Friday, 7 March, 2014
I linked to an article a month or two ago warning that advances in technology could see machines taking on the work of skilled professionals such as doctors and accountants… and sooner rather than later, at that.
If an online service that offers comprehensive and accurate eye tests, allowing people to perform such check-ups from their computer or smartphone, while also issuing a prescription if needed, is all that is cracked up to be, then optometrists could be among the first of these workers to be thus affected.
Since people with astigmatism see the world stretched at certain angles, Opternative shows a fan of red and green lines. The stretching causes the red and green to bleed together into yellow that users can pick out to identify the angles where they have astigmatism. By asking for your shoe size and then telling you to take heel-to-toe steps away from your screen, Opternative can accurately measure your sight at different distances. It all feels clever and easy – almost fun.
eyes, health, technology
Wednesday, 5 March, 2014
Tetris may be a highly addictive game, but playing it can stave off other cravings or fixations, such as the desire to smoke, or eat or drink excessively, it would seem. A case of substituting one obsession for another? Maybe, but that could be a small price to pay if you’re trying to cut back on these sorts of things.
games, health, psychology
Monday, 3 March, 2014
For all the benefits, people who, say, run long distances, or spend a couple of hours a day working out at the gym, could be addicted to their exercise regimen. While this may not seem like much of a problem at first glance, it can become all too easy to burn the candle at both ends, as it were:
Two weeks ago I woke up feeling a little under the weather, but this condition didn’t keep me from leaving the house at 4:45 a.m. in rainy, 38-degree weather to cover 11 miles with hill intervals worked in for good measure. It was really never a choice. I wouldn’t have considered doing anything else. When I finally made it back home I felt like death, immediately came down with a high fever, and was confined to bed for three days. This was, I had to admit it, a self-inflicted flu.
exercise, health, psychology
Monday, 17 February, 2014
People residing in certain regions of Greece, Italy, Japan, California, and Costa Rica, tend to live longer than those elsewhere. Relocating to one of these places would only be part of the longevity equation though, if you wanted to try and boost your lifespan.
After discovering that there are longevity hot spots where people tend to live especially long, writer Dan Buettner spent the last 12 years locating and documenting these areas, dubbed “blue zones.” “I increasingly was interested in mysteries that dealt with the human condition,” says Buettner, a National Geographic fellow. Through that research, he found several factors that might prolong health and life for people in blue zones. “Longevity is a consequence of constant, longterm little things,” Buettner says. “There’s no silver bullet.”
age, health, longevity
Monday, 3 February, 2014
Convincing yourself you had a full night’s sleep, when possibly you barely slept a wink, is akin to enjoying said night’s full and relaxing sleep, or so says some research into the topic:
A great victory was won here for lies, over truth. This study shows that if you’re in the mindset that you’re well-rested, your brain will perform better, regardless of the actual quality of your sleep. Conversely, constantly talking about how tired you are, as so often happens in our culture, might be detrimental to your performance.
I absolutely would not go for any of this if you need to drive somewhere, especially a long distance, though.
health, psychology, sleep
Friday, 10 January, 2014
A counterbalance hopefully, similarities to 1914, and the possible prospect of a Great War like conflict notwithstanding, the outlook is not all despair. For instance, literacy rates are rising, diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis are on the wane, while poverty and hunger are in decline globally, among other positive trends.
current affairs, health, well being
Tuesday, 17 December, 2013
Tobacco Body is a website created by the Cancer Society of Finland, that sets out, all to plainly, the toll that smoking can take, by comparing images of a non-smoker with a smoker.
Via Feel Desain.
health, smoking, well being
Thursday, 12 December, 2013
Offering gratitude is replete with all sorts of benefits. In fact I didn’t realise being thankful was such a positively powerful force:
Since the year 2000, psychological research has tied gratitude to a host of benefits: the tendency to feel more hopeful and optimistic about one’s own future, better coping mechanisms for dealing with adversity and stress, less instances of depression and addiction, exercising more, and even sleeping better.
health, psychology, well being
Wednesday, 4 December, 2013
Pacing about a supermarket doing grocery shopping would surely be healthier than sitting at home or work ordering the same items online, wouldn’t it?
Possibly not. It seems shopping online removes much of the temptation to make impulse purchases of sugary sweets, this despite various efforts by retailers to entice online shoppers into buying such treats when they reach the electronic check out.
In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular, about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a store. That is because online shoppers search for what they need, usually sticking close to their shopping lists. They don’t spontaneously buy magazines they opened while waiting to pay, or chocolate to eat on the go.
health, psychology, shopping
Thursday, 28 November, 2013
Here’s a worrying trend, children today are generally running considerably slower than their parents would have when they were the same age, and screen based entertainments and distractions appear to be the main cause:
Children around the world are less aerobically fit than their parents were as kids, a decline that researchers say could be setting them up for serious health problems once they’re grown up. Children today take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than kids did 30 years ago, according to data from 28 countries. Children’s aerobic fitness has declined by 5 percent since 1975.
exercise, health, trends