The Lethality of Loneliness by Judith Shulevitz

We now know how it can ravage our body and brain



Some of My Best Friends Are Germs by Michael Pollan

Cambodia’s Tuberculosis Epidemic

By KC Ortiz

As civil war and genocide go the way of history in Cambodia, a new war in the troubled nation is being fought today; one against Tuberculosis, a very real and deadly foe. Cambodia is one of the world’s hardest hit countries by TB, with over 65,000 new cases every year and one of every 215 people diagnosed as infected, it truly is of epidemic proportions.

While TB is a curable disease the fight is not simple or easy. The treatment is long and physically exhausting. Many will stop midway their treatment period due to the discomfort or lack of access to meds, raising the stakes that they will develop an extremely dangerous strain of TB, MDR TB (multi-drug resistant tb) and effect others with the mutated strain. The hardest hit are the nation’s poorest and most disadvantaged. They suffer from a deadly trifecta of overcrowded living conditions, malnutrition, and limited access to health care. The health care system in Cambodia lacks many basic resources and is over stretched, unable to meet the demands of the population. While health care is supplied free of charge to the poor, most can not even afford the hard cost of getting themselves to a clinic or hospital for treatment.

Community outreach is proving itself to be one of the strongest weapons in the battle. NGO’s such as Operation Asha, use community based approaches to provide the needed help. The Indian based NGO employs members of the communities they serve, training them and sending them into the field to track down TB victims and provide treatment. Taking the DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short-course) system to another level, the organization goes to the frontline of the battle in the most impoverished neighborhoods to track the victims, provide them with the treatment, oversee their regimen, and educate the community.


What snake venom does to blood.

A.D.D. Fitness


The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

Jim Gaffigan on Fatherhood

5 Kids in a 2 bedroom, 5-story walk-up in NYC.

Born Margaret Wiggum on March 23, 1919


The obituary for Matt Groening’s mother is full of familiar names.

Eating Pizza Reduces The Risk Of Cancer


Italian scientists claimed that back in 2003. Just Believe It.

via, deathandtaxes



On Beyond 100 by Stephen S. Hall

Our genes harbor many secrets to a long and healthy life. And now scientists are beginning to uncover them.

Photograph by Fritz Hoffmann

How Big Can a Human Get?

Class Lines


An interactive look at Inequality and New York’s Subway

Google Death


Google’s new Inactive Account Manager takes care of your gmail if you die alone, trusting nobody.

Sculptural Weights


Primal Bells break up the monotony of normal weight design

via, notcot

Your Old Body


Esquire pulls together a guide for “Aging with Strength and Valor”



Up All Night: The science of sleeplessness by Elizabeth Kolbert

F’n Heatwaves


Here to stay, more frequent, lasting longer.

“The study ended early… because the results were so clear it was considered unethical to continue.”


So we should all adopt a Mediterranean Diet, or better yet, just move near the Mediterranean, retire early and hang out.

Morning Dose of Yawns

That’s about right.

Directed by Daniel Mercadante



Love in the Age of the Pickup Artist by S. G. Belknap

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