March 18, 2010

Day-Care Dads
The males among our earliest human ancestors may have helped jumpstart the modern human population explosion by helping females with child rearing. This paternal investment resembled the kind of hands-on parenting many dads still display, Northwestern University researcher Lee Gettler suggests in a new anthropological model of human evolution. (Josh Clark, Discovery News)

Researchers Find Link Between Loneliness and High Blood Pressure
People who ranked as feeling most lonely had blood pressure levels 14.4 points higher than those who felt least lonely. Increases in systolic blood pressure were cumulative, so those who had higher levels of loneliness at the beginning of the study had greater blood pressure increases over the years. (Jeannine Stein, Booster Shots, Los Angeles Times)

Spirituality in Medicine
Dr. Robert Klitzman: Doctors should in no way force their own beliefs on their patients, or discuss the topic with those who aren’t interested in doing so. But physicians do need to become more aware of the critical role it plays in most patients’ lives and illness. After all, spirituality can help patients cope in many ways. (The Huffington Post)

Flip-Flop Generations
Many adolescents today are acting in ways we might expect middle-age Americans to do, while older consumers are maintaining their “adolescent” interests, outlooks, and behaviors into middle age. Adolescence is traditionally viewed as a time of hedonism, risk taking, iconoclasm, and a refusal to “settle down.” But the times they are a changing. (William Higham, Adweek)

Bill Would End “Faith Healers” Exemption in Wisconsin
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow prosecutors to charge parents who refuse medical help for their children on religious grounds with child abuse. Under current Wisconsin law, parents can’t be found guilty of child abuse if they choose spiritual treatment rather than medicine or surgery. (Associated Press)

Face It

“Should women simply grow old naturally, since their looks don’t define them, or should they fight the signs of aging, since beauty and youth are their currency and power?” the authors ask in their book. (Catherine Saint Louis, The New York Times)


With its meditations on inevitability, this show taps into something fundamental about the American character: the ability to shape our tomorrows. (Ted Anthony, Associated Press)

Category: Field Notes


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