Archive for March 23rd, 2012
Imagine a world in which doctors can take your DNA profile, combine it with basic information about you — such as your weight and whether or not you’re a smoker — and create a model that would not only predict how likely you are to develop any given health condition, but also outline the specific treatments that would heal you and your body most effectively.
This is the exciting — and very real — future of what is now called “personalized medicine.”
In essence, scientists in this emerging field of science are looking to decipher human beings’ genetic code — that is, which genes perform which functions — and then translate that data in order to understand the origin of different diseases, as well as what types of medical treatments would best serve any given individual and his or her unique genetic makeup.
Take, for instance, cancer. While in many cases cancer patients undergo the standard treatment options, such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, these treatment methods do not always succeed and can result in negative side effects. With individualized medicine eventually on their side, however, all of this could change. Physicians will, in all probability, be able to target cancerous tumors with a far more accurate treatment regimen, understanding what sorts of medications or therapies are most likely to work best for a specific patient (continue reading…)
TGIF everyone here’s my Top 5 for March 23, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
Syracuse, Louisville, Ohio State and Florida all advance in the NCAA basketball tournament.
There are four more games tonight.
Tim Tebow’s Jets deal won’t be official until tomorrow so he won’t be introduced to the media until Monday.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin says he will conduct a Judiciary Committee hearing into sports bounties to determine if crimes are being committed.
Charlie Wi and Jason Dufner lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational at six-under 66. Tiger Woods is three back.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will retire after this season.
Brewers announcer Bob Uecker will get his own statue “just a bit outside” Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
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March Madness is still upon us and everyone’s thoughts are on the amazing games we are witnessing as half of the Elite Eight has been decided. Our affiliations are often based on our alma mater which has provided a heighten level of drama for every win and loss so far. During this time of high drama as each school fights for a championship, most of us seem to forget that we are watching not just watching athletes — we are watching students.
Now that the Fab Melo situation has taken a back seat, it is time to focus on the student instead of the athlete. His ineligibility to compete during the NCAA tournament had many Syracuse fans worried about their chances of reaching the Final Four (continue reading…)
Not exactly Green Acres, but I recently left my job as a plus-size fashion model and my coveted one-bedroom apartment in New York City for Newton, Mass. to intern on a non-profit CSA farm. Two weeks have passed since I moved most of my things into storage and unpacked a small remainder into a bedroom of the 125-year-old farmhouse, in all appearances a picturesque B&B. My yoga clothes made the farm cut; my Manolos didn’t (continue reading…)
I read young adult literature (sometimes called YA or KidLit) and see the movie versions of these books all the time, even though, according to the American Library Association, YA is for people ages twelve to eighteen — a demographic I haven’t been a part of for many years. I like YA stories — whether in film or literature- – because they feature characters who possess that indomitable spirit of optimism that hasn’t been tarnished by age. Their journeys may be fraught with the angst and loneliness that accompany adolescence, but the pain is a necessary price to pay. We hate that Harry Potter is orphaned, forced to live under a staircase, and bullied in school (continue reading…)
We carry a set of rules or beliefs with us about the way we feel the world should operate. These beliefs can be shaped by our experiences, the way we were raised, our values, our friends, popular culture and more. For many successful women, these deeply-held beliefs about how we should live and work produce faulty assumptions or “crooked thinking” that underlie stress patterns. Dr (continue reading…)
Good Things Come to Those Who Watch
Jan Yan clucks his tongue and a gray squirrel lands on the stone wall inches from his face in Central Park. They are pals and frequently meet at Mr. Yan’s concession booth filled with photos of the Chrysler building and the John Lennon Imagine memorial.
The squirrel wriggles impatiently until Mr. Yan strokes her from head through tail with a small twig (continue reading…)
Last week, The Huffington Post reported on a new guide issued by Third Way, an “influential centrist Democratic group,” for the purpose of helping lawmakers previously opposed to marriage equality take a public stance in support of the cause without earning the dreaded “flip-flopper” moniker. (Not a bad idea, right?) The document advises these new equality supporters to share their personal stories and those of family members and friends, emphasize that marriage is about love and commitment rather than engaging in a sterile discussion about rights, and meet people — even those who currently oppose marriage equality — where they are, knowing that they, too, have the potential to “evolve” on the issue. So far, so good.
But the folks at Third Way lost me when I read what came next:
Now don’t get me wrong, if there’s one thing I despise most about our current national discourse, it’s the ridiculous abuse and ubiquitous misuse of the false equivalency meme (continue reading…)
After 11 years and seven albums, it’s nice to see that the world has finally realized that The Black Keys are worth appreciating. Their Thursday night show at Madison Square Garden — the last of two sold-out nights at MSG — was like a victory lap for the Akron, Ohio duo.
