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Keep the Music Playing

I’ve written previously about how much I love listening to music when I run. I use a sweat-proof armband to hold my phone and listen blissfully to all the great music the world can offer. You can’t get much more inspirational than Little Chief’s Mountain Song! However, all this running and iPhone using means that I am also … Continue reading

Behavior / Diet

An Apple a Day…

My colleague recently sent along an intriguing and fun research article. We’ve all heard the aphorism: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And while it seems intuitively healthy and practical because fruit and vegetable consumption has innumerable health benefits, this colloquialism, like many, is not rooted in established scientific evidence. Until now. Authors from … Continue reading

Behavior / running

Behind Those Pictures

Recently I read this ESPN article on University of Pennsylvania runner Madison Holleran, a star runner and student-athlete who struggled from depression and committed suicide in 2014 when she jumped from the 9th level of a parking garage. Suicide in young adults (ages 10-24), is the third leading cause of death, taking approximately 4600 lives/year … Continue reading

Behavior / Diet

Simplifying our Rules

I recently read yet another research study finding that dietary sodium intake has very little effect on an individual’s blood pressure over time, in line with a growing body of evidence refuting dietary salt as an important factor in hypertension (except for a small portion of hypertensive adults who suffer specifically from salt-sensitive hypertension). Guidelines establishing quantifiable … Continue reading

Cardiovascular Disease / Health / Mortality

Tweeting our Happiness and Health

I previously wrote about the novel use of Twitter to predict geographic happiness, citing a study that used a geo-tagged data set of over 80 million words generated in 2011 on Twitter to estimate the happiest and saddest states (shown in red and blue, respectively, on the map). Authors describe their methodology as follows: “To measure sentiment … Continue reading