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Marvin Minsky on health and the human mind

Marvin Minsky on health and the human mind

http://www.ted.com/talks/marvin_minsky_on_health_and_the_human_mind.html

Effects of Stress on the Body Not everyone has the same symptoms of stress and thus the effects of stress on your body can vary in each person. However, no matter what type of stress you have, your body is affected mentally, emotionally and physically. But remember that no one is free from stress, there can be short term stress and long term stress, each have a different effect on the body. This Guy Photographed Every Stage Of His Wife's Cancer. The Last 3 Photos Destroyed Me. The first time photographer Angelo Merendino met Jennifer, he knew she was the one. They fell in love and got married in New York’s Central Park, surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. Five months later Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Infographic of the Day: Where the Jobs Will Be in 2018 As part of a series looking at employment trends for the coming decade, NPR has created an interactive chart summarizing their findings: You've got to go to the actual graph to see the data, but once you do, the message is clear: White-collar service jobs will be huge. The fastest growing sectors there will be computer systems design and technical consulting, at 43% and 81% respectively.

Stress: Constant stress puts your health at risk Chronic stress puts your health at risk Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Take steps to control your stress. By Mayo Clinic Staff Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn't mean that life is free of stress. Tobacco Body See how tobacco changes people. Take a tour around and in the body by pressing the plus and minus symbols. Move the scroll button in the middle of the page to compare the differences between smokers and non-smokers.

Infographic: We’re Living Longer, But Less Healthily Too When we hope to live to 100, it’s through a montage of quiet, joyful moments--enjoying a day on the porch or sitting with grandkids. No one’s goal is to reach the centennial mark bedridden or tethered to machines. Unfortunately, as a fascinating infographic by Bonnie Berkowitz, Emily Chow, and Todd Lindeman for The Washington Post points out, while people are living longer than they used to, the percentage of our time living (and dealing) with disease is growing as well.

Stress - The Body's Response Description An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of stress. Highlights Nearly everyone experiences stress at some time. Stress produces changes in many body systems; examples include increased heart rate and blood pressure and altered immune function. Some amount of stress is healthy, but excessive stress, left untreated, can lead to anxiety and illness.In the American Psychological Association's Stress in America Survey, major causes of stress listed included work, money, and the economy. Infographic: Red Meat Is Killing Us No meal seems quite so American--or even quite so mouth-watering--as a nice thick porterhouse steak, or a hamburger straight off the grill. The only problem is that these meals appear to be killing us. That was the recent finding of a study that showed that with each additional 3-ounce portion of red meat you eat each day, you get a 12% greater risk of dying in a given year, a 10% greater risk of cancer, and a 16% greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Let me repeat that, because it’s absolutely crazy: A 12% greater risk of dying in a given year, a 10% greater risk of cancer, and a 16% greater risk of cardiovascular disease. If you just saw a bunch of meaningless words and numbers in the paragraph above, here’s the gory details laid out in one infographic.

How to Stop Worrying: Self-Help for Anxiety Relief Why is it so hard to stop worrying? Constant worrying takes a heavy toll. It keeps you up at night and makes you tense and edgy during the day. You hate feeling like a nervous wreck. So why is it so difficult to stop worrying? For most chronic worriers, the anxious thoughts are fueled by the beliefs—both negative and positive—they hold about worrying.

How Graphic Design Can Help Keep HIV From Spreading Leon Dijkstra of the Dutch graphic design firm COOEE has sent us images of his elegant identity design for the health advocacy group the Global Network of People Living with HIV. The scheme, for a report on HIV prevention measures, highlights the role design can play in improving access to health care information. Dijkstra's brief was to make the report easy to read and visually compelling -- no small task when the most exciting topics at hand are improvements in rubber for female condoms and why diaphragms are ineffective at guarding against HIV. So he gave each technology its own abstract visual clue: vaccines are short vertical lines; microbicides are diagonal dashes; pre-exposure prophylaxis are two horizontal rows of dots; and so on. Then he combined the visual clues of the technologies that each chapter references into a symbol that looks like a cell under a microscope. That became the chapter's defining feature.

How to Stop Worrying Undoing the Worrying Habit Once acquired, the habit of worrying seems hard to stop. We're raised to worry and aren't considered "grown up" until we perfect the art. Teenagers are told: "you'd better start worrying about your future". 20 Stunning Photos Of Natural Beauty That Your Human Eyes Could Never See The winning photos of Nikon's annual Small World Photomicrography Competition prove that there is really more than meets the human eye. The 20 winning photographers this year are masters of photomicrography, or photos taken through a microscope. Each photo is an example of the wondrous beauty and detail that can be found in the most unexpected things, like plankton and embryos. The first place winner, Wim van Egmond, explains how he takes photos: "I approach micrographs as if they are portraits. The same way you look at a person and try to capture their personality, I observe an organism and try to capture it as honestly and realistically as possible."

Infographic of the Day: Who, Exactly, Supports a Public Option? This is a big week in the decades-long debate over providing health care to the uninsured: Both the House and Senate are expected to deliver their reform bills. Granted, we're still a ways off from a bill that hits the president's desk--but we're finally getting close to seeing what that bill will look like. And all indications are that the bill will contain a fairly strong public option. So let's take a step back: Among the American populace, who supports the public option? Overall, over 60%, actually. Understanding Stress: Symptoms, Signs, Causes, and Effects What is stress? The Body’s Stress Response When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper.

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