Anyone familiar with the story of Hanukkah knows the central theme of oil is an important one. The “festival of lights” commemorates a miracle, following the triumph of the Maccabee revolt, in which the menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem remained lit for eight full days, despite an insufficient supply of lamp oil. Traditional treats […]
Archive for December 17th, 2012
Does exercise influence the body’s internal clock? Few of us may be conscious of it, but our bodies, and in turn our health, are ruled by rhythms. “The heart, the liver, the brain — all are controlled by an endogenous circadian rhythm,” says Christopher Colwell, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los […]
If you could convince yourself that spending time exercising is a sound investment in your future, would you be more inclined to make it part of your routine? Maybe you will after you read this.
The capacity to notice the distress of others, and to be moved by it, can be a critical component of what is called prosocial behavior, actions that benefit others: individuals, groups or society as a whole. Psychologists, neurobiologists and even economists are increasingly interested in the overarching question of how and why we become our […]
Can an obsession with your cellphone rise to the level of an addiction? Two researchers who headed a recent study think so.
Take it from Anderson Cooper: Always wear shades. Last week, Mr. Cooper, a CNN anchor, described an unusual experience that left him temporarily blind. On an overcast day, Mr. Cooper, sans sunglasses, was filming a news segment on the water off the coast of Portugal. That night, he woke up feeling “like my eyes are […]
Do you spend your weekends playing with loud toys like snowmobiles and power saws? Invest a few dollars in a box of disposable foam ear plugs. Do you work in a factory, an engine-repair shop, or an airport where ear-protecting headsets are practically part of the dress code? Wear ‘em. Not only will it save […]
Your mother told you to eat your vegetables. Now the Recipes for Health columnist Martha Rose Shulman suggests blending them.