa9p0Rs

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Ted Prize winner 2011: JR

Congratulation to the guerrilla photographer JR who is the winner of the TED Prize award 2011. This award grants him $100,000 and a wish to change the world with the support of the TED community. While a seemingly unconventional recipient, his work matches the creativity and innovative spirit of TED’s community, and his art inspires people to view the […]

Ted Prize winner 2011: JR Ted Prize winner 2011: JR

Cheese and Other Foods that Make Diabetes Worse

On this week’s episode of Food for Life TV, Dr. Barnard explains that fatty foods, such as burgers, fried chicken, cheese, and even vegetable fats—like olive oil and peanut butter—can stop insulin from helping glucose enter muscle cells and cause type 2 diabetes. But building your meal with fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans will keep […]

Cheese and Other Foods that Make Diabetes Worse Cheese and Other Foods that Make Diabetes Worse

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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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 […]

10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude & Become Happier 10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude & Become Happier

Orangutan & Dog, Friendship of a Different Sort


The inner emotional life of animals bundled into an adorable and unusual friendship between an orangutan and a hound dog. Very uplifting video!

This reminded me of the book Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe that I came across last week and added to my reading list.

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The Strengthspotting Scale


The Strengthspotting Scale measures your ability, frequency, and motivation to identify other people’s strengths, helping others with the application of their strengths, and the emotional satisfaction of doing so. There are twenty questions, four for each of the five categories, that have to be rated on a scale from 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 7 (Strongly Agree).

  • ability – to identify strengths in others
  • emotional – satisfaction of identifying strengths in others
  • frequency – of identifying strengths in others
  • motivation – to identify strengths in others
  • application – helping others to utilize their strengths

You can get a hold of The Strengthspotting Scale in The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realising the Best of You, where it is included as part of the book to be released on April 28th, 2010. For research purposes The Strengthspotting Scale is freely available (upon request, no link yet) but understandably not for commercial purposes since it is copyrighted.

The only official link for The Strengths Book is on the CAPPEU site (if I find a link to the PDF I’ll post it).

References:

Linley, A., Willars, J., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2010). The strengthspotting scale. In The strengths book: Be confident, be successful, and enjoy better relationships by realising the best of you. Coventry, UK: CAPP Press.

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TED Talks – Sam Harris on How Science can Answer Moral Questions


Sam Harris talks about the relationship between science, human values and how the seperation between the two is an illusion. There are truths to be known about how human communities flourish and how  morality relates to these truths. Moral values are also a certain kind of fact that talk about the well-being of conscious creatures. In other words Sam Harris is saying that science is not only descriptive (by helping us get what we value) but can also be prescriptive (by telling us what we should value).

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Ted Prize Winner Jamie Oliver share his wish: Teach every child about food


Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

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Lytix-Peptide Kill Cancer Cells and Multi-Resistant Bacteria


Two Norwegian scientists have discovered a new molecule which could greatly reduce two of the biggest challenges in today’s health care: Cancer and multi-resistant bacteria. The Lytix-peptide derived from colostrum has a lofty potential, and hopefully human testing will soon confirm the initial results.

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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!

[boingboing via Lifehacker]

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.

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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). Continue Reading

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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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