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Is beating a woman ever justified?

Global Health Magazine has some data up on the “% of women who believe it is OK for husbands to beat them.” If you click through the original data, the question is more extensive: % of girls and women aged 15-49 who responded that a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his…

More than a guy in pajamas

Dan MacArthur did a lot of legwork in this post on Complete Genomics.

Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk: Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. … He and other experts acknowledged that although the clinical trials of circumcision in Africa had dramatic results, the effects…

Disease & democracy

Fat Tax: Which is why it is so striking to talk to Delos M. Cosgrove, the heart surgeon who is the clinic’s chief executive, about the initiative. Cosgrove says that if it were up to him, if there weren’t legal issues, he would not only stop hiring smokers. He would also stop hiring obese people.…

Addiction is not a “disease” (?)

Recently I listened to the author of Addiction: A Disorder of Choice, Gene M. Heyman, interviewed on the Tom Ashbrook show. A lot of the discussion revolved around the term “disease”, which I can’t really comment on, but a great deal of Heyman’s thesis is grounded in rather conventional behavior genetic insights. In short, a…

Sugar intake by demographic variable

Apparently the average American gets ~17% of their calories a day from sugar. This varies by population segment: The intake of added sugars was higher among men than women and inversely related to age, educational status, and family income. Asian Americans had the lowest intake and Hispanics the next lowest intake. Among men, African Americans…

Are women getting better looking?

Update: The author of the paper clears up confusions. Update: Here’s the paper. End Update The British media is abuzz with another paper from Satoshi Kanazawa, the evolutionary psychologist who has great marketing savvy. I can’t find the study online anyway, so here is the Times Online: In a study released last week, Markus Jokela,…

Born to run

Wired has a piece up To Run Better, Start by Ditching Your Nikes, which discusses the controversy over the utility of running shoes. Of course the “support” that typical athletic shoes provide is real. when I switch to flip-flops in warm weather it takes a few days to get comfortable walking up or down hills.…

I notice that Fortune has a story on personal genomics up, Genetic sequencing gets personal Biotech firm Illumina will sequence your entire genetic code — and throw in a Mac — for $48,000: So far, personalized genomics make up just a small fraction of Illumina’s revenue. High costs keep sequencing out of reach for most…

Fat and tuberculosis

Obesity May Have Offered Edge Over TB: Over the course of human evolution, people with excess stores of fat have been more likely to survive famines, many scientists believe, living on to pass their genes to the next generation. But these days, obesity is thought to be harmful, leading to chronic inflammation and metabolic disorders…