April 1, 2012

Top 25 Listed

1 Best Cities for Walking

Cambridge was recently named as the most walkable city by Prevention, along with some help from Walkscore.com. Other cities named on the list include New York City, Jersey City, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Boston. The list of 25 top walking cities was put together based on ease of locating food or entertainment on foot, as well as the ability to find attractions you might bypass when driving. Cambridge even hosts a Golden Shoes event each May when participants walk the streets looking for gold-painted shoes stowed away where locals enjoy strolling. Prevention notes that nearly 15 percent of commuters in Berkeley walk to and from work, while the WalkBoston initiative offers awards to businesses or individuals who create inviting parks or advocate for pedestrian safety measures.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Walking Speed May Predict Years Left

Tags: Best Cities for Walking, Walking NYC, Walking Cambridge, Walking San Francisco, Where to Take Walks, Pedestrian Safety Measures, Golden Shoes Event, WalkBoston Initiative

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Elderly May Love It

2 Vibrating Steering Wheel to Direct Drivers

One day, you may find your way on the road thanks to a steering wheel that vibrates when it's time for you to make a turn. CNN reports that AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University are working on a prototype of the steering wheel that's synced with a GPS and has 20 tiny motors which transmit vibrations to hands. The vibrations would move in different patterns to indicate the type of turn to make. Researchers believe this type of device may be more effective than hearing the GPS lady tell you what to do. It's thought that feeling the vibrations is more intuitive than having to process verbal directions, plus drivers can keep their eyes on the road longer. Researchers also think that elderly drivers, often confused by GPS systems, will find the steering wheel especially beneficial.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: White House, MADD Fight Teen Drugged Driving

Tags: Carnegie Mellon University, Vibrating Steering Wheel, Alternatives GPS Navigation, Helping Elderly Drivers, AT&T Labs

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Genetic Factors Likely at Play

3 Black Women Have Harder Time Clearing HPV

A new study suggests that black women have a harder time clearing human papillomavirus (HPV), increasing risk of developing and dying from cervical cancer. The study involved biannual Pap smears and HPV testing of 326 white and 113 black female students at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The number of sexual partners and incidence of HPV infections were similar in both groups but black women were almost twice as likely to test positive for a strain linked to cervical cancer and harbored HPV 18 months on average compared to 12 months in white women. Previous research has found that black women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer and death rates are double that of white women. Researchers believe that there are variations in genes involved in HPV clearance.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Eight HPV Strains Cause over 90 Percent of Cancers

Tags: Cervical Cancer, HPV, Human Papillomavirus

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