Email apnea: how your email is making you sick

Is Your Email Making You Sick?
One Thing New, inc.com

Researcher Linda Stone says 80% of us suffer from so-called email apnea. That quelches our creativity and can contribute to stress-related diseases.

Your inbox may be caus­ing you more stress than you real­ize.

Accord­ing to Linda Stone, a…

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Melon: a headband that measures your mental focus

Kickstarting: A Headband That Measures Your Mental Focus
By Kyle VanHemert, fastcodesign.com

Melon explores an interesting new frontier of the quantified self: your noggin’.

Does check­ing Twit­ter dur­ing the work­day real­ly leave you scat­ter­brained? Could tak­ing up med­i­ta­tion help you tune out the noise and focus bet­ter? Melon…

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Fish swimming in water contaminated by anti-anxiety drugs turn into weird loners

sarahpetersmiller1969, grist.org

WikimediaAll by myself. I don’t need anyone at all. I know I’ll survive. I know I’ll stay alive.
Perch are shy. They like to band together for protection, swimming together in schools the way nerds all share the nerd table in the high-school…

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Fish swimming in water contaminated by anti-anxiety drugs turn into weird loners

FDA Approves Magnetic Helmet For Treating Depression

FDA Approves Magnetic Helmet For Treating Depression
By Anya Kamenetz, fastcompany.com

Today the Unit­ed States Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion approved a device that treats depres­sion using… mag­nets. About 14.8 mil­lion Amer­i­can adults, or 6.7 per­cent of the U.S. adult pop­u­la­tion, are diag­nosed with major depres­sion in …

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A Cheeky Guide To Eating Like A Caveman

A Cheeky Guide To Eating Like A Caveman
By Shaunacy Ferro, popsci.com

Corn is a grain, knucklehead.

Keep­ing up with the eat­ing habits of our cave-dwelling ances­tors can be tough. Luck­i­ly some­one has slapped togeth­er a handy flow­chart for you to ref­er­ence if you’ve hopped on the lat­est diet-craze…

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Top chemicals causing autism

Top 10 Chemicals Most Likely to Cause Autism and Other Learning Disorders
Jennifer Chait, inhabitots.com

This year, the CDC reported that autism now affects 1 of every 88 American children, which is an unusually high increase from previous years. Now, we may have some more clues as to what is causing the dramatic increases. The Mount Sinai Children’s…

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The promise and perils of cities

One of several versions of the painting "...
One of several versions of the painting “The Scream”. The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cities have been the engines of civilization for millennia, serving as places where the arts, commerce, and ideas flourish.  But as we are reminded in a recent article, the close social interactions that make a city so productive also proved ideal for tuberculosis, measles, the plague, and many other diseases. In European capitals, circa 1800, deaths exceeded births; these cities only grew because of the influx of people from the countryside. An average man in 19th-century Paris was physically shorter than his rural counterpart. Today, the physical threats of cities are being exceeded by mental ones.  People living in an urban setting are 21 percent more likely to experience an anxiety disorder, and 39 percent more likely to experience mood disorders. City life roughly doubles the chances a person will suffer from schizophrenia, and this threat increases with time in cities, like the effect of an accumulating toxin. The article notes that German scientists have found, for the first time, the specific structures in the brain affected by city life. Using brain scanners, they demonstrated that people who lived in cities showed a greater stress response in the amygdala, a brain area that processes emotions. And a second structure, which helps regulate the amygdala, showed a heightened stress response in people who were raised in cities, according to a report in the journal Nature.

The discovery suggests a specific mechanism by which cities, with their steady stress, might unbalance parts of the mind. Scientists can now look at particular aspects of urban design — a particular layout of streets, say, or the preponderance of straight lines — to see which ones cause the signature brain changes. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, one of the German scientists who led the research, says he has already begun to look into just these sorts of questions.

Cities on the brain – Boston.com.

Biological Anthropologists search for Stress Vaccine

American biologist and author Robert Sapolsky.
American biologist and author Robert Sapolsky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Sapolsky a bio anthropologist is leading the search for a stress vaccine using evolutionary science.

Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine | Wired Magazine | Wired.com.

The social networks of happiness

Happiness Map
Happiness Map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One person’s happiness goes a long way, study finds – The Boston Globe.

using social networking to study the dissemination of emotional health

Is ADHD An Advantage For Nomadic Tribesmen?

English: Percent of Youth 4-17 ever diagnosed ...
English: Percent of Youth 4-17 ever diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: National Survey of Children’s Health, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is ADHD An Advantage For Nomadic Tribesmen?.