Turns out your dog doesn't have to perform any Lassie-like heroics to save your life. Just having your favorite furball laying around the house doing nothing but demanding treats reduces your risk of dying by an impressive 24 percent, according to a new review of ten studies that examined data on 3.8 million people. Having a dog does your heart good (literally). The new research, published in the journal Circulation , offers happy news for dog lovers. "Dog ownership was associated with a 24 percent risk reduction for all-cause mortality as compared to non-ownership," declare the authors. Owning a dog was even more protective for those suffering from cardiovascular illness. Your chance of dying after a heart attack, for instance, drops 65 percent if you own a dog. The chance of dying after a stroke is 27 percent less for dog owners. Why does owning a dog have such a protective effect on your health? The first and most obvious explanation is that your pet … [Read more...] about How to Live Longer According to a New Study of 3.8 Million People: Get a Dog
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When Jack Dorsey announced on Twitter a while back that he sometimes doesn't eat for days , healthy eating advocates responded with a howl of outrage. But even though Dorsey's routine may be extreme, he's certainly not alone in his fascination with "intermittent fasting." "Eating is so last season" According to its many Silicon Valley backers, fasting isn't just a new trendy take on the good, old diet (or anorexia in disguise). It's a science-backed way to promote increased health and productivity. "Eating is so last season; these days all the cool kids fast," joked Arwa Mahdawi in a UK Guardian article chronicling the newfound obsession with not eating in Silicon Valley "where a number of high-profile tech execs extol the transformative power of extreme fasting." The Atlantic has also covered the tech industry's obsession with the idea. The claims of fasting fans aren't entirely baseless. Years of research have shown that calorie restriction increases … [Read more...] about You Don’t Have to Starve Yourself for Days Like Jack Dorsey to Get the Benefits of Fasting
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Perhaps one of the most iconic portrayals of a greedy landlord is Benoit from Puccini’s La Boehme . The character arrives on the scene at the opening of the play looking to collect rent and then proudly confesses infidelity to the poor artists he’s trying to shake down. They pretend to be outraged by his immorality, eject him, and use the rent money for a night on the town. The image of the poor but righteous tenants is so compelling a modern musical adaptation of the opera is called Rent . But are housing providers really trying to squeeze every last cent from their residents? A study from Berkeley indicates that often, housing providers leave money on the table, giving discounts and often failing to keep up with the market. The study, Affordable Housing Without Public Subsidies: Rent-Setting Practices in Small Rental Properties , takes a look at how housing providers set their rents and how those rents relate to … [Read more...] about Study: Housing Providers’ Rent Increases Often Don’t Match Market
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This month I’ll start with an update on housing issues generally then move to some specific proposals in Chicago and Cincinnati. Then I’ll share a couple of positive ideas for the future. When it comes to housing, the dominant topic these days is what is typically tenant/landlord law, rules that govern the operation of rental housing. The discussion has come even more narrow that that; today “housing” is almost synonymous with “eviction.” The problem is that regulating eviction won’t improve housing policy any more than regulating divorce will improve the life of families in the country. About a decade ago, housing really was a discussion about housing. Discussions about density, for example, were really about lifestyle, economics, and choices local governments needed to make about growth. As I’ve mentioned before , he discussion was intense, but it really was about where people would live. Today, interest groups with … [Read more...] about Update: Housing Policy Discussion Only Getting Worse
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin This is the first installment in a two part series which analyzes biological sex differences in immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection. This article focuses primarily on Covid-19 related viral entry as well as innate and adaptive immune responses Covid-19 and their correlation to epidemiological evidence. Part two will highlight the role of sex hormones in SARS-CoV-2 immune responses, examine sex differences in response to several vaccines, and consider their possible therapeutic implications. Men and women experience Covid-19 differently. Epidemiological studies show that, while males and females have similar infection rates, males are more likely to experience severe Covid-19 and die from SAR-CoV-2 infection. Women tend to have better prognoses; pregnant females are the exception, as they have an increased risk of severe illness, hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, mortality and preterm delivery. After … [Read more...] about Covid-19, Gender And Immune Response: What’s The Relationship?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin On August 4th, the Biden Administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The announcement comes on the heels of the World Health Organization declaring monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern in July. This implies monkeypox poses a global public health risk through international spread, which requires a coordinated international response. In the U.S., prior to the Biden Administration’s declaration, a number of municipalities and even several states - California, Illinois, and New York - had declared monkeypox a public health emergency. More than 27,600 monkeypox cases have been reported across 87 countries. With approximately 8,300 confirmed cases, the U.S. comprises 30% of confirmed infections worldwide. Furthermore, test positivity is very high in the U.S., which reflects undertesting. A Public Health Declaration allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take … [Read more...] about Implications Of Monkeypox Being Declared A Public Health Emergency In U.S.