The Black Keys — comprised of singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney — brought their grit ‘n’ stomp rock to a packed arena, managing to fill the space with their own brand of bluesy rock without any bells and whistles or unnecessary cheap tricks. It was almost like they couldn’t see the flashing lights, or didn’t really care (continue reading…)
Joe Meek and The Blue Men
Song: Orbit Around the Moon
Album: I Hear a New World
Song: Gamma Ray (Jay Reatard Version)
Album: Gamma Ray (Jay Reatard Version) – Single
Song: The Last One to Be Loved
Album: Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits
Album: Rid of Me
Song: Free Orbit
Album: Trust the Stars
Song: Astroboy (And the Proles on Parade)
Album: The Age of Plastic
Song: Longest Days
Album: Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Song: Satisfy Me One More Time
Album: Some Nice Things I’ve Missed
Song: Dying Day
Album: Holy Smoke
Song: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
Album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Men Without Hats
Song: The Safety Dance
Album: Rhythm of Youth
The Real Tuesday Weld
Album: The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid
Good Old War
Song: No Time
Album: Only Way to Be Alone (Bonus Version)
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Loudon Wainwright III
Song: Last Man on Earth
Album: Last Man on Earth
Album: Marquee Moon
Song: Set Fire to the Rain
Electric Light Orchestra
Song: Don’t Bring Me Down
Album: All Over the World-The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Song: The Flat Earth
Album: The Flat Earth
The Mighty Hannibal
Song: We’re Gonna Make It
Song: Tomorrow Never Knows
Album: Funny How Time Slips Away (Digital Only)
The Davis Sisters
Song: Jesus Steps Right In
Album: When Gospel Was Gospel
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I’m late to this game. Didn’t even know it was being played. At least not till I noticed “pinning” going on at Facebook or Twitter and had no idea what this Pinterest thing was or why any of us should be paying attention (I tend to be on the slow side of the “new stuff” curve). When I finally stoked up the curiosity to check out the Pinterest site, my initial reaction was: “Oh God…another social media must-have that’s gonna to suck up even more of my time!” I wisely eschewed it with the hope that it would go away…like MySpace (continue reading…)
“We tend to put considerations of family, community, and economy off-limits in education-reform policy… at our peril,” a phrase from Paul Barton at Educational Testing Services (ETS), was the first thing that crossed my mind when I read Paul Peterson’s recent Education Next piece. Then I saw the faces of the three African-American high school students in Undefeated, the Academy Award winning documentary.
Peterson’s attack on the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education suggests that teachers and testing should be our only focus in education. His criticism extends to all of us who believe that there is no silver bullet for educating all our children, but rather that we must work together to develop a comprehensive strategy that reflects both research and common sense.
First the research (continue reading…)
A bittersweet moment in entrepreneurial history recently occurred, with the Senate passage of the JOBS Act. After passing in the House, this 6-pack of small business modernization reforms cleared the Senate. While most things were left intact from the House bill, the crowdfunding component was tweaked to allow for “more investor protections”. In my opinion, crowdfunding was the most economically important part of the bill, so it’s no surprise that the special interests have dipped their fingers in the mix (continue reading…)
When No. 1 seeded Syracuse survived a near unprecedented loss to UNC Asheville in the first round, the Orange looked equal parts vulnerable and overrated.
Then came the Kansas State game in the round of 32, where the 2-3 matchup zone suddenly wore down a cold shooting Wildcat team, led to fast break run-outs and a 16-point win.
In the Sweet 16 though, Syracuse overcame its toughest test yet. Against a highly efficient, well prepared Wisconsin team that seemingly couldn’t miss in the second half after draining six straight 3-pointers, along with a subpar game from its leading scorer Kris Joseph (7 points), the Orange put together its best tournament effort yet.
In this stage of the tournament, the level of play becomes so high that in turn, the room for error dramatically shrinks (continue reading…)
In a story akin to “the mouse that roared,” the Swiss government has determined that the very small doses commonly used in homeopathic medicine are both effective and cost-effective. Despite the impressive technological prowess of conventional medicine today, the Swiss government has determined that homeopathy is considerably more cost effective.
My previous article highlighted a remarkable report on homeopathic medicine conducted by and for the government of Switzerland. This previous article described the significant body of evidence from multiple sources that verify the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, while this new article focuses on another body of evidence reviewed for the Swiss government that investigated the cost-effectiveness of homeopathic treatment.
In this day and age of economically-challenging times for both individuals and governments, this report from the Swiss government has confirmed the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic treatment (continue reading…)
What if conclusive evidence surfaced that proved the monster of Loch Ness did exist… but it turned out to be a giant eel or fish instead of a plesiosaur? The simple truth is we would feel disappointed and cheated.
After being a lifelong fan of Nessie, I finally decided to stop overlooking the multitude of inconsistencies surrounding this enigma and consider the evidence. I concluded this creature, whatever it may be, is not a plesiosaur (continue reading…)
When was the last time you felt really uncomfortable? I mean crawl out of your skin, get me out of this moment uncomfortable?
For me, it was on a chilly February morning, just a few short weeks ago. The day started so well, a cup of steaming, fragrant chai; a fascinating ride through cars, scooters and bicycles jockeying for space on the clogged streets of New Delhi; and the slow opening of the wrought iron gates as the Cross-Cultural Solutions SUV slipped into a leafy enclave of trees and flowers.
