Four out of five people stop breathing correctly when typing an email

Four out of five people regularly stop breathing while typing emails, according to studies conducted by former Apple executive Linda Stone. The condition, which health professionals are calling “email apnea,” may lead to serious health consequences. “If people are in a stressful situation, perhaps having to deal with some stressful communication, they might end up holding their breath,” said Edward Grandi, executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association. “It’s not just email, it’s email and texting.” Gizmodo blogger Adam Clark Estes wrote that he had noticed the condition in himself, whenever he was concentrating on writing an especially difficult … Continue reading Four out of five people stop breathing correctly when typing an email

9 Freaky Scientific Discoveries

1 – Most of the Universe is Dark Energy The universe as we know it, with its billions of stars and hundreds of billions of galaxies, amounts to only 4% of what it actually is. What’s the rest? According to recent reports, 23% is “dark matter” and 73% is “dark energy.” In other words – we have no idea. 2 – The Amazing Power of Quantum Levitation Forget about the stupid Hyperloop hype; we can use the power of quantum levitation to make all kinds of objects float around, and possibly create a transit system in the air. All you … Continue reading 9 Freaky Scientific Discoveries

The Power of a Daily Bout of Exercise

This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets. But a well-timed new study suggests that a daily bout of exercise should erase or lessen many of the injurious effects, even if you otherwise lounge all day on the couch and load up on pie. To undertake this valuable experiment, which was published online in The Journal of Physiology, scientists at the University of Bath in England rounded up a group of 26 healthy young men. All exercised regularly. None were obese. Baseline health assessments, including biopsies of … Continue reading The Power of a Daily Bout of Exercise

Can You Read People’s Emotions?

Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive? If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen. For each photo, choose the word that best describes what you think the person depicted is thinking or feeling… More… http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/well-quiz-the-mind-behind-the-eyes/Continue reading Can You Read People’s Emotions?

Ask Well: Nighttime Urination

Q – How normal is it to get up and urinate three times a night? I am a 67-year-old woman and my frequent urination is interfering with my sleep. A – Waking to urinate at night is common, especially among older adults, and most doctors agree that getting up to urinate once a night is not generally a problem. But “getting up two or more times at night has been linked to decreased quality of sleep and quality of life,” said Dr. Tomas L. Griebling, a professor of urology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Having a late … Continue reading Ask Well: Nighttime Urination

How Safe Is Cycling? It’s Hard to Say

Until his bike slid out of control while he was going 35 miles an hour downhill around a sharp turn, Dr. Harold Schwartz thought cycling accidents were something that happened to other people. Now, after recovering from a fractured pelvis, Dr. Schwartz, 65, the vice president for behavioral health at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, has changed his mind. “No one is immune,” he said in an interview. Like many avid cyclists, he is convinced that it is not if you crash. It’s when. But Rob Coppolillo, 43, who was an elite level amateur bicycle racer for 10 years, led cycling … Continue reading How Safe Is Cycling? It’s Hard to Say

AI Reality Check In Online Dating

“Researchers have developed an online dating system that not only matches you with partners you’ll find attractive, but who are also likely to find you attractive too. The researchers at the University of Iowa have addressed an underlying problem of online dating sites. There’s no doubt that such sites are ever increasing in popularity, and have good algorithms taking into account the reported likes, interests and hobbies of the person looking for a partner to come up with a potential match. What’s less well catered for is the trickier aspect of the reciprocal interest – you may think person x … Continue reading AI Reality Check In Online Dating