Loneliness is a serious public-health problem – All the lonely people

[…] Doctors and policymakers in the rich world are increasingly worried about loneliness. Campaigns to reduce it have been launched in Britain, Denmark and Australia. In Japan the government has surveyed hikikomori, or “people who shut themselves in their homes”. Last year Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon-general of the United States, called loneliness an epidemic, likening its impact on health to obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes per day. In January Theresa May, the British prime minister, appointed a minister for loneliness.

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Calorie Calculator

This calorie calculator estimates the number of calories needed each day to maintain, lose, or gain weight. It provides results for the number of necessary calories based on a one or two-pound gain or loss per week. Learn more about different kinds of calories and their effects, and explore many other free calculators addressing the topics of finance, math, health, and fitness, among others.

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To solve problems caused by sitting, learn to squat — Quartzy

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in malasana, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with the West is they don’t squat.”

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How to brush your teeth properly | Life and style | The Guardian

I have a friend who brushes her teeth only once a day but for 15 minutes. And another who bans her children from eating dried fruit. It seems that no one knows quite what they’re meant to be doing. Should you floss, use a tongue scraper – and what exactly is the modified Bass technique? Confused? Here’s your step-by-step guide.

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Subversive Greeks stub out cigarette habit in record numbers | World news | The Guardian

As tobacco use plummets, figures reveal dramatic attitude shift from EU’s worst offender

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Color blindness – Wikipedia

Color blindness, also known as color vision deficiency, is the decreased ability to see color or differences in color. Color blindness can make some educational activities difficult. Buying fruit, picking clothing, and reading traffic lights can be more challenging, for example. Problems, however, are generally minor and most people adapt. People with total color blindness, however, may also have decreased visual acuity and be uncomfortable in bright environments.

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From age 0 to 100: this video shows aging of our skin in only 60 seconds

Many people don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. Imposed beauty standards and too much Photoshop in ads don’t help at all.

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Exercise Increases Brain Size – Neuroscience News

Summary: Exercise increases the size of the left region of the hippocampus, an area of the brain critical for memory, a new study reveals.

Source: Western Sydney University.

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Marie Curie and the perils in radium

On 1 November 1929, Marie Curie spent her evening at the Plaza Hotel in New York. In her only public appearance in the city, she was scheduled as the guest of honor to address the third annual dinner of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. Feeling ill throughout most of her trip, she was able only to thank the audience of physicians. Robert G. Mead, a member of the society’s finance committee, read her speech, which was broadcast nationally on radio. Curie’s text focused on, as the New York Times put it, the “perils in radium” despite its use as a cancer treatment.

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