June 14, 2010

Compassion or Order?

1 Research Links Political Preference to Personality

Political preferences are linked to personality traits, says research from the U of Toronto. "Conservatives tend to be higher in a personality trait called orderliness and lower in openness. ... they're more concerned about a sense of order and tradition, expressing a deep psychological motive to preserve the current social structure," says Jacob Hirsh, lead author of the study. "Our data shows that liberalism is more often associated with the underlying motives for compassion, empathy and equality.” The research is part of mounting evidence that indicates that political leanings are motivated by psychological needs. Says co-author Jordan Peterson, “There are costs and benefits to each political profile and both appear critical to maintaining an effective balance in society."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Testing for Psychopaths at Work

Tags: Psychology, Personality, Personality Traits, Liberalism, Conservatism, Political Preferences, Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto, Jacob Hirsh, Politics

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219,000 Fewer Pints of Blood

2 Committee Votes to Uphold Gay Blood Donation Ban

Gay activist groups are angry after a federal committee recommended upholding a ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men, reports CNN. The ban, which was put in place before HIV testing in the early 1980s, prohibits blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man, even just once, since 1977. The Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability makes recommendations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On Friday, the Committee's vote was nine to six against lifting the ban. Groups opposing the ban say that life is at stake. According to Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California, as long as the ban remains in effect, there are 219,000 fewer pints of blood available for use each year.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Gay Blood Ban Is Being Revisited

Tags: Gay Blood Ban, Upholding Gay Blood Ban, Men Who Have Sex with Men Can't Give Blood, Restrictions on Giving Blood, Blood Donation Restrictions, Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, Federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability, Gay Activist Groups

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White Rice Is Naked Brown

3 Switching White Rice for Brown Cuts Diabetes Risk

A new study has found that choosing brown rice over white may lower your diabetes risk, reports CNN. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health say that cutting your white rice intake and eating more brown rice could make you less likely to develop diabetes. Specifically, they report that switching out around two 12-ounce servings of white rice a week for brown rice will lower your type 2 diabetes risk by 16 percent. The researchers add that replacing white rice with whole grains in general could lower your diabetes risk by 36 percent. It's believed that white rice, which is produced by removing the nutrient-rich and husk-like outer layers of brown rice, can contribute to diabetes risk as it makes blood-sugar levels to rise more rapidly.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Harvard School of Public Health, Rising Blood Sugar Levels, Why Brown Rice Is Healthier, Cutting Diabetes Risk, Tips to Lower Diabetes Risk, Choosing Brown Rice, Benefits of Brown Rice, Why Brown Rice Is Better, Cut White Rice to Lower Diabetes Risk

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Billions Spent, Errors Persist

4 1 in 5 Health Insurance Claims Mishandled

It may come as a surprise to few to learn that one in five health insurance claims aren't handled properly. According to a new report by the American Medical Association (AMA), one-fifth of all claims are handled incorrectly by health insurance companies. In their annual "National Health Insurer Report Card," the AMA graded the eight largest health insurers in the U.S. on how claims are handled. The AMA concluded that the system would save $15.5 billion each year in administrative costs if the problems were corrected. In addition to unnecessary administrative costs, wrongly handled claims delay payment to medical providers and frustrate many patients. According to the AMA, the health care system spends as much as $210 billion annually on claims processing.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Health Insurance Claims Mishandled, American Medical Association Report on Health Insurance, AMA, National Health Insurer Report Card, Claims Processing Mistakes, What's Wrong with Health Insurance, Medical Insurance Claims Mishandled, Administrative Costs

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Increase HDL Decrease Cancer

5 Good Cholesterol Decreases Risk of Cancer

"Cholesterol is a single molecule it has a single chemical structure. There is no good and bad cholesterol."
- Philip in the comments

A long term study following 76,000 people on statins found that as their high-density lipoprotein levels (HDL) increased, their risk of developing any type of cancer decreased. Based on these results, Dr. Richard Karas and colleagues recommend a minimum HDL level of 40 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dL) for men 50 mg/dL for women. They hypothesize that HDL has antioxidant effects and may also help with immune surveillance, searching and destroying damaged cells that could become cancer. It could also be that low HDL is a marker of chronic health issues that increase the risk of cancer, such as inflammation. Niacin in large doses has been shown to increase HDL, but healthy habits such as eating right and maintaining a healthy weight can produce the same results.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: HDL May Not Always Be Good Cholesterol

Tags: Cancer, Cholesterol, Good Cholesterol, HDL, High Density Lipoprotein, Decrease Risk of Cancer, HDL and Cancer Risk, High Density Lipoprotein and Cancer, HDL Levels, High-Density Lipoprotein Levels

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