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s a shame what Bill Maher has been saying about the obesity epidemic. Back in 2019, Maher literally asked people to “fat shame” others more on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” as I covered for Forbes . Now, in the latest episode of his show, Maher complained that America has “gone from fat acceptance to fat celebration.” Maher claimed as well that “There’s a disturbing trend going on in America these days with rewriting science to fit ideology or just to fit what you want reality to be,” as you can see in the following tweet from Maher and the accompanying video: Just to be clear, Maher is not a scientist. During this segment, he also didn’t present any real scientific studies or have any, you know, real live scientists present. So, hmmm, was he in fact presenting actual science or was he rather rewriting science to fit his ideology or just to fit what he wants reality to be? Well, let’s take a look at … [Read more...] about Bill Maher Claims ‘Fat Celebration’ Is Happening In U.S., Oversimplifies Obesity Epidemic
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The economy has taken a big hit from COVID-19. Since social distancing and government mandated shutdowns began in March, more than 29 million people have filed for unemployment insurance. The April unemployment rate was 14.7%, more than four times larger than the February rate. New research suggests the labor market is undergoing fundamental changes, not just a temporary pause, and that the economic recovery will be slow unless we reform policies that delay the reallocation of workers and capital. In a recent NBER working paper, economists Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis look at recent data from the Survey of Business Uncertainty (SBU) to estimate expected sales changes and job reallocations connected to COVID-19. They contend that many of the layoffs and furloughs will be permanent, even if the health threat is mitigated soon: “Drawing on our survey evidence and historical evidence of how … [Read more...] about Occupational Licensing, Zoning, And Other Regulations Will Delay Recovery From COVID-19
BIDEN INVOKES EMERGENCY WAR POWERS TO BUILD SOLAR PANELS… NY POST: Biden draws heat for invoking Defense Production Act to boost solar panels President Biden drew criticism Monday after invoking the Defense Production Act to potentially expedite the production of solar panels — with journalists and Republicans questioning the rationale for using special wartime powers. Renewable energy advocates, meanwhile, cheered the White House announcement that Biden would invoke the act “to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, including solar panel parts.” […] The Biden administration did not specify a national-defense reason for using the act to boost solar panels. When Biden was vice president, the Obama administration aggressively pushed for solar energy production — sparking the Solyndra scandal when a politically-connected firm went bankrupt after getting $535 million in federal loan guarantees. KOREAN WAR-ERA LAW WIELDS POWER OVER AMERICAN … [Read more...] about Editor Daily Rundown: Biden Invokes Emergency War Powers To Build Solar Panels
Oil languished near its lowest since the start of the war in Ukraine on Friday on fears of a global recession, though stocks ignored such worries, gaining ahead of U.S. jobs data that will give another clue to the health of the world's largest economy. Benchmark Brent crude futures were up a touch at $94.23 a barrel and U.S. crude futures were also a whisker higher at $88.70 a barrel, after both closed the previous session at their lowest levels since February. Losses were partly due to data on Wednesday showing surge in U.S. inventories last week. "It's a combination of the inventory data and a bit of worries about demand. Because the market is worried about growth more than inflation - even though inflation is still a major issue - the oil price has come down," said Prashant Bhayani, chief investment officer for Asia at BNP Paribas Wealth Management. In another warning sign for the global economy, the closely watched part of the U.S. Treasury yield curve measuring the gap … [Read more...] about Oil languishes on recession fears; unconcerned stocks climb on