Tag Archives: Health Research

Is Nicotine addictive?

Well, of course, right? From the National Institue on Drug Abuse: Is Nicotine Addictive? Yes. Most smokers use tobacco regularly because they are addicted to nicotine. Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and abuse, even in the face of negative … Continue reading

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A reality check on income and obesity

The Atlantic has a story on the broader health arguments (and growing social stigma) arounds processed foods. The author creatively suggests that there is nothing wrong with processed foods, per se. We should just put better ingredients in them before processing … Continue reading

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Bulimia and body-image

It is worth reading this paper on self-perception among people with eating disorders. It goes right at the idea that eating-disordered patients have a distorted body image by asking them to rate the attractiveness of their bodies. The experimenters then … Continue reading

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Anorexia and body-image

It is commonly understood that people with anorexia have an intense fear of appearing overweight even when they are normal or underweight. Here is the diagnostic criteria (according to the Mayo Clinic website – pulled directly from the DSM) for anorexia … Continue reading

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What is the deal with anorexia? Part 1

Given the popular image of anorexia – as a disease primarily affecting young women, driven by a social and media environment that makes them excessively concerned about their appearance – it is a bit of a jolt to read that 78% of anorexia fatalities … Continue reading

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An Odd Flu Season, 2009

The Swine Flu – H1N1 – caused quite a panic around the globe. This flu – though recognized to be among the milder of seasonal influenzas – had one terrifying trait: it was said to be more deadly for otherwise healthy … Continue reading

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Are alcoholic beverages good for you?

The Skinny: The evidence is unreliable and it is being misread. The evidence actually suggests that even moderate alcohol consumption is bad for you. But the evidence is of the most unreliable sort. Those of us who like to drink … Continue reading

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