As soon as I stepped onto the freshly washed asphalt and heard the sounds of clanging metal and nonsensical yelling ricocheting off the walls of the building’s inner courtyard, my pulse quickened and sweat gathered under the arms of my new Indian style tunic.
My tour guide for the day — a veteran volunteer at Mother Teresa’s — signaled for me to follow her and like a reluctant teenager, I buried my hands deep in the pockets of my rain coat while I watched her dispense hugs (continue reading…)
It was my colleague, Richard White, who suggested the idea. Richard is one of the best observers I have ever known, particularly when it comes to seabirds, whales and other wildlife at sea. Whenever we are cruising from one destination to another, he spends the majority of his time on the bridge, maintaining a keen lookout.
On this occasion, on the National Geographic Explorer, we were making our way north through the tropical Atlantic, following the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the remote islands of St. Helena and Ascension (continue reading…)
After months of chilly, blustery weather, it’s official: Spring has sprung. We can smell it in the air. To celebrate the shedding of our heavy coats, shearling boots, and bulky sweaters, we found vacation spots that literally bring the outside in — as in, they’re missing the (non-proverbial) fourth wall. Check out our favorite open-air spots after the jump, then tell us: How do you celebrate the arrival of spring?
Jamaica Inn — Ochos Rios, Jamaica
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A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury — a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with open walls, oversize terraces and soft, colonial dcor (continue reading…)
Our creativity as humans is inspiring. When we creatively solve problems or express ourselves in creative ways we spark new life, and ignite ideas in others as well. In my experience with patients and in my personal life, creative outlets have played a pivotal role in mental well-being. Studies show when people are engaging in creative activities they can increase the strength of their immune systems, protect their brain cells and increase their self confidence. Research of children has found “Creative problem solving in math and science are directly related to creativity in the arts.”
Unfortunately, in many communities there’s this absurd myth that goes around and many of us believe it (continue reading…)
A relationship based in mutual growth is a wonderful adventure of discovery.
To cultivate a deeper sense of self, to develop the values of integrity, honesty and transparency; to uncover the life force that beats within each of us and inspires us to be the best we can be as human beings; to realize our highest aspirations and to spark change for the common good — these are the fruits of a relationship based in growth.
Often we take for granted the time we spend with our families, our partners, our friends. Lost in the monotony of routine, we miss out on opportunities to love, to share, to celebrate life together. When we feel dissatisfied with life, we inevitably look to our partners, children or others to provide us with the affection and happiness we feel is missing. Yet if we are demanding love from another, the relationship will inevitably suffer, patience will soon run out and the joy of the relationship will be lost amongst reproaches and complaints, eclipsing the appreciation and gratitude that nurtures and causes growth.
Within a relationship, there is nothing more wonderful than two individuals taking responsibility for loving themselves, pushing each other into their greatness, supporting each other to be the best of themselves, to develop their potential and embrace full human consciousness.
Unfortunately, often in relationships we play small, stuck in insecurity and sheltering ourselves within the role of co-dependency (continue reading…)
In a previous post, I first introduced you to my law of life inertia: “the tendency of people, having once established a life trajectory, to continue on that course unless acted on by a greater force.” I followed that post with another in which I described the four forces that drive your life inertia: needs, self-esteem, ownership and emotions. This post explores the role of courage in changing the trajectory of your life inertia.
Courage may be the single most important characteristic for changing your life inertia. Making a change requires risk and risk is scary because when you risk, you may fail. (Of course, the other side of the coin is that only by taking risks can we truly succeed.) Courage in the process of changing your life inertia means the willingness to “look in the mirror” and acknowledge aspects of yourself that you may not know about or may not like about yourself (continue reading…)
Have you ever had the feeling that you didn’t really know what you were doing, and it was just a matter of time before someone realized it and exposed you as a fraud?
This feeling is known as the “impostor syndrome,” and since it was first identified in the late 70s by researchers at the Georgia State University, we’ve learned that more than 70 percent of the population has experienced this feeling at one time or another.
Today, we finally have an insight into a possible biological basis of the impostor syndrome, and a few effective tools to handle it. The syndrome is simple to describe: People who are, in fact, competent, feel as if they’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop, when someone realizes they are not up to this job/position/project and expose them as a fraud.
Interestingly, the impostor syndrome is worst among high performers. When I speak about it at Harvard, Stanford, or MIT, the room goes so silent you could hear a pin drop (continue reading…)
Do you multitask? While many people say they get so much more done in a day doing many things at once, let’s take a look at how splitting your focus can impact your results, relationships and overall health and happiness.
For years I’ve been teaching how you can empower your conscious and subconscious mind to get the most out of life. There are many ways to impact your life. However, one of the most powerful ways to engage your body and brain is so simple: Focus on one task at a time. Then, your brain can deeply engage and your body’s senses can fully experience your environment, other people and the situation at hand (literally).
Consider exercise on a treadmill (continue reading…)