Showing posts from June 30, 2019

'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria on the Rise

By Dennis Thompson - HealthDay Reporter

A flesh-eating bacteria has migrated into the Delaware Bay between Delaware and New Jersey, drawn north by the warmer waters of climate change, doctors say.

Five cases of infection with Vibrio vulnificus occurred in 2017 and 2018 along the Delaware Bay, compared to one infection with the devastating bacteria in the eight years prior, researchers said.

The infections resulted in one death and multiple rounds of surgery to save the other patients. One had all his limbs removed at the elbows and knees due to severe bacterial infection, said Dr. Katherine Doktor, an infectious disease specialist at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.

"In order to stop the infection, the person needs antibiotics and they need to be taken to the OR [operating room] quickly so any infected tissue can be removed, so it doesn't spread further," she said.

But Doktor added that the bacteria tends to strike hardest at people with pre-existing health problems…

How to Get the Protein You Need

1/10 The Power of ProteinCalories aren't the only thing you need to watch as you get older. Protein is important because it helps keep your muscles strong. You need muscles for strength and balance, as well as for everything from walking up stairs to carrying groceries. Swipe to advance 2/10 How Much Protein Do You Need?Women should get about 46 grams of protein a day, depending on age and activity level. Men need about 56 grams. As people get older, they will need more protein to remain healthy and physically active. People with some conditions like kidney disease may need less. Spreading your protein throughout the day helps keep you full so you eat fewer calories. Here's how to make sure you get a healthy variety of proteins every day. Swipe to advance 3/10 Poultry and EggsChoose lean poultry like skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets. A 3-ounce grilled chicken breast has 25 grams, more than half the protein you need each day. A large egg has about 6 grams. Research suggest…

The Daily Opportunity in Randomness

"The physicist Leonard Mlodinow changes how we think about the agency we have in shaping our own destinies. As a scientist, he works with principles like Brownian motion, by which Einstein helped verify the existence of molecules and atoms. As the child of Holocaust survivors, he dances with the experience we all have: that life never goes as planned, and yet the choices we make can matter. The course of your life depends on how you react to opportunities and challenges that randomness presents to you, he says."

What Does It Mean to Be an Engaged Citizen?

Eric Liu discusses how to have a shared civic identity in today’s polarized America.

By Zaid Jilani

This year’s Independence Day marks the 243rd birthday of the United States—a country that today has a population of around 330 million people from all walks of life.

Our growing diversity, combined with an increasingly polarized politics, challenges us to imagine what a modern American civic identity looks like. America is not the same country it was decades ago, so it makes sense that our view of what it means to be a citizen in today’s America would evolve, as well.

Eric Liu is a prolific author, civic activist, and former Clinton administration official who founded the organization Citizen University (CU) in 2012 to help reinvigorate Americans’ sense of civic identity. CU does not define the term “citizen” by legal status—it is a wider conception of Americanness that encompasses everyone who lives in the United States.

CU promotes civic identity with a slate of programs such as Civic Satu…

Gift Ecology: A Conversation with Nipun Mehta

"The path from transaction to trust goes through relationships. So if we cultivate such a field of deep relationships, trust will naturally arise. Then the question is: How do we cultivate such a field? I think it starts with small acts of service. Its the small acts of service that create an affinity between us, and that connection over time creates deeper bonds. Thats the home for virtue to grow." Nipun Mehta explores the power of Gift Ecologies in this interview.

Flying the Big Ones

"I used to be a flight attendant with TWA back in 1970. They almost wouldn't hire me as a flight attendant because I was really tiny, like 105 pounds. They didn't feel like I could even do that job, let alone, later on, wrestle around a stretch DC-8, a 727 or a 747." She proved them wrong, and after she turned 50, she became one of 40 women pilots in commercial aviation along 150,000 men.

How Americans Can Find What They Have in Common

Can we bridge differences without suppressing what makes us different in the first place? Yes, say social scientists and civic organizations.

By Zaid Jilani

The 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding resonated with millions of people around the world—it retains the title of the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history. Why? Perhaps because its central conflict is one that countless couples have endured.

In the film, Greek-American Toula Portokalos falls in love with a non-Greek named Ian Miller. What ensues is a classic clash of cultures, as Miller struggles to win over Portokalos’s hostile family.

Ultimately, the couple overcomes this barrier and they happily wed. At the wedding, Toula’s father explains how he came to terms with the reality that his daughter would be part of an intercultural family. 

He notes that the root of the word “Miller” is Greek for apple, and the name Portokalos comes from the Greek word for orange. He concludes, “So, okay, here tonight we have, uh, apple and ora…

What Does it Take to Be Racially Literate?

Few people really believe that race does not affect their lives in some way, but most of us are unwilling to admit it. We avoid discussing these differences and do ourselves a disservice. Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo are two high school students who decided it was time to bring this discussion out in the open. The key, they say, is to face the issue with both our hearts and our minds, for our minds lead us to understand and our hearts lead us to care.

What Are the Solutions to Political Polarization?

Social psychology reveals what creates conflict among groups and how they can come together.

By Lee de-Wit, Cameron Brick, Sander van der Linden

What drives political polarization?

Is it simply disagreement over the great issues of the day? Not necessarily. Recent research by the More in Common Foundation found that more than three-fourths of Americans support both stricter gun laws and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Roughly the same number of Americans agree “that our differences are not so great that we cannot come together.”

Are they right?

The More in Common results could be interpreted to suggest that we can build bipartisan support for specific policies by focusing more on their boring nuts and bolts. Unfortunately, however, voters don’t evaluate policies in isolation. Research has highlighted that people actively use partisan cues when evaluating different policies.

For example, a study by Carlee Beth Hawkins and Brian Nosek shows that …

If Life Wins There Will Be No Losers

Many, many people are feeling the widespread longing for a tenable alternative to capitalism - an urgent need for new regenerative ways of living. We feel this need both in our individual lives and in the larger ways we live together; in neighborhoods, cities, nations. We can't create a regenerative culture solely by trying to "smash capitalism". Instead, we need to understand and heal the underlying disease that generates all such systems of oppression - our separation from life, or "wetiko," as it was named by the North American Algonquin people. If we resist only the external effects of wetiko, maybe we can win a victory here or there, but we can't overcome the system as a whole because this 'opponent' also sits within ourselves. It is from within that we constantly feed and support this monstrous system.

What If Work Software Were Designed to Make You Happy?

Research suggests that technology can be designed to make work more enjoyable (rather than frustrating).

By Magdalena Laib, Katharina M. Zeiner, Michael Burmester

It’s 9 a.m. on a Monday morning, and I log into my project management software to review my work for the week. I immediately see what I was working on last and where my team members have made progress—all of their contributions marked with their names and pictures. I laugh when I read a colleague’s latest comments; I can imagine her voice, and it feels as though she is right here with me, sharing a coffee, rather than miles away in a different time zone.

Can software make you happy? Somehow I derive a modest amount of joy from the project management software I use. Very often, though, software makes us feel bored, isolated, or even angry. How do some technologies manage to give us feelings of joy, pride, or connection, while others do not?

This isn’t just an academic question. Most of us are spending more time than ever using